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New Beer Blog Rogue Brutal India Pale Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into our first review of a Rogue Brewery beer.  It is their Brutal India Pale Ale.  It is the official beer for Rogue Nation.  Rogue Ales was founded in 1988 in Ashland, Oregon.  They have three brewpubs in three different states.  They are known for their Dead Guy Ale, which is a maibock.  They are known to push the limits of beer.  Let us get into this IPA.

It has a cloudy copper color with semi on white head. The smell has a heavy citrus notes. The taste of this medium body has a nice citrus notes with a dry hoppy bitter aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

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

Style: India Pale Ale

FOOD PAIRING: Seafood, Beef

Tasting Notes: A non-traditional India Pale Ale with big citrusy, hop flavor and intense hop aroma. Medium-bodied with a vibrant lingering hop-bitterness that is anything but brutal. Enjoy!
8 Ingredients: 2-Row, Carawheat, C15 & Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Alluvial™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

“Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire.” – David Wallace

Awards:

2012 World Beer Awards, World’s Best IPA
2011 World Beer Awards, World’s Best Bitter Pale Ale
2010 World Beer Championships, Gold
2010 Australian International Beer Awards, Gold
2007 World Beer Championships, Best of the Year

History:

Rogues take risks. Rogues are willing to shun titles and personal financial success in the pursuit of the greater good. Rogues pursue the long shot. Rogues have respect for diversity. Rogues are never satisfied to rest on past laurels. Rogues work hard. Rogues ignore the accepted patterns and blaze their own trails. Rogue shave raw talent and focus on that talent. Rogues are honest with themselves and others. Rogues are rebels. Rogues have one foot in reality to let them get the job done, but they are, nonetheless, led by their dreams. Not a member? Join the nation! Rogue.com

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.rogue.com

Twitter:  @rogueales

In the end, I did not know how I felt about his beer.  It has pretty cool packaging and it is just their normal IPA to me.  It is a great beer.  I guess I would understand this beer a little bit more if I visit Rogue Nation.  A few years ago, I was in their backyard and I did not get a chance to stop by their brewery.  I hope one day to visit them.  I love it.  There is a nice balance from the aroma to the aftertaste.  There is a nice pretty color.  I believe if you are a hophead, you should at least try 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 Sports Thought Thursday NFL Playoffs (2015)


In this Sports Thought Thursday blog, I know it is not Thursday and I forgot to write-up my prediction that I do every year.  Plus, I did not post the last two weeks on Thursday and Friday.  I figure the best time to post just before the games start.  Once again, another disappointing season for my Dolphins.  I guess next year will be different.  We will have to see.  Let us get into the match up for today Wild Card games and all the way up to the Super Bowl.

Wild Card

Game One Cardinals vs Panthers

I get it that NFC South was the weakest or strongest division in the league.  All the teams had a records below .500.  Panthers could become the second team to do this since 2010 Seashawks that beat New Orleans Saints.  It is kind of crazy the teams that loss and win came out of respected division.  Saints are from the NFC South like the Panters.  Seahawks came out of the NFC West like the Cardinals.  I am liking what I am seeing from Cam and the offense.  We all know their defense is really good.  Let us hope their special team does not disappoint them.  They should beat Cardinals with their third string quarterback.  Cardinals defense is still good but not what it was in beginning of the season.  If Cardinals offense get into some kind of rhythm, they will win this game.  I just do not see it happening.  Panthers should win this game.

Game Two Ravens vs Steelers

The Steelers are known for their defense throughout history.  This group is really good.  Ravens can play some defense also, however their secondary is pretty weak and I can see them having problems with Steelers wide receivers.  Both quarterbacks have won a Super Bowl and both of them know how to pass the ball around to our their receivers.  This is more important for the Steelers because their star running back Bell is already ruled out.  They signed Ben Tate.  They are looking at undrafted back Josh Harrison to pick up  that load.  It is going to be raining tonight and that is running game weather.  I believe it will come down to Big Ben arm.  He threw 12 touchdowns in two games this season.  With Bell out, he is their best back that can pass block.  This will affect their passing game.  Can he do it against the Ravens?  This is going to be one of the best games this playoffs.  I am going to say no but this game is going to overtime.  This is going to be a very close game and I have to go with Ravens even though they never beat them in the playoffs.  I still like Ravens.

