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Torpedo Extra IPA

Posted by jwpiper on February 1, 2009

It’s always exciting when a new beer is introduced. I’d like to see another year-round available DIPA. Sierra Nevada is describing Torpedo an Extra IPA – somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA. This was split into two snifters at about 50 degrees and allowed to warm a bit before getting to far into it.
Appearance
4.5
Pours a nice caramel amber, with a 1cm white head atop a half bottle pour. Reduces quickly to a thin bubbly layer.
Smell
3.5
The smell is a touch medicinal, with sweet malt. Smells strongly of pine.
Taste
3.5
It’s quite bitter – maybe moreso than the Dogfish Head 60 minute. Plenty of pine on the palate as well.
Mouthfeel
4
Nice, smooth, and clean. Well carbonated.
Drinkability
4
Decently drinkable. Maybe a bit too bitter. Low enough ABV to not slow you down too much.
Overall
3.8
Not a bad beer. I’ll see how the full 6-pack sits with me. I’d go for Bell’s Two Hearted any day of the week for a year-round IPA.
Price
$9/6pk ($1.50/12oz). Again, there are better beers in this category for a similar price. Not bad, though. I’d probably buy a single here and there.

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60 Minute IPA

Posted by jwpiper on February 1, 2009

I somewhat enjoy Dogfish Head 90 Minute as a year-round available double IPA, but I’ve never been the biggest fan it its little brother Dogfish Head 60 Minute. For the Hop Mess, Matt G. brought some 60 Minute IPA, so we had it to wash down the pizza. Poured at about 45-50 degrees into a pint glass.
Appearance
4
Pours a clear caramel-yellow color with a nice, big 3cm white head.
Smell
3
Not terribly compelling. A bit of pine, and something which is a bit off. More malt than hops on the nose. A bit non-descript.
Taste
3
Medicinal, not very much good hop character. Too bitter for the lack of hop profile. Not terrible, but not good, and nowhere near as good as the 90 minute.
Mouthfeel
4
Nice and clean palate. Good carbonation. A bit thin, but smooth.
Drinkability
3
The off/medicinal/bitter flavors don’t help this one go down.
Overall
3.3
Unfortunately the best part about this was the appearance. I don’t think I’ll be buying this one again.
Price
$9/6pk ($1.50/12oz). Not really worth it, unfortunately.

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A Hop Mess

Posted by jwpiper on February 1, 2009

Winter is supposed to be a time for imperial stouts and winter warmers, but somehow this month has become one of the best times for big IPAs here in Ohio. Sierra Nevada recently introduced Torpedo Extra IPA which utilizes a new technique for dry hopping in a beer which is just a bit to big to be called an IPA. Technically, and Amber Ale, Tröegs Nugget Nectar made it to Ohio for the first time this week just months after Tröegs decided to distribute in our great state. Founders Double Trouble is a brand new release from the Grand Rapids, MI brewery. Double Trouble is brewed to target palates more friendly to West Coast style IPAs. Bell’s Hopslam, of course, was recently released and brings its own unique take on an Imperial IPA. An impressive list of seasonals and brews brand new to the market.

It begs for a dedicated evening of hop enjoyment. And it just so happens that in the last month or two, I’ve amassed some additional deliciously hoppy beers in Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA and Russian River Pliny the Elder.

All these hops also beg for some blue cheeses to go along, so I picked up three from Whole Foods. Gorgonzola Dolce ($11/lb) is a smooth, rich, ridiculously creamy cow’s milk blue cheese. Verde Capra Italian ($22/lb) is also rich and creamy, but a sharper more complex goat’s milk cheese. Gorgonzola Cremaficato ($17/lb) was the weak link – firmer, less complex, but still decent.

Some highlights from the tasting: Dogfish Head 60 Minute is almost swill – ok, not quite, but I won’t be buying it anytime soon. Tröegs Nugget Nectar is an incredible Amber Ale and an incredible value. Founders Double Trouble can’t quite compete with the best DIPAs from the West Coast. Bell’s Hopslam is like no other. Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA is actually an incredible IIPA which endured a disservice by being consumed side-by-side with Russian River Pliny the Elder. I will be re-reviewing Dreadnaught based on my last two experiences with it. Finally, Pliny is hands down the best IPA I’ve ever had. And even nearly three month after brewing, as it greatness begins to fade, it was the best IPA in the bunch.

Now, it was fun to enjoy these beers back-to-back. But come on brewers, can’t we spread out the releases of these beers which don’t keep well? I’d like to enjoy these year round.

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Hoppin’ to Heaven IPA

Posted by jwpiper on January 4, 2009

This has been sitting in my fridge for a month or two, and I feel like a hoppy beer after last night’s Belgians. I’d like to support my local breweries, in this case Hoppin’ Frog, so we’ll see how this one turns out. Poured at about 40 degrees into a 0.5l krug.
Appearance
2.5
Pours a very hazy dull wheat golden color. A 4cm head develops over a pint pour. Lots of floaties in this pour – even of the first 16oz. A trail of foam is left with each sip.
Smell
4
A pretty nice floral hop aroma dominates. There’s a little sweetness on the nose as well. Definitely inviting like I usually find an IPA to be.
Taste
3.5
There’s a nice hoppy flavor to start this beer off – but it quickly gives way to the malt backbone and some fairly biting (given the short hop flavor and unexciting malt profile) bitterness. The finish is pretty long, but mostly dominated by the bitterness. On the breath the flavors like the floral aroma are present.
Mouthfeel
3.5
A medium-bodied beer which is a bit syrupy.
Drinkability
3.5
The bitterness slows me up a bit on this beer. But I usually find IPAs pretty easy to drink.
Overall
3.4
Definitely not my favorite example of one of my favorite styles. I bought it out of a cooler and put it into my fridge, but to be fair, I can’t be certain of the bottle’s freshness since the store I bought it at doesn’t seem to have the best turnover. It may be worth getting another to re-review. As it stands, I probably wouldn’t buy this again even as a change of pace beer.
Price
$6.50/22oz. The price isn’t too much more expensive than most hoppy beers these days – but it is on the upper end. If thinking local, I’m a lot more inclined to buy a Buckeye ’76 at $5/22oz, which is a better beer all around.

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