Revision Brewing Co. What What (Dubious) DIPA
Bottled. No Date. ABV 9.1% IBUs 85
Appearance: Slight Hazy, Amber, Finger width fluffy white head.
Aroma: Dank, Lemon Zest, Orange Peel
Palate: Hop Heavy (YES YES YES!!), Light Malt
Finish: Dry Mouth, Smooth
Experience: Thank you Revision! You are on my list for go to beers when I need an amazing IPA. This is everything I was in an IPA; light malt, strong hop smell, and presence. You would not know that this was a 9.1% because it is so smooth with a little malt. Grade 5/5!
Agaisnt the Grain Brewery Rico Sauvin DIPA
Canned. Not Date. ABV 8.2%
Color: Amber, Hazy, Finger and Half Head
Smell: Citrus, Malt
Taste: Sweet, Malty
Aftermath: Candy, Bready
Experience: Again, another can buy. And again, I smelt malt on the nose. And guess what I got. A non-hoppy, malty, flat beer. I don’t know how old this beer is but I am so effing tired of malty IPA beers. This is my opinion. I want it juicy or I want so much hops that I need to chew on that shit. I want hoppy, dank, citrus, fruit, light body, no malt (noticed on the palate) IPA. Can you all help me out where I can get this type of IPA? Grade 3.6/5.
Uinta Detour DIPA
Canned. Best Before 10/1/17. ABV 9.5%
Color: Hazy, Amber, Red, Finger Width Head
Smell: Malt, Crackers
Taste: Carmel, Stale, Cat Piss, Sour
Aftermath: Dry Mouth, Sour, Grapefruit
Experience: I have had other beers from Uinta and really liked them. I was not a huge fan of this one but I think it is because I have figured out I am not a fan of malt. I don’t like German style of beers because how heavy the malt is. Ironic since my great grandfather was a German brewer. I like IPAs that are juice bombs or light malt and super dank! Not that this was a bad beer but just not my style. Grade 3.2/5.
Hangar 24 Iconic DIPA
Draft (Mad Duck Craft Brewing Co.). ABV 9% IBUs 118
Color: Hazy, Amber
Smell: Carmel, Nutty
Taste: Sweet, Carmel, Hazelnut, Stout Characteristics
Aftermath: Smooth, Heavy Body, Alcohol
Experience: I was excited to try this beer and I love beer in tulip glasses. I knew it was “high” ABV but was excited to try it. The nose on this beer fooled me when I tasted it and that is always unpleasant when the nose is yummy but the beer is just okay. I have had other beers from this brewery that are good but this time it was just okay. Again, I don’t know if it was the tap. This makes me think maybe not to do reviews at restaurants. This was a very heavy beer. I did not know the IBUs until after I drank the beer but I did not get that much bitterness from it. I will have to try again from a bottle or can. Grade 3.4/5.
Port Brewing Co. Mongo DIPA
Canned. Fresh by 5/7/17 (Reviewed on7/21/17). ABV 8.5%
Color: Amber, Two Finger Head
Smell: Mango, Oranges, Papaya
Taste: Hop Forward, Spices, Grapefruit
Aftermath: Dry Mouth, Orange Peel
Experience: This is my first beer from Port Brewing Co. The can alone sold me. Great beer, tropical notes, hoppy on the palate but wish I got some dank notes. But overall this was a good IPA. Looking forward to trying different beers from this brewery. Grade 4.5/5.
Epic Brewing Co. Hopulent IPA (DIPA)
Elevated Series. Release #165 SLC #3743. Bottled. No Date. ABV 8.7% IBUs 62
Color: Hazy, Amber, Half Finger Head
Taste: Hop Forward, Malt (blend and light), Orange Peel
Aftermath: Sweet, Hoppy, Slight Dryness
Experience: Overall this was a good traditional IPA that I was introduced to back in the day. It was complex with great hops. I have had a few beers from Epic and they do some great things. This was another great experience from them. Grade 4.8/5.
Mammoth Brewing Co. IPA 395 (DIPA)
Bottled. No Date. ABV 8% IBUs 70
Color: Hazy, Half Finger Head, Amber, Red
Smell: Malt, Herb, Earth
Taste: Sage, Sweet, Toffee, Hazelnut
Aftermath: Dessert Cake (but not sweet)
Experience: This IPA has been brewed with juniper berries and sage. I was having a hard time identifying one thing on the nose and one thing on the taste. I don’t know what a juniper berry taste like so could be that. This makes me want to explore my pallet outside of beer so I can better relate what I smell and taste to other foods. Early this week I reviewed the Epic IPA and I liked that one overall better than this one. A lot of flavor in this IPA that I need to develop and appreciate. Grade 4/5.
Karl Strauss Brewing Co. Big Barrel IIPA (DIPA)
Bottled. No Date (13:45 1017 ??). ABV 9%
Color: Hazy, Amber, Golden, Finger Width Head, Soapy
Smell: Mango, Tropical Fruit
Taste: Hoppy, Grapefruit
Aftermath: Tart, Dry
Experience: I have been reviewing a lot of IPAs lately and I have been having more bad luck than good. This IPA was just what I needed, it was very good and enjoyable. This beer had all the characteristics I enjoy about IPAs. Much needed. Grade 4.8/5.
Clown Shoes Space Cake DIPA
Bottled on 3/15/17 ( the day before my 30th birthday! Reviewed on 7/9/17). ABV 9%
Color: Hazy, Amber Gold, Finger Width Head, Soapy Head
Smell: Mango, Carmel (Malt)
Taste: Candy, Bitter
Experience: I was really nervous at first to try this beer because the bottle date was 4 months ago and the general rule is 90 days. But then I thought to myself before I knew more about beer I never paid attention the dates and what they meant and still enjoyed the beers. So I dove into the review; glad I did! This beer was very good and the flavor profile was so unique and new to me. Enjoyed every sip and want to try a bottle with a date within the 90-day rule to compare. Cheers! Grade 4.8/5.
I know I know Ballast Point sold out. But, I am too new to this game that I am not going to pass up on good beer, second, this is a time I get to educate the crew about beers that we carry at work. I understand why people are upset when small microbreweries sell out and I support that opinion. If I am in the store to buy beer I would pick a smaller brewery over a big name (sold out) brewery. Does that make everyone feel better? Ha!
Okay, enough of that. These beers were delicious and the crew really opened up to these different IPAs. We paired this beer with Camozola cheese. I have been having a lot of fun pairing different beers with food (stepping up the game!).
Ballast Point Mango Even Keel Session IPA w/ Mango
ABV 3.8% IBUs 40
Notes: I explained this beer to be the beer you want to do yard work on a hot day when you need to get things done and have something tasty at the same time. Mango and citrus on the nose, dry hop through the tongue and of course mango flavors.
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
ABV 7% IBUs 70
Notes: This is their signature IPA. Overall good IPA (but not my favorite, sorry).
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
ABV 7% IBUs 70
Notes: This is their Sculpin IPA with grapefruit. I think this beer is better than the Sculpin but that is because I enjoy grapefruit, blood orange, etc. IPAs a lot. I wish the grapefruit was just a little stronger, but I enjoyed.
Ballast Point Manta Ray DIPA
ABV 8.5% IBUs 70
Notes: Now this is my type of IPA. It was danky, hoppy and tropical aromas. I could drink this beer all day. I will have to buy another bottle soon and do a brew review on it.