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Review of Happy Camper IPA from Santa Fe Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/12/2014, 8 ratings
When beer fans find themselves in strange new lands, exploring the local beer scene can seem a bit daunting. Who is the landmark brewery? Who is the wild child brewery? Who is the dependable brewery? You know what, screw all that. Let's just start wi...  more »
 

Review of Watt Dickie from BrewDog  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/3/2014, 9 ratings
I live my life by a few key principles. First and foremost: never stop learning. I like to think of my brain as a skull muscle, and without regular exercise, it will waste away and become useless. My second life principle is to always try new things....  more »
 

Review of Trilogy 2: Aussie Salute IPA from BridgePort Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/2/2014, 7 ratings
Beer has been regionally isolated for most of brewing history. Brews would acquire the distinct aspects of ingredients found in their particular area, many of which can still be identified today, such as the sweet bready qualities of Belgian yeast. T...  more »
 

Review of Easy IPA from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/29/2014, 9 ratings
In the craft beer world, good ideas spread like wild fire. For many years now, big IPAs and barrel-aged beers have been the brain teasers of choice. But today it seems that beer geeks are growing a little weary of punishing their palates with every p...  more »
 

Review of The Illinois from Goose Island Beer Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/1/2014, 8 ratings
I must admit that this particular beer review was a little painful to write. As a passionate beer geek, I am a loyal supporter of local breweries and grassroots beer movements. Goose Island has been a staple of mid-western craft beer since the 80s. T...  more »
 

Review of Doom from Founders Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/23/2014, 11 ratings
There are some breweries out there that flat out demand your attention. Not because they are reckless, whimsical, or beat you over the head with million-dollar ad campaigns, but rather because they brew fantastic beer that can punish unworthy palates...  more »
 

Review of Marble IPA from Marble Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/16/2014, 10 ratings
The Marble Brewery in Albuquerque, New Mexico is arguably the region's most popular brewery. This can be attributed to many things. First of all, they craft really great beer, the hallmark of any notable craft brewery. Secondly, they bottle beer in a...  more »
 

Review of Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/15/2014, 11 ratings
Sometimes a beer is so good that it makes you stammer. I recently had one such experience when I visited Albuquerque, New Mexico. I had picked out several breweries to visit, one of which was the La Cumbre Brewing Company. Whenever I sit down at a ne...  more »
 

Review of Jackalope IPA from Chama River Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/15/2014, 9 ratings
One of the most exciting aspects of craft beer comes in the form of travel. You may very well live in a region that is chock full of high quality local craft beer. I certainly do as a resident of Durham, North Carolina. But in order to fully apprecia...  more »
 

Review of Monk's Revenge from Terrapin Beer  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/23/2013, 7 ratings
One of the best aspects of the modern craft beer movement is its adventurous spirit. Brewers have been experiencing a Renaissance of delectable new beer styles. And as with anything untried, some work and some don't. I sincerely doubt that we're goin...  more »
 

Review of Dobber from Marble Beers Ltd  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/18/2013, 9 ratings
If you were to find yourself in the heart of France, what would you be excited to try? Wine of course. If you were to find yourself in Colombia? Got to have some coffee. New York? Pizza. Regions are often defined by what they do better than anywhere...  more »
 

Review of IPA Is Dead - Simcoe from BrewDog  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/17/2013, 10 ratings
As the craft beer movement continues to expand, so do its beer drinker palates. Beer fans have grown a lot more sophisticated over the last few decades and just identifying a beer as ''hoppy'' isn't enough anymore. Nowadays beer geeks can name the ac...  more »
 

Review of Sixty-One from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/11/2013, 8 ratings
Popping the cap on any Dogfish Head beer is an exercise in patience. These beers are rarely predictable, often adventurous, and sometimes downright strange. Whether recreating ancient ales or continuously hopping monster IPAs, the Dogfish Head motto...  more »
 

Review of Blast! from Brooklyn Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/11/2013, 9 ratings
It would seem that the craft beer world is in somewhat of a transition. For the better part of a decade, it was the big bold Imperial IPAs that led the charge. These were the trailblazing ''test your might'' beers that were more conquered than enjoye...  more »
 

