Tagged: american ipa

Boulevard Heavy Lifting

HEAVY LIFTING: 94 Points

Lots of flavors

Lots of flavors

This IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “Heavy Lifting is our newest year-round beer based on our popular Tasting Room beer Mid-Coast IPA. Mid-Coast became a favorite among hopheads for its big, bold hop presence. Heavy Lifting takes that legacy further in fine style, exploding with flavor and a huge helping of five remarkably zesty and piney hops (Centennial, Citra, Amarillo, Topaz and Cascade).”

My Description: This is the IPA for those who love the hop flavors without it being overly bitter. It begins with a good sized, white colored head with an excellent retention level that looks like a pillow the whole way leaving behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is welcoming and citrus forward with notes of grapefruit hops, pineapple, stone fruits, and a hint of woodsy hops. Heavy Lifting is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is slightly complex with delicious fruit hop notes like peaches along with some tropical notes as well. Bready malt notes help bring balance and hints of pine hops keep it interesting. The aftertaste is moderatley low in bitterness making this IPA more about the hop flavors than about the IBU. Overall, this beer is very smooth and a pleasure to drink. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with jerk chicken, fried shrimp, or a spicy salad.

ABV: 6.2% Color: Hazy Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 4/10

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

GRAPEFRUIT SCULPIN: 97 Points

Grapefruit Monster

Grapefruit Monster

This American IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. cans and bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our award-winning IPA, with a citrus twist. Our Grapefruit Sculpin is the latest take on our signature IPA. Some may say there are few ways to improve Sculpin’s unique flavor, but the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements our IPA’s citrusy hop character. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer.”

My Description: What a beautifully balanced beer that is delicious and the grapefruit never becomes cloying or overpowering. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with an excellent retention level that leaves behind a great amount of lacing. You immediately understand why they call it Grapefruit Sculpin when you first smell this beer because it is a grapefruit bomb along with notes of citrus hops and pale malts with a hint of tart. This ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose closely with massive grapefruit notes along with citrus hops, bready malts, and hints of tropical fruits. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with lingering grapefruit notes. The texture is smooth and overall this beer is refreshing and clean. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with basmati rice, coconut shrimp, or jerk chicken.

ABV: 7% Color: Orange/Brown Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10

Frankenmuth Brewery Batch 69

BATCH 69: 79 Points

Should have gone with the next batch

Should have gone with the next batch

This American IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A medium light bodied India Pale Ale with an intense hop aroma and flavor. This IPA will wake up your senses to fine American hops to discover tastes of citrus, flowers and pine.”

My Description: I understand they were going for a “Midwest” IPA but they damn near left the West Coast completely out of it. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with an excellent retention that leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is rather weak with subdued floral hop notes, there is also a bready malt note. The bottle says American IPA, not English IPA, so I was expecting big hop notes. Batch 69 is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the direction of the nose by being subdued. Notes of citrus hops and pine hops can be detected along with a noticeable malt backbone. The alcohol is nicely hidden and the aftertaste is moderately bitter. There is absolutely nothing special about this beer and overall it is rather bland by AIPA standards. Still, it is easy drinking and there are no major flaws. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled pork chops, spicy Thai noodles, or a deep dish pizza.

ABV: 6.9% Color: Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger

RYE OF THE TIGER: 94 Points

I must drink you!

I must drink you!

This IPA is released seasonally in the Spring in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our Rye of the Tiger has claws. Named for its fierce hop profile and sharp rye content, Rye of the Tiger is a thrilling India Pale Ale with bite. Rye of the Tiger is crafted for the fighter in all of us, a powerful beer meant to inspire feats of strength and skill. At 7.5%, mind those catlike reflexes if your bout goes into extra rounds. If you can handle this hopped-up kitty, you’ve earned your stripes.”

