Pleasantly surprised with this mild session IPA. Nose is juicy citrus. Taste is light pale malt body with very mild bitterness and somewhat dry finish.
Drink’n right out of da can. Smells…like fish? No…that’s my hands. I washed after preparing and eating salmon for lunch. After another hand wash…better. It smells like sweet fruit punch beer. Flavor is not so sweet. Bitterness is mild, likely offset by the sweetness of the fruit, making beer more balanced. Tasting alone, I would […]
I have to admit that at first sips I was not so impressed. But a few more and I’m liking this newer “Hop Freshener” release from Hop Concept/ Port Brewing. The nice Citra flavors shines through with pleasant bitterness and no malty sweetness….some lingering bitterness..just enough to justify another sip. Maybe it’s the 8.5% ABV […]
A juicy dry-hopped wheat to relax with. Way less bossy than Rugrat’s Angelica Pickles.
Quite happy with this 7.8% ABV hazy IPA from Goleta’s M. Special Brewing Company. Juicy.
Our favorite of the four was Hopricot Milkshake Juicy IPA. Clocking in at 6.5% ABV and 30 IBU, it was smooth, slightly sweet, fruity with vanilla notes and mild hop bitterness.
We tried L to R a Belgian-style tripel, a pale ale, an IPA, a kinda hazy IPA and a fruited kettle sour. Dude, It’s Not Even Hazy , second from the right, was my fav, while hers was the imperial kettle sour, Raspberry Sunrise, the colorful one on the far right.
I drink a lot of Swami’s, and doubt I’m the only one. Cheers
Still quite happy with this 50 IBU 6% ABV pale ale collaboration from Amplified and the one-man-band, Low Volts. Hard to beat the $4 per 16oz can for on site consumption going on in PB.
This collaboration beer between The Bruery and Jester King is one of the most interesting beers I’ve had. Inspired by the Ramos Gin Fiz, originally concocted in 1888 by Henry Ramos the owner of the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in New Orleans, LA, it is tart and sweet, even a bit salty, notes of oat barrel […]
Very refreshing oak aged saison. Tasting notes just as described on the bottle so I just took the pic to save me from typing with my thumbs…where I would just make a mistake and retype over and over.
Quite happy with this 6.2% French saison that my son smuggled back for me on his recent trip to Paris. Very refreshing. Nose reminds me of a lemon sparkling /wine seltzer water..maybe a Radler but not as sweet smelling. Body is light and effervescent. The finish is clean with strong notes of lemon/lime fruit.
Damn fine collaboration IPA, in the hazy style, from bay area breweries Fieldwork Brewing and 21st Ammendment Brewing. Standing room only at Small Bar. $5 Fieldwork and 21st Ammendment beers all day. Always nice to see so many familiar faces.
Who knew Coronado Brewing had an “art series” line of cans? Happy with the beer too.
Stone going retro and releasing a non-hazy double IPA for their 22nd Anniversary ale. Maybe last year’s release was unfiltered, but I think the one before that wasn’t…though not sure. I could check on the interweb and get a whole list of releases…do some fact checking…but I really don’t care. I’m just going to enjoy […]
2nd generation of Amplified Ale Works NE-style IPA, this time for their can release. Going down waaaay to fast on this hot-ass day. We came upstairs because they don’t have Off the Record and Uber Jam downstairs. Downstairs is much much cooler.
Thought I would try something different from San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing. I like a good Nelson hopped beer. Unfortunately this isn’t one of them. Reminds me of my early 90’s home brew. Not bad…just something my tastebuds have outgrown.
I’ve been wanting to drink this ever since we picked it up, but not really wanting the whole thing. I’m totally ready for 32oz of juicy yummyness right now and the 5.2% ABV that goes with it.
A 7% ABV juicy and delicious NE-style hazy IPA from the fine folks at Modern Times Beer.
Very happy with this Japanese version of a NE IPA. I was surprised to read that the brewery, Tamamura Honten, was established in mid to late 1800’s. Talking with the owners of Beer Komachi, Tamamura Honten is a sake brewery that recently starting brewing beer.