Review of DirtWolf Double IPA from Victory Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/20/2013, 12 ratings
In today's craft beer world, the Double IPA is king. At this point it's easier to name the breweries that do not craft one. And like with any popular product, they come in all shapes and sizes. Some are smooth and flavorful, some are needling and agg...  more »
 

Review of Citra Burst from Alechemy Brewing Ltd.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/18/2013, 6 ratings
As a beer geek, few things get me more excited than exploring a new craft beer scene. Before visiting any new place, I always make it a point to scope out the local beer scene. I recently visited Manchester, UK, and one craft beer destination that ke...  more »
 

Review of Farmhouse IPA from Marble Beers Ltd  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/16/2013, 7 ratings
Beer is a worldly product. Yes, an obvious thing to say, but consider the following statement. This review focuses on a hybrid between a Belgian Farmhouse Ale and an India Pale Ale that is crafted in Manchester, UK. This is one of the many things I l...  more »
 

Review of Seeing Double IPA from Foothills Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/9/2013, 12 ratings
At this point I have been writing BrewChief reviews for several years now. I differentiate the reviews I write as BrewChief reviews in order to distinguish them from other websites' bullet point reviews. Appearance? Bullet point. Aroma? Bullet point....  more »
 

Review of The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/19/2013, 10 ratings
Albert Einstein once said that ''anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.'' This is what popped into mind when I tried The Truth Imperial IPA, Flying Dog's latest year-round brew. This beer owes...  more »
 

Review of Single Hop Imperial IPA - El Dorado from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/17/2013, 11 ratings
As I have said many times here at BrewChief, if you ever want to understand what hops bring to the beer table, then explore a single hop series of beers. The concept is simple: brew a series of beers with all the same ingredients, save one. I'll give...  more »
 

Review of Alchemy Hour Double IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/12/2013, 9 ratings
I have been blissfully exploring the wonderful world of craft beer for many years now. Each year more breweries appear on the scene and the beer store shelves expand. As choices grow, entry level anxieties also grow. I remember the days when a craft...  more »
 

Review of Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Brewery  (Fair)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/13/2013, 9 ratings
At the beginning of the craft beer movement, IPAs were relatively simple and straight forward brews. At a baseline, they were nothing more than extra bitter pale ales. Fast forward to today where even the simplest IPAs can punish palates and strip to...  more »
 

Review of Spring IPA from Abita Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/8/2013, 8 ratings
As the seasons change, so do the options on the beer store shelves. Most people would be surprised to know that there are many more options from a seasonal beer perspective than from a year-round one. Most breweries only craft a handful of core stapl...  more »
 

Review of Single Hop Imperial IPA - Citra from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/27/2013, 10 ratings
If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times. If you truly want to understand what hops bring to the beer table, then explore a single hop series of beers. The concept is simple: a brewery will craft a beer (usually an Imperial IPA) using only...  more »
 

Review of Ticket To Rye from Magic Hat Brewing Co.  (Fair)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/22/2013, 7 ratings
Oh Magic Hat, you fantastically strange brewery. Whenever I need to mix things up a bit, I can always rely on Magic Hat for a healthy dose of WTF. Don't get me wrong though, I don't mean this in a bad way because they do brew good beer at a baseline....  more »
 

Review of Rye of the Tiger from Great Lakes Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/15/2013, 11 ratings
It's the Rye of the Tiger. It's the thrill of the malt. Rising up to the challenge of a rye ale. Yes, that just happened. I hope you enjoyed that glorious jaunt back through 80's pop culture. I also hope you enjoy that virulent tune now stuck in y...  more »
 

Review of Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/4/2013, 10 ratings
Thanks to the craft beer movement, we now have access to so many different varieties of beer and our palates are expanding every day. But, there is one particular style that is getting flogged like a rented mule. Of course I a talking about the India...  more »
 

Review of Russian Roulette from Evil Twin Brewing  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/25/2013, 12 ratings
Sometimes a beer name can perfectly capture the mood. Many brewers go to great lengths to find perfect names for their beers, be it according to ingredients, geography, history, or general feeling they get from a session. Sometimes it works, sometime...  more »
 

Review of Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/21/2013, 10 ratings
I have begun to take notice of an interesting trend circulating through the craft beer movement. There is no common name for them that I know of, so I will just refer to them as ''awareness beers''. These are the beers that are tied to a specific cau...  more »
 