My Description: This is very bitter beer but it doesn’t hide the other flavors, in fact it is the perfect finish to this ale. It begins with a good sized, white colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming and it smells fresh with notes of rye, fruity hops, and a hint of tropical hops. Rye of the Tiger is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is clean and delicious with all notes working smoothly together. A noticeable rye spice and breadiness sets the foundation with bold citrus hops coming through. Some sweet malt notes add character along with some earthiness. Overall this beer has excellent balance. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and the aftertaste is moderately high in bitterness. This beauty is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with fried chicken, spicy fish tacos, or jerk seasoned dishes.

ABV: 7.5% Color: Orange/Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 7/10

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA

HOP HUNTER: 95 Points

Great everyday IPA

Great everyday IPA

This IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Hop Hunter IPA harnesses the complex flavors of just-picked hops through an all-new method of steam distilling wet hops before they even leave the fields. This revolutionary technique captures and intensifies the natural flavors, creating a unique and intensely aromatic beer. Our custom process gathers pure hop oil which, when combined with traditional whole-cone hops in the brew kettle and makes for an incredible IPA experience.”

My Description: The steam distilled hop oils used in this ale taste and smell great. The hop oils smell fresh and the addition of actual hops still gives this beer that vegetative feel. It begins with a decent sized, white colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind some lacing. The aroma is bright and welcoming with Cascade hop notes of citrus and floral along with notes of pale malts, some grass, and pine hop notes. Hop Hunter is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. Not surprisingly, this ale is hop forward with pungent notes of grapefruit, floral, and grassy hops. Some bready malt notes help to give this beer character while a lingering pine hop flavor delights the palate. The aftertaste is moderately bitter but overall this beer isn’t a bitter monster but more of a showcase for hop flavors. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with wood grilled salmon, smoked ribs, or a soft cheese.

ABV: 6.2% Color: Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 6/10

Greenbush Dungras

DUNEGRÄS: 92 Points

Clean flavors

Clean flavors

This IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A justly hopped india pale ale with absolutely no dunegrass. Combining west coast and noble hops, we created our own IPA with a shining finish. And as an environmental treat, absolutely no dunegrass was killed in order to make our fine beer, so drink up!”

My Description: I’m not sure what the name of this beer means but I know it is a well crafted American IPA. It pours a very large and fluffy, light tan colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is a hop bomb that smells delightful with notes of American hops like pine and citrus along with some floral hop notes and a touch of malt. Dungräs is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer tastes great and is balanced beautifully. A strong malt backbone holds up notes of pine hops and hints of caramel malt. Hop spice undertones and a touch of floral hops add depth. The aftertaste is moderately bitter, very clean, and lingers for some time. I can see this as an easy choice when searching for a local Michigan IPA. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Thai noodles, spicy shrimp, or fried chicken.

ABV: 6.7% Color: Hazy Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10

Short’s Huma Lupa Licious

HUMA LUPA LICIOUS: 93 Points

Licious Indeed

Licious Indeed

This American IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Huma Lupa Licious’ name derives from the hop plant, Humulus lupulus. It is Short’s best-selling India Pale Ale. Huma Lupa Licious is brewed with five different hop varieties, providing a punch to the palate. Between the beer’s abundance of hops, and the type of hops used in its creation, it has a delicious bitter taste and enticing citrus aroma. The hearty malt bill melds well with the hops for a perfect balance. Huma Lupa Licious is the product of Joe Short wanting to create the ultimate IPA experience. Originally, Huma Lupa Licious was named Humulus Lupulus Maximus, and went through several recipe changes before settling on the recipe we know and love today.”

My Description: This is a great IPA for Short’s to have as one of their flagship beers. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a great retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma definitely has that American hop profile with citrus hops dominating along with some grassy notes and bready malt notes. Huma Lupa is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This IPA showcases a great amount of hop flavors ranging from tangerine and citrus to some pine notes and hop spice undertones. This beer tastes great; pale malt notes and a hint of earthy notes add depth and help keep the alcohol flavor in check. The aftertaste is moderately high in bitterness and lingers for a while. This beer isn’t a hop monster, but it’s strong, and it doesn’t cheapen out on the hop flavor. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with jerk chicken, mushroom burgers, or coconut shrimp.

