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!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Quat Seasonal Fruit Ale

Tampa Bay Brewing's Quat is their seasonal fruit ale brewed with locally-grown Kumquats. Nicely decorated pounder can with a little story to set your expectations. "Pairs well with the Florida lifestyle."

Tangy, very kumquatty aroma. Kumquat and orange tanginess to start. A little acidic, sour, sharp. Then plenty of citrus show up to the party to take a little of that edge off.

Kumquats have a very distinct flavor, lightly bitter, fruity sour, refreshing. I'm not sure kumquats are exactly my thing, but for sure you should check out this beer!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Trickster IPA

Today I'm checking out Green Man's Trickster IPA. This beer is brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic and El Dorado hops. 76 IBU. 7% alcohol. Pounder can.

Bright lemony citrus aroma. Sharp candied lemon peel flavors move to softer fruity flavors. Hints of apple and tangerine, lots of orange citrus. Lightly spicy, grassy, touch of pine, nicely bitter.

I liked it a lot, though while I'll cede "hints" of tropical fruits, I'm not sure this is a "tropical IPA disturbance." I do suppose citrus also equals tropics, but I was expecting mangoes and peaches and pineapples in my face.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Chocolatte Porter

Chocolatte Porter sounds delicious, right? Yeah! And I don't know who Evans Brewing has doing their label art, but this bomber label is awesome! Workers are diligently mining coffee and chocolate, presumably for this beer. 6.8% alcohol. 15.5 IBU.

Chocolate and coffee aroma. Similar flavors, chocolate and cocoa with a little roast and just a touch of coffee. On the flattish and sweet side, though the texture is creamy and nice.

Definitely wanted more roast or bitterness to take the sweet edge off. And a few bubbles. Check it out if and let me know what you think. It seems a few modifications could greatly improve this beer!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Hopadillo IPA

Cuidado! Karbach Brewing's Hopadillo IPA is first up today! The can tells a story of the scary Hopadillo, while suggesting you remain calm.

Nice sweet orange marmalade and caramel aroma. Sweet fruity orange and caramel flavors come first but are hit with a strong dose of citrus and pine hoppy bitterness. Fruity and bitter linger.

Definitely leans bitter though I'm not sure about "a flavor as defiant as the Hopadillo himself, packed with bracing bitterness." It was tasty though!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

BOMP Florida Weisse

BOMP is Coppertail's newest entry in their Florida Weisse Series. According to Coppertail's periodic table of ingredients, BOMP is brewed with Blood Orange, Mango and Passionfruit. The label shows two squirrel-like creatures drinking a little too much. Enjoy By 03/18/18 Drink 02/10/18 the first day I saw it for sale. Not sure why it was almost 5 months old at that point. 3.5% alcohol.

Salty and generic fruity aroma, not that powerful. Tart to start, grabbed the sides of my neck. Nicely sharp and acidic. Definitely fruity, with orange taking a leading role with perhaps a dash of passionfruit into the finish.

Refreshing, tasty. I liked previous Florida Weisse Series entries a little better though because the fruity aspects were more distinct. Check it out!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Exalted IPA

Today I'm checking out Stone Exalted IPA. When Stone brews an IPA, it's for sure worth checking out! This beer is part of their Hop Worship Series, featuring Citra and Loral hops. "Glory be to those who imbibe it in its freshest form and faithfully worship thy Hop in the beauty of blissful bitterness." 7% alcohol. Canned 02/03/18 Drink 02/18/18

Floral, fruity aroma. Fruity flavors to start as well followed by a little pine and spiciness. Floral and a little grassy, nicely bitter through the finish. Some lemon zest also adds some additional bitter interest.

Not bad. I'll definitely be interested in checking out others in the series.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

2018 Experimental India Pale Ale

Upslope Brewing recently introduced 2018 Experimental India Pale Ale to their year-round core lineup. Each year, the "experiment" will change with different hop combinations being used. 2018 includes Denali, Azacca, Galaxy and Vic Secret Hops. 7.0% alcohol

Big fruity aroma full of apricots and pineapple, tropical and sweet. Similar fruity sweet peach, apricot and pineapple explode in your mouth. Very juicy and tropical. A terrific bitter balance follows and a nice tanginess comes in the finish and lingers until your next sip.

Very enjoyable!