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!
Sierra Nevada Know Good IPA
Bottled 8/9/17 (reviewed 9/4/17). ABV 6.2%
Appearance: Amber, Half finger soapy white head.
Palate: Hops, Citrus
Finish: Sweet, Smooth, Crisp
Experience: Wow! What a really well balanced IPA with good ABV to drink all day. My mind is blown away by the aroma of this beer and the taste is leaves on my palate. It is such a refreshing, hoppy IPA. This is one of the best IPAs I have had (definitely top 10). Grade 5/5!
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!
House of Pendragon Brewing Co. All Haze Sir Lancelot NE Style IPA
Bottled. No Date. ABV 7%
Color (Appearance): Hazy, Pineapple, Orange Juice. Half a finger of white soapy head.
Smell (Aroma): Danky, Earthy, Slight Tropical Fruits
Taste (Palate): Citrus, Pineapple, Light Body
Aftermath (Finish): Dry Mouth, Bitter
Experience: Yes, yes, yes! This was such a great beer. This was my third hazy NE style beer from HOP and this was their best so far. I was happy to see that they brought down the ABV because that allowed for more flavors to come through compared to the last two I have reviewed. This beer was not overly juicy, more hop profile, smooth and a definite crusher. Out of our small selection of local breweries that we have in Fresno, HOP is becoming one of my favorites in town (sorry Tioga-Sequoia). I enjoy that they have a new brew every Thursday and they truly showcase a handful of different style of beers. Grade 5/5.
Bare Bottle Brew Co. Galaxy Dust IPA
Bottled. No Date. ABV 6.5% IBUs 58
Color: Hazy, Guava Juice, Finger Width Head
Smell: Tropical Fruits, Stone Fruit, Slight Dank
Taste: Hops, Peaches, Mango, Guava
Aftermath: Slight Dry Mouth
Experience: I have been waiting to try this beer since I got it early last week. It was everything I was hoping for and more. It had a great balance of fruit on the nose and smell with the hoppiness that I love from IPAs. I could drink this all day long! Grade 5/5.
Modern Times Oneida Hoppy Sessionable Pale Ale
Canned on 6/9/17 (reviewed 8/9/17). ABV 5.8% IBUs 50
Color: Hazy, Gold, Finger Width Head
Smell: Slight Dank, Earthy (good)
Taste: Cirtus, Floral
Aftermath: Juicy, Smooth, Dry Mouth
Experience: The can says call me an IPA if you want. Ha. I give it the respect to call it a hoppy, sessionable, pale ale. Damn you Modern Times you have done it again with a great beer. I always look forward to having a new beer from this brewery. Great beer! Grade 5/5.
Device Brewing Co. Curious Haze (a Northeast Style) IPA
Canned 7/7/17 (reviewed 8/7/17). ABV 7% IBUs 40
Color: Hazy, Pineapple Juice, Finger Width Head
Smell: Stonefruit, Peaches
Taste: Pineapple, Citrus, Slight Bitter, Light Body
Aftermath: Zesty, Slight Grapefruit, Orange Peel
Experience: My dad got me a 4 pack of this beer when he was back home in Santa Cruz. Been looking for a beer like this here in Fresno; Fresno pick it up! This was an awesome beer from a brewery I never heard of but want more beer from. This style of beer I am really into right now and they hit all the things I like about style of beer. Grade 5/5!
Coronado Brewing Co. Easy Up Pale (Pale Ale)
Canned on 7/17/17 (Reviewed 7/26/17). ABV 5.2% IBUs 35
Color: Amber, Half Finger Head
Smell: Dank, Citrus, Cat Pee (??)
Taste: Floral, Citrus, Malt
Aftermath: Dank, Bitter
Experience: I have been getting so lucky with Pale Ales lately. First SLO Brew and now Coronado. Both had strong IPA characteristics. I am enjoying these a lot! I would like to compare these Pale Ales with Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. This was an awesome beer! Grade 5/5!!
Modern Times Black House Coffee Roasty Stout
Canned on 4/4/17 (Reviewed 7/27/17). ABV 5.8% IBUs 40
Color: Black, Cola, Three Finger Head
Smell: Coffee, Chocolate, Coco Nibs
Taste: Chocolate, Light Body, Espresso Beans, Coffee Ice Cream
Aftermath: Sweet, Cola, Coffee Bean, Espresso Bean
Experience: This is what I want a stout to taste like! Someone made a comment about me having a stout in summer. What is wrong with that? Stouts are not heavy. People see the all black beer and think it is heavy. It is not. IPAs can be heavier. This beer had such amazing flavors and got even better as a drank more and the temperature of the beer went up. Grade 5/5!!
Peak Organic Brewing Co. The Juice Pale Ale
Canned on 5/12/17 (reviewed on 7/13/17). ABV 5.6%
Color: Pineapple Juice, Hazy, Finger Width Head
Smell: Mango, Guava, Pineapple, Peach, Tropical Fruits
Taste: Floral, Hops
Aftermath: Dry Mouth
Experience: I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it (name that movie)! No, but really this beer is effing amazing! This is my summer time beer all day. The nose on this beer is ridiculous and the taste is so well balanced. I would think that this beer is an IPA but it is not and I have to say officially this is my favorite all time Pale Ale! I am just so blown away. We have many cases left at work and it is not really selling and that’s okay because that means more for me! Ha. Grade 5/5! First perfect score!