Riding the Flume…

Riding the Flume…

Battery Steele Brewing Company, Flume Double IPA, Portland, ME

Battery Steele Flume Double IPA poured into a nonic pint glass.
Battery Steele Flume Double IPA

Gift from my friend Brian Souza. 8% abv. Pours a heavy, hazy, orange color with a thin tan head. Jumping with mango, pineapple, and papaya aromas. First sip is thicker and richer than expected…a full bodied and chewy IPA in all the best ways. Grapefruit and pine resin hop bite lingers forever. Wheat and oats add some balancing malt sweetness. Sneaky masking of high abv with all the delicious flavor. Grapefruit scents and flavors become stronger with each sip. This beer has an interesting combination of dankness, sweetness, and earthiness that I really love. Another killer IPA from Portland, ME. This beer just jumped into my top 100 list. Delicious. Looking forward to visiting and trying more on my next trip to Portland.

This is great Shift…

This is great Shift…

Night Shift Brewing, One Hop This Time – Mosaic, Everett, MA

Night Shift Brewing, One Hop This Time, Mosaic poured into a nonic pint glass.
Night Shift Brewing, One Hop This Time, Mosaic.

6% abv. Can dated 11/6/17 so this is about 3 weeks old. Only mosaic hops used in this one. Pours a murky yellow gold with a white head. Lemon, grapefruit, and fresh cut grass on the nose. Jumping with tropical fruit notes including mango and papaya with the slightest tart blueberry flavor. Slight bready and dry cracker malt flavors, but this is pretty much a delicious hop bomb. Bitterness lingers on the gums and back of the throat with floral, citrus, and herbal flavors. It is fun to distinguish the differences in this recipe with each batch using a different hop varietal. This is the 6th on I have tried and they have all been great.

Double dry hopped double deliciousness…

Double dry hopped double deliciousness…

Trillium Brewing Co. Double Dry Hopped Congress Street IPA, Canton, MA

Double Dry Hopped Congress Street IPA poured into a nonic pint glass.
Double Dry Hopped Congress Street IPA.

7.2% abv. Born on 4/11/17 making this 3 days old. Many thanks to my friend Brian Souza, who dropped this one off on my doorstep wrapped in a plastic bag full of ice! Pours an opaque and murky yellow-gold-orange color with a thin white head. It is kind of the color of Trump’s face and hair combined. Grapefruit aroma jumps out of the can. My wife, who doesn’t drink beer, just turned to me and said, “boy that smells like grapefruit!” Some floral, grass, and pine notes as well, but mostly grapefruit on the nose. First sip is sweet pineapple and ripe mango with a strong grapefruit finish. Some white peppery spiciness all over the mouth as well. Medium to almost full bodied and a touch chewy. Perhaps the most viscous IPA I have ever consumed. Some malt sweetness, but mostly a delicious tropical and citrus fruit bomb. Love it.

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.

Santilli Lace is a Big Hopper…

Santilli Lace is a Big Hopper…

Night Shift Brewing, Santilli IPA, Everett, MA

6% abv. Pours a gorgeous unfiltered gold with a thick and creamy white head. Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, fresh cut grass, and pine resin on the nose. This is a great smelling beer. First sip reveals an oily slickness with medium body. Hop bite lingers for a while on the sides of the tongue and gums. Tropical fruit, orange zest and floral flavors dominate. Really nice carbonation. This one packs a lot of flavor for a relatively low abv IPA. Fantastic Belgian lace as I get halfway through the glass. Some dry cracker malt flavors help balance it a little, but it really is a delicious hop bomb. Herbal notes become more prominent toward the end of the glass. This is an excellent IPA. If you see this beer, buy it.  (just in case you don’t get the obscure title of this post https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b-by5e4saI)