Game Three Bengals vs Colts

I have to be honest on both of these teams.  I have not watched too many games of either team.  I know AJ Green is believed to be hurt and Andy may realize that it is the playoffs.  He forgets how to play.  I do not believe the Colts have a running game nor defense.  This is going to be a very important game for the coaching staff of the Bengals and Andy’s legacy as quarterback that can play in big games.  What the hell, I am going to pick Bengals.

Game Four Lions vs Cowboys

Cowboys has been the hottest team in the league just like the Settle Seahawks.  One of the best QBs, RBs, and WRs are in the game.  I believe Tony has finally found himself as NFL QB.  This is one of the best teams that he has had in his career.  I love their defense and we know Lions defense will show up.  They will have a pretty good game but will they be able to overcome the weakest part of their team.  I believe the Lions offense will keep their defense on the field a ton.  Lions offense has still not found themselves.  They have their former OC, who is Scott Linehan, that has been in defense meaning.  He is teaching their defense on what the Lions offense likes to in games.   The lucky bounces that Detroit Lions have been receiving this year will come to the end.  I cannot see the Lions finding their offense.  I can see the Cowboys coming out and winning this game easily.  I am picking the Cowboys.

Divisional Playoffs

Game One Patriots vs Ravens

Patriots at home again through out the playoffs and I cannot see them losing against the Ravens.  Sorry Ravens, this is a pretty easy pick and you had a great season.  Pats has this one and I hate to say it.

Game Two Cowboys  vs Packers

This is going to be a pretty interesting game.  I would love to see how the weather is going to be.  I am going on the fact that it is going be a normal weather for Green Bay.  This will come down to who has the better running game.  If it comes down to the passing game, Rodgers and Packers will win this game.  If the Cowboys keep Packers defense on the field longer, Dallas will be one win away from the Super Bowl.  I cannot that see that happening.  Packers will win this game.

Game Three Bengals vs Broncos

I saw a few games of the Broncos this season.  Manning is still good but getting really old fast.  He is better than average quarterback at his age.  He will pull out a win again the Bengals.  Broncos will win in front of their home crowd.

Game Four Panthers vs Seahawks

Here comes the 12th man.  I believe you will know how this will go down.  This will be a defensive game.  It is going to come down the field goal kickers.  I love both defenses.  I can Seattle’s defense coming out in the better end.  Seahawks has this game.

Conference Championships

Game One Broncos vs Patriots

This is the match up that we have seem so many throughout the years.  Brady vs Manning part whatever.  I do not believe in Pats defense.  It is good because of the their new-found running game.  I believe there is a way to play against their defense and offense.  I believe the Broncos OC and DC will find their way to find faults and attack.  I can Patriots looking really bad in this game.  Brady will do a last-minute drive down but come up short to send his team to the Super Bowl. Broncos will be back in the Super Bowl for back to back years.

Game Two Packers vs Seahawks

These two teams have a nice history in the last five years as for NFL moments.  I am loving the Seahawks.  They are on a fire and I cannot see Rodgers being health enough to escape from Hawks D-Line.  It will be close but Seahawks and 12th man are going back to the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl Broncos vs Seahawks

This will be the first back to back rematch since the 1993 and 1994 Dallas Cowboys vs Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowls.  This is a rematch from last year’s Super Bowl.  I believe this might be the last game for Lynch’s NFL career.  He has been hinting it all season.  He has a bad back and he will have a game that people will be talking about game to come.  Is this the last game for Manning?  Will he get back at Seattle for the game that we are still talking about from last year?  I cannot see any team beating Seattle’s defense.  I am talking about Patriots too.  Seashawks will go back to back Super Bowl Champs since the Patriots in 2004 and 2005!

