Well I have now had @lagunitasbruhws Sucks both from the bottle and on draft. Damn this is one tasty beer any way you have it. Great hop profile throughout and little lingering bitterness. I could have a few of these all too easily.
Also want to give a shout out to the brewery, as I had a great time on the tour in Petaluma recently. Can’t wait till they set up shop here in Chicago.
Holy crap. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this @dogfishbeer 120 Minute IPA. What I ended up getting was a punch in the tongue! At 18% you really taste the booze and there are only flittering hints of hops on the finish. Definitely something I could see myself pouring into a rocks glass and sipping with friends. In the end I’m not really sure whether I liked it or not. I mean it does what it’s supposed to well, but it’s not something I’d usually reach for.
If you want to give your tongue a shocker, take this one out for a test drive. Worth a try, and I’m definitely going to see what it’s liked after being aged.
Gotta say… I was a little underwhelmed by @3floyds Rye da Tiger. After my first experience with Rye da Lightning being so glorious, I had big expectations for this one. Just didn’t feel like a 3 Floyds beer to me. Don’t get me wrong, they hit the nose on the nose, but flavor was lacking for me. Perhaps I should give it another go.. ;)
Cool label though bro.
MINT CHOCOLATE STOUT?
New Collaboration beer between Stone, Iron Fist, and Homebrewing champ Ken Schmidt. I want this:
MMMmmmmmmmmmmm! Sounds soooo good!
I haven’t heard too much about Widmer Brothers, but what I have heard hasn’t been too encouraging. Not that they are spectacularly lacking, just that there is nothing extraordinary out there from them.
That being said, I must say I did like this IPA. While it isn’t the best in the category, it definitely separates your generic “citrus” flavor from “citrus fruit.” There is distinct tropical fruit flavor from the get go that sets this brew apart. Definitely worth picking up a bottle to try, especially if you can find it in a “Pick 6” at your local beer purveyor.
I’d never heard of Shoreline till last night, but I’m glad I did. Some very tasty and interesting beer. I especially like the Imperial Raspberry Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Fantastic.
Batch 3 from the tasting. Firestone really impressed me from this lot. The Union and Double Jack IPA’s were quite tasty, but what really sold me was their drinkability. Some extremely hoppy beers tend to be bitter to the very end, but these brews allow for continuous enjoyment without continuous bitterness. I definitely plan on trying them out when I can focus on them individually.