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American Double / Imperial IPA
120 Minute IPA Utopias Barrel-Aged

120 Minute IPA
Utopias Barrel-Aged

Full disclosure, at the time of writing these note I had never had Utopias. Since then, I have. My mantra is that I will try anything once, and that's true, but I'ver never bothered to seek it out in 20+ years, and I won't do so in the future. If I come across it great, if not, no worries. Back to this beer. I'm a fan of 120 in as much as I drink about one bottle per 9-12 months. I really enjoy it when I drink it, but that's as far as it goes. Deep copper body - and admittedly after an...

Stone 26th Anniversary

Stone
26th Anniversary

12 oz pour, J K O'Donnel's, Fort Wayne, IN. Happy to stumble across this purely by chance on a random Tuesday afternoon. Great clarity on the mid-orange pour. Some lace, light film on the surface. As expected. The nose has a surprising, stinky cheese note which I wasn’t anticipating. The hop aroma here is a little odd. Lightly oily in the mouth, a little slick, but again approriate. Tastes are dank, but not at all aggressive. Bitter, quite green. Clean and a lingering sweetness evens things...

Sweetwater 420 Imperial IPA

Sweetwater 420 Imperial IPA

So, I wonder if this is some re-incarnation of an earlier Dank Tank or some other special release. It feels like it may be. I know Dank Tank #3 this, but internally I wonder … 60 IBUs screams the can. 12oz, part of a six-pack. Pour is a clouded, burnt-orange body with the type of head, sticky lace and half-decent retention that one would associate with the style. In short, the appearance is stylistically sound. Nose is strong. It travels a good distance from the pour even when relatively cold....

Ogden Double IPA

Ogden Double IPA

The last 12 oz can from a six pack bought in Wyoming. This feels like a throwback beer.  Very reminiscent of on older style, west coast DIPA with plenty of fruit notes finishing out a clean, big ‘ole DIPA. It’s refreshing in that sense. Lovely orange body sits underneath a sticky, white head. Lace has that tacky feel to it. Nice. Nose brings all of the tropical elements and a touch of dank character. Incredibly drinkable and light for the style, and for the ABV. In short, it’s well made. This...

Sweetwater Dank Tank Johnny Hash

Sweetwater Dank Tank Johnny Hash

Clear gold body, high white head and sticky lace, all a little reminiscent of sticky nugs. Plenty of aspirin like C notes breaking everywhere, with some sweetness. The beer is quite drinkable considering the style. Bitterness competes with sweetness all over. The beer and the alcohol are mildly warming. Some resin and pine lingers on the very backend. More aspirin there, too. Mouthfeel is quite light considering everything, and I really expected it to be much slicker and viscous. More C...

Hop Drop ‘n Roll

Hop Drop ‘n Roll

16 oz can. $2.99 from Brawley's in Charlotte, NC. Having been to the brewery the day before and NOT drinking this, I thought it wise to pick up a can for me to try at home. The first thing that strikes me is the cost. This is an expensive four pack, even considering the the fact that singles are elevated. MUCH more intense is hop nose - WOW! The nose comes through like a truck load of hop pellets. Not a fresh, leafy nose, but a vicious tirade of solid pellets that give a reckless assault on...

Seeing Double IPA

Seeing Double IPA

I've known this beer for many, many years and usually I've enjoyed it immensely, but this is the first time I've had it in the bottle and seems like a very different experience than all of my previous draught encounters. The color looks fine, but there are a HUGE amount of yeasties in the pour. Bottle-conditioned in the extreme, apparently! Really nice, mid-golden color once the beer clears and I can actually see what's going on. A nice sized head and some very good lace and retention when...

17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

Oh good, another Stone DIPA. They don't make many of those! The usual Stone presentation. Very pale yellow pour, almost macro lager like in terms of the color. Average white head, some lace but very little retention. Low level hop aroma in the nose. There is undoubtably a strong and intense bitterness about this, with even a little aspirin element being present, but to be honest it also has a fence amount of bright, sweetish fruit about it. Interesting combo. 102 IBU's? Whatever, we're close...

