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Review of Stone IPA from Stone Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/24/2011, 6 ratings
At some point you just run out of praising adjectives for the Stone Brewing Co. They are well known for their delectably aggressive brews. Every single nectar in their combative arsenal packs a punch, a shin kick and a face slap. Stone has redefined...  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 HopDevil from Victory Brewing Co.
Posted by beernerd (noob) on 6/12/2011, 2 ratings
I'm an IPA fan and HopDevil is on my favorites list. Plenty of hop taste and bitterness but you don't have to be a hophead to enjoy this beer (but if you are, check out Hop Wallop!). If you've never had an IPA, try this one. And if you're an IPA...  more »
 

Review of Pitch Black IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 11/3/2011, 5 ratings
I've made it no secret that every time I try a black IPA, I end up wanting to bang my head against a wall from sensory confusion. For years, when you saw a black looking liquid in your glass you were either drinking motor oil or having a stout. Lik...  more »
 

Review of Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/25/2011, 3 ratings
Stone Brewery never ceases to amaze me. At this point I think I can officially say that if you love one of their beers, then you love them all. There are very few breweries out there that have the unique ability to fingerprint their products. In othe...  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 Single Hop Imperial IPA: Simcoe from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/9/2011, 2 ratings
It's no secret that Imperial IPAs tend to be aggressive. Some will merely cause your face to pucker while others will send you into uncontrollable convulsions. This is the chosen path of the hop head. Big hops. Big bitter. Big flavor. Every beer is a...  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 hI.P.A. from Magic Hat Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by ScottBee (liked) on 9/6/2011, 3 ratings
The boys at Magic Hat seem to have a good thing going. I have enjoyed the majority of their recipes and am excited to see and taste their new offerings. The Hi.P.A. is part of Magic Hat's I.P.A. on tour series and if you have had any of their I.P.A.s...  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 400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 1/23/2012, 6 ratings
It is no secret that one of the most popular styles in the craft beer world today is the India Pale Ale(IPA). It seems as though every brewery out there has their own version of this style, and for us fans of better beer, that is a hands down win....  more »
 

Review of Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/8/2011, 3 ratings
Since it has been so flipping hot here in the south, I have been stepping away from my preferred stouts lately, and venturing deeper and deeper into the world of the IPA . When you enter into this often bitter and bold realm, you can rest assured th...  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 Squall IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/23/2011, 2 ratings
It's no secret that Dogfish Head Brewing is one of the torch carriers in the craft beer world. Their off-centered thinking and creativity has allowed them to create a catalog of what some would consider the most tasty beverages on the craft beer mar...  more »
 

Review of Hopslam from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/27/2011, 2 ratings
It's no secret that my co-founder and I are big fans of Bell's Brewery. Bell's is one of the very few breweries out there with a 100% batting average. All of their brews are top-notch, be them year-rounds, seasonals or specialties. And in the seasona...  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 HopDevil from Victory Brewing Co.
Posted by BeerRobot_BeerRobot (noob) on 6/7/2011, 3 ratings
Ok, so yeah I'm new to the beer world and new to reviewing them, but thanks to growing up with a silver beer stein in my hand and a beer snob of a husband to go with it, I believe I have good taste in beers. I am an IPA lover and if that means I'm s...  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 Harvest Ale from Weyerbacher  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 4/30/2011, 2 ratings
Sometimes you come across a beer that is really difficult to put into words, not because you lack the vocabulary, but more because you lack an appropriate comparison. Weybacher's Harvest Ale is quite a tasty beer, but I'm having a difficult time unde...  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 Stone Cali-Belgique IPA from Stone Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/2/2011, 3 ratings
For the hopheads among us, it doesn't get much better than Stone Brewery. These guys are well known for their aggressively delicious brews. Their entire product line is exquisite and if you love one Stone brew, chances are you love them all. So going...  more »
 

Review of Leviathan Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 12/28/2011, 6 ratings
When it comes to India Pale Ales, especially the imperial variety, the word is balance. Bad IPAs don't have it. Good IPAs need it. Great IPAs master it. No other style is as mercilessly dependent on balance as the IPA. So when going into a new IPA, t...  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 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 Racer 5 IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 6/26/2011, 2 ratings
As a beer reviewer, its always nice to review a certain beer that just nails it. It really makes this part of review writing fun. You don't have to think about what you want to say, or how you are going to word it. You don't have to worry if you a...  more »
 

Review of Back in Black from 21st Amendment Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/1/2012, 5 ratings
There's a lot to be said about breweries who can effectively make use of the cool factor. Now I'm not talking about Big Beer and their multimillion dollar advertising budgets used to peddle their bargain basement swill. I'm talking about those clever...  more »
 

