Dueling reviews 5 years apart…

Dueling reviews 5 years apart…

The Alchemist, Heady Topper, Waterbury, VT

4/28/12

Poured into a nonic pint glass from a tall boy can. 8% abv. Thanks to Jeff for dropping this one off after picking it up at Redstone. Pours a beautiful murky gold yellow. Amazing hop aroma…pine resin, grapefruit, fresh cut grass and herbs. First sip is fantastic and you know immediately this is a special beer. Pine, lemon, orange rind, and sweet grapefruit flavors. A touch of white pepper, cilantro, dry crackers, and lemon ball candies. Hops mask the alcohol and make this an incredibly drinkable Double IPA. I could drink this all night.

9/21/17

Trying this a second time. Many thanks to Caroline Herr for bringing this back for me while on vacation! Pours a lighter murky gold color than I remember from last time I had it. Decent head with good retention. Grapefruit, caramel apple, and lemon on the nose. First sip is mango with slightest touch of white pepper, Juicy tropical fruit flavors with a delayed tingle on the sides of the tongue and gums. Tons of piney bitterness. Slightly dank. More alcohol esters this second time around. Still smooth and very drinkable.

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!

Gold Mettles before the Summer Olypmics…

Gold Mettles before the Summer Olypmics…

Trillium Brewing Co. Mettle Double IPA, Boston, MA

Trillium Mettle Double IPA poured into a tulip beer glass.
Trillium Mettle Double IPA poured into a tulip beer glass.

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.