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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]

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro

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Note:  let this beer warm up a little before you pour.  I was impatient and poured it right out of the fridge which did not account for much.  Now, I’m not sure  how they force carbonated the beer (probably the same as CO2), but the head on my beer was anti-climactic.  Seriously, that was the […] ... [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]

Fort Collins Double Chocolate Stout

Fort Collins Double Chocolate Stout

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The enjoyment of beer should always start in the drinking of beer. Is that too much of a no brainer? Secondly, one should never form an opinion (or worse, express that opinion) if one has not actually drunk said beer. I’ll confess that every now and again I get distracted by the discourse and — […] ... [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]

Avery Mephostopheles Stout 2011

Avery Mephistopheles Stout 2011

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2011 Vintage:  The last in the Demon Series of Ales by Avery.  Complete damnation!  Similar to Noel’s review of The Beast, I got owned by this beer.  Coming in at an alcohol level which rivaled that of BrewDog’s intense beers, Mephistopheles packs more than a punch.  It is like a nuclear bomb on the taste […] ... [Read more]

Avery Joe's Premium American Pilsner

Avery Joe’s Premium American Pilsner

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In the past years I would have momentarily glanced at the Avery beers on shelves at liquor stores and walked on by.  Reflecting back on that a few months ago I realized it was due to a simple factor.  The labeling.  Their old labels seems out of date making me think that this amazing brewery […] ... [Read more]

Great Divide Grand Cru

Great Divide Grand Cru

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Wow!  This beer holds up to just about any Quad on the market today.  Packed with wonderful flavor and boasting a hefty 11% abv it is no wonder they release it January-March (we need something to keep us warm).  Allow me to explain why this beer should be one of your selections for the Winter […] ... [Read more]

Great Divide Belgian-Style Yeti

Great Divide Belgian-style Yeti

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Just when I thought I was done with my Yeti collection, Great Divide went and brewed a fifth.  My bottle, brewed on June 17 2011, met my lips the night of September 19th the same year and I will not be the same again.  I figure the malt bill is exactly the same laying down […] ... [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]