Freckle Belly IPA

Freckle Belly IPA

I've had very little exposure and experience with Back Forty beers, but when I did, I thought they were incredibly average. This is the first one that has made it across the border to GA, and predictably a DIPA. 22 oz bomber, cost me $4.99 I think. Best By 08/12/13. Whether this is an American IPA or an American DIPA is largely irrelevant I feel, since with the level of bitterness that we encounter and the ABV, there is no way that I could categorize this as anything other than 'American', or...

Enjoy By 04.01.13 IPA

Enjoy By 04.01.13 IPA

Dammit. Enjoy by 04.01.13 - that means that once the 4th of January has passed this is going downhill. Oh, hang on, this is America, so actually that's April 1st. A joke? Maybe, but either way you're hardly likely to confuse this beer with anything out of the UK! More hype in the beer community for this and my expectations are for competence and no more. I paid $6.99 for the 22 oz bomber, this is another beer that is frankly terrible value. Pour is a lovely bright orange one with some nice...

16th Anniversary

16th Anniversary

Bottled conditioned, August 2012. OK, the last Stone Anniversary beer that I thought was any good was 13. That beer was superb. 14 and 15 I disliked strongly, and I thought that 14 was simply a bad beer. That brings us to 16. Well, there are some conflicting signs (for me), right off the bat. Lemon, I like; Stone doing a DIPA ought to be a solid platform; Rye is generally an element that I don't care for in beer. Very attractive pour. The clarity and color are both outstanding, and the head is...

Lips of Faith Super India Pale Ale

Lips of Faith Super India Pale Ale

Anything involving Alpine in the DIPA category usually gets my attention, so I was interested to see how this would pan out. The last New Belgium collaboration that I tried (Brett Beer, with Lost Abbey) was woefully disappointing, so I am hoping this is better. Turns out that I need not have worried. The usual Lips of Faith presentation, but this artwork is a little uninspired to say the least - looks like my 11 year old did it. Golden body with a little chill-haze and a rocky, white head....

Death By Hops

Death By Hops

Purchased on a recent trip to Raleigh at Bottle Revolution. An attractive pour with a good clarity on a light copper color. Unfortunately, that's as good as it gets, the rest is frankly awful, truly awful. The nose offers only a hint of the disaster that follows, but it does reveal some diacetyl, some metal and some oily notes. In the mouth the tastes are TERRIBLE. One of the worst beers I recall drinking in some significant time. There is a horrendous, enamel stripping metallic note with wave...

The Incredible Hop Imperial India Style Wheat Ale

The Incredible Hop
Imperial India Style Wheat Ale

Surprisingly clarity on the pour (given the Imperial India Style  Wheat Ale moniker - whatever THAT is) even if there is a little chill-haze, and some vibrant carbonation. When the beer has settled down a bit it looks like a bright, clean Pilsner and not like a wheat beer at all. Head and lace are both very good considering the ABV. In the west coast/DIPA tradition/fashion the sticky lace is a strong feature and I'm delighted by it. Very strong Imperial Pilsner note both in the nose and the...

Apocalypse Cow

Apocalypse Cow

22oz bottle from Binny's in Clybourn, Chicago, IL. $11.99 (I think). Pour is a very attractive, orange/golden clear pour with decent carbonation. The head is good, and the lace attractive. A very attractive beer all around, actually. The lace is incredibly sticky and is some of the best I have seen in some time. The nose is a good, sinus clearing type in line with the style, but it does have some really nice sweetness as well. The tastes reflect the nose. The beer certainly packs the punch and...

Anniversary Beer

Anniversary Beer

22 oz bottle, $7.99 form Smyrna World of Beverage, Smyrna, GA, USA. Bottled on 5/5/11 with an additional dot-matrixed '5212' on the neck in yellow ink. Shock, horror! This is a big, bold, hop-bomb without any excuses or any pretense. In many ways that is a plus, since the beer 'does what it says on the can' and that is an admirable trait and one which is too often neglected these days. Pour is a very attractive, bright, orange body with plenty of highly pitted, white head. The retention and...

