American IPA

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

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I sampled this beer back in 2008 just a few months into my craft beer journey.  It was tough to enjoy let alone taste.  The extremely high alcohol content made it hard to identify anything else.  Fast forward a few years to now.  This beer is not overwhelming at all.  Actually, it is almost the […] ... [Read more]

Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi India Pale Ale

Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi India Pale Ale

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I have to confess. I’m a hop junky. Ever since I got hooked on the little, lupulin filled green cones it’s like I can’t get enough. In fact it’s hard for me to genuinely remember what I was thinking the first time I tasted an IPA and thought, “Man this is bitter.” Truth be told, […] ... [Read more]

Founders All Day IPA

Founders All Day IPA

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I knew this beer was hitting stores near me the second week in February 2012 and I still had a hard time finding it.  I was not able to get to the store the day is arrived and two days later I ended up visiting 4 different locations in search for Founder’s latest addition to […] ... [Read more]

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

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4 lbs of hops per BBL go into this beer.  It is dry hopped 3 separate times with Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade.  The bittering hops are Warrior and Simcoe which are both high alpha acid hops that lend a resinous punch to the finish which I will explain later.  The finishing hops, Cascade […] ... [Read more]

New Belgium Lips of Faith Fresh Hop IPA

New Belgium Fresh Hop IPA

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A truly wet hopped beer, NBB incorporates freshly picked flowers that endure a quick road trip from Washington state to the brewery where they are then added to the boil.  After reading the following article on Billy’s blog (a great blog to check out), I changed our beer style label from “wet/fresh hop beers” to “wet/harvest hop […] ... [Read more]

Steel Toe Brewing Size 7 IPA

Steel Toe Brewing Size 7 IPA

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You are going to get more than you bargained for in this review. Why? Because I’m going to tell you about an incredible craft beer store first. This has got to be a destination store for you. Come to Minneapolis/St. Paul or at least plan to spend an extra couple hours in our fair cities […] ... [Read more]

Lucky Bucket American IPA

Lucky Bucket American IPA

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Walt’s Wines and Spirits (www.waltswine.com) is a new wine and spirits store in our part of town. The Watson Fong family does a great job welcoming and making customers feel like they are important. Like so many locally owned businesses the staff at Walt’s understands how important customer loyalty is. One of the ways they […] ... [Read more]

Epic Armageddon IPA

Epic Armageddon IPA

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Armageddon.  This future apocalyptic battle will be nothing shy of epic as Good and Evil duke it out.  A couple thinks stuck out to me right away.  First, the abv is an eerie 6.66% which is the mark of the Beast.  Interesting, the book of Revelation explains that evil will be vanquished so one ought to ask […] ... [Read more]

Port Brewing Anniversary Ale

Port Brewing Anniversary Ale

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Had this beast of a beer last year at the Bavarian Lodge and loved it.  I’ll tell you right now, this thing might as well be a double/imperial IPA even thought Port calls it a Strong APA.  The ABV is definitely up there and it is hoppy as all get out.  Released in the Spring/Summer […] ... [Read more]

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

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Our 3 day beer crawl in the Napa Valley of brewers was outstanding. 3 dedicated days to tasting brews and talking with brewmasters was a highlight of the year. One of those highlights was the Rogue Ales Public House near downtown Portland. So many beers to chose from and so little time! Upon my return from […] ... [Read more]