Brew Review #47

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Mission St. Session Peach IPA

Bottled. Best Before 11/26/17. ABV 5%

Color: Gold, Apple Juice, Half Finer Head

Smell: Stone Fruits, Fuzz

Taste: Peaches, Hops

Aftermath: Pine, sweet

Experience: This bottle caught my eye at work. A session IPA with peach? I liked the sound of that and was interested. Not bad from this brewery as some others I have had from them I have not been a huge fan. This is just a good beer to enjoy under the sun. Grade 4.4/5.

Brew Review #44

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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 #21

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SLO Brew Wave Wrangler Session IPA 

Canned. No Date. ABV 4.8% IBUs 45

Color: Gold, Apple Juice, Finger Width Head

Smell: Dank, Citrus

Taste: Sweet, Hoppy, Floral (light)

Aftermath: Hop Finish, Not Dry

Experience: This was my first beer from SLO Brew and it will not be my last. This beer had great flavor and perfect for the summer (especially here in Fresno). It had a lot of characteristics of a west coast IPA for a session with lower IBUs. I could drink this all day! I wish it was colder but that was my fault because I was so excited to try this beer. Grade 4.8/5.

Beer Education

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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!).

Beer Tasted:

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.

Brew Review #5

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Ballast Point Mango Even Keel Session IPA

Can. 17144 09:12 EK 102M (what does this mean?). ABV 3.8%

Color: Amber Red, Finger Width Head

Smell: Strong (before sniffing), Dank, Mango, Guava

Taste: Mango, Light Hops, Juice, Jolly Rancher

Aftermath: Bitterness (hops come out in the end), Sorbet (as it sat for a bit).

Experience: This beer had really good flavor but wish it had a little more hop in the front but finished very bitter which made up for it. It is a little low in the ABV game but I understand what this beer is made for and is perfect for a hot summer day by the pool. Grade 4/5.