Robert Johnson’s Hellhound On My Ale

Robert Johnson’s
Hellhound On My Ale

750 mL capped bottle in the usual DFH presentation. Pour offers a low density, bright copper color with a moderate head and some lace. Given the ABV, quite acceptable. Aroma is mainly a sharp, medicinal, alcohol infused assault that offers some sinus clearing elements but not in a good way. Harsh. The tastes reflect the nose to an extent, but are not quite as unpleasant/aggressive. There's a metallic bitterness present that IS, of course, quite appropriate, but at the same time it offers a...

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Mongo

22 oz bottle. $7.99 from Ansley Wine Merchants, Atlanta, GA, USA. Heard a lot of buzz about this beer in the last couple of weeks as LA/Port has recently made it to GA. For some reason (not sure why) I was under the impression that this was going to be largely a draught offering, so I was a little surprised to find it in bottles. Pour is an attractive hazy marmalade color with a large, three finger head but doesn't quite give the magnificent and sticky lace that such a good head should bring,...

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16th Anniversary Wood Aged

When this came out, rumor had it that this was exactly the same beer as the 15th anniversary. I have no idea about the validity of that statement, and it wound up in the BA db as a different beer anyway, so here goes. The bottle has silver foil on the 22 oz neck. An aggressive pour produces a slightly hazed, mid-orange body and gives a lovely, dense, creamy white head. Looks a little like a latte floating on top of the beer. Nose has a little soapiness (which I like), but it never gets strong....

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

Additional notes 08/22/23 (pictured) Draught, JK O’Donnell’s, Fort Wayne, IN. 12oz pour, presumably 2023 vintage. Now sporting an 11% ABV (as opposed to 10.4% in the bottled 2011 vintage) and a ‘Triple IPA’ moniker (yawn), it’s been around a dozen years since I’ve either tasted or seen this. Nice copper body, and with a more aggressive pour this would generate enough head and lace to be acceptable at this ABV. This does feel ‘hoppier’ than in years past, but also exhibits most of the...

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Terrapin Hoptaneous Combustion

$9.99 for the 22 oz, foiled and boxed bomber. Bottle #2002. Pour is a rather attractive golden color with some nice clarity. Head is tall, frothy and sticky. Retention is average, wish it was better to complete the visual package. Nose is a typical, fruity hop bomb with some alcohol and largely in line for the style. If this were a blind tasting I don't think I would pick up any smoke at all, but knowing that there is some present the beer does reveal a hint - no more, but enough to let me...

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Steelhead Double India Pale Ale

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a rich, clouded, honey orange hue with an inordinate number of yest floaties. The combination of the color, floaties and general muddy appearance does nothing for the beer and frankly makes it appear somewhat "soup-like". This is not a good sign in my book. Head is strong though, and leaves lots of sticky lace. Nose and tastes both give similarly muddled impressions. Hop bitterness and edge is lacking, and it is replaced by a large,...

Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper

Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper

22oz bottle, usual Dank Tank presentation. The usual nonsense written on the bottle (pointless) and this one comes with a similar (if not identical) green color as Wet Dream. Very attractive clarity on the mid-orange body. Good lace, nice retention and some sticky lace. Nose and taste are pretty restrained for a beer of this style. there is a lot of sweetness amongst a few typical resinous, west coast notes. The sweetness remains the dominating factor amid the clean cleans. The beer is...

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Thomas Creek Up The Creek

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. This bottle has been in the cellar for several months. I have had a few really NASTY experiences with Thomas Creek, so I approach this beer with a little trepidation to say the least. However, several people have told me that their experiences have been similar, but Up the Creek made them think again. Off the top, the beer contradicts its "Extreme IPA" moniker in many ways (see below), so if you are looking for a classic, American DIPA look...

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The Oracle

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. 9901 dot-matrixed at the bottom of the rear label. Typical of the style, there is a clouded, hazy orange body with a very sticky collection of head and lace at the top of the glass. Carbonation is pretty high for the type of beer we are dealing with here. The nose is very strong, with a nice, citrusy based hop smell. However, this is NOT a West Coast, resiny aroma, it's a little gentler than that, The tastes reflect a lot of sugary, sweet light...