Review of Devil’s Britches IPA from Highland Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/11/2013, 7 ratings
Every once in a while a beer will come along that throws you for a loop. Now I'm not talking about those bottles of WTF that have you scratching your head in disbelief. I'm talking about those beers where even halfway through the experience you're st...  more »
 

Review of Redeemer from Olde Hickory Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/5/2013, 7 ratings
The Olde Hickory Brewery out of Hickory, NC is well known in the region for their small batches of delectable nectar. They have managed to make a name for themselves based on quality alone and refuse to scale production if it compromises product inte...  more »
 

Review of Batch 69 from Frankenmuth Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/22/2013, 8 ratings
The Frankenmuth Brewery has been operating in Michigan since 1862. In American brewing terms, that's older than dirt. These guys have been brewing up tasty nectar for a lot longer than most, so sampling a new Frankenmuth brew is always a welcome expe...  more »
 

Review of Cottonwood Frostbite from Foothills Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/14/2013, 6 ratings
Brewery takeovers can be both positive and negative. In the craft beer world, takeovers are often considered to be negative because they are usually due to a Big Beer company gobbling up a smaller brand with a strong following. They then gut whatever...  more »
 

Review of Hopslam from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/13/2013, 12 ratings
Ask any beer geek what their favorite seasonal nectar is and they are bound to have an instant response. For this beer fan, it's the Bell's Hopslam Imperial IPA. Seasonal brews are those special concoctions that only appear on the market once a year...  more »
 

Review of Hoppy Bunny from Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/7/2013, 6 ratings
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery out of Farmville, NC has made quite an impact on the regional craft beer scene since opening their doors in 2004. They are perhaps best known for their delicious Milk Stout, a regional staple and reliable option on most...  more »
 

Review of Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/3/2013, 7 ratings
There is an unfortunate trend that is currently plaguing the world of craft beer. Many breweries are obsessed with creating the biggest, baddest, boldest, and bitterest Imperial IPAs that their setups will allow. Why we are experiencing this phenomen...  more »
 

Review of Encore from Magic Hat Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/31/2013, 7 ratings
The Magic Hat Brewing Company is very well known for their whimsical approach to brewing. They are one of the very few breweries out there that can appeal to beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike. This can be a double edged sword because they can...  more »
 

Review of Storm from BrewDog  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/18/2013, 8 ratings
Breweries these days come in many shapes and sizes. Some are corporate behemoths that are only concerned with the bottom line. Some are regional staples that provide an array of reliable brews. Some are diamonds in the rough that gain notoriety throu...  more »
 

Review of Single Hop Imperial IPA - Centennial from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/16/2013, 8 ratings
Ah yes, the single hop Imperial IPA, one of the best educational tools in all of craft beer. If you ever want to study what different hop varieties bring to the table, then line up a bunch of single hop IPAs and get to work. Many breweries have caugh...  more »
 

Review of Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/10/2012, 6 ratings
In the highly competitive world of craft beer, it pays to keep your sense of humor. The Lagunitas Brewing Company in particular has tickled our funny bones many times, from their Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale to their Censored Amber Ale (bot...  more »
 

Review of Invasion IPA from Mikkeller  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/9/2012, 6 ratings
In the craft beer world, Mikkeller IPAs are forces to be reckoned with. More often times than not, they are aggressive, bold, palate-punishing concoctions that require a certain amount of masochism to enjoy. So going into the Invasion IPA, I found th...  more »
 

Review of 16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/30/2012, 7 ratings
So would it really surprise anyone to know that Stone chose an Imperial IPA for their 16th Anniversary Ale? I thought not. The masters of hops have done it again with this big bold bitter beast. 16 years is a long time to be kicking for a brewery and...  more »
 

Review of Jade from Foothills Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/28/2012, 7 ratings
New fans to the craft beer scene have an unwritten obligation to familiarized themselves with their local breweries. The transition from macro to micro is a very important step that should never be taken lightly. After all, you are now investing in l...  more »
 