Review of Hop Strike! from Tommyknocker Brewery  (Dull)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/25/2011, 4 ratings
Sometimes a beer can leave you speechless. Tommyknocker Brewery's Hop Strike is definitely one of those beers for me. This beer was the result of a dealer's choice at my favorite local pub. The pub owner knows that I like to review beers, so he will...  more »
 

Review of Single Hop Imperial IPA: Centennial from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 9/10/2011, 2 ratings
Imperial IPAs are one of those special breeds of beer that demand your attention from beginning to end. Much like a high end sports car on the Autobahn after a good rain, the minute you lose focus with one is the minute your experience with it can b...  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 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 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 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 and can b...  more »
 

Review of Single Hop Imperial IPA: HBC-431 from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 3/5/2015, 7 ratings
I have found that exploring the vast world of craft beer is a lot like reading. After a while, you begin to gravitate towards specific genres. You discover authors that speak to you. You start to recognize signature prose and distinguish between good...  more »
 

Review of Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 11/13/2011, 6 ratings
I love the fact that in a lot of places we all visit, be it a bar, restaurant, or even a package store, there could be countless local brewery offerings, as well as a great selection of national and international ones. But sometimes this can be a bi...  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 HopDevil from Victory Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/2/2011, 4 ratings
When planning a BrewChief Round Table around a particular brewery, you have to include the flagship brew. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept, a flagship is basically a brewery's most popular or influential brew. Might be their best...  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 Punk IPA from BrewDog  (Great)
Posted by ScottBee (liked) on 5/14/2011, 5 ratings
What some novice beer drinkers don't know is that each year the recipe for their favorite beer might change a tad year to year. This happens to be the case for the Brew Dog Punk IPA. Originally brewed at 6% abv, in 2009 they decided to change up the...  more »
 

Review of Brew Free! Or Die from 21st Amendment Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/3/2012, 5 ratings
Not too long ago a stark black can of beer caught my attention. I was minding my own business at my favorite local pub when I heard a faint whisper coming from the beer fridge. ''drink meh... drink meh...'' Moments later I was enjoying a Back in Blac...  more »
 

Review of Back in Black from 21st Amendment Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 4/7/2011, 1 rating
and Im not complaining. Im one of those people who had to taste it to believe it, but the guys over at 21st Amendment are one of those breweries that are proving that good beer CAN come from a can. This Black IPA plays with your senses from th...  more »
 

Review of 90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/22/2011, 4 ratings
Pay attention to the hops. Seems like a ''duh'' thing to say for the IPA style, but you would be amazed at how many breweries get that wrong. If any beer style required a keen insight into the hop profile, it's the IPA, even more so with the Imperial...  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 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 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 Leviathan Imperial IPA from Harpoon Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 7/13/2011, 2 ratings
Allow me to take a moment to start this review and tell you what Harpoon says about their Leviathan series. From their website, they state that ''The Leviathan Series is a way for us to experiment with stronger flavors and bigger beers.'' Well ok t...  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 Titan IPA from Great Divide Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/29/2011, 3 ratings
This review will probably be pretty short, but not because Titan IPA is a bad beer. Quite the opposite actually, Titan IPA is a great beer. As I've said many times before with IPAs, there isn't any complex formula to rating the style. It has to be de...  more »
 

Review of Rotator IPA: Falconer's IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing  (Decent)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 11/15/2011, 6 ratings
Have you ever had one of those times when you were out with friends, tried some new brews, and then in a couple of days couldn't remember any of the beers you had recently enjoyed on that outing? I'm not talking about a night where you blacked out f...  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 Schlafly Special Release AIPA from Saint Louis Brewery, Inc. / Schlafly  (Delicious)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 6/29/2011, 2 ratings
I'm not sure what's gotten into me lately. I am finding myself really, and I mean REALLY enjoying the IPA spectrum these past few weeks. It could be that somewhere I got my hands on some weird food or something that totally ruined my taste buds, an...  more »
 

Review of Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/7/2011, 2 ratings
Sometimes you come across a beer that is a complete sensory overload. Nothing matches, nothing makes sense, nothing is indicative, nothing fits together. It's just a free roaming spirit where look, smell, feel and taste all go their own directions. I...  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 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 Hop Series Willamette from Mikkeller  (Great)
Posted by pmusser (liked) on 1/16/2012, 7 ratings
I got a little 11.2oz bottle of this so-called ''American style IPA'' from Whole Foods the other day in a mad dash to make up for lost times (and lost reviews), and as such had no idea what to expect. The label doesn't say much other than ''Mikkeller...  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 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 Alaskan Imperial IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 6/25/2015, 7 ratings
When it comes to beer reviews, one of the most abused terms is ''balance''. We all understand the definition, but what does that mean when applied to the enjoyment of any given beer? After all, hop heads love hops. Is there such a thing as too much h...  more »
 

