Cascadian Dark Ale / Black IPA

Widmer Pitch Black IPA

Widmer Brothers Pitch Black IPA

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Found a single on the shelf and decided to give this one a try.  Widmer’s, known more for their Hefe, has every right to brew a Black IPA as they are located in the Cascadian range of North America.  While I’m not particularly found of this style, you could say I’ve been on a bit […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Brekle's Brown Ale

Anchor Brekle’s Brown

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Celebrating 140 years of brewing tradition Anchor commemorates this beer to its founder Gottlieb Brekle.  With a killer first name this man started brewing in 1871 in San Francisco which later took the name by which it is now know.  Wanting to brew something in honor of Brekle current brewmaster Mark Carpenter used a trendy […] ... [Read more]

New Holland Black Hatter IPA

New Holland Black Hatter IPA

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Reflecting back on the Mad Hatter night at Bavarian Lodge I must say my appreciation for the beer has changed.  Back then I found this average, but after sipping on this bomber I won me over.  I guess my reason for the grade was due to the fact that I had not sampled that many […] ... [Read more]

Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Black IPA

Stone 15th Anniversary (Escondidian Black IPA)

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Yet another bottle label that stinks of arrogance.  Hey, Stone we get it.  You are a bunch of arrogant bastards that make great beer and you hate mediocre swill.  We’ve all heard you’re platform and understand, so how about you move on and find some new material.   There, my rant is over. I must […] ... [Read more]

De Struise & Stillwater Outblack

De Struise & Stillwater Outblack

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I must say, information on this beer is limited … just like the beer.  With that said allow me to summarize what I have found in my research for this beer.  For starters it is a collaboration between De Struise in Belgium and Stillwater Artisanal Ale out of the US.  Apparently the beer is a […] ... [Read more]

Hopworks Secession Cascadian Dark Ale

Hopworks Secession Cascadian Dark Ale

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I acquired this bottle in a beer trade from my homebrewer friend Washington.  Thanks Bill.  Not surprising of people in the Pacific NW, Bill enjoys the outdoors and lives up to his recommendation.  After all, one must consider the region in which the beer hails from…the Cascadian mountain range which is displayed on the bottle […] ... [Read more]

Two Brothers Hop Juice Black

Two Brothers Hop Juice Black

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In 2011 Two Brothers released a one-off variation of their seasonal double IPA called Hop Juice. With a growing popularity in the Cascadian Dark Ale style they affectionately called it Hop Juice Black. What follows are my findings: The appearance was just as expected. Obsidian in color with dark brown edges and a similarly dense […] ... [Read more]

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black IPA

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black IPA

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Clown Shoes is currently a brand (not a brewery) that is brewed by Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich, Massachusetts. It is known for its bold and controversial beer labels. Since it’s now distributed in the Chicagoland area, I got my hands on their Black IPA, named Hoppy Feet. This style of beer is a sort […] ... [Read more]

Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury

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With the claims of a Belgian dubbel plastered about, the incredible, deep, dark brown was a bit shocking. There was a caramely tan head that drifted to the top and rested comfortably in a thin film. The scent was more convincing than the look, that indeed this brew was Belgian. Rich caramely, sweet malts were […] ... [Read more]

Half Acre Sticky Fat

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Sticky Fat! What is that? I had the same question when I read Half Acre Beer Company’s blog about a month ago. According to the legend, it is a bear that loves to steal ready-to-pick hops right off the vines. This beer is only available on-tap on the brewery and is an interesting take on […] ... [Read more]