English IPA

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

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Michael:  Garret Oliver has always been a bit of a beer god to me. Not because I respect him or know him or have even had a single one of his brews. I just feel like he is everywhere, gracing the cover of All About Beer or found in this week’s ‘Food’ section pairing some […] ... [Read more]

Firestone Walker 14 Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker 14 Anniversary Ale

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Firestone Walker … a brewing company out of Paso Robles, CA that until recently hasn’t gotten much play here in Chicago or the Midwest in general. They’ve been around, though, and right now we’re reviewing/celebrating their 14th Anniversary Ale, lovingly referred to by enthusiasts as Firestone 14. It’s a blended ale made from 6 different […] ... [Read more]

Three Floyds Blackheart English-Style IPA

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The more you drink craft beer, the more you realize that certain breweries do certain things really well: their “core competencies” (for all you business types out there). Maybe it’s beer styles of a specific country (Goose Island); maybe it’s crafting traditional classics (Great Lakes); or maybe it’s just dreaming up elaborate and creative brews […] ... [Read more]

Wild Goose IPA

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Its two minutes past five, Friday evening. I’m in my comfortable jeans, on the porch out back and I’ve got a cool, new brew in my hand. The crack of a bat echoes from a nearby ball field and the birds are chatting it up in the nearby oak. I’m not sure what else a […] ... [Read more]

Harpoon IPA

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The first time I had Harpoon’s IPA I was mildly disappointed. As their flagship beer my expectations were high hoping that it would be a knock-out product. Thankful, I had one more in the fridge with which to review. I must say that it has grown on me and should be recognized as a quality […] ... [Read more]

Flossmoor Station IPA

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After buying a few new glasses yesterday I thought it would be nice to try them out and see if they make my beer drinking experience any better. I purchased a snifter that I had desperately been in need of for some time now, a goblet, and a tapered glass with that came with chalk. […] ... [Read more]

Samuel Smith’s India Ale

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I’m sure all of us at some point can say, “I hate technology” (even you mac users). While making our lives essentially easier, when it fails it can make them a living hell. This is what happened to me the last week. My computer got a good old dose of spyware, malicious software, spam, viruses […] ... [Read more]

Goose Island IPA

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Here goes. My top four IPAs to date: Goose Island IPA Dogfish Head 90 Minute Two Brother’s Heavy Handed New Holland’s Mad Hatter Phew…that was tough! In my early quest for finding the most amazing IPA I quickly realized that there are three different styles. There are American, English, and Imperial of which my tastes […] ... [Read more]