Very happy with my choice. A juicy 7% ABV IPA from Ushi Tora Brewery in Tochigi Japan, north of Tokyo. She chose the Golden Ginjo Ale from Zig Zag Brewery…but low IBU beer option were limited. The sake options, though limited in quantity, were excellent from the ones we tasted. We chose the Hatsuhinode from […]
Fairly predictable for me to order an IPA. A 7.5% ABV is even better. Very happy with this west coast style. Much needed after a hot day of trekking about the surrounding area. Found this one at Goodbeer Faucets, Shibuya Tokyo. She chose the house beer Pineapple Life, a 4.5% ABV fruit beer..quite sweet, but […]
….an enjoyable Belgian IPA made by Brussels Beer Project, for me and NEUF, a Belgian golden strong ale collaboration from from Japan’s Barbaric Works and BBP, made to celebrate the first anniversary of Tokyo Belgian Beer Project, for the lady. A nice find just blocks away from our hotel in Shinjuku….even nicer to have today […]
Something more to my liking. We enjoyed many of The Shop Beer Company’s offerings on our recent trek to Phoenix, but this was not available on draft at the time…so we grab a few cans. A delish 10.1% ABV triple milkshake IPA made with toasted coconut, grilled pineapple, vanilla and lactose.
Way too much coffee for me, but she really likes it. I can’t taste oak or scotch ale for that matter…but I’m sure it’s in there somewhere to get to 8% ABV.
I think it just dropped below 100-degs outside here in the shade. This IPA from Mother Road Brewing is tasting pretty darn good right now. If you don’t drink fast the beer gets hot.
This 4.8% ABV wheat ale had a sweet watermelon nose but not much watermelon on the flavor, and had bitter finish that I wasn’t pleased with. The 5.5% ABV dry hopped golden ale tastes just like a dry hopped golden ale; nice citrus nose but not the juicy flavors I was hoping it would have.
A local juicy 7.2% ABV IPA with strong notes of tropical fruits. How fitting considering I found it at Kaleidoscope Juice in downtown Phoenix.
Three thousand words worth… Not a bad beer in the bunch…her fav, not difficult to imagine, is the Arrastra. I couldn’t say my fav..I’m very much enjoying both The Roosevelts and Klothos Temple.
The best beer of the day was also my last. Quite happy with this juicy 6.4% ABV New England-style IPA from Goldwater Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. Went well with my cottage pie pasty at downtown Cornish. One of the few places open late on a Sunday.
Really liked the Chango Malo, but a bit too sweet to enjoy with lunch…hmm..maybe I should order chicken n waffles. Anywho…I didn’t and went with Fog Thoughts.
Pizza Port and Stone Brewing collaboration “Beer Friends Forever” is a 6.2% ABV San Diego Pale Ale with pale malt body with pronounced bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering notes of citrus rind. Cheers
I picked up this Deftones/ Belching Beaver Brewery collaboration beer off the warm shelf of the local Trader Joes. It has a wonderful piney and citrus hoppy nose right out of the can. The flavor is ok, but not what I was expecting based on the nose. It’s a pleasent but somewhat mild bitterness, where […]
A hazy IPA from the fine folks at Solana Beach Pizza Port. Decent, but nothing outstanding. Mild bitterness and not much of a nose…or could it be my nasal congestion…hmmm. Maybe this is the best beer I’ve ever had and I just can’t tell.
At approximately 67.5 miles in… a Gold Record for the Lady, and Afternoon Delight for me.
While riding north I notice Saint Archer has a tasting room just south of the Regal Seagull in Leucadia. While heading south we stopped to hydrate. She chose the Creamcicle, and Coffee Cream Porter, where I chose the Hazy NZ IPA and the Galaxy DIPA. Though all good, after 43 miles of pedaling, her Creamcicle […]
About halfway thru today’s bike ride and made a stop to fuel and hydrate. My fav of the 6 tasters was this 7.6% ABV New England-style IPA. The slice with artichoke hearts wasn’t bad either.