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Hop Crisis

11 oz pour at Deckard's. Their menu says 10.8% (new vintage with a different ABV perhaps?). Golden hazed body with relatively low carbonation. Bone white head that is small but well retained and tight. Lace is very pretty. West Coast Pine resin nose. Tastes are simply not as aggressive as the nose might suggest. Relatively subdued for the style, the nose and the ABV. Plenty of lightly warming alcohol and some lovely, peach/grapefruit sting in the middle and back end. Lingering aniseed in the...

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2XIPA

12 oz single, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Hazed, orange pour with a bone-white head. Not much lace. Unusually light in color for a DIPA with almost a Hefe (or a least a wheat beer) look about it. Nose has sweet, sugary citrus which is replicated in the taste. Not especially bitter, and frankly a pretty reserved and low hop presence in this beer for the style. This is NOT a complex or complicated beer by any stretch of the imagination, and for me that's the appeal. Simple, tasty stuff. Pretty...

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110K+OT Batch #3 – The Other West Coast IPA (2010)

Purchased as a 750 mL at Big Z beverages in New York. Delighted to find this at the time, but also seems silly that paperwork (apparently) has prevented us from getting this in GA. Shared this one at The Brick Store recently. Hazy, orange amber pour with some nice, sticky lace. Nose and tastes are essentially a malt bomb which may confuse those people looking for a West Coast style DIPA. I have no problem with a DIPA taking on some significant malt character, but in this case the beer seems...

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Terrapin Hopzilla

#12 in the Side Project series. Drunk twice; once on-tap at Leon's, Decatur, GA, USA on the night of the Terrapin takeover, and once from the bottle. This review is from the bottle version purchased at Green's, Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, USA. Usual 22oz presentation with the gold foil. Pour is a hazed, light orange affair with a big head that produces some excellent lace. Retention is OK. Looks nice. Nose and tastes replicate a west Coast style DIPA quite nicely with huge grapefruit, pine...

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IPA2 (Double India Pale Ale)

16 oz bottle presentation, the usual Sprecher, bulky "stubbies" which I really enjoy. As soon as I tasted this beer I knew that if I read a few reviews at the lower end the criticisms would be that "this doesn't really taste like an American DIPA", and to be fair those reviewers are correct - that why I LIKE this beer! If you were to review this beer in a stylistic manner it would score very badly, but to me it drinks really well and is fantastically tasty, however if you are looking for a...

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

22 oz bottle, usual Stone presentation. Arbor Place Beverage, Douglasville, GA, USA. OK, off the top I think the name is tacky. There, got that out of the way, now back to the beer. Very light haze on the mid-orange pour. The body looks a bit like a cask pour. Not much lace as the beer forms a light, thin film on the surface which has some good retention. The nose is very odd - it literally smells like cheese to me. Like a slightly overripe soft cheese - perhaps French. The tastes are a...

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Big Barrel Double IPA

22 oz bomber, courtesy of BitterBill - thanks, Bill! My first beer from Karl Strauss - excited to try it. Pour is very standard for the style, with a high, fluffy and rocky head atop a slightly murky, mid-orange/brown body. Nose and tastes reflect a very distinct fruitiness that seems like a combination of a number of things; grapefruit dominates, but you also get several other soft, tropical notes. Well hidden alcohol. One criticism for me is that the beer is a little muddled in the tastes....

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Exit 16

750 mL capped bottle, thanks go out to lackenhauser for the chance to try this. Pour is a cloudy, orange color with a nice head. Some decent retention and some sticky lace. Very good, and solid for the style. Nose offers a typical, west coast, hop-resin astringency. Not something that I care for necessarily, but definitely true to the style. The beer does not stray much from the style with massive, astringent hops, slightly dry in the finish and plenty of grapefruit and oily, resin notes. In...

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Wild Dog Double Pale Ale

Massive thanks go out to BEERchitect for the chance to finally try this beer! 750 mL, corked & caged bottle, from September 2004, this was bottle #1466. Thick, heavy green glass with dimpled bottom. Substantial bottle. Pretty much exactly as I anticipated to be honest. The beer pours with a large amount of cloudiness and a significant amount of yeasty, floaties. Some carbonation seems to have dropped off (only a small pop on opening and it drinks with little life), but the head and retention...

