Cause it is Thursday…

Cause it is Thursday…

Night Shift Brewing, One Hop This Time IPA (Topaz hops, 7/5/16), Everett, MA

Night Shift Brewing, One Hop This Time (Topaz) 7/5/16 poured into a nonic pint glass
Night Shift Brewing, One Hop This Time (Topaz) 7/5/16

Canned 7/5/16, 6% abv. Brewed with only Topaz hops. This beer pours a gorgeous milky yellow color with a big white head. You can smell it as you pour. Solid Belgian lace.  First sip is slick and incredibly thirst quenching. All hops but it isn’t astringent or overly bitter. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and floral notes all combine to create a series of hop explosions in the mouth. Bursts of ripe clementines, apricot, and mango as well.  Bitterness lingers on the gums, sides of the tongue and back of the throat in the best of ways. I’ve had this on draft at the taproom and in the 7/5/16 canning and it was delicious and a joy to drink on both occasions.

My name is Jim, but most people call me…

My name is Jim, but most people call me…

Gong with a somewhat obscure movie reference for this blog post title. Guessing that you wicked smaaaht people out there can figure it out.

Long Trail Brewing Company, Green Blaze IPA, Bridgewater Corners, VT

Long Trail Green Blaze IPA poured into a nonic pint glass.
Long Trail Green Blaze IPA.

6.5% abv. 60 IBUs. Made with Equinox, Mosaic, Columbus and Chinook hops.  Poured from a 12oz can.  Pours copper gold with a decent white head. Good Belgian lace. Pine resin, orange zest, and sweet pineapple on the nose. Hops are clearly present on the first sip, but they are not overwhelming. Initial flavors include pine, fresh cut grass, lemon, apricot, and fresh herbs. Slight spicy tingle around the gums and sides of the tongue at finish. Caramel and dry cracker malt flavors help balance this out a bit. This is a solid IPA and something I would buy again for the great $13.99 per 12 pack price. Really good beer can also be affordable, you just have to look around a bit!

Azaaca punch of hops…

Azaaca punch of hops…

Founders Brewing Company, Azaaca IPA, Grand Rapids, MI

Founders Brewing Company Azaaca IPA poured into nonic pint glass.
Founders Azaaca IPA

7% abv. 70 IBU Gift from my brother Tom and my future sister-in-law Kristen who loves it when I name drop her in a beer review. Pours dark copper with a big white head. Sweet tropical fruit aroma includes papaya, mango, and grapefruit. Some caramel and honey malty sweetness helps balance it a little, but hops dominate.  Great body and nice mouthfeel. Great Belgian lace. Hop flavors linger on the tongue and the 7% abv and peppery hop spiciness leave a pleasant burn on the back of the throat.  This is a six pack worth investing in, but be careful, you will move through it very quickly!  A great IPA, but you would expect nothing else from the folks at Founders. Full disclosure, I reviewed the beer and then read the label and my tastebuds were reading everything the brewery was describing. I really love it when that happens.

I wish I had this Symposium in grad school…

I wish I had this Symposium in grad school…

Green Flash Brewing Company, Symposium IPA (from the Hop Odyssey series), San Diego, CA

7% abv. 75 IBUs. Just noticed this bottle is a few weeks past best by date. Pours a rich copper color with a huge fluffy white head. Made with a combination of simcoe, centennial, tomahawk, amarillo, and cascade hops. I was expecting a hop assault on the nose, but it just isn’t there. I wonder if this is because it might be a little old. Slightly dank smell with orange zest and floral hops aromas. Grapefruit, pine, spruce, and herb hop flavors on first sip. There are some caramel and bread like malt flavors that help balance this beer a bit. Pineapple, corn flowers, orange zest, and lemon flavors. A solid offering, but I would like to try a fresher bottle.