Moonraker Brewing Company Zam Bone Imperial IPA
Canned 5/20/20 (reviewed 6/18/20). ABV 8% IBUs 50
Appearance: Hazy, Straw, Guava Juice, Finger width soapy head
Aroma: Tropical, Pineapple, Mango, Papaya
Palate: Grassy, Hop throughout, Balanced mouthful
Finish: Dry mouth, Bitter
Experience: It has been a while since I have taken notes on what I am tasting when drinking a beer. Normally I will go through sight, smells, taste, and finish of the beer in my head or friends and then just enjoy the beer. So it did take me some time to get back into taking notes. I will get into the rhythm soon. Initially, I assumed this beer was going to be more on the boozy side being an imperial IPA but not at all! It was very earthy, grass, and full of hops. This drank more like an IPA because of the lack of any boozie notes. Grade 5/5!
Drake’s Brewing Company Denogginizer Imperial IPA
Bottled 6/13/17 (reviewed 8/6/17). ABV 9.75%, IBUs 90
Color: Amber, Finger Width Head
Smell: Malty, Citrus
Taste: Malty, Nutty, Alcohol, Carmel, Heavy Body
Aftermath: Sweet, Piney
Experience: When I was new to the craft beer scene I was younger and went for the higher ABV beers and “liked” them. Probably because my goal was to get hammered when I was younger even though I liked craft beers. Now, not so much. I mean I will drink high ABV beers but that is not my goal. If they are high then they are high, if they are low then they are low. I have noticed more and more as I drink good beers and have had higher ABV beers that I seem to like them less and less because of the malt backbone in the beer. I have never been a huge fan of strong malty beers and that is why I am not a fan of a lot of German style beers. Doesn’t mean I will not try them to appreciate the craft but not my first choice. As I drank more and more, different flavors came out and I enjoyed a little more. Grade 4.4/5.