Imperial / Double IPA

Mikkeller Hop Burn (High)

Mikkeller Hop Burn (High)

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I stumbled upon this beer at my local liquor store and by the looks of the new label design (Keith Shore) this beer would be a hop bomb in a bottle.  Doing a little research I found out that this is part of a 2 beer series where Mikkel uses a top fermenting ale yeast […] ... [Read more]

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]

Great Divide 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

Great Divide 17th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

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Based off their DPA, year seventeen tasted very close to that of its predecessor.  It too was aged on American and French oak chips, brandished the same abv, and seemed to embody a similar malt and hop profile.  The only thing that was noticeable different was the label.  Last year (16th), the grain on the label […] ... [Read more]

Port Brewing Hop-15 Ale

Port Brewing Hop-15 Ale

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Created to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Pizza Port location, this beer is the brain child of hop heads.  It utilizes a medley of 15 different hops (varieties not given) that are then added in 15 minutes increments.  If that does not excite the inner hop junkie inside of you than I don’t know what […] ... [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]

Founders Devil Dancer Imperial IPA

Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA

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Fresh (2010):  $22.99 for a 4 pack, but I would argue that Devil Dancer is worth it.  You can enjoy one, age one, sell one, and share one.  I was on my screen porch when I cracked the bottle open and poured.  Even with a mild breeze outside all I could smell was a giant […] ... [Read more]

Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood-Aged Double IPA

Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

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I kept this bomber in my fridge for a year in order to see how it would age.  Would the hops fade?  Will the abv turn it into more of a barleywine? What about the oak aspect?  These were all questions I asked myself throughout the year as I waited 365+ days to enjoy this […] ... [Read more]

Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA

Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA

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I’ll be honest…I’m having the toughest time figuring out how to pronounce this beer let along what it means.  I’m leaning towards it meaning Governor. Anywho, regardless of these factors it is apparent that Oskar Blues mean for this Imperial IPA to be king (or at least reside in a lofty position in the craft beer […] ... [Read more]

Bridgeport Hop Harvest Ale

Bridgeport Hop Harvest Ale

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What a glorious beer! Instantly I knew my grade based on two factors. The first being that it poured a light golden color letting me know the malt was only there to act as a sweetener and second, the hops were bursting with a vibrant fruity quality that filled the air around my glass. This […] ... [Read more]

Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

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Contradictions. Green Tea and Beer. An American beer described in Japanese. Stone and Being Nice. And yet, this most recent Stone collaboration has all three. The most shocking of the trio, Stone being nice, comes in the form of profits from this particular beer being shared with Japan, in an effort to continue aid as […] ... [Read more]