Getting buzzed…

Getting buzzed…

Night Shift Brewing, Buzz, Everett, MA

Night Shift Buzz, Double IPA poured into a tulip glass.
Night Shift Buzz, Double IPA.

Picked up at the brewery a few days ago. Canned 1/29/18 so this beer is about 5 days old…it is straight from the brewery to my thirsty lips. 8.5% abv. Brewed with wildflower honey and lupulin powder. Pours a hazy glowing yellow gold color with a white head. Thick webs of Belgian lace all around the glass. Pine resin, lemon, and floral aromas.  Lupulin powder gives it a kicking hop bite with a surprising smoothness. Alcohol is masked extremely well, but it sneaks out every once in a while, just so you know that it is there. It gets drier and drier with each sip, but in a good way. Some candy sweetness and the honey does reveal itself ever so slightly. Tropical flavors appear halfway through with some candy sugar like notes. Some hints of sugared grapefruit as well. This is a rock solid DIPA. Quite frankly, this shit will get you buzzed!

Wait a second…

Wait a second…

Fiddlehead Brewing Company, Second Fiddle Double IPA, Shelburne, VT

Fiddlehead Brewing Company, Second Fiddle DIPA poured into a nonic pint glass.
Fiddlehead Brewing Company, Second Fiddle DIPA

8.2% abv. Purchased at Liquor Junction in Reading, MA. Pours a beautiful murky, orange-gold color with a healthy white head. Solid Belgian lace. Mango, apricot, pine, and orange rind on the nose. First sip is shockingly smooth with no alcohol presence at all, which is scary for a beer as big as this. Some warming in the belly after 4 or 5 sips. Pine and spruce flavors get stronger with each sip. Some zippy spiciness at finish from high alcohol and huge hop profile. Orange and lemon candy flavors with some caramel and bread roll malt flavors. Rock solid all the way through. This one has it all, the look, the aroma, the huge taste.

I just had an epiphany…

I just had an epiphany…

Foundation Brewing Company, Epiphany Maine IPA, Portland, ME

Foundation Epiphany Maine IPA poured into a nonic pint glass.
Foundation Epiphany Maine IPA

Gift from my friend Brian Souza after a trip to Portland. 8% abv. 85 IBUs. Pours gold with lots of floaters. Wonderful Belgian lace. Ripe pineapple, spruce, and a touch of peppery spice on the nose. First sip is a zesty combination of white pepper and citrus rind. Smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable. Perhaps lacking a bit in carbonation. Some hearty malt sweetness helps balance things off, but mostly a hop bomb. Very enjoyable, but falls a bit flat given all of the hype surrounding it. I’ll take anything by Bissell Brothers over this any day.

Nothing but deliciousness…

Nothing but deliciousness…

Bissell Brothers Brewing Company, Nothing Gold, Portland, ME

Bissell Brothers Nothing Gold poured into a nonic pint glass.
Bissell Brothers Nothing Gold.

8.2% abv. Brewed with citra, amarillo, and equinox hops. This is the hoppiest beer made by Bissell Bros. Pours an opaque dirty orange color. Citrus aroma bursts out of the can with an amazing combination of pink grapefruit and sweet clementine notes. I really love the smell of this beer. Touches of caramel apple and oat flakes on the nose as well. First sip is grapefruit rind, spruce tips, and fresh cut grass with the slightest touch of peppery alcohol. I love the medium-to-full body mouthfeel on this one. Ridiculously drinkable and satisfying and the 8.2% abv in a 16oz can is downright dangerous in all the best ways. I have never tried Swish, but it blows my mind to think that it could be better than this beer. I am hoping that Bissell Bros. is still going strong when I retire to Maine in about 25 years!

Better than a Royale with Cheese…

Better than a Royale with Cheese…

Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company, Pulp, Williamsburg, MA

Greater Good Imperial Brewing Co. Pulp poured into a nonic pint glass.
Greater Good Imperial Brewing Co. Pulp

Can dated 8/15/17, so this is only 10 days old. 8% abv. Pours a dark gold color with an orangish hue with a thin white head. Good Belgian lace. Spruce tips, pine, and tropical fruit on the nose.  First sip is orange zest with touches of white pepper and pine. A quick warming in the belly and around the gums, but the alcohol is hidden quite well, making this a very dangerous beer. To put it plainly, this shit will get you drunk! Juicy tropical fruit flavors from start to finish with touches of candy sugar like sweetness. Some dry water cracker and caramel malt helps balance it. Earthy, tobacco leaf notes as well. I guess I was expecting something a little more chunky and more full-bodied with the name Pulp, but this is a solid IPA.