Review of Morven's Alley IPA from Bull City Burger and Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/19/2012, 6 ratings
In today's craft beer world, it is exceedingly difficult to create a memorable IPA. I wouldn't say the style has been hijacked by the craft beer movement, but it's certainly been abused. If the standard lager is the overly focused style of Big Beer,...  more »
 

Review of Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Co. / Samuel Adams  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/8/2012, 6 ratings
I recently had the pleasure of touring the Samuel Adams brewery in Boston, MA. It's the place where Boston Beer founder Jim Koch got everything started in 1984 and is now used for experimentation purposes. I had a great deal of fun learning about the...  more »
 

Review of Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/3/2012, 7 ratings
In a craft beer world seemingly overwrought with palate punishing imperial IPAs, it can be really difficult for standard versions to get noticed. There is a cloudy gray area where hoppy pale ales and baseline IPAs reside. They are often mistaken for...  more »
 

Review of 75 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/1/2012, 7 ratings
Any beer fan familiar with Dogfish Head knows about their famous 60-90-120 Minute series of IPAs. 60 Minute is a fantastic bridge beer into the IPA style and is a reliable refrigerator staple for countless beer fans. 90 Minute is widely regarded as o...  more »
 

Review of Up The Creek Extreme IPA from Thomas Creek Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/29/2012, 6 ratings
I was first introduced to the Thomas Creek Brewery at the 2011 World Beer Festival in Durham, NC. Thomas Creek is based in Greenville, SC and they have been making their name known all around the southeast. They caught our undivided attention at the...  more »
 

Review of Iniquity Imperial Black Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/26/2012, 7 ratings
The Southern Tier Brewing Company acquired my undivided attention when I tried their amazing Blackwater Series. Beers like the Choklat Stout and Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout made my taste buds sing and gave Southern Tier a permanent spot on my be...  more »
 

Review of Single Hop Willamette from Mikkeller  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/24/2012, 8 ratings
When I think of single hop beers, I think of nakedness. Course, nakedness in the beer world can take many interesting forms, heh. But here I'm talking about the raw connotation. In a sense, it's a lot easier to throw every hop you have into a beer th...  more »
 

Review of Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery  (Good)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 9/22/2012, 8 ratings
So it seems that poker night has become my new ''Lets find a new beer that we haven't tried before and see what happens while we play cards'' night. Last week I took a chance with one and did fairly well, so I figured why not do it again? So this w...  more »
 

Review of Hop Karma Brown IPA from Terrapin Beer  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 9/16/2012, 7 ratings
So just when you think you've heard it all, leave it to the craft brew world to throw you for one deliciously mouth watering loop. We have all heard of an I.P.A. And I'm pretty sure we have all heard of a brown ale. They are two distinctly differe...  more »
 

Review of Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 9/12/2012, 6 ratings
If I were to mention the name ''Flying Dog Brewing Company'', I'm sure a few thoughts and words would instantly pop into your mind. Words like ''edgy'' and ''aggressive'' are what first come to mind, while ''boundary pushing'' and ''stylistic freedo...  more »
 

Review of DayTime from Lagunitas Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 9/9/2012, 7 ratings
It wasn't very long ago when the concept of a ''session IPA'' seemed a bit far fetched. It was an oxymoron akin to ''jumbo shrimp'' or ''honest politician''. But as IPAs got bigger and bolder, simpler versions got lost in their shadows. The IPA style...  more »
 

Review of HopLanta from Red Brick Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/29/2012, 6 ratings
Living in the South, and more specifically Georgia, I find myself in a very fortunate situation as far as being a better beer lover goes. If the notion were to strike me, I could hop in my car and 25 minutes later be standing smack in the center of t...  more »
 

Review of Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/26/2012, 7 ratings
In the world of craft breweries, it can be difficult to set oneself apart. More often times than not, young breweries will garner attention from one or two brews and then expand from there. It seems the bigger a brewery gets, the more avenues they li...  more »
 

Review of Deviant Dale’s IPA from Oskar Blues Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/24/2012, 7 ratings
Quick, name the top five craft breweries in the United States! (Jeopardy theme) For most craft beer fans, I can say with great clarity that the Oskar Blues Brewery out of Longmont, CO made it onto your list. These guys are churning out brews that are...  more »
 

