Brew Review #68

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SLO Brew Tropical P.O.G. Hefeweizen Cali Squeeze

Canned. No Date. ABV 5.4%

Apperance: Unfiltered, Merky, Hazy, Finger and half-width soapy head

Aroma: Orange Peel, Slight Guava, Wheat

Palate: Orange Peel/Zest, Slight Malt

Finish: Sweet, Tart

Experience: I was picking up some beer for my wife and I this one jumped out at me as something that she would like a lot. Also, it has been getting hot here in Fresno and it is about to be a stretch of 100+ degree weather. This beer sounded refreshing for the summer heat. I will admit my wife and I both were disappointed that it didn’t have more tropical flavors. As we let it sit out for a bit we started noticing some guava hints but not a lot. It taste more like a traditional hef (similar to a Blue Moon). I am not a huge fan of hefs just because they tend to upset my stomach but I wanted to give this one a try. My score is based solely on what it is, a hefeweizen. Score: 4/5.

Brew Review #66


Sierra Nevada Cherry Chocolate Stout

Bottled. No Date. ABV 8.5%

Appearance: Black, Finger width head of root beer float head.

Aroma: Coffee

Palate: Cola, Cocoa Nibs, Cherry

Finish: Sweet, Dark Chocolate Bar, Hint of Coffee, Tart Cherry

Experience: Really looked forward to trying this beer. My boss surprised me with this beer. He picked it up in Chico. This was a really good beer that took me about an hour to finish because I savored every ship. This reminded me when I’m pairing red wine with chocolate and letting that chocolate sit and melt on my tongue (that was the flavor on the palate). 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 #62


Dogfish Head Romantic Chemistry IPA 

Bottled. No Date. ABV 7.2%

Appearance: Slight Hazy, Dark Amber, Thin light head.

Aroma: Malty, Toasted Nuts

Palate: Malt, Slight Stonefruit

Finish: Sweet, No Hops, Little Sour, Apple Juice

Experience: From my experience, Dogfish Head tend to have a strong malt backbone but was hoping for more hops (any hops).Overall, was not super stoked on this beer. I will continue to try beers from this brewery because they do make good beer just did not enjoy this beer. Grade 3.8/5.

Brew Review #61


Sierra Nevada Pronto IPA 

Bottled. No Date. ABV 6.7%

Appearance: Slight Hazy, Amber, Finger width of white soapy head.

Aroma: Citrus, Floral, Earthy

Palate: Mango, Tropical Fruit, Grapefruit

Finish: Carmle, Toasted Nuts, Bitter (Grapefruit peel)

Experience: Been waiting for this one to come into work. Sierra Nevada brewed this beer just for our company. Says it’s an ale brewed with mango and hibiscus. This beer lived up to the hype I had for it. The mango and hibiscus were more on the nose and the palate was a great balance of malt and grapefruit (hops). Over all really good beer and will have to pick up another bottle to enjoy. Grade 4.6/5.

Brew Review #60


Elysian Space Dust IPA 

Bottled 30 June 12 (???). ABV 8.2%

Appearance: Hazy, Amber, Gold. Half finger of white soapy head.

Aroma: Citrus

Palate: Citrus, Lemon (Zest), Light Body, Slight Malt

Finish: Smooth, Sweet, Dry Mouth

Experience: Been wanting to try this beer for a while. Went with a lot of new breweries lately for my brew reviews. This was a good IPA profile that I like with slight malt backbone. The hope was more up front then disappeared across the tongue with a dry mouth finish. I wish there were a little more hops to go across my palate to the finish but overall it was a good beer. Grade 4.8/5.

Brew Review #59


Alpine Beer Company Duet IPA

Bottled. Best by 11/5/17 (reviewed 8/20/17). ABV 7%

Appearance: Slight Hazy, Amber. Half finger of thin soapy head.

Aroma: Pine, Malt

Palate: Malty, Sweet, Medium Body

Finish: Smooth, Slight Orange Peel

Experience: This was my first Alpine beer and I was excited to try it because of the hype that this brewery gets. I was not a fan of this beer and I don’t know if it was this specific IPA or possible a bad batch. This beer was all malt and I knew it once I smelled the beer. It was not terrible just wanted a little more after all the hype. I will have to try more from Alpine to see if I just had a bad batch. It did get a little better as it sat out and warmed up a bit. Grade 4.2/5.

Brew Review #58


Oskar Blues Brewery IPA 

Canned on 4/25/17 (reviewed on 8/30/17). ABV 6.43%

Appearance: Slight Hazy (Cloudy), Gold (Straw). Half finger of thin white soapy head.

Aroma: Pineapple, Citrus, Earthy

Palate: Slight Pineapple, Citrus, Slight Malt

Finish: Orange Peel, Dry Mouth

Experience: I totally judged this beer before I had it. I thought it was going to be all malt and a disappointment. I was completely wrong. I was super pleased by this beer and all the characteristics that beer had to offer. Even after this beer being four months old had so much punch in flavor. I have learned more about “old” IPAs and the dating process. I do not think I will let beer dates on a bottle or can (if it is an IPA) affect my purchase decision. Grade 4.6/5.

Brew Review #57


Tactical Ops Brewing, Inc. Shrapnel IPA

Bottled. No Date. ABV 8% IBUs 85

Appreance: Amber, Slight Hazy (Cloudy). Half finger of soapy white head.

Aroma: Dank, Tropical Notes

Palate: Light Body, Citrus, Slight Malt

Finish: Smooth, Toasted Hazelnut

Experience: This is my first beer from Tactical Ops (another local Fresno brewery). I was super stoked on the aroma of beer (I get excited when I smell the dank on the nose) but was a little deceiving. It was hoppier than malty (which I was happy about of course) but the malt backbone was present which took a little away from my palate but overall not bad. I did appreciate the hops that came through the finish with a dry mouth. I will take this as a success for my first time trying this brewery. Grade 4.2/5.

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.