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GUBNA Imperial IPA

Resisted the temptation to buy a $15+ four pack of this for a few weeks and went with a single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. 12 oz can, the usual OB presentation. Can cracks with a somewhat disappointing (but expected) lack of pop, but given the ABV this is acceptable. Pretty nice looking golden body with some frothy, loose white head. Even a little lace. lowish carbonation on the pour. Nose is a light hoppy, musty aroma but not an especially aggressive one. Reminds me of a relatively...

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1000 IBU

375 mL bottle, corked (synthetic) & caged. Green glass, thick dimpled champagne-style bottom. Green's on Buford, around $10 for the bottle (I think). Pour gives a murky brown color with a LOT of yeast floaties. Drab and dull in the mid-brown color. Quite unattractive, especially with the cascading floaties and the dirty dishwater appearance. Looks like a nasty, home-brewed, unfiltered Dubbel. Smell is surprisingly non-hop based. Quite neutral without much hint of the tastes to come. Some...

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Gemini (Imperial IPA)

22 oz bottle with a stick on label rather than the usual ST, screen printed presentation. Thanks to the wife for bringing this back from SC just a few days before ST hit GA - typical. Pour is an obvious orange color, but the two things that strike me as particularly prevalent are the light cloudiness and the fact that the beer seems quite thin in appearance. Nose and tastes are typical for the style with a combination of grapefruit, syrupy alcohol and sweet sugary notes. This is not any easy...

Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale)

Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale)

The wife was kind enough to cart this back from Hilton Head, SC for me, just a few days before ST hit GA - typical! 22oz bottle in the usual screen printed ST style. Pour is a beautiful, golden clear body with a smashing white head that gives some nice sticky lace - decent retention considering the ABV of the beer. Looks nice, especially the depth of color. Nose is plenty of sweet alcohol (and not much else) and this is exactly how the taste manifests itself. This is not a subtle beer, but...

Boy King Double IPA

Boy King Double IPA

Pictured at The Lodge, HHI, SC, USA, 06/19/16 Original notes 04/10/10 OK, here we go with the much vaunted Boy King from COAST. I got really lucky as my wife was in Hilton Head when the Boy King was tapped at The Lodge - one growler = $19. Growler opens with a pleasing "phhssst" which gives me confidence - you never know how well the growler was filled or how it will hold up over a couple of days. This one seems perfect. The nose up front is really quite strong with a hop-laden tangerine...

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Abita Select Double IPA

On tap at Taco Mac, Douglasville, GA, USA. Part of the Abita Select series that we now see in Atlanta. Pour gives a golden body with a touch of chill-haze and some significant head,. The head retention is good and he lace that it produces is not insignificant. Good looking, but for some reason reminds me of a nitro pour - odd. Sweet nose and tastes which reflect the style pretty well. Plenty of sweetness to back up the aggressive hops, this beer is surprisingly simple but good. Large hop...

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Hop Czar

On tap at the newly re-named place that used to be The Grange and The Angel and is now called The Marlay House. Pour is a solid looking, strong orange body with a small amount of head but excellent, sticky lace. Nose and tastes reveal plenty of fresh, citrus hop character and not much else. Decent sweetness accompanies the hop-fix and malts hold it together nicely. A good example of how the hops can be amped up without causing a palate meltdown. As balanced as a DIPA can ever hope to beer, the...

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Founders Double Trouble

12 oz, stubbie single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA. One of the few Founder's beers currently in GA that I have not had before their recent arrival. Pour is a very surprising golden hue which s extremely attractive. Much lighter than I was expecting with a very good-looking, white, rocky head and lace. The head and retention are especially pleasing when you consider the ABV. Talking of the alcohol it's nowhere to be seen. Extraordinarily well hidden and I would have NEVER guessed this is as high...