ABV: 7.7% Color: Golden/Orange Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 6.5/10

Funky Buddha Hop Gun

HOP GUN: 94 Points

Load It Up

Load It Up

This American IPA has an IBU of 80 is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “If you’re looking for hops, we’ve got your tail. Hop Gun IPA delivers a payload of good ol’ American hops straight to your pallet, bursting forth with the flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. A careful dose of smooth caramel malts swoop in to balance out the finish — just like any good wingman should.”

My Description: I don’t know why the bottle says to serve at 38°F, this beer is standard at that temperature. Around 50°F, this beer is outstanding with bright hop notes and a delicious malt backbone. It begins with a large, white colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is mellow with caramel malt noticed along with notes of grapefruit hops and tropical fruit hops. Hop Gun is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is very smooth and balanced exquisitely. A touch of honey sweetness and a thick malt backbone are accompanied by a dominate grapefruit hop flavor with faint tropical hop notes. Some pine hops creep through and the alcohol is completely hidden. The aftertaste is moderately bitter but not as much as I thought it would be considering the IBU, that’s probably thanks to the hefty malt bill. This beer is great but make sure to drink it warmer than suggested. It pairs nicely with spicy chicken wings, grilled lamb chops, or cherry pie.

ABV: 7% Color: Orange/Bronze Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10

Founders Mosaic Promise

MOSAIC PROMISE: 96 Points

Love this hop

Love this hop

This SMASH IPA is brewed once and is available for a limited time in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Mosaic Promise, a beautifully simple beer that we had been experimenting with for some time.” Mosaic Promise showcases a single malt—Golden Promise—and a single hop—Mosaic. The traditional barley’s depth of flavor and the versatility of the hops’ bittering, flavor and aroma characteristics are the strong pillars that comprise the structure of this clean, rich, golden beer. We can brew complex beers with the best of them, but we recognize that there’s also beauty in simplicity.”

My Description: Founders has brewed an amazing beer to showcase both the Mosaic Hop and the Golden Promise malt. I wish this IPA would become a staple in their beer lineup. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a great retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is my favorite part of this beer, it’s hop bliss. The Mosaic hop delivers a plethora of scent notes from citrus and woodsy to light tropical notes and peaches. This IPA is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely but now the malt starts to shine through. The Golden Promise delivers a beer that is very clean and smooth with a residual sweetness that lingers slightly in the aftertaste; this is great base malt. Hop notes of grapefruit, woodsy, and stone fruits add to the flavor profile but aren’t in your face like in the aroma. This finish is excellent with a moderate bitterness level and a refreshing feeling. I love this beer. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled jerk chicken, spicy fish tacos, or a BBQ shrimp.

ABV: 5.5% Color: Golden Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 4/10

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s

DEVIANT DALE’S: 93 Points

Intoxicating Aroma

Intoxicating Aroma

This Imperial IPA is available year-round in 16 oz. cans.

Brewer’s Description: “Deviant Dale’s IPA (8 percent ABV, 85 IBUs) was born at the crossroads, in a juke joint, as if Dale’s Pale Ale sold its soul to balance Deviant’s foreboding aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins, its copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable flavor-intense finish. Deviant is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Oskar Blues delivers this boundary-buster in the brewery’s first 16-ounce tallboy can.”

