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 #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!

Brew Review #17


Karl Strauss Brewing Co. Big Barrel IIPA (DIPA) 

Bottled. No Date (13:45 1017 ??). ABV 9%

Color: Hazy, Amber, Golden, Finger Width Head, Soapy

Smell: Mango, Tropical Fruit

Taste: Hoppy, Grapefruit

Aftermath: Tart, Dry

Experience: I have been reviewing a lot of IPAs lately and I have been having more bad luck than good. This IPA was just what I needed, it was very good and enjoyable. This beer had all the characteristics I enjoy about IPAs. Much needed. Grade 4.8/5.

Crew Brew Review


Some of you may wonder if I really call beer brews. I don’t. I use the term brew only when I am joking around with friends and ask for a brewski bra! Ha. But this blog is brew review vs. beer review for a couple reasons. One, website domain can look off and be written wrong with the double “rr.” Second, Brew Review flows off the tongue better than Beer Review. It also just looks better with the double “ew.” I have been told I have a visual eye and see things differently than others.

Okay, let’s get into the crew review.  I wanted to compare the different style of Pale Ale’s and also wanted to try our two new limited time beers from Oskar Blues Brewery. We started with the Pilsner style then went into The Juice, Dale’s Pale Ale, and Sierra Nevada (to really compare).

Beers Tasted:

Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
ABV 3.5% IBUs 35
Notes: Looked light, bubbly and like apple juice. Got citrus, malt and floral on the nose. Tasted sweet with lemon zest. Not a huge fan of pilsner and didn’t find this to be very exciting. Some of the crew members really liked and bought some to bring home!

Peak Organic The Juice Pale Ale
ABV 5.6%
Notes: Poured out like pineapple and hazy. The nose had mango, papaya, and peaches. It was floral and bitter on the tongue. A dry mouth on the end. I was all about this beer! I will be doing a review in full later this week on this beer.

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
ABV 6.5% IBUs 65
Notes: Amber, Gold colored with malt and citrus on the nose. Medium body and could taste the malt. It had hops up front and toasted nuts on the pallet.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
ABV 5.6% IBUs 38
Notes: Looked like apple juice, amber colored. Had pine and citrus on the nose. Tasted sweet, light and refreshing.

I had a hard time comparing the last two pale ales. I couldn’t pick up a lot of notes in the nose and my pallet was a little off. The crew really liked the Pilsner and the crew favorite was THE JUICE!! This was my favorite as well and was stocked to try it again.


Brew Review #16


Riley’s Brewery Hammered IPA  (New England Style) 

Growler (Filled 7/11/17, the first day released). ABV 9.5% IBUs 80

Color: Hazy, Half a Finger Width Head, Amber

Smell: Pineapple, Citrus

Taste: Mango, Hoppy, Light Body, Guava 

Aftermath: Sweet, Alcohol

Experience: Found out the day of that Riley’s Brew Pub was doing a meet and greet with one of their brewers and releasing this new IPA. Always enjoy events like this especially if I can enjoy with friends and family. My wife and I met my dad for this event (teaching him more about craft beer and my wife loves craft beer). We had a few of their beers and small samples of others while we waited for the event to start. I tried their XPA (Extra Pale Ale), Session IPA, and their other IPA before trying their new release. Overall, the beers were okay and some lacked a few things that I personally enjoy but the food is amazing and the atmosphere is cool. The new released IPA had a great nose and the taste was completely different but overall good IPA. Picked up a growler to review at home. Grade 3.8/5.



Brew Review #14


Tioga-Sequoia Jungle Juice West Coast IPA (Art Hop Series)

Canned on 7/6/17 (Reviewed on 7/10/17). ABV 7.5%

Color: Hazy, Amber, Half Finger Width Head

Smell: Mango, Papaya

Taste: Hop Up Front, Pineapple, Bitterness (Bite)

Aftermath: Dry, Tart on Back

Experience: The name suggests New England style IPA but it also says West Coast IPA so I was interested to see what I was about to experience. The nose was very fruit forward and amazing. When I drank it I got nothing but hops, slight fruit. It was definitely a West Coast IPA. I have talked about Tioga-Sequoia being the first IPA I enjoyed (General Sherman) and I think they should make this one an all year beer for them or I will just have to try and get my hands on some more. I savored every sip of this beer. Grade 4.8/5.

Brew Review #13


Clown Shoes Space Cake DIPA 

Bottled on 3/15/17 ( the day before my 30th birthday! Reviewed on 7/9/17). ABV 9%

Color: Hazy, Amber Gold, Finger Width Head, Soapy Head

Smell: Mango, Carmel (Malt)

Taste: Candy, Bitter

Aftermath: Dry

Experience: I was really nervous at first to try this beer because the bottle date was 4 months ago and the general rule is 90 days. But then I thought to myself before I knew more about beer I never paid attention the dates and what they meant and still enjoyed the beers. So I dove into the review; glad I did! This beer was very good and the flavor profile was so unique and new to me. Enjoyed every sip and want to try a bottle with a date within the 90-day rule to compare. Cheers! Grade 4.8/5.

Brew Review #12


Modern Times Accumulated Knowledge IPA

Bottled on 5/16/17 (reviewed on 7/9/17). ABV 6.2% IBUs 65

Color: Hazy, Gold, Finger, and half Head

Smell: Slight Dank, Tropical Fruits

Taste: Grapefruit, Dry Mouth, Hops, Light Body

Aftermath: Dry Finish, Little Malt, Citrus, Pineapple

Experience: I have had this beer from Modern Times before and wanted to do a review on it. It is exclusive to Trader Joe’s and we are running low on cases, so wanted to grab a bottle for my weekend. This is a really good enjoyable beer that has great flavor profiles throughout the beer experience. I will be getting another bottle (or two) before they are all gone. Grade 4.6/5.

Beer Education


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 #9


House of Pendragon Iron Patriot New England DIPA 

Growler (filled 7/4/17, the first day released). Special Release. ABV 8%

Color: Hazy, Pineapple Juice, No Head

Smell: Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Citrus

Taste: Grapefruit, Tangerine, Pineapple, Juicy

Aftermath: Pineapple, Hoppy, Alcohol, Dry Mouth

Experience: I am just getting introduced to New England hazy style of IPAs and I am enjoying them! It also is a great style to introduce people to IPAs that are not huge on hops. They are juicy and refreshing. I want more juice bombs! But very unique to my pallet and I am enjoying trying different styles of IPAs.