Sunday, March 18, 2018

The krHOPen India Pale Ale

Today I'm checking out Evans Brewing's The krHOPen India Pale Ale. A story can tell you about the krHOPen which apparently attacked sailors and divers trying to harvest underwater sea hops. Bomber bottle has terrific label art! 6.0% alcohol. 73 IBU

Hoppy aroma, a bit dank. Pretty bitter out of the gate. Dank, a bit astringent, some floral and citrus. Kind of dirty, one note, wasn't that good, just bitter. The end!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Upslope Coffee Brown Ale

Upslope's Coffee Brown Ale is the latest in their Tap Room Series, featuring Ozo Mocha Java coffee. 6.7% alcohol. 45 IBU. Pounder can.

Lots of coffee in the aroma with a chocolate background. Big rich coffee flavors dominate the start. Some cocoa power and a very nice roast come next.

The coffee has a bitter, acrid aspect, not pleasant. Some creamy, chocolaty sweetness does try to balance that but comes up short. Was OK, didn't like the edge from the coffee.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Hop Shovel IPA

Bear Republic Hop Shovel IPA recently hit my local liquor store shelves. Their Racer 5 IPA has always been a favorite so I decided to check this out. There's a story about the name of the beer which ends with "enjoy a shovel's worth!" 7.5% alcohol.

Citrus and pine aroma, and you can work for a little tropical mango.  Pine flavors come first, spicy with plenty of hoppy dankness. Fruity sweet behind the scenes, orange and mango. Leans nicely bitter. Different.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Genesee Brew House Dark Chocolate Scotch Ale

Yeah I know it's kind of a crappy photo. Sorry.
Genesee Brew House Dark Chocolate Scotch Ale. 7.5% alcohol

Amazing aroma full of dark chocolate. Like "make-out" level aroma!

Flavors come with some chocolate but a little more rich caramel and an alcohol kick. On the sweeter side which could have used a little more balance, but not bad!

Monday, March 12, 2018

4Front IPA

Today I'm checking out the fairly new (at least to Florida) Victory Brewing 4 Front IPA. 5.5% alcohol.

Fruity, tangerine citrus aroma. Similar flavors full or oranges and tangerines, bright with a nice little spicy and prickly carbonation bite. Good bitterness. Easy drinker, tasty and refreshing.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop Double IPA

Sierra Nevada's Fresh Hop Double IPA is part of their Fresh Hop Variety Pack. The brewery website says this beer is a showcase for field-fresh Simcoe hops. 8.0% alcohol.

Very hoppy aroma full of grapefruit with a caramel backdrop. Super fresh! Hoppy, lots of grapefruit and citrus, a bit spicy. Not overly bitter (like a much softer Torpedo) with a nice caramel backbone.

Balanced and refined with a nice body. Lingering bitterness. Good but Sierra Nevada sets the bar as expert IPA brewers, and I like a lot of their other work better. That mixed 12 pack though is money and value!