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Novice Homebrewer- Batch #5 India Pale Ale Review

Novice Homebrewer- Batch #5 India Pale Ale Review

As you may have read previously, I brewed an India Pale Ale as batch #5 for my company’s golf outing. I started with the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA recipe and made a few alterations. The brewing and secondary dry hopping was rather successful, so this post examines the most important aspect of homebrewing: the taste. Lincoln Abbey Lincoln IPA Beer Stats Style: India Pale Ale Serving: Bottle Size: 12oz ABV: 6.00% BA Score: n/a RB Score: n/a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Brew It Yourself, Dogfish Head, IPA

“Floating” an IPA

“Floating” an IPA

Here in northern Virginia it hit 104 degrees on Saturday, so I was looking for something to cool me down. I put some thought into it and was reminded of Russ’ post from The Beer Circle’s Eastern PA Brewery Tour about Tröegs “Floated” Java Head Stout. When we were at the brewery, I was tempted to try Nugget Nectar floated but I figured that being able to drive with a clear head was more important so … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Float, IPA, Sixpoint Brewery

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is at it again, adding yet another IPA to their stable of hop-centric beers. Ruthless Rye IPA takes a decidedly different spin on the style, this time modifying the malt side of the brewing process. The inclusion of rye typically gives a beer a distinct spice and grain characteristic that is different than the spicier hops and allows the brewer to use more aggressive hops, in this case Citra and experimental … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, IPA, Reviews, Rye, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Novice Homebrewer Batch #5- India Pale Ale

Novice Homebrewer Batch #5- India Pale Ale

My work approached me and asked if I would be interested in brewing a couple of batches for our company golf outing. At this point, any opportunity I have to brew a beer, I will accept. Everyone at work thoroughly enjoyed my strawberry wheat, so I agreed to recreate that beer for the outing, and told them I would come up with another recipe. I finally settled on making an India Pale Ale for the golf … Read entire article »

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Cellaring Beer

Cellaring Beer

Previously I posted about my beer label collection and my quest to try beers from all over the world. That quest put a cramp on my desire to start cellaring beer for later years.  However, last year I decided to make the effort because I want to experience first hand how individual beers change over time. Some  changes will be good, but I know that some will be bad. But where to start? What are the best … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cellaring, Dogfish Head, IPA, Porter, Saison, Saison, Stout, Strong Dark Ale, The Bruery, Tripel, Triple Bock

Opening Day: Timber Creek Tap and Table – Meadville, PA

Opening Day: Timber Creek Tap and Table – Meadville, PA

Northwestern Pennsylvania – a land of lakes, small towns, and enough wooded areas to make Smokey the Bear pretty nervous. Whenever the bustle of Washington gets to be a bit much, I take comfort in knowing that I’m still able to retreat back to this area I call home for an extended weekend. Formerly largely devoid of good sources of craft beer, this has begun to change in recent years, right in tune with the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bars, Breweries, IPA, Reviews, Robust Porter, Timber Creek Tap and Table

New Glarus Brewing Company’s Hop Hearty IPA

New Glarus Brewing Company’s Hop Hearty IPA

Many moons ago, my dad was in the Navy on the USS Forrest Sherman. He’s been the chaplain of their alumni association since its founding, which means he roadtrips out to the East coast every year for the reunion. For the past few years it’s been in Ocean City, Maryland, but next year it changes locations to Bath, Maine. Beer roadtrip, anyone?! One of the nice things about these trips is that he stops in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, IPA, New Glarus Brewing Co.

Dogfish Head Aprihop

Dogfish Head Aprihop

“Our fruit beer for hopheads.”  If there ever were a word to describe me as a beer drinker, hophead might even be an understatement.  Despite my budget-oriented tastes, I am guilty of seeking out the big, the aggressive, the high-ABV, the makes-you-feel-like-you’re-growing-a-hop-garden-in-your-mouth IPAs. Dogfish Head makes some of my favorite go-to IPAs that, in my opinion, define what an IPA should be. It is possible, however, for even a hophead such as myself to occasionally … Read entire article »

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Budget/Nonbudget Showdown: Stone IPA vs. Stone Ruination IPA

Budget/Nonbudget Showdown: Stone IPA vs. Stone Ruination IPA

I’m known for my, well, “inexpensive” tastes in beer.  One of the greatest rewards in my craft beer quest is finding those special brews that offer taste competitive with the big and rare beers, for a fraction of the price.  In the interest of furthering this pursuit, an interesting idea popped into my head while browsing the aisles of Total Wine & More Chantilly. As I passed a Stone Brewing Company display, I noticed sixers of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Budget, Imperial IPA, IPA, Stone Brewing Co.

Karbach Brewing Company’s Hopadillo IPA

Karbach Brewing Company’s Hopadillo IPA

I kind of feel like this beer might attack me. I can’t really tell if the Hopadillo is friend or foe, because he kind of looks like a dinosaur to me; a stegosaurus, to be exact. I’m more of a apatosaurus person, my brother is a stegosaurus person. He always used to attack my My Little Ponies with his stegosaurus toy, so I automatically process this stegosaurus-looking Hopadillo as a bit threatening. Hopadillo IPA is brewing in … Read entire article »

Filed under: IPA, Karbach Brewing Co.