10oz pours of the 9% ABV IIPA at Iron Pig today (Saturday) only. I assume price goes back up tomorrow.
A tasty 5.5% ABV New England-style hazy pale ale from Zoobrew in France. Not so hazy, but there was a pile of gunk at the bottom of the bottle after pouring. I get some herbal notes on nose, but not in the flavor. Pale malt body with no residual sweetness and nice hop bitterness. Very […]
As she hands me the can from the fridge, she says, “Dark Star means butthole.” I’m reluctant to search using my phone and risk inappropriate ads popping up at the worst of times…so I check Urban Dictionary. As usual, she is correct. It is also a fine 8% ABV oatmeal stout from the fine folks […]
Some damn good beer at Green Cheek. Pics worth thousands of words. We tried more and not a bad beer in the bunch. A bit far for our Sunday bike ride, but we’ll be back.
I shit you not…there is a brewey named Black Cock. We didn’t know until we got here, but they took over the spot that was Old Orange Brewing in Anaheim. Same place, new owners. Our fav ended up being a blend of the Chocolate Persuasion and Hazel Nut Heffer, with nice hints of coconut. I […]
Whoa…this is awesome! Who knew we had a Lord Hobo in the lower left. Might as well order another right now, as this juicy 5.5% ABV hazy wheat pale ale, with wonderful notes of fruit, from the upper right just ain’t gonna last. Found this gem at La Jolla Public House.
Nice beer… at Karl in the Village.
I tried this yesterday and it was good. At 7.7% it’s double seems to apply to the black part and not the IPA. It’s dark, rich, malty, mildly sweet with faint coffee tastes. Nobody else seemed to like it, so I got it all to myself.
The place was packed for their grand opening with 6 drafts on and 2 cans available. JuneShine is the newest high gravity kombucha brewery in town, all with 6% ABV. Our fav was the Beet Berry.
Once again enjoying their juicy, and quite sessionable at 4.8% ABV, IPA.
So I tried this the other day. It comes in an attractive box. The cans are artistic black and yellow and I thought I was buying one of the latest Stone Hop series. When I got it home I found out it was the Stone go to IPA. While Stone is one of my favorite […]
Burning a little time on an absolutely perfect Tuesday in Stone’s gardens in Escondido. The Delicious tastes divine.
A new 7.2% ABV IPA from fine folks at Amplified Ale Works. A pale malt body with pleasant hop bitterness. The pic is more orange color than the beer actually is. It looks more like a berlinerweiss…between that and the glow of a Mountain Dew. Not much of a nose, but quite tasty.
A short bike ride to the newest brewery tasting room to open; Mason Ale Works Tasting Room and Kitchen in Carmel Valley. I chose the Eloise Woods, which tasted like an IPA aged in white wine barrels, and The Duke, an 11% triple IPA. Happy with both. If only for a few minutes…we are up […]
A delish 10.5% ABV hazy triple IPA from the fine folks at Pure Project. At only 50 IBU it finishes a bit sweeter than I prefer, but I’m suffering through it just fine.
Strong nose of sweet vanilla and coconut. Flavor matches the nose, but has a mild hop bitterness in the sweet finish. I kept sipping and asking myself what I was tasting…then it was gone. Lots of flavors I would think wouldn’t work together, but oddly they do….and all wrapped up in an 8% ABV solution. […]
Triple can release at Miramar and Backstage (downstairs PB) locations R to L = Top to Bottom of the top 3 below. On tap for a limited time…cans may be around a bit longer. A butt-load of coconut and vanilla notes in the Puddin’ but with a hop bitterness. Juice = yummy. The collaboration beer […]
The label claims a big malty taste with Cimcoe and Amarillo hops. I can’t distinguish the hops, but the big malty part is really there and I like it. It’s light in color, but it’s got the taste complexity of a red or brown, so they weren’t lying. It’s not heavy though as it finished […]
We enjoyed the taster we received when we picked up Michele’s bottle.
Greatly enjoying Amplified’s new 4.5% ABV session IPA.
