Double IPA

New Beer Blog Ballast Point Manta Ray Double IPA


In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Ballast Point.  It is their Double IPA, which is called Manta Ray.  If you read my earlier beer blog on their beers, you know the history of this California base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to Ballast Point Brewery.  Let us get into this Double IPA.

It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a tropical fruit to slight grapefruit notes. The taste has a nice juicy grapefruit to slight tropical notes with a dry bitter hop finish. It is almost like grapefruit notes. It is kind of drinkable for the beer style.

Here is a description from the website (www.ballastpoint.com):

This new IPA rises above the rest.
We’ve developed many IPA recipes in our R&D program, but right from the tank, our Manta Ray Double IPA was a winner. Aromas of fresh, citrusy tangerine, melon and light pine leap from the beer and linger over a smooth finish. Like its namesake, this brew can sneak up on you – a big beer without a bite.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.ballastpoint.com

Twitter:  @bpbrewing

Closing, I am not a huge fan of Ballast Point.  They make great beer but the price is too high.  I will try all the new beers that hit my market.  I love trying beers that I never had it.  I saw this beer and it was a no brainier.  The tasting notes are just what I have been looking for from this craft brewery.  They hit a home run.  I love it. I will be picking up some more.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Pipeworks Ninja Vs Unicorn Double IPA


In this beer blog, we are going to feature a beer from Pipeworks Brewery.  It is their flagship  beer, which is Ninja Vs. Unicorn Double IPA.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this small and upcoming Chicago base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery.  Let us get into this double IPA.

It has a slight cloudy golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a heavy grapefruit notes. The taste has a nice grapefruit to citrus notes with a dry hop bitter aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable for a Double IPA.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Ninja Vs. Unicorn celebrates the epic battle two of the biggest hop-heads of lore.  Brewed with over five pounds of hops per barrel, this unfiltered double IPA is sure to please the most discerning hop lover.  Whether you’re rooting for the mythical horned horse or the deadly assassin of the east, we hope you’ll enjoy Ninja Vs. Unicorn.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.pipeworksbrewing.net

Twitter:  @PipeworksBrewin

Ending, this is a great beer.  I love the hops they use in this beer.  It is pretty well-balanced for being a double India Pale Ale.  There is a nice malty backbone but I kind feel it should be stronger.  I can live with it.  I have to say for a beer that is in 22oz bottle.  It is well worth the price.  I have always felt beers in 22oz bottles are not worth the price.  To me, this one lives up to the price.  I recommend you trying this brew.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter: @djweiser

Instagram: @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Petoskey Brewing Hopsessed Double IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into a special release from Petoskey Brewing.  It is their Hopsessed Double IPA.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan base craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery.  Let us get into this double IPA.

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head. The aroma has a citrus with hints of passion fruit notes. The taste has a citrus notes with a passion fruit and dry hop bitter aftertaste.  It is a sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.petoskeybrewing.com):

Hold on to your taste buds & make sure you have a designated driver! This mouth-exploding double I.P.A. starts with the unique citrus aroma provided by a 100% Simcoe dry hop. The high bitterness is slightly toned down by the caramel sweetness imparted by the large quantities of malted barley needed to achieve such a high ABV. (Limited time only!)
9.1% ABV, 119 IBU

Here is a their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.petoskeybrewing.com

Twitter:  @petoskeybrewing

Closing, this is by far my favorite double IPA.  I love the malty backbone and how the hops blend in with it.  They did a great job on balance.  It might come across as 119 IBU but it does not drink like that.  It is still a sipping beer but drinkable in that beer style.  I love it.  This is so much better than Bell’s Hopslam.  I believe people try this beer.  They will realize that statement.  I highly highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Sweetwater Brewery Hop Hash Double IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into a special release beer from Sweetwater Brewery.  It is their Hop Hash Double IPA.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Southern craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Georgia base craft brewery.  Let us get into this Double IPA.

It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. There is a lot of carbonation in this beer. The aroma has a heavy juicy citrus notes. The taste of this double IPA has a front forward citrus notes. It has a bitter hop aftertaste. It is a sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.sweetwaterbrew.com):

We scraped all the hash out of the Yakima hop pelletizers we could get our sticky fingers on to concoct the dankest double IPA out there. The pure hop lupulin, aka “hash” (the resiny stuff), meshes seamlessly with the 2-row, pilsner and wheat malts, allowing it to deliver a pungent punch to the palate.

