Bissell Brothers Brewing Company, Nothing Gold, Portland, ME
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!
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.
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.
Troegs Brewing Company, Nimble Giant Double IPA, Hershey, PA
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 andBelgian 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.
Banded Horn Brewing Company, Daikaiju Double IPA, Biddeford, ME
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, andoverripe 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.
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island, Captain’s Daughter Double IPA, Westerly, RI
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.
Mayflower Brewing Company, Evolupulin Double IPA, Plymouth, MA
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!
Trillium Brewing Co. Mettle Double IPA, Boston, MA
8.4% abv. Pours orangish gold with a thin white head. Great Belgian lace. Peach, apricot, grapefruit and pineapple aromas smack you right in the face. This beer just plain smells amazing. First sip is fresh hops and no alcohol at all and that is scary with such a high abv.So fresh tasting and thirst quenching. I swear it tastes like summertime in New England. Some spicy, white peppery bite at finish which feels like a combination of the hops and the alcohol. Hops dominate, but the slightest caramel and rye malt flavors help balance it. The hop bitterness never overwhelms, this is a thoroughly enjoyable beer. Super juicy, but with a slightly dry finish. I will be honest, this beer is fantastic and you should definitely try it, but the price will certainly keep me from buying it again.
Founders Brewing Company, Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA, Grand Rapids, MI
8.6% abv. An insane 100 IBUs. Pours dark brown with a thin white head. Decent Belgian lace. Coffee, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and citrus aromas. First sip is dark chocolate cake with orange zest frosting. Full bodied and rich with an aggressive mouthfeel. The acidity in the hops and astringency from the malt profile assault your tastebuds. The hops linger a long time and continue to tingle all over the mouth. Dark chocolate flavors and aroma seems to get stronger with each sip. Other flavors include burnt toast, anise, burnt salted caramel, pine, and a touch of black pepper. Alcohol is masked well behind all of these flavors.Noticing a touch of dark maple syrup toward the end of the bottle. Delicious and definitely a beer worth trying, but I don’t think I’d choose to have more than one of these in a sitting. This beer really does taste like dark chocolate cake with orange zest frosting!