Last time we were here it was Manzanita. R to L, Right Here Right Now, Got Anything Hazy II, Guava Tart and Cream Ale. Both RHRN double IPA, clocking in at 9.1% ABV, and the unfiltered IPA made with guava and pineapple, clocking in at 6.9% ABV, were decent enough. Can’t say the same for […]
Scottish ale brewed with black tea gives this a unique taste. Scottish ales are usually too dry and syrupy for me on the brown side because of the carmelization, but the tea factor makes a good offset. 21st amendment gave a place to its brewing competition participants and chose this as a finalist. The brewers’ […]
Mango, papaya, and pineapple imperial IPA. Named after a mountain in California. If you dumped a tub of Trader Joe’s Mango Papaya Salsa into a vat of Ballast Point and increase the Alc by Volume to 9%. This is what you’d get.
Very tasty 7% ABV American IPA made with mosaic hops from the fine folks at Karl Strauss. Karl is my Bud.
…not Bill. One of two new NE hazy-style IPA available at Amplified. Bill and Ted are the same base beer with different hop bills. Bill is made but just not on draft quite yet in PB. Ted is juicy-citrus with mild hop bitterness. Quite nice. Sadly I don’t recall what D said the the two […]
Nice version of the classic west coast style IPA. Interested in trying their hazy IPA, Surf Zombie. Currently not on draft, but expected back on after kegging it Tuesday.
At Pizza Port Solana Beach…go figure.
While recently browsing PubQuest planning for one of our weekend bike rides, I noticed Little Miss located somewhere other than their Miramar location…so we made trek to confirm. Yes, Little Miss Brewing Normal Heights tasting room is open. Don’t know why I doubted Julie’s brewery mapping skills. We tried Ida, Douglas Devestator, Mango Blitzkrieg, Fog […]
A mildly tart 4.8% ABV hibiscus collaboration saison from Maui and Crooked Stave Brewing Co’s. A nice thirst quencher.
An 8.5% ABV Belgian strong ale made with tea from the fine folks at The Bruery. At the friends and family opening of Nolita Hall in Little Italy.
An 8.5% ABV Belgian strong ale made with tea from the fine folks at The Bruery. At the friends and family opening of Nolita Hall in Little Italy.
A 6% ABV, 18-IBU ale from Goodlife Brewing Company. Not really my thing. I didn’t dump it, but not something I would buy again.
Yesterday’s Friday Afternoon Club at Hess Brewing Miramar was very slow compared to previous gatherings. As the beer-tender, Ciro, pointed out people were doing things other than enjoying beer on 4-20, 2018. I was happy with the #83 version of Solis…tasted like an old-school west coast IPA.
A delish, 7% ABV hazy IPA from the fine folks at Amplified Ale Works. Made with Idaho 7, Bru-1 and Cryo Eukanot hops, it has a piney nose, mild bitterness and finishes with notes of black pepper.
Once again my work associate made a trip to Imperial Valley and brought back a growler from Humble Farmer Brewing Co. in Holtville, CA, to enjoy. We were pleasently surprised with this 8% ABV Belgian-style Tripel. Sweet malts and mild Belgian yeast on the nose, nice balanced flavor with no bitterness and mild sweetness. I […]
Though this IPA is a bit hazy, it is not a juicy NE style. More up-front bitterness and a lingering flavor of what reminds me of a rye IPA.
Farm Dust is a brett IPA. Log Cabin is a maple BBA imperial stout with cocoa. Both quite nice and currently on draft at Pure Project.
Like a prize after a long day of….stuff. Deceptively smooth for a 9.4% ABV IPA, with plenty of dank resinous hop characteristics.
Who wouldn’t want a little nookie in the morning? By little, I mean a 10oz pour. And nookie is Hop Nookie, an 11% ABV triple IPA from Kern River Brewing. Dank, piney and resinous…mmm.
Plenty to choose from. We chose 6 from the list. …and didn’t die…just kidding. Nothing bad, but nothing really memorable either. My fav was the Preemptive Strike double IPA. A solid, smooth double IPA. I found the regular west coast IPA, Renegade Warrior, had an unpleasant flavor. Mermaid Bubbles with pineapple was pleasant, abs she […]
If I was smart I would have snapped a pic of the beer list. My fav was the middle beer of the 5, Roadrunner Roadrunner, a 6.6% ABV juicy hazy IPA made in the NE style.
