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I mentioned celebration I think. Don't have access to Ruthless Rye but if I see it I will check it out.
In memory of Tusks.
Not sure I will have to check. I still haven't tried it yet.
Racer is delicious....better in bottle than on draft IMO. Their Hop Rod Rye is delicious as well.
Glad I found this thread for future reference. The best new beer I've had recently is Covington Brewhouse Strawberry Lager. I tried it down in Nola for the BCSNCG, and it was absolutely delicious. I looked the brewery up, and it says the distribute in Alabama although I've yet to find any. I bought a couple of six packs before the ride home, but I'd love to find it now that warm weather is approaching. It would be awesome in the spring & summer.
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I picked up a Stone Cali-Belgique IPA the other day, but haven't opened it. Down to my last Hopslam so may pop it this week.
Also bought a 16 dollar 22 Oz. bottle of hop dam triple IPA from Hoppin Frog Brewery. It is (like Hopslam) a 10 percenter, so gotta be careful with her. I've read that I may have met my match...as this is supposedly one of the hoppiest brews in the US and uses 50% more Amarillo hops than did the previous Double IPA from Hoppin Frog.
I'm excited to give it a shot.
Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm a schizophrenic and so am I.
The Ruthless Rye is good, but I'm not sure I've taken to the "Rye P.A.s like some have." I very much prefer the Celebration to it, although the Ruthless is quite complex, and I'm not sure I've given it a fair shack (had a draft that wasn't quite as cold as it should have been).
Racer 5 is a great IPA that is just hoppy enough to escape the "session" tag. Not sure, but I'd guess the ABV is right at 6.9 or so, which I think is about perfect for an IPA (not a triple or double).
Finally had my Stone Vertical Epic 11 the other night. Damn good stuff. It was brewed with Anaheim Chiles and cinammon so I was not sure what to expect. It was delicious. I highly recommend it to anyone.
I bought a bottle of the Stone Cali too but have not tried it out yet.
I would kill to try out some Hopslam. Literally kill someone.
I will say this. Hopslam is f'n good. I mean really delicious. Great balance of hops to abv to citrus... Just well crafted and an achievement.
BUT...I'm not sure it's a life changing brew or anything. It's up there with best I've ever had, but I've had wines bf that i thought were amazing and simply made my life better. Can name place, date, company, etc and will always remember. Not sure that's the case here.
With Hopslam, I'm not sure it's much better than the foothills seeing double ipa or the stone revolution. Maybe a tad. But it doesn't carry the weight. To me at least
Covington Strawberry is quite good, better than Abita's version I think.
Tried the Hop Dam Triple IPA Saturday night. It's really good, really hoppy, and high ABV, but not even close to being worth the 17 dollar price for a 22 oz. Doubt I'll go back to that well.
On the other hand, I had a Founder's Nemesis 2011 that was an interesting brew for sure. I've seen it listed as a barley wine, but it was more of a black IPA in my opinion, at least taste wise. 100 IBUs and 12% ABV, so it's not a session by any means, but the oak barrels and syrupy hints go well with the high hops. This is a beer worth looking for.
I found dealing with faucets to be a pain. I just use a chest freezer and picnic taps on the kegs.
BTW, Just tried my latest IPA and it's awesome. 98 IBU and 8.4 ABV..... pretty tasty.
Tried Avery's Hog Heaven this evening and I have to say it's probably the best barleywine I've ever tasted.
That is good to hear because I have a bottle of Hog Heaven in my fridge right now.
Good idea just like the buckeyes brew crew nickname
Couple new brews I found:
Foothills Cottonwood Endo IPA - Foothills has really become a go to brewery for me and the Cottonwood holds up. Probably one of the better session IPAs I've had at 60 ibus and only 6.0% abv. Don't know that having six of them is a good idea, but four is fine.
Highland Little Hump Spring Ale - a nice pale ale. Some hops for aroma, but definitely a light brew all the way around. Great porch beer.
1. Old Rasputin Imperial Stout
2. Newcastle Brown Ale
3. Blue Moon
4. Widmer Hefeweizen
5. Kokanee Gold
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Not a big fan of Old Rasputin. It has been years since I tried it but I didn't really like it.
New Castle is always a good session beer. Especially on draught.
i cant stand Guinness here in the states, so i went to Rasputin. i love beer in general, im looking into starting up my own beer brewing. one that i would recomend to avoid is McEwan's.
I can't really get a read on your tastes from your list. A top 5 list of beers without an IPA makes me think you're either 27 or younger or 45 or older (this is not an attack, i've just noticed my tastes branched out a lot more around 27 and I've notice the folks from 45 and older aren't into the craft brew scene).
Craft Breweries are starting to really figure out the stouts and porters lately. The Left Hand Milk Stout was such a good beer, and the things Founders is doing is very exciting.
Some suggestions from seeing your tastes:
1. Old Rasputin Imperial Stout - Try the left hand milk stout or the avery mephistopheles stout
2. Newcastle Brown Ale - stick with newcastle...it's good
3. Blue Moon - Bells Oberron...I'm not a big wheat beer guy, but the oberron is delicious.
4. Widmer Hefeweizen - Lagunitas little sumpin wild...not as light as a standard hefe, but very nice
5. Kokanee Gold - I'm not familiar with kokanee so nothing to see here
Welcome to the thread. Seems like it's just Aussie, me and LICBama hanging out nowadays.
I started drinking IPA's when I was about 22 but that was when they really started blowing up too.
Also agree about Left Hand Milk Stout. Still not enough good stouts though.
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Interesting. When I was 22, it was all coors light, bud light, and natty light for me. Occasionally, I'd splurge for an Amstel light. Wasn't until I got out of law school and settled down a bit that I began to appreciate good beer.
I really think we're about to see a run of stouts and porters from the craft brews similar to the IPAs the last three years. They're starting to get a little bolder, which is interesting. Founders is doing good things right now, incorporating hops and even citrus into the stouts. A stout has typically been a subtle beer, so it will be interesting to see where the breweries go.
I made a very hoppy stout once and it actually was very good. I would like to see someone make a stout like that.
I have pretty much always disliked the commercial beers. My dad is big into beer and I grew up around it I guess.
im 38. i do like a good IPA. Acme IPA is a good one to have. i have several in my fridge. Double take is another good IPA. several of those as well. i just like good beer, i wont drink Bud, Coors, etc for obviuos reasons. but in lighter news the link is kokanee. canadian stuff, good for a all around drink, cheap too.
Kokanee brings the mountain to you. Every drop is glacier fresh, guaranteeing a smooth refreshing taste.
Where do you live? I'm not sure Kokanee is sold round these parts. I've had the Acme IPA, and it is as you said, a good one to have. I've never even heard of Double Take, so I'll be on the lookout.
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