I came across this beer for the first time a few weeks ago and was intrigued by the combination. I used Rye a few times back in the day as a brewer, but was never quite happy with how it blended into the malt flavors of a beer.
Interestingly, Sierra Nevada solved this problem by using Rye in an IPA - a style marked by strong, spicy accents.
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA is a deep copper orange color and pour with a thick brown head that stays creamy throughout, benefitting from the proteins in the rye malt.
With the winter of 2012 turning into a winter without snow, I decided to turn to Breckenridge Brewery for a taste of a winter wonderland, via their Lucky U IPA.
It pours a dark copper, almost red clay color. This beer is bottled unfiltered, resulting a cloudy, hazy beer with a little sediment in the bottle. Given that they are shipping it to the Boston area from Colorado, unfiltered is probably the best way to preserve freshness.
My Lucky U didn't pour with much head, but a swirl of the glass stirred up a creamy foam head as it doesn't lack for carbonation.
Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA is a twist on a traditional IPA. On the label, it says its made with German, English and American hops all grown at the same latitude around the globe. The result is a combination of Hallertau, East Kent Goldings for spicy and earthy flavors, combined with American varyeties Zeus, Simcoe®, and Ahtanum hops to give it some citrus punch.
This IPA has a deep copper color, much closer to amber than one would expect from a traditional IPA. It pours with a thick, brownish head - lots of carbonation.
My fridge is starting to get a little cramped, as I'm accumulating a collection of beers to review. As I was just in Chicago a few weeks ago for Drupalcon Chicago, I'll start with a Chicago favorite - Goose Island India Pale Ale.
Goose Island is one of Chicago's oldest craft breweries, they've been wining awards at the Great American Beer Festival since 1989. Their India Pale Ale is golden in color, with a cloudy haze that is probably both from the protein and a result of the distance its traveled to the Boston area.
Aromatic, floral nose precedes the big hop flavor with lots of spicy bitterness (chinook hops at work) from the whole hop oils, as this beer is aggressively dry hopped. Its a well balanced and actually starts hoppier than it finishes.
Pass on all the spice holiday beers and go with the hops instead.
Dogfish Head is an East Coast brewery that is hard to avoid these days. Features in the New Yorker and on the Discovery Channel speak to the effectiveness of the marketing department. With a reputation of hoppy beers, I had to jump in and try for myself.
The 60 Minute IPA is copper in color, lighter in color than many IPAs. The aroma is a little underwhelming - no big floral Cascade nose. Its a little fruity in the aroma with a touch of malty sweetness.
Somewhere along the line, I decided I wasn't interested in Wachusett beers. Maybe its all their fruit beers or a less than positive experience back in their early days.
Whatever happened, its only recently that I discovered the hoppy Green Monsta Ale and rediscovered a hidden gem here in Massachusetts. It turns out, the brewers at Wachusett love their hops. And it was with some excitement that I tried their IPA.
The beer looked great coming out of the bottle, a nice copper color with no haze and a thick creamy head with lots of lacing.
When you get a good batch (and therein lies the rub) this is one of my favorite beers. I remember when Todd Mott, the brewer who designed the first version Harpoon IPA, started bottling this beer. At its best Harpoon IPA has a good hop nose, pours well (good bottle conditioning) and is carbonated properly. The malt provides the proper balance to the hops and the finish is bitter by not overly so--it makes you want to open another bottle/order another pint!
In a word, this beer straight up rocks - get a six pack now.
New IPAs from major craft breweries is not an everyday experience, so I was surprised to come across Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA this weekend at my local craft brew store. As it turns out, this beer was just released by Sierra Nevada - a year round IPA. Chico CA's finest brewery is one of my favorites - for their ubiquitous Pale Ale, Summerfest lager and choc-full-a-hops Celebration Ale. And the introduction of a year round IPA only reinforces the status of one of my favorites.
Torpedo Extra IPA is a brilliant copper color with
This IPA has a deep copper color, a little darker than a typical IPA, but very clear with no haze. It poured with almost no head - what little there was disappeared quickly. Checking other reviews - this is consistent across all of them. Someone should start tweaking their carbonation or bottle conditioning process because there's a problem when a beer pours without a head. Give it a good swirl and the carbonation appears - its CO2 levels seem alright.
The most noticeable result of this bottling issue is the beer has almost no nose - there's nothing there and again, this is mentioned by almost