Lemony-citrus forward sweet fruit nose, juicy with pleasantly mild bitterness, all wrapped up in 6.5% ABV hazy solution. Damn fine beer.
Getting a smoked malt note in the taste..or could it be rye malt.
Three offering currently available with a fourth on the way next week. They took over Acoustic Ales space at Mission Brewery Plaza.
Reached deep into the fridge and made the logical choice. Though it maybe a 3x IPA by Alesmith standards, on a Pizza Port scale it would be a San Diego strong pale ale. Tasty either way.
A damn tasty collaboration beer from J. Wakefield Brewing and Alvarado Street Brewery. Based on flavor..no way I would call this an IPA. Sour and fruitiness overwhelm any hop bitterness.
Amplified Ale Works Backstage, their PB taproom downstairs from the restaurant, is finally open. New Generation is a juicy hazy IPA with a nose of citrus rind and refreshing taste with mild bitterness.
….mmm…12.5% ABV barrel-aged dessert.
Happy with my choice. A 7.3% ABV American IPA with a pale malt body and a tasty blend of hops.
I grabbed this during my last bottle round up of Costa Rican beers. This American Wheat Pale Ale, pleasantly hopped over a very pale malt body, was actually from El Salvador…go figure.
A nice option while on layover at Aeropuerto de Dallas-Fort Worth. Pleasent hop flavors /bitterness shine through any malty sweetness from the base beer.
From Sin Corbata Cerveceria Artesanal, this 5.4% ABV, 40 IBU beer, is malty, but not sweet, with a somewhat herbal bitterness characteristic.
Nose is sweet dark roasted/toasted malts, but not burnt smell. Flavor is not sweet and more mild than the nose implies, like it’s been watered down. The bitterness tastes more like burnt malts and not hops. I believe the 5% ABV on the bottle, but not the 90 IBUs
Stoked to find one of the Costa Rica Beer Factory restaurants next to our San Jose hotel. Decent local list plus international offerings. Mostly bottles, but a few drafts. This stop I tried 2 IPAs. Mi Tata is an American IPA brewed by Corcovado Cerveceria Artesanal. A nice mix of pale malt body and citrus/pine […]
We both agreed that this beer from La Selva Cerveza Artesanal has been the best of the Costa Rican made beer that we’ve had so far. Pale malt body with mild sweetness, no bitterness, clean finish with notes of Belgian yeast esters. It’s got that 6.8% ABV going for it too.
Just as the name implies, it has a malty sweetness of an amber ale and the hoppy bitterness of an IPA. The combination is what I would expect of an double hopped English IPA, using Pacific Northwest American hops. 6.5% ABV from Costa Rica’s Cerveceria Del Centro.
In the few days in La Fortuna we found six different beers from Domingo Siete/La Micro Brewing Company. All well made with no off flavors. The Lagarta fruity ale made with Matacuya & Pitahaya was unique. They did a great job of making a fruity beer without it being sweet. Ano Anso, their blueberry wheat […]
Both of us were disappointed with our choices; a couple beers from a different craft brewery in Costa Rica,Treintaycinco. Both La Penola (IPA) and Lora (golden strong) had off flavors. Anticeptic/ bandaid in both. IPA had a grapefruit seed extract flavor on top of the anticeptic, and the flavor of…what reminded me of paste from […]
The actual full name is Small Batch Escondido Satirist Mikhail Bulgakov author of The Master and Margarita Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels. According to the back label, they age it 14 months in American Oak Kentucky Bourbon barrels. This particular bottle has a brewed date of July 17, 2016 and bottled […]
From Costa Rica’s La Micro Brewing Company. A 5% ABV with pale malt flavors and no bitterness; just enough hops to round out the finish.
The first micro brew we had in Costa Rica was this Irish Red Ale from Costa Rica Beer Factory. Worked for me. It tasted like the Irish reds I’ve tried.