Review of Belgo IPA from New Belgium Brewing Co.  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/22/2012, 6 ratings
Belgian style IPAs really confuse me as a better beer fan. There is nothing wrong with combining styles because the craft beer movement is all about exciting new experimentation. But, some styles are so thematically different that you have to imagine...  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 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 Single Hop Imperial IPA: Galaxy from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/21/2014, 9 ratings
When it comes to big bold IPAs, the conventional wisdom over the last decade has been ''bigger is better''. If a brewer can cram insane complexity and truck loads of hop varieties into a single Imperial IPA, then beer geeks will flock en masse to the...  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 Single Hop Imperial IPA: Warrior from Flying Dog Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/21/2015, 7 ratings
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: if you want to study what hops do to beer, then drink single-hop IPAs. These beers are hop-forward by stylistic definition, but then you get to experience the amplified effects of specific hop vari...  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 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 Hop Crisis? from 21st Amendment Brewing Co.  (Dull)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 7/26/2011, 2 ratings
The search for better beer often has one go down some great paths. Then from time to time, you end up on a path that leaves you really wishing you could just go back and take a different turn. I think that I find myself on the path of wanting to tu...  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 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 471 IPA from Breckenridge Brewery  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 7/4/2011, 2 ratings
This beer shouldn't work. A double IPA wheat blended mishmash. But it does work, in a very big way. 471 IPA is so damn complex that it can't be an accident, which means Breckenridge Brewery specifically set out to make it. They knew what it was suppo...  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 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 Snow Day from New Belgium Brewing Co.  (Decent)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/16/2012, 6 ratings
I have noticed a very annoying trend with New Belgium beers. To illustrate this irritation, I would like to take you through a brief exercise. I want you to click on my helpful pic and examine the bottle. This is the Snow Day Winter Ale. When you thi...  more »
 

Review of Hopslam from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Posted by Ahdancesing (noob) on 6/1/2011, 1 rating
Damn damn damn this beer will knock you on your ass and you won't even have a clue it's happened. The beer is a very smooth drink and has an excellent, almost honey, aftertaste. You can't drink just one and at 10% alcohol the beer will surprise you...  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 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 Sink The Bismarck from BrewDog  (Good)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 12/1/2011, 6 ratings
Being a brew loving enthusiast, when the chance to sample the worlds strongest beer is presented to you, no matter how intimidated you might be, you jump at the opportunity. Thanks to ScottBee, this rare opportunity was given to me on one of our ''H...  more »
 

Review of Bitter & Twisted from Harviestoun Brewery  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/11/2011, 3 ratings
Harviestoun's Bitter & Twisted is a really strange beer. I'm currently about half way through it as I write this review and I have yet to formulate a solid opinion. So I apologize for this review ahead of time, you might have to deal with some stream...  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 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 Hopslam from Bell's Brewery, Inc.  (Exquisite)
Posted by Brew's Your Daddy (loved) on 8/24/2011, 2 ratings
I have joked before about how I would like to write a review on a beer by Bell's Brewery, and just put ''It's brewed by Bell's. 'Nuff said.'' If you have had any offering from Bell's, you can understand why I could justify writing a review that sho...  more »
 

Review of Gubna from Oskar Blues Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 11/10/2011, 6 ratings
Whenever I am asked what the best Imperial IPAs available are, people are surprised to discover that one of my top recommendations comes in a can. Oskar Blues Brewery has made a name for themselves for not only being one of the best breweries in the...  more »
 

Review of HopDevil from Victory Brewing Co.
Posted by 1funkychunk (noob) on 6/9/2011, 3 ratings
The Hop Devil crafted by Victory Brewing Co. is a great beer for an inquisitive IPA drinker. It brings a good toasty flavor with a bit of a bite at first sip, this coupled with a extremely smooth settling beer that will please even the extreme amateu...  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 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 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 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 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 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 Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Co.  (Great)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 8/5/2011, 3 ratings
As we have mentioned many times before here at BrewChief, there is a lot to be said for breweries who can craft high quality basic IPAs. The keyword here is ''basic.'' Not imperial, or fruit infused, or seventeen hopped, or spiced with an incredibly...  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 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 Torpedo from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 5/13/2011, 8 ratings
Up until this very moment, my experiences with Sierra Nevada have been turbulent. I have sampled an array of brews from their massive product line and I could never get a strong feeling for the brewery as a whole. This is where I recognized my failin...  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 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 East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn Brewery  (Delicious)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 1/29/2012, 8 ratings
At this point there is no denying the success of craft beer's relentless market infiltration. Gone are the days when you sit down at a nice restaurant and find only a few representatives of big beer at the bottom of a well thought out wine list. Beer...  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 Flagship IPA from Carolina Brewery  (Good)
Posted by Chops (loved) on 10/15/2011, 5 ratings
The Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill, NC has an interesting thing going for them. They sit right on top of the University of North Carolina campus. And as we all know, what is college full of? That's right: broke, naive college students who drink noth...  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 »
 
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