NOLA Hoppyright Infringement Double IPA

NOLA Brewing, New Orleans, LA 7.6% ABV Hazy dark gold in color with a hoppy fruit nose.  Very fruity for a Double IPA, and that is saying something.  Not enough bitterness or malt backbone to cut through the wall of fruit.  One dimensional and too fruity for our palates. Would we have this beer again? …

NOLA Green Wave Krystallweizen

New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing, New Orleans, LA A filtered version of the more common Hefeweizen, this wheat beer features unique banana and clove notes, with no fruit added.  It is dry, with little hop bitterness and a moderate level of alcohol.  This is a beer for all seasons and is truly a tailgating…

Squatter’s Hop Rising Double IPA

Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT A mighty hop-lover’s dream, Hop Rising adds malty backbone to an intense Imperial IPA.  This insanely smooth, dry-hopped ale has everything: 9% ALC/VOL 72 IPUs, and yes, that’s our master brewer Jason Stock pitching in on the label. 9% ABV Red amber in color with a nose of…

Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA

Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO; Brevard, NC Give the Gubna a harrumph.  Harrumph. 10% ABV Deep amber/orange in color with a nose typical of a Double IPA: fruit.  Tastes very similar to Blind Pirate by Monday Night Brewing, but with a citrus aftertaste.  It is a good Double IPA, but 10%?  Do the brewers know…

Three Taverns Hoplicity Double IPA

Three Taverns Craft Brewery, Decatur, GA Inspired by the Miles Davis classic Boplicity and the improvisational spirit of jazz, Hoplicity carefully crafts a steady backbeat of alpha acids and transitioning layers of resinous, citrus, and tropical hops into a rich textured ensemble. This is our hoppiest beer and promises to leave your palate stunned, erratic,…

SweetWater Hop Hash Infused Double IPA

SweetWater  Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA 7.8% ABV SweetWater’s Hop Hash is hazy gold with a light hop nose.  It is surprisingly not fruity for a double IPA.  Another solid offering from SweetWater. Would we have this beer again? Yes Would we get a 6-pack? No  

Evil Twin Even More Jesus Imperial Stout

Evil Twin Brewing, Stratford, CT A few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league.  Usually the recipe to make such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and…

Founder’s Imperial Stout

Founder’s Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley, this stout is smooth as silk, yet complex and rich in body.  Serve this guy at cellar temperature.  Put another log on the fire, sit back and enjoy the friendship of this ultimate winter warmer. 10.5% ABV Black as pitch with a…

Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA & Mills River, NC Inspired by the mysterious creature that dwells in the deepest Arctic seas, Narwhal Imperial Stout is midnight black and bold with notes of baker’s cocoa and dark roasted coffee.  This massive imperial stout is incredibly complex and explores the darkest depths of malt flavor. 10.2%…

Monday Night Brewery

 670 Trabert Ave., Atlanta, GA This was Fr. Jack’s third and Large Marge’s second trip to the brewery.  We went on a warm Thursday night and there was a sizable crowd on hand.  We ended up on their outdoor patio area after a rain storm and the mosquitoes.  In cooler times, when we had been…

Monday Night Slap Fight IPA

Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta, GA Slap Fