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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
Firestone (Walker) Luponic Distortion #006 (IPA)
Canned on 6/21/17 (Today 7/6/17). ABV 5.9%
Color: Gold, Finger Width Head
Smell: Slight Dank, Skunk, Slight Mango, Cat Pee (???)
Taste: Hoppy, Earthy (Good)
Aftermath: Tropical Fruit, Stonefruit (Peaches), Bitterness, Dry
Experience: I have had all six batches now from this revolving IPA. As of now only batch one and six have been my favorite. Batch 2-5 have been good but I felt not too much had changed between batches to notice. Very refreshing but not a WOW factor, but a good IPA on a hot day (next 10 days will be 100+). Grade 4.2/5.
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!).
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.