Specs: Available year round in 6-packs of 12 oz bottles, 1/2 bbl kegs and 1/6 torpedo kegs.
Malt bill: 2-row, Pilsner, Wheat
Hops: Centennial and hash “blend”
Yeast: House
ABV: 7.8% IBUs:100

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.sweetwaterbrew.com

Twitter:  @sweetwaterbrew

In the end, all my readers and friends know that I am a huge fan of this craft brewery.  I have been wanting to try this beer.  I was happy to see it in the sampler pack.  I enjoyed drinking all their beers so it was a no brainer.  It is pretty balance for a Double IPA with a ton of juicy hop notes.  I like it and I want more. This is a great Double IPA.  I will head to Ohio looking for six pack bottles.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Alpine Beer Company Pure Hoppiness Double IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going get into the first beer on this blog from Alpine Beer Company.  This is the first beer that I have ever had in my lifetime from Alpine.  It is their Pure Hoppiness Double IPA.  Alpine Beer Company was founded in the the city that it is named after.  It started in Alpine Creek Shopping Center in 1999 in the State of California.  They are just like most craft breweries from California.  They are known for their IPA’s.

It has a cloudy dark golden color. It is almost copper like color. There is no head on this Double IPA. The aroma has a heavy citrus notes. The taste of this full body beer has a heavy citrus with a bitter hop aftertaste. It is a sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website (alpinebeerco.wordpress.com):

A West Coast Double IPA So mega-hopped it will take you to hop heaven. We’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting-edge “hop bite.” Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison. 1.072 OG Classified IBU 8%ABV

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  alpinebeerco.wordpress.com

Twitter:  @alpinebrewing

Closing, I never had any of their beers but I heard so many good things about this California craft brewery.  I was pretty excited to see this beer pop up in one of liquor stores that I visit.  I was stun to see the price.  I try not to judge a beer by the price.  It has a nice citrus notes and balance beer.  I love it but for the price.  I am sorry.  I cannot see the price.  I can get the same beer from the Midwest or out East for a cheaper price.  I recommend you trying it at least once.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Ballast Brewery Dorado Double IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Ballast Brewery.  It is their Dorado Double IPA.  If you read my earlier beer blog post on their Electric Ray IPL that they teamed up with Sierra Nevada, you know the history of this West Coast Craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this California craft brewery.  Let us get into this double IPA.

It has a clear copper color with a constant white head. The smell has a heavy citrus notes. The taste has a smooth citrus notes with a dry bitter aftertaste. It is a nice sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.ballastpoint.com):

A huge, hoppy brew that will test your sea legs.
Our Dorado Double IPA immediately hooks you with massive hops that never stop. Mash hopping, kettle hopping and dry hopping makes this beer a serious hop lover’s prize catch. It’s an amazingly drinkable, award-winning beer that’s as beautifully balanced as it is big.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.ballastpoint.com

Twitter:  @bpbrewing

In the end, I am so happy to see this craft brewery in the Michigan beer market.  I believe that this craft brewery can teach some other craft breweries somethings.  I like it but I am not going out of my way to find this beer.  I will pick it up when I see it.  I recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going get into another beer from New Belgium Brewery.  It is their Rampant Imperial IPA.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Mile High craft brewery.  It is really Fort Collins but you get it.  Let us get into this Imperial IPA.

It has a clear golden color with a white constant head on this Imperial India Pale Ale. The aroma has a heavy earthly to herbal notes along with grassy notes. The taste has a heavy earthy to herbal and grassy notes. The aftertaste has an interesting peach finish. It is a sipping beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.newbelgium.com):

Burly and bitter,  Rampant Imperial IPA, pours a pure copper and carries the sheen of a rightly hopped beer. The Mosaic and Calypso hops bring stonefruit to the front seat, and the addition of Centennials nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma. The taste expands these hops with heavy peach tones and a profoundly bitter bite. There is some malt sweetness to stand up this Imperial India Pale Ale, and Rampant IPA’s finish is bone-dry.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.newbelgium.com

Twitter:  @newbelgium

In the end, what is there to say about Imperial whatever at the same price as their everyday beers.  This beer has a huge value.  I love when craft brewery do something like this for their beer drinkers.  This beer is a big and bond and in your face.  This is my go Imperial IPA.  They are featuring hops that I love to death.  I am talking about Mosaic and Centennial.  I love this beer and I know the brewery knows it. It is by far my favorite brew from New Belgium Brewery.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram: @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Batch Brewing Visit


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In this beer blog, we are going to talk about my visit to Batch Brewing.  This brewery started up early in 2015 in the Corktown area of Detroit.  Corktown is up and coming part of Detroit.  It is a nice size brewpub. They do service food.  They have a nice beer selection.  Let us get into their food.

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The photo above is their food menu.  Their food is just normal bar food with a high-end look from a professional chief.  I had their pretzels with cheese and mustard.  It was really good.  It went well with their version of the Oktoberfest.  They have sandwiches and fish tacos.  It is not a big menu but it gets to the point.  Let us get into the beer.