Lieutenant Starbuck approved…

Lieutenant Starbuck approved…

Clown Shoes Beer, Galactica Double IPA, Ipswich, MA

Clown Shoes Galactica Double IPA poured into a nonic pint glass.
Clown Shoes Galactica Double IPA.

Can dated 7/26/17 so this is about 10 days old. 8% abv. Pours a rich dark copper color with a thick white head. Awesome Belgian lace. Tropical fruit and ripe apple and pear on the nose with some herbal notes. Some white pepper spiciness from the alcohol with a subtle warming in the belly after a few sips. Chewy malt backbone with caramel, dry cracker, and maybe even a touch of spicy rye. Floral, herbal, and citrus hop bite at finish with juicy mango and papaya mixed in. Some pine and spruce notes as well. Pine resin flavors get more prominent with each sip. Certainly not a summer BBQ sipper, but a very solid example of the style that I would add to the rotation.

This beer is bigger than giant…

This beer is bigger than giant…

Troegs Brewing Company, Nimble Giant Double IPA, Hershey, PA

Troegs Nimble Giant Double IPA poured into a nonic pint glass.
Troegs Nimble Giant Double IPA

9% abv. 16 oz can with freshness expiration date of 10/04/2017, so this can is pretty fresh. Troegs brews this once a year. Pours a dark orange color with a thick white head. Good head retention and  Belgian lace. Fresh squeezed grapefruit on the nose with a touch of white pepper. Alcohol is definitely present on the first sip, but it doesn’t taste as boozy as I thought it would. Orange zest, apricot, unripened mango, and grapefruit flavors. Pretty smooth and drinkable for the high abv. This is a dangerous beer. Grapefruit flavors become more prominent with each sip. Interesting mix of hop resin oils, yet dry at finish. Some caramel, honey, and candy sugar sweetness sneaks through as well, but it does not become cloying. This is clearly not your everyday go to beer, but it is certainly something to look forward to this time of the year.

This is a monster IPA…

This is a monster IPA…

Banded Horn Brewing Company, Daikaiju Double IPA, Biddeford, ME

Banded Horn Daikaiju Double IPA poured into a nonic pint glass.
Banded Horn Daikaiju Double IPA.

8.7% abv. Can dated For Little Z, 3/9/17. Pours a semi-opaque gold with a thin white head. Pineapple, mango, papaya, and a touch of grapefruit on the nose. First sip is a great mix of tropical fruit, white pepper, and herbs.  Medium bodied, yet thirst quenching. You would never, ever imagine that this beer has a high abv. Some mild warming of the belly toward the end, but super drinkable. Mango, orange zest, and overripe cantaloupe at finish.  Some dry cracker and fresh french bread maltiness, but mostly all hops. This beer is a monster and it just might be the most dangerous double IPA I have ever tasted. Kudos to the folks at Banded Horn. I am looking forward to stopping by the brewery this summer.

Captain Sulu would love this beer…

Captain Sulu would love this beer…

Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island, Captain’s Daughter Double IPA, Westerly, RI

Captain's Daughter DIPA poured into a nonic pint glass with can next to it.
Captain’s Daughter DIPA

8.5% abv. 69 IBUs. Loaded with Mosaic and Citra hops. About 2 weeks old. Pours a murky, but delicious looking yellow gold color. Grapefruit, sweet lemon ball candy, floral, and pine resin aromas. First sip backs a full range of hoppy flavors including grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and orange zest. High alcohol delivers a mild white pepper flavor with a warming in the belly about halfway through. Flavors bounce all around the mouth and linger for a very long time. Noticing clementine, peach, and apricot flavors toward the end of the glass. This is a very enjoyable DIPA and one you should absolutely grab if you see it.

A beer that Darwin would like…

A beer that Darwin would like…

Mayflower Brewing Company, Evolupulin Double IPA, Plymouth, MA

Mayflower Evolupulin poured into a nonic imperial pint glass
Mayflower Evolupulin Double IPA.

8% abv. 51 IBUs. This is meant to be a changing series of beers with different hop profiles. This batch was born on 5/19/16 and I think it is the first recipe. A QR code on the can lets you check the hop profile for each beer. Or you could just search for it on the site since no one uses QR codes. This one was made with Columbus, Equinox, and Galaxy hops with 100% German Pilsner malt.

A pleasant and surprisingly subtle aroma with lemony citrus, fresh cut grass, and herbs with a touch of sweet, clean malt. First sip is lemon, pine, and grapefruit hops flavors with tropical fruit and dry cracker. Alcohol is masked extremely well, making this a dangerous one! Hop tingle all over the gums and tongue, gets a touch drier toward the finish. Alcohol finally reveals itself with the slightest warming in the belly with the last sip.

A tasty beer, but the price point is way too high for me to purchase it again.  I know that good beer isn’t cheap, but I paid $16 for the six pack!