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Smuttynose Big A IPA (Big Beer Series)

I've been waiting to try this for many years, and after the initial influx of Smuttynose to Georgia this finally came into the seasonal rotation a few days ago. $4.99 for the bomber from Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. This beer essentially "does what it says on the can". The pour is a classic, American DIPA orange body with good clarity and plenty of thick, high, white, fluffy head. Lacing is extremely good considering the ABV. Nose and tastes give that oily, sinus clearing, hop-resin...

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DuganA IPA

Passed on this at Hop City in the bomber, and went with a pint at Taco Mac on the East-West Connector, Austell, GA, USA instead. Pour is a mid-brown with a nice rocky, creamy head that has pretty good lace, retention and "stickability". Looks good. Nose and tastes reveal some pretty strong west-coast style, grapefruit astringency with an additional fair amount of residual sugar and bitterness. Resinous feel about the beer as one would expect. Alcohol is there too. As usual for the style, the...

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Heavy Seas – Big DIPA

22 oz bottle form Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Let me say right off the top that I love sweeter beers and beers that are malt based, BUT ... this is a disaster in terms of sweetness and taste. The look is strong. A really nice clarity to the orange amber body and surprisingly good head, retention and lace considering the style. Rather well carbonated as well and a decent mouthfeel. The nose reveals a solvent like, paint-stripper, alcoholic assault which does not bode well. Sinus clearing and...

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Hop-a-lot-amus

12 oz single. A hazed and murky orange brown body results from an aggressive pour. Small head with decent retention forms quickly to leave some decent lace. Looks OK but body and color is not really attractive. Nose and tastes are a largish, fragrant hop based assault with decent malts but ultimately even out to be just a bit "blah". Frankly we've seen it all before with these over-hopped, off balance DIPA's and this is just another that's gonna get lost in the mix for me. Lots of pine and...

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A Little Sumpin’ Extra! Ale

22 oz bomber from Green's, Atlanta, GA, USA. What I like about Lagunitas is their simple adherence to style and the great value that one usual gets, especially in the bomber size. Pour is a bright, golden, clear body with a high, bubbly head. The head leaves some superb, sticky lace which is exactly what I am looking for in a big 'ol American DIPA. For me the sticky nature of the lace is a VERY important feature of an American DIPA. Nose gives plenty of sinus clearing, sweetened grapefuit,...

Squall IPA

Squall IPA

Thanks go out to mikey711 for the chance to try this one. 750mL bottle, capped and bottled on 04/16/09 according to the yellow, dot-matrix style stamp on the neck. Impressive looking pour with a very high, bone-white, two finger head sitting atop a golden-orange, clear body. Head retention is super and the lace substantial and sticky. Nose is a combo of some resinous hops with some sinus clearing, sweet alcohol. Like the regular 90 min, this is a pretty sweet beer. To be honest it treads a...

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15th Anniversary Wood Aged

22 oz bottle, $7.95 from the relatively unlikely location of Cheers, Carrollton, GA, USA. Bottled on Jun 19, 2009. Black foil on the neck with a white cap. This should be interesting - a style that I am not crazy about, with the additional element of wood aging that I generally don't enjoy, from a brewery that I have enjoyed in the past, but lately has put out a couple of beers that I have been less than impressed with! We'll see. Pour is mid-amber, perfectly clear body with an amazingly high...

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Harpoon Leviathan – Imperial IPA

On-tap, Taco Mac Metropolis, Atlanta, GA, USA. 16 oz pour. Solid orange color, tight head with some good retention and lace. Looks as it should. Big whiff of (what appears at first) to be a "West Coast" style hop profile. This does get toned down a little as the beer warms. This is repeated in the tastes and the beer drinks as though it's out of California to me. There's some residual sugary notes too, but to be honest this beer is what it is - a large DIPA with nothing much else going on....

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X-IPA (Extreme)

Big "ups" go out to Grant (gford217) for the chance to try this one. Part of my BA March Madness 2009 "winnings". 22oz bottle, black wax and my first Flossmoor experience. On opening there is a small amount of dense gushing. Poured into the Young's 20 oz pint glass, we get a butterscotch orange hazed beer, with that soapy, spotty, large bubbled head that is typical of the style and the ABV. Some nice lace. Nose is big on resinous hops but they seem to be quite sweet and less aggressive than...