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The photo bottom is the current list of their beers on September 27th, 2015.  They are always changing the beer menu and selection.  They also let you know what is the next set of beers that will be coming on tap.  I was a huge fan of Oktoberfest. Their Oktoberfest is called Festbier.  I also tried their Empire Pale Ale.  It was a little different.  This beer is above average brew.  I also had their milk stout that is called Sweetums.  This was by far the best beer that I had from them in my first visit.  They do not do beer flights.

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Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.batchbrewingcompany.com

Twitter:  @batchbrewing

Closing, I was pretty happy to get into this brewpub to check out their beers.  I love how they have parking and how the outside of their brewpub stands out. There is a nice outside sitting area.  Unlike other brewpubs, you feel like you are sitting in the brewing itself.  The other brewpubs, you see brewing room in another room.  This is one of the better new and upcoming craft brewery.  They know what they are doing and make good beer.  I am happy to see a good brewery not the ones that I have visit in last few weeks.  I highly recommend this brewpub.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Dearborn Brewery Visit


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In this special beer blog, we are going to get into a new brewpub that just had their soft opening.  It is Dearborn Brewery.  This brewery was started in 2014.  They are in the heart of the business district of Dearborn, Michigan.  It is right off Michigan Ave and right by legendary Les Stafford car dealership.  They do not have a solid Grand Opening date.  Talking to the owners, the City of Dearborn is pretty excited to have them around.  Let us get into the beer.

They are like all the little brewpubs that I have visited in the last few weeks.  I loved what they did in the space.  They put chalk boards throughout the place.  It is a pretty smart idea so you are not printing up something new every week.  They do not service any food.  Please, eat or order from the restaurants in the area.  Most restaurants will delivery to the brewpub and some will delivery up to your table.  Let us be honest, you are here for the beer.  You are not coming here to order food and eat it here.  They had a Creamshandy.  I have to be honest.  It is almost like someone just dropped a ton of Lemonade in the cream ale batch.  It is very tart.  I really did not like it but I can see someone liking it.  They also have an American Amber Ale.  It has a nice malty note.  This is by far second best beer in their line up.  There is also Honey Brown Ale.  I do not know what they did but it taste like burn honey.  This is second worse beer right before their Shandy.  Finally, there is their IPA.  I do know what they did to it.  There is a weird aftertaste and it is not welcoming.  It has a nice malty backbone.  This is by far their best beer.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.dearbornbrewing.com

Twitter:  @DearbornBrew

Closing, this brewery is a great example of what is going wrong in the craft beer world.  I hope there is no new craft beer drinkers coming into this brewpub.  I love the brewpub on the inside but it is hard to find parking and to get to because where they are located in Dearborn.  I am happy that they are doing what they want to do.  I have to be honest with my readers.  Their beers are not good at all.  I was really disappointed.  I really wished that the brewmaster’s friends would have been honest about their beers.  I just hope new craft beer drinkers do not think this is how craft beer taste.  It is not the case.  There best beers are their IPA and Amber Ale.  They are below average beers.  I know I saw my friend almost vomit from the Cream Ale.  I almost did too.  It is kind of scary that I would rather drink Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.  I am sorry Dearborn Brewing that I am not a fan.  I wish you the best of luck.  At least, you are better than Granite City.  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Knee Deep Brewing Breaking Bud


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into Knee Deep Brewing.  This is the first time that this brewery and their beer is being feature on this blog.  The beer is their Breaking Bud IPA.  Jeremy Warren founded Knee Deep Brewing in 2010.  They are known for their IPA’s. There is not much history on this brewery. They just added Michigan to their distribution map.  Let us get into this IPA.

It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a heavy earthly to floral like notes. The taste has an earthly to grass like notes with a pine cone aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.kneedeepbrewing.com):

Old school meets new school in this fresh approach to the classic IPA. At 50 IBU’s and 6.7% ABV, Breaking Bud features the restrained bitterness and alcohol of a classic IPA with newer tropical fruit hop flavors and aromas of Mosaic. Also in the hop mix are Simcoe and CTZ, creating layers of mango, passion fruit, pine and dank. A malt bill with a pinch of crystal malt and a hefty dose of flaked wheat keeps the beer crisp while adding flavor complexity.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.kneedeepbrewing.com

Twitter:  @kneedeepbrewing

Closing my tab, I just happen to walk into one of liquor stores by my house.  I was pretty stun to see these brews from Knee Deep Brewing.  I never heard of them and of course, I pulled out my phone right away and did a little research from this craft brewery.  I have to say I am not disappointed.  I just wished that it came in as six pack bottles or cans.  I am not a huge fan of 22oz bottles.  I will say most markets are like this now.  If it is a limited run beer, I am fine with it being in 22oz bottles.  I like it. It is nice to get a different version of an English style IPA.  I will pick up this beer once in a while.  It is just the 22oz that throws me off.  Once it is open.  You have to drink it all.  I recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13