My Description: This is a great IPA that borders on the Imperial IPA side with 8% alcohol but doesn’t taste like an Imperial; it is smooth, easy drinking, and the alcohol is nicely hidden. It begins with a very large, off-white colored head that lasts forever leaving behind an excellent amount of lacing. The aroma is the best part of the beer; this smells fantastic with bright citrus and pine hop notes that are typical of the West Coast Style. There is also some pale malt notes in the aroma that blend beautifully with the hop scents. Deviant Dale’s is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Predictably, this beer has a strong malt backbone that is welcomed as it gives the body of the beer a great texture and a great mouthfeel. Citrus hops and some pine hops can be tasted but they are not as strong as they are in the aroma. Although, I picked up on some tropical hop notes that weren’t in the aroma. The transition to the aftertaste is clean with a moderately bitter finish but I thought that this beer wasn’t too overly bitter. All in all, this a great IPA that won’t kill your palate with large amount of bitterness. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with spicy foods, burgers, or a mild cigar.

ABV: 8% Color: Deep Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

Ballast Point Big Eye

BIG EYE: 97 Points

Big Flavor

Big Flavor

This American IPA has an IBU of 71 and is available year-round in 12 oz. cans and bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The beer that helped put San Diego IPA’s on the map. Our Big Eye IPA is a big hoppy brew, thanks to the abundance of American Columbus and Centennial varieties we use to flavor and dry hop. While the English originally added extra hops to preserve their beers for sea travel, we do it for the love of all that bold, intense flavor that makes India Pale Ale one of our favorite styles.”

My Description: This beer is great example of a classic West Coast IPA with strong pine and citrus hop notes. This beer is not complex by any means, which is excellent because Ballast Point does an outstanding job highlighting the flavors that are present; sometimes less is more. It begins with a good sized, white colored head that thins down a bit but lasts the whole way leaving behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with notes of citrus hops and pine hops. Some caramel malt can also be detected along with a hint of tropical notes like pineapple. Big Eye is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. I did not detect much tropical hop notes in the flavor profile like I did in the aroma but I definitely tasted bold notes of citrus and pine hops. These resiny hop flavors sit on a satisfying caramel malt backbone that adds a touch of sweetness to calm the strong bitterness. The aftertaste is very clean with a satisfying bitterness that will linger for some time. Ballast Point has done a great job brewing a beer that showcases the West Coast hops beautifully. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Tuna Poke, Panang Curry, or baked ham.

ABV: 7% Color: Bronze/Copper Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 6.5/10

Ballast Point Sculpin

SCULPIN: 100 Points

West Coast Beauty

West Coast Beauty

This American IPA has an IBU of 70 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles and cans and 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A trophy beer that’s a testament to our homebrew roots. Our Sculpin IPA is a great example of what got us into brewing in the first place. After years of experimenting, we knew hopping an ale at five separate stages would produce something special. The result ended up being this gold-medal winning IPA, whose inspired use of hops creates hints of apricot, peach, mango and lemon flavors, but still packs a bit of a sting, just like a Sculpin fish.”

My Description: This bright and flavorful IPA is a masterpiece and it becomes extremely addicting after one sip. It begins with a good sized, white colored head with a great retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is no surprise here, big notes of grapefruit and citrus hops along with some fruity notes like peaches. The aroma smells wonderful and is very inviting. Sculpin is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is not too much different from other West Coast IPA’s but the harmony of the hop flavors and the level of smoothness really sets this beer apart from the rest. Grapefruit hops, pine hops, and fruity hops like peaches and apricots combine to form a great layer of flavors that can be detected at different temperatures throughout. Some malt notes help to lay a foundation for the hops and the alcohol is completely hidden. The transition to the aftertaste is clean and the finish is very bitter. This beer is a must have for any hop head and a great example of a American IPA. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with coconut basmati rice, jerk chicken, or tropical bread pudding.

ABV: 7% Color: Amber/Orange Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 7/10

Deschutes Inversion IPA

INVERSION IPA: 95 Points

Great body and flavor

Great body and flavor

This American IPA has an IBU of 80 and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Paradise is stumbling upon our whole flower hop room and inhaling. Inversion IPA is as close as you can get without knowing somebody. Enter, if you will, all the glorious aromatic complexity of the hop. This big, bold IPA’s intense multi-hop kick gets a subtle dose of restraint from select Crystal and Carastan malts. For discriminating hop heads.”