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LongShot Double IPA

12 oz bottle as part of the 2009 mixed sixer with the cranberry wit and the traditional bock. In a nutshell, VERY, VERY disappointed, but at the same time not all that surprised. Once certain beers start getting some momentum and hype it can quickly get out of control and that's what's happened here. Pour is a solid, bronzed orange body with a lot of haze and really good head. The lace it leaves is solid too. Looks good, but that's the beers' best attribute by a mile. A somewhat awkward...

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Sweetwater Brewing Dank Tank Double IPA

Dank Tank #3 sampled at The Porter, Little Five, Atlanta, GA, USA yesterday afternoon. Small, Wellington style glass pour, perhaps eight ounce. Golden hazed body, on the lighter side of things in terms of the shade. Small head, but it produces plenty of sticky lace with some decent retention. Great light floral, hoppy nose with a sweetness in the nostrils. Exactly the same in the taste. Super hoppy burps, but a real light touch (for a change) from an American DIPA. NO huge...

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Double Wide I.P.A.

Thanks go out to stopbarking for the chance to crack this, 750 mL corked and caged, champagne style, dimple bottomed bottle. Batch D8240. VERY complicated beer for me to review. I'm really not at all sure where I stand on this one but here goes... Opening the bottle causes a pretty big pop and significant gun smoke. This is generally a good sign, although a little surprising for a double IPA (despite the bottle conditioning). Pour is dark orange, well carbonated affair with great lace and...

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Pliny The Younger

Well, it took a LONG time to get this; I've been admiring this beer from afar for several years and today I got the chance to finally try it. Huge thanks to Grant for the opportunity to crack this one as a shared growler with many of the usual suspects at The Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA. Pour is a typical mid-orange beer with a nice head and lace and some good clarity in the body. NOT perfectly clear, but still lacks much haze to speak of. Soapy lace created - a good sign. The nose is a...

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Abrasive Ale

Many thanks go out to Grant for the opportunity to try this one at one of the usual Friday afternoon Brick Store gatherings (NOT at the tasting on 1/10, the day before with about three or four of us present). 64oz growler, one of the last from Surly. At the time of tasting this was still called, "16 Grit". Pour is a hazed, light copper/orange body with plenty of white, sticky lace. Nose is HUGE and is ALL tangerines, clementines, oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits. More "orangey" than any...

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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA)

Thanks to kp for sharing this one. Flat looking pour which lacks any hed to speak of and there is no retention or lace to speak of. Very light colored pour with a light, golden orange note. The nose is by FAR the most interesting element to this brew. As others noted at the tasting, there was a VERY distinct, rich and bright tangerine nose to this beer. Very pronounced almost to the point of me wodering if there was an orange essence added! After the nose we just get another American double...

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Hop 15

22 oz bottle from a recent trade. Apparently $5.99 from "Vendome". Very typical (but good) example of the style. Over the years I've become increasingly tired of these beers (meaning this style) with their unrelenting hop bitterness and high alcohol content which has quite literally impeded their drinkability, BUT from time to time, I feel like going back to revisit them. It's REALLY important for me to go back to a solid version, because otherwise I will get frustrated quickly. Luckily this...

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Ale To The Chief

22oz bottle, gold foil on the neck. Cloudy orange beer. Mid-level carbonation with a small amount of lace and a spotty, thin head. Aroma is that of sweetish hops, perhaps even floral in their nature. It is not really aggressive. A typically relatively unbalanced American DIPA. There is a nasty, dry and sweet combo in the hop presence, and a lack of malty backbone to hold the thing together. Disappointing and not very good. Sharp, harsh and wandering bitterness in the finish. One and done here....

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Hardcore IPA

Updated Review 11/10 12oz bottle, directly from Scotland sent by James from the brewery. Batch 71 BB: 27-04-11 Immediately it is plain to see that the color is TOTALLY different from two years ago. So much so, that it would be pretty much impossible to identify the two experiences as the same beer. This one is hazed and muddy brown in color. with a frothy head initially that fades quite quickly. Body lacks clarity and is not especially attractive. As before, the main characteristivcs of the...