In closing, I will do a write-up for my prediction of the Super Bowl during the bye-week.  I am pretty excited to watch these games.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Sports Thought Thursday Blog Jon Lester And Cubs Playoff Team


In this Sports Thought Thursday blog, we are going to dig into the exciting offseason from my Chicago Cubs.  This MLB throughout the league has been really exciting offseason.  I am pretty excited because Chicago Cubs are getting ready to start winning in two years.  What does the Joe Madden and Jon Lester move means for this upcoming seasons in 2015?

The Chicago Cubs are not winning the World Series in 2015.  They are going to make the playoffs but some of their kids might take a few steps back.  Baez came up and started hitting some nice home runs. The excitement shot through Cubs nation. MLB took notice to the kid. He stroke a ton.  His Minor League numbers show it.  He had in last season 388 At Bats and stroke out 133 times.  He had 23 home runs.  He played 52 games with 213 At Bats and stroke out 95 times.  The league will caught up with these kids on their weakest and strength.  Soler when he came up he was pretty hot and then cool down.  He batted .143 in the last seven games.  I am not saying this doom.  These kids will need to make some changes just like the league had too.  I love our farm system and the upcoming kids on the roster.  Jon Lester will give us that Ace they needed to fill out the rotation.  He puts rest of our starters in line.

Here is the Rotation:

  1. Jon Lester
  2. Jake Arrieta
  3. Jason Hammel
  4. Kyle Hendricks
  5. Jacob Turner
  6. Travis Wood (Bullpin)
  7. Edrwin Jackson (Bullpin)

I believe they will spit up that Lefty to Righty at the top of the rotation.  It is pretty strong and I know Travis Wood had a rough year.  I can see him bouncing back but I would not be shocked to see him traded to have one of other young pitchers come up in his spot.  He might start the season in the bullpen because of the resigning of Jason Hammel.  I know Edwin Jackson will be in the bullpen.  I cannot see him starting and I would not be shocked to see him traded.  He is owned a ton of money so maybe a bounce back year and traded before the trade deadline. He will start if there is some injuries. The Cubs has something they did not have in 2014.  They have depth in the starting rotation.  They will have some more kids ready half way through the year or September call ups.  The lineup has some interesting looks.  I know Joe Madden will have some fun here. Let take a look at that now.

Here is the Lineup:

  1. C. Coghan LF
  2. J. Baez 2B
  3. S. Castro SS
  4. A. Rizzo 1B
  5. J. Soler RF
  6. M. Montero C
  7. L. Valbuena 3B
  8. A. Alcanara CF
  9. Pitcher

There is a ton of things can be moved around.  You know Castillo will be traded because I cannot see team carrying three catchers.  I also love pick up of Tommy Le Stella to back up Baez.  If Baez starts out slow or just struggle, he can step in at second.  We know Ross will be behind the plate when Lester is pitching so he will be in the 7th or 8th part of the line up.  There is some choices and I know they are not done trading and signing players.  I am not getting into the bullpen because I want to see what other moves they make. Joe might have a different way of looking at this line up.

Closing, I am liking what I am seeing from my Chicago Cubs.  They will make the playoffs next season or just miss it.  I can see them come out with a strong start or finish to the season.  I can see a few more moves before spring training.  I can see them doing some kind of moves before the trade deadline to add for the push to the playoffs or moves for 2016.  Either way, Cubs fans are excited this season as they should be for this team.  The last few years teams around the league believe they had a win playing us. This is not the case anymore.  2015 is a promising season and I am excited.  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 Alaskan Icy Bay IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the second beer from Alaskan Brewery.  It is their Icy Bay IPA.  This is a newer beer from them.  I had their regular IPA a few years back.  I loved it along with their Black IPA. If you read my earlier beer blog from a few days ago, you know the history of this craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read it to get to know this craft brewery from Alaska.  Let us get into this IPA.

It has a clear copper color with a white constant head.  The smell has a slight citrus notes.  The taste has a citrus notes with a dry hop finish for the aftertaste.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

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

Style:

India Pale Ales are characterized by intense hop flavor and aroma accompanied with medium maltiness and body while also being crisp and dry.

