Brew Review #67

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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!

Brew Review #64


Sierra Nevada Know Good IPA 

Bottled 8/9/17 (reviewed 9/4/17). ABV 6.2%

Appearance: Amber, Half finger soapy white head.

Aroma: Dank

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!

Brew Review #63


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!

Brew Review #56


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.

Brew Review #45


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.

Brew Review #44


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.

Brew Review #40


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!

Brew Review #32


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!!

Brew Review #31


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!!

Brew Review #20


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!