My Description: This is a very clean and addicting IPA that could easily become your favorite balanced IPA. It pours a good sized, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is spectacular and hop forward with notes of tropical and citrus hops along with some pine hop notes and caramel malt. I love the aroma, it is very inviting. Inversion is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The hops take center stage in the flavor profile but there is definitely a malty presence that adds flavor and balance. Pine hops and citrus hop notes mingle with a tasty caramel malt note. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and lingers beautifully for some time. It might be the water because there is a notable cleanliness to this beer that really allows the malt and hop flavors to shine through exceptionally. This well done IPA is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, veggie burgers, or Hawaiian Pizza.

ABV: 6.8% Color: Copper/Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 6.5/10

Firestone Walker Union Jack

UNION JACK: 96 Points

Great depth of flavors

Great depth of flavors

This American IPA is an IBU of 70 and is available year-round in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “An aggressively hopped West Coast-style IPA. Union Jack showcases exceptional dry hop character with stunning pineapple, citrus and piney aromas on the nose accompanied by honey-like malt aromatics. Double dry hopping brings bold grapefruit, tangerine and citrus flavors that are contrasted by pale malt sweetness to balance this intense brew. A true tribute to the style that put the West Coast on the craft beer map.”

My Description: Smooth and very clean, this West Coast IPA is more than just a bitter beer. Malty upfront, this IPA has body and delivers some sweet notes while the complex array of hops add to the aroma and delicious flavors. It begins a large, white colored head with a great retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is where this beer begins to become addicting. Delicate and modest, the aroma showcases notes of bready malt, citrus hops, some tropical hints, and deep pine hop notes that delight the senses. Union Jack is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. A well balanced flavor profile allows the many different hop flavors to shine through including citrus hops and pine hops. Caramel malt can also be tasted and the alcohol is beautifully hidden. The aftertaste is moderately bitter but not overly aggressive with some lingering hop notes. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Thai noodles, Cajun shrimp, or a vegetable pizza.

ABV: 7.5% Color: Dark Gold Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10

Sam Adams Juniper IPA

JUNIPER IPA: 85 Points

The Juniper is interesting

The Juniper is interesting

This American IPA is available in the Winter Collection pack in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “For this special release, we wanted to brew a flavorful winter IPA that captured the aroma of the season.  This brought us to juniper berries, which add a slightly sweet, piney character.  Complemented by citrus notes from American hops, this balanced IPA will brighten the holidays.”

My Description: Even though this beer is crisp and the Juniper addition is satisfying, I feel that the IPA portion could have tasted better. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind an abundant amount of lacing. The aroma has a nice citrus hop presence accompanied by notes of caramel malt and a touch of pine. Juniper IPA is roughly medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. There is a tasty blend of pine and citrus hops with a touch of sweetness. A noticeable malt backbone and a minimal herbal presence add welcoming flavor notes. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and lingers minimally. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with burgers, veggie pizzas, or gourmet cheeses.

ABV: 5.8%  Color: Copper  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10

Anchor Liberty Ale

LIBERTY ALE: 94 Points

Massive Citrus Hop Profile

Massive Citrus Hop Profile

This American IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The yeast used during fermentation produces many of Liberty Ale’s subtle flavors and characteristics. A natural process called “bunging” creates gentle carbonation, and the practice of dry hopping (adding fresh hops to the brew during aging), revived by Anchor, creates its unique aroma. Liberty Ale® was first brewed to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s historic ride. As the first modern American IPA brewed after prohibition and the first modern American single-hop ale and dry-hopped ale, Anchor’s Liberty Ale® is the original craft brewed ale and the beer that started a revolution.”