Flavor Profile:

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA is made from glacier-fed water and a blend of Cascade, Bravo, Calypso, Summit and Apollo hops and premium two-row pale and specialty malts.

History: 

India Pale Ale is a style of ale originally derived from a colonial thirst for British-brewed beers. By initially brewing the beer to high specific gravities it could continue to ferment during the journey to British colonies. Larger amounts of hops were also added for their preservative properties and resulted in a golden beer with a hoppy flavor.

Ingredients:

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA is made from glacier-fed water and a blend of Summit, Apollo and Cascade hops and premium two-row pale and specialty malts. Our water originates in the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Ice Field and from more than 90 inches of rainfall each year.

The Story Behind The Label:

The surfers who ride the waves around Yakutat and Icy Bay have to be prepared for all of the extremes that come with Alaska’s maritime climate. That can mean air temperatures well below freezing, and water temperatures not too much higher. It’s sometimes called blue face surfing, and it requires a special breed of adventurer to seek out the rugged shorelines that yield the best breaks.

Alaskan Icy Bay IPA comes from the heritage of a beer brewed to endure the long ocean journey from England to India, with a bold taste, brisk bitter bite, and a citrus hoppy aroma. For the surfers who venture into the cold waters of Icy Bay, it’s a beer to match the intensity of a remote ride on a wave breaking on a solitary Alaskan beach.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.alaskanbeer.com

Twitter:  @alaskanbeer

Ending, I am so happy to see this craft brewery in Michigan.  I had a rock show on a Friday at Freedom Hill.  I will be enjoying some Alaskan at the tailgate.  This IPA is just right.  It makes me happy as a Hophead, however, it will bring some border line IPA drinkers over.  This will bring new drinkers to the IPA beer style.  It has a nice mild and refreshing brew that makes you coming back for more. The malty backbone has a nice bite to fight against the over the top hoppy notes. This is a great IPA and welcome to Michigan.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Hop City Brewery Hopbot IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going sample a beer from a little craft brewery, who is Hop City Brewery, from Canada.  This is one of their new beers and it is Hopbot IPA.  There is really no history about this craft brewery.  I do know they are from Canada and by looking at their website they are a young brewery.  The article where I found the description below says they are part of the Moosehead Brewery.  This beer is not listed on their website.  Be careful, there is a brewery in the south named Hop City too.  Let us get into this IPA.

It has a clear copper color with constant small bubbles.  The white constant head is showing itself off on this IPA.  The aroma has a nice citrus notes to hints of sweet malt.  The taste has a nice tropical to citrus notes.  The aftertaste has a tropical fruit finish like mango almost. It is a drinkable beer from Canada.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Programmed with 5 West Coast American hops, Hopbot IPA brings out waves of absurd citrus and tropical aroma and flavor. The Citra, Centennial, Mosaic, Summit and Willamette hops provide 70 IBUs which are perfectly balanced by a solid malt backbone.

Here is a description from article in Canada website (www.canadianbeernews.com):

The latest brew from the guys at Hop City is their boldest yet, packed with five different West Coast American hops crafted to bring out waves of absurd citrus and tropical notes with just the right notes of spice and pine. The Citra, Centennial, Mosaic, Summit and Willamette hops provide a serious hop kick, while a blend of Canadian Pale 2-Row, Carastan, Crystal and Black malts provide a solid balancing malt backbone.

Here is a their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.hopcity.com

Twitter:  @hopcitybrewing

In the end, I like this beer but I would not say it is my favorite brew.  I love the five different hops they picked.  I am happy to see more craft breweries popping up in Canada.  Even though, it is under the company of Moosehead Brewery.  There is nothing wrong with that.  There are some craft breweries like that in the states.  It looks like they are allowed to do their thing unlike most craft breweries that are in this situation.  This is a great IPA and I would be interested to see if they try to make Double IPA.  I recommend you trying this brew at least once or twice.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Wild Rose Brewery IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into Wild Rose Brewery IPA for the first time on this blog.   Wild Rose Brewery was founded in 1996 by Mike Tymchuk.  They were founded in Calgary, Canada.   They brew several different beers.   Let us get into this IPA.