Review of Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Co.  (Dull)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/19/2012, 6 ratings
When it comes to Magic Hat Brewing Company, my experience has shown me that there are basically two schools from which fans emerge. Ether you really, really love their offerings, or you can't even stand the sight of an empty bottle that has one of t...  more »
 

Review of Double D from Old Dominion Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/17/2012, 7 ratings
A few months back I wrote a review about the Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company where I pretty much all but proclaimed it the greatest beer I had ever gotten my hands on. I honestly can't say that I have ever had a better beer in my...  more »
 

Review of Dundee India Pale Ale from Dundee Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/16/2012, 6 ratings
One of the coolest things I've noticed about the craft beer movement is that many stores today have a ''build your own six pack'' section. The concept is pretty simple. The store busts open a couple of six packs, find a couple of shelves to put all t...  more »
 

Review of Ranger IPA from New Belgium Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/15/2012, 6 ratings
I can still remember the first time I had an offering from New Belgium Brewing Company. A good friend had gone out west on a ski trip, and upon his return a few cases of Fat Tire had tagged along. As soon as I had my first taste of it I actually said...  more »
 

Review of Supa Hero from Clown Shoes Beer  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/5/2012, 6 ratings
A few days back, me and a couple of buddies stopped off at a local establishment to do what any good craft brew lover should have been doing on that exact same day. We were going to raise a glass in honor of National IPA Day. In my mind I had alrea...  more »
 

Review of 400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/3/2012, 7 ratings
English IPAs can be strange beers to describe. Much like their West Coast IPA counterparts, they are the kind of beers you have to experience for yourself to fully understand. IPAs are hoppy, but English IPAs are more earthy floral. IPAs are citrusy,...  more »
 

Review of Single Hop Imperial IPA - Chinook from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/31/2012, 6 ratings
In a craft brew world obsessed with bigger and badder (not necessarily better), it's always nice to get back to basics. It's strange to call an Imperial IPA ''basic'', but in this case it applies. Few breweries have the courage to tackle a single hop...  more »
 

Review of Hoppy Bunny from Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 7/28/2012, 6 ratings
If anyone were to ever ask you how to throw me for a serious loop, your answer is actually an easy one if you know anything about me and my beer tastes. Just tell them to buy me a high quality black ale. You see, when any beer is being brought to y...  more »
 

Review of Single Hop Imperial IPA - Chinook from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 7/20/2012, 6 ratings
A while back I wrote about the brilliance of Flying Dog Brewery and their Single Hop Imperial IPA series of beers. While others in the craft beer world seem obsessed with the notion that all IPAs should have almost every single type of hops known to...  more »
 

Review of 60 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 7/7/2012, 6 ratings
If I were to mention the name Dogfish Head, I'm pretty sure I could predict several of the thoughts that would cross your mind. Things like mind blowingly delicious brews, style stretching and boundary pushing creativity, and palate pleasures beyond...  more »
 

Review of Single Hop Imperial IPA - El Dorado from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/17/2012, 6 ratings
When the IPA first started to regain momentum in the craft brew world, it was seen as little more than an extra hoppy beer. Fast forward to today where breweries have decided to take hopped-up complexity to near absurd levels. It seems almost commonp...  more »
 

Review of Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 6/16/2012, 6 ratings
My fondness for Full Sail Brewing beers started long ago when on a whim, I ordered ''one of those little stubby beers'' that had caught my eye while sitting at a bar. It was as simple as that. I had heard nothing about the brewery, nor did I know a...  more »
 

Review of Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Brewery  (Dull)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 6/10/2012, 7 ratings
There is an old saying that goes something like ''If you don't have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all''. It's a good bit of advise, and I actually try to implement it as often as I can in my everyday life. It can keep things very drama...  more »
 

Review of Single Hop Imperial IPA - El Dorado from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 6/2/2012, 6 ratings
One of the more interesting aspects of the better beer world is that sometimes it provides us with a study beer. By this, I mean a beer that really allows you to study one or more specific qualities of a certain style or ingredient without a lot of o...  more »
 

Review of Aprihop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 5/27/2012, 6 ratings
I think we can all agree that on its own, peanut butter is pretty tasty, right? But what happens when you add yummy jelly to the mix? It just gets mo' betta! How about ribs? Cook them on their own and they are good eating. But what if you drown...  more »
 