My Description: This beer is clean, crisp, and very refreshing with a great flavor profile making this an easy choice for an everyday IPA. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind an impressive amount of lacing. The aroma is all Cascade hops with huge citrus notes and some floral notes as well. Liberty Ale is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. There are light malt notes in this ale along with some bread notes bringing some balance to this otherwise moderately bitter IPA. Citrus hops dominate the flavors and they taste great and become addicting. This is a well-made West Coast IPA and is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with cheese pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, or burgers.

ABV: 5.9%  Color: Orange  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 5/10

Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster

OAKED BIG HOPPY MONSTER: 94 Points

Big Oak Flavor

Big Oak Flavor

This Imperial Amber American Ale is released in limited quantities during Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The original Monster better than ever….  Oaked Big Hoppy Monster Imperial Red Ale pours a luscious garnet color.  Expect this brew to lead with big American-style hop aroma, quickly complemented by a monstrous malt backbone rounded with rich oaky notes and hints of vanilla.  A bit of alcohol warmth and a multitude of malty goodness, with just a snarl of hop bitterness, awaits at the finish.  This enormous beer will go down smooth… but watch out; this Monster bites!”

My Description: The oak shines through nicely in this ale, delivering a beer that is flavorful, complex, and satisfying. It has a large, light beige colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is strong and malty with accompanying notes of oak, vanilla, woodsy hops, some breadiness, and a touch of cherry. This beer is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This ale is remarkably smooth and as array of flavors. Oak is definitely noticeable as is the strong malt backbone. There are also notes of vanilla, woodsy hops, grapefruit hops, and some dark fruit sweetness. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and the alcohol is nicely hidden but felt, especially as the beer warms. These flavors work together nicely to create a beer worth sipping and savoring. This is a nice choice for those cool Autumn nights. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted pork, aged Cheddar cheese, or warm apple pie.

ABV: 10.6%  Color: Brown/Garnet  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10

LUCKY 13: 95 Points

I'll take this 13 anyday

I’ll take this 13 anyday

This American Amber Ale is released seasonally in the month of May in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “An ultra-mega-mondo red ale first made in 2006 to celebrate 13 years of brewing ultra-hoppy-mega-malty-mondo ales. Now it’s 2013 and we’re 20 years in. Whoa.”

My Description: I immediately fell in love with this beer because of how delicious and smooth the hop flavors are. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma smells great and invites you to immediately take a sip with notes of pine hops, some citrus hops, and a hint of floral hops that is beautiful. It is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is remarkably smooth for the alcohol content and the amount of IBU’s. There is a soft grain backbone with notes of caramel but this ale is dominated by hop flavors that include pine and citrus. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and addicting. I drank this so fast because it was so good that the alcohol definitely crept up on me! It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with fried chicken, steak & fries, or your favorite burger.

ABV: 8.65%  Color: Amber/Orange  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 6/10

CORNE DU DIABLE: 80 Points

Horn of the Devil

Horn of the Devil

This American Style IPA is available year-round in 11.5 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This new style, born on the west coast of North America, is characterized by stronger and hoppier beers. The result is a red ale expressing caramel flavours coming from the malt, sharp bitterness and powerful hop aromas, thanks to dry hopping.”

My Description: This was a decent IPA, I just felt that it lacked that quality I have come to expect from Dieu Du Ciel. It starts off with a decent, light beige colored head with a retention that fades but hangs around for a while and produces a below average amount of lacing. The aroma is a mixture of caramel sweetness, woodsy hops, and a hint of dark fruit. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a very dry finish. Upfront, there is a bread-like caramel flavor that is immediately countered by a hop flavor that tastes almost like cardboard, not very pleasing. I was hoping for a more citrus/grapefruit flavor since they were going to make a classic American IPA, however I was left with dull hop flavors. There are hints of citrus hops and alcohol but mainly it is that dry, sharp, sub-par hop flavor that overpowers it all. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and will linger, but not in that good way. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, spicy Thai noodles, or a heavy fruit salad.

ABV: 6.5%  Color:  Hazy Brown  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 6/10