It has a slightly cloudy copper color with a white constant head.  The aroma has a slight caramel to citrus notes.  The taste has a citrus to caramel notes with a dry hoppy finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle and website (www.wildrosebrewery.com):

A beautiful copper-coloured ale, rich in caramel malt character and well-balanced with plenty of hops. An authentic India Pale Ale, this IPA is handcrafted for the true ale drinker.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.wildrosebrewery.com

Twitter:  @wildrosebrewery

Closing, I have to say I have been pretty impressed with some craft beers from Canada.  I always thought they were a bunch of Lager breweries.  I guess I am so wrong.   I know they brew several ales around the country.  I did not think they are pretty good.  Well, Wild Rose Brewery and Mill Street Brewery are proving me wrong.  I am sorry for saying and thinking it.  I love the caramel notes bending with the citrus.  I love the hoppy dry finish that keeps me coming back for more of it.  Wild Rose Brewery has a winner IPA here.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Sports Thought Blog World Cup And Soccer


 

In this Sports Thought Thursday blog, we are going to get into the World Cup.  I am not going to get into the history of this tournament or soccer.  Personally, I really do not care.  It might shape the thought pattern on this blog.  The big question is why should we care in American?  Is soccer going to grow in the United Sates?  Let us get into this debate.

This is a big event around the world asides here in the United States.  I know there are many in the states that can give a crap.  However, if the US team keeps playing, the more interested it is going to gather in the States.  Will that help the sport grow in the states?  Of course, it will help but will anyone care after the World Cup is finish.  I see the only way this sport will make in the States if US team wins the cup.  It is a fact.  There has been several soccer leagues open in the states and then soon disappears in the dust.  We had the Rockers in Detroit and I was always getting free tickets to go watch the game.  I did not understand the game and I told myself I will be back to a game.  I never made it back.  We have NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL.  Two out of four of our sports is what the world worries about.  They are MLB and NHL.  Most part of the world they do not care about MLB and NFL.  Do we have it wrong in the states?  Or is the world wrong?  I believe it is taste and what you like.  Soccer had its highest TV ratings during the US vs German match.  Is there more to come with this?  I would say yes.

In closing, I will write a follow-up blog at the end of the World Cup.  I personally do not care.  I just find the sport very boring.  I never saw so much flopping field or court.  I do understand it because I took the time to learn it.  I am turn off on the sport.  I wish all the countries the best of luck.  I believe we in the States will go back to not caring once the US is knocked out and when the World Cup disappears for another four years.  We do not care about soccer and it is reality.  It is a niche sport here.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:   djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Devil’s Backbone Company Eight Point India Pale Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the second brew from my beer trade.  It is a brewery, who is Devil’s Backbone Company, made it on my blog but during a live blogging at the Savor in DC.  I was pretty impressed with their beers so I went out for a beer hunt for more of their brews.  I found out that I had to trade for them.  We are going to sample their Eight Point India Pale Ale.  This brewery was opened in 2008 in the mountains of Roseland, Virginia. They opened another brewery in 2012 in Lexington, Virginia.  They have won several metals for their beers.  They brew several different beer styles.  Let us get into this India Pale Ale.

It has a clear copper color with a white constant white head on this India Pale Ale. The smell has earthy watery to citrus notes. The taste is carbonated earthy notes to slight citrus notes with a dry hop finish for the aftertaste. It is a pretty drinkable beer.