Review of One Hop Rye IPA from Fullsteam Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/20/2012, 7 ratings
Thanks to big beer companies, most beer drinkers these days think of breweries as these laborious factories that churn out pillars of steam (and terrible beer). Thankfully, the craft beer movement is slowly dispelling this unfortunate myth. Breweries...  more »
 

Review of Deviant Dale’s IPA from Oskar Blues Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 5/15/2012, 6 ratings
As a craft beer lover, there are several reasons to be a fan of Oskar Blues Brewery. First off all their brews come in cans. This makes for easy stealth pranking on your toilet water loving friends. Just slip a few in the cooler with their garbage an...  more »
 

Review of I Beat yoU from Mikkeller  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/10/2012, 6 ratings
Intimidation requires an appropriate source. To put it another way, if you were to come across an ad that touted a new Honda as the ''fastest car ever'', you would probably blow it off as sensationalism. But, if the same claim were made by a new Lamb...  more »
 

Review of 19 from Mikkeller  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/8/2012, 6 ratings
Sampling a new Mikkeller brew can be a daunting task for better beer fans. It's very much a Forrest Gump kind of situation, i.e. ''you never know what you're going to get''. Appearances are almost always deceiving, style designations are nothing more...  more »
 

Review of Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 5/7/2012, 5 ratings
Hopsecutioner! Ah yes, one of my favorite beers from one of my favorite breweries. Terrapin Beer Company is one of the most respected craft breweries out there, as they constantly pump out winner after winner in the better beer world. They make on...  more »
 

Review of Hoppy Easter from Mikkeller  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/6/2012, 6 ratings
Drinker's fatigue: the point of time where a better beer fan becomes bored of better beer. It's an unfortunate truth of all passionate endeavors. One day complacency is going to get the best of you. You reach a point where you have an intimate unders...  more »
 

Review of Stone IPA from Stone Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 5/5/2012, 6 ratings
So let's go ahead and get the formalities out of the way. Stone Brewing Company makes some of the most aggressive beers on the market today. Their beers can bring most drinkers to their knees with their complexity and flavor. They are completely u...  more »
 

Review of 120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/2/2012, 6 ratings
For my 300th BrewChief brew review, I have to give an enthusiastic shout out to the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. I recently had the pleasure of touring their main facility in Milton, Delaware. I also spent a great deal of time sipping on specialty bre...  more »
 

Review of 75 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 4/30/2012, 6 ratings
I have them. You have them. Odds are, most everyone in the better beer world has them. I'm talking about beer buddies. You know who I am talking about. The friends who are willing to find any reasonable excuse to share a pint or two of tasty bee...  more »
 

Review of Koppi Coffee IPA (Tomahawk x Odoo Shakiso) from Mikkeller  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 4/29/2012, 7 ratings
When it comes to debates in the better beer world, there are several topics that could instigate arguments for days. Questions like ''Who makes the best IPA?'' or ''What brewery produces the best stout?'' or ''Who is the most reliable brewery?'' cou...  more »
 

Review of 120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 4/26/2012, 7 ratings
A few weeks back, we here at BrewChief.com celebrated one year of existence on the web. And seeing as how me and my co-founder are both highly dedicated to our craft, we had no choice but to go out and do what any awesome founders of an amazingly fa...  more »
 

Review of Devil Dancer from Founders Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/24/2012, 6 ratings
In the vast world of better beer, the mere mention of any given style can cause you to salivate in anticipation, perk up with curiosity, roll your eyes in dismissal, or even recoil in fear. Once you have made your rounds within the style arena, you t...  more »
 

Review of 90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 4/16/2012, 7 ratings
I have mentioned on several occasions the concept of ''crown jewel'' beers in our better beer world. These are the beers that are almost, if not completely, perfect. They manage to hit the nail on the head on every important stylistic trait, and in...  more »
 

Review of Avery IPA from Avery Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/12/2012, 6 ratings
It is often said in the lands of better beer that you are not a true beer fan until you can appreciate the IPA. I can see where this overly generalized nugget of wisdom is coming from, but it’s just not true. Hell, my wife can’t stand IPAs, but she l...  more »
 