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

A cornucopia of hop varieties imparts a floral-citrus aroma and a crisp bitterness to this medium-bodied ale. Concocted from Pilsen and a dash of Caramel malts, this burnished-golden brew has a sweet malt backbone for balance. IBUs – 60, ABV – 5.9%

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.dbbrewingcompany.com

Twitter:  @dbbrewingco

Ending, I had their Congo BPA at Savor and I never stop looking for their beers. I had a total of two of their beers so far I am not disappointed.  I love the heavy hop bite of citrus and yet it is drinkable beer in any season.  I believe the aftertaste is what makes this beer.  I normally do not like the dry hop finish but in this case I do.  It makes you comes back for more of this great liquid.  This is a great craft IPA.  It is in my top five of IPA’s that I cannot get in my market.  They did a great job design every segment of  this beer.  If you are able to get hold of this brew, I highly recommend it.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Widmer Brothers Upheaval IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the first beer from my beer trade with my friend Matt from the East Coast.  I have been wanting to try this beer and I was pretty excited to get a few bottles.  It is Widmer Brothers Upheaval IPA.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this West Coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know Widmer Brothers.  Let us get into Upheaval IPA.

It has a cloudy copper color with a constant white head on this India Pale Ale.  The aroma has a heavy citrus to slight grapefruit notes.  The taste profile of this medium to full body beer is a carbonation citrus notes with a dry hoppy finish.  It is pretty drinkable IPA but I find myself sipping it.

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

Upheaval IPA is the result of our brewers’ relentless pursuit of the perfect IPA. With more than two pounds of hops per barrel, Upheaval IPA unleashes a huge hop flavor and aroma with serious bitterness and balanced finish. Brewed with wheat, the result is a hazy, bold IPA that’s Unfiltered. Unexpected. Unapologetic. Uncompromised.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.widmerbrothers.com

Twitter:  @widmer_brothers

Closing, this is an awesome brew.  I really enjoyed it.  I just find it funny.  When I make this trade with my friend, package finds its way into my market but it is still a drive.  I am cool with that because now I can pick up a six-pack.  I love big malty backbone with some Northwest hops.  It has a nice bold and powerful hop character but nice enough to make it drinkable beer.  Widmer Brothers did it again.  They pushed the limits of craft beer.  This is the new standard of IPA’s.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Sierra Nevada Brewery Hoptimum Imperial IPA 2014


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample one of my favorite Imperial India Pale Ale.  It is Sierra Nevada Brewery Hoptimum Imperial India Pale Ale.  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 Sierra Nevada Brewery.  Let us get into this Imperial IPA.

It has a clear copper color with a constant white head.  The smell has a heavy piney to earthy notes.  The taste has a heavy piney to earthy notes with a heavy dry hop bitter finish for the aftertaste.  It is a nice to comfortable sipping beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Hoptimum is the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor.  Aggressively hopped, dry hopped AND torpedoed.  Hoptimum delivers ultra-intense flavors to hop fanatics everywhere.

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

Hoptimum® Imperial IPA

A whole-cone hurricane of flavor.

Hoptimum is a hurricane of whole-cone hop flavor. Hopped, dry hopped and torpedoed for incredible hop flavor and complexity, Hoptimum is the pinnacle of whole-cone hoppiness and the biggest Imperial IPA we have ever produced. It features resinous hop varieties: Magnum, Chinook, Simcoe and a new experimental hop variety exclusive to Sierra Nevada. With intense hop flavors and aromas of grapefruit rind, pine, herbs and tropical fruit, Hoptimum is an aggressive drinking experience. Originally created as part of our Beer Camp program, Hoptimum throws down the gauntlet to all other IPAs.

Dry Hops

We work hard to get strong hop flavors into our beers and one of the ways we do that is through dry hopping. Dry hopping refers to the addition of whole-cone hops to the fermentation tanks. The addition of hops to cold beer allows the aromatic oils and resins to infuse the beer with flavor and aroma without adding any additional bitterness.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.sierranevada.com

Twitter:  @SierraNevada

In the end, I love Sierra Nevada and their beers.  This brewery does not make a bad beer and I had pretty much all their brews.  This is one of the best all around craft brewery and I feel they are very under rated.  I believe that is because there are so many new breweries around.  They just get forgotten in the mix.  If you have not went back and retry their beers, I highly recommend doing so.  I believe you will be stun at how good their beers are compared to other breweries’ beers.  I am not saying they are the number one brewery but pretty close.  I love the IBU count in this beer.  It is like eating a whole hop cone.  This is a great beer and it has a nice malty backbone.  I highly recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13