Review of 1000 IBU from Mikkeller  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/6/2012, 6 ratings
What can I say about Mikkeller that hasn't already been said a thousand times? Words like ''daring'', ''adventurous'' and ''defiant'' come to mind. Then you come across beers like the 1000 IBU Imperial IPA and you are forced to add words like ''insan...  more »
 

Review of Otter Creek Black IPA from Otter Creek Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/4/2012, 3 ratings
No matter how many times I try Black IPAs, my brain inevitably gets locked into a stylistic loop. ''Mmmm... an IPA... porter... brown... pale ale... India porter ale... um... hmm.'' The Black IPA, commonly known as the American Black Ale, is still a...  more »
 

Review of I Hardcore You from Mikkeller  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 4/1/2012, 4 ratings
In the better beer world there are some things that we just can't get enough of. For me personally, it's gargantuan stouts. For my co-founder, it's mind blowing doppelbocks. For many of us in general, it is trusted breweries. You know the ones I...  more »
 

Review of All Day IPA from Founders Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/31/2012, 4 ratings
Sometimes you come across a beer that is so beautifully obvious in concept that you want to scream ''why the hell didn’t I think of that?!'' All Day IPA by the Founders Brewing Company is one such beer. When it seems that so many breweries are out to...  more »
 

Review of Imperial Hatter from New Holland Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 3/30/2012, 4 ratings
There are no secrets when it comes to me and New Holland Brewing Company. I have had some well documented sessions with a couple of their offerings, with some very mixed results. When I got my hands on their Charkoota Rye smoked doppelbock, it was...  more »
 

Review of Triangle IPA from Triangle Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/29/2012, 3 ratings
Some beer fans are fortunate to live in an area that harbors a multitude of quality breweries. Living in Durham, NC, I am one of these fans. It seems that every decent bar has some sort of local brewing representation. Drinking these tasty beers is a...  more »
 

Review of Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by StormDawg (noob) on 3/28/2012, 5 ratings
Poured into my pint tumbler, the beer is deep, dark brown -- pretty close to black. Up comes an abundance of sturdy, picture-perfect light brown foam that leaves clumpy lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is roasty and sweet, with a touch of...  more »
 

Review of Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/27/2012, 4 ratings
Most beer fans have similar introductory experiences with the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. More often times than not, it begins with the 60/90 Minute IPA. This is the ''holy crap'' moment that gets you to try another of their core line, maybe Raison D...  more »
 

Review of 10 from Mikkeller  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/21/2012, 6 ratings
Trying a new Mikkeller brew is a lot like visiting the dentist. Hear me out now, I say this as a good thing. It doesn’t matter what you are sitting in that chair for, be it a root canal or a routine cleaning, you have been conditioned to expect punis...  more »
 

Review of Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/17/2012, 5 ratings
Few breweries enjoy a rabid cult following like the one loyal to the Founders Brewing Company. From their consistently delicious core line (Dirty Bastard, Centennial IPA, etc.) to their highly praised specialty line (Curmudgeon, KBS, etc.), these bre...  more »
 

Review of I Hardcore You from Mikkeller  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/15/2012, 7 ratings
There are some brews in the better beer world that are simply frightening, no matter how honed your palate may be. BrewDog out of Scotland is well known for such insane creations like Sink The Bismarck, a 41% Imperial IPA. Yes, you read that right. M...  more »
 

Review of Hop Burn High from Mikkeller  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/18/2012, 6 ratings
Better beer fans are explorers at heart. And much like true explorers, our new treks are always exciting and we regularly revisit rewarding locations. But the longer you explore, the less there is to see and explorers can quickly become bored or comp...  more »
 

Review of Hop Notch IPA from Uinta Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 2/6/2012, 7 ratings
The Uinta Brewing Co. first caught my attention with the Dubhe Imperial Black IPA, a kooky brew with lots of personality. I love finding breweries that have a sense of adventure. Dubhe certainly fit the bill and ended up being one hell of an amusing...  more »
 

Review of Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 2/1/2012, 6 ratings
Occasionally when you are out and about with your ''I'm gonna drink some freaking beer'' pants on, the menu at your chosen establishment for consumption does all the thinking for you. Such an event happened to me recently. There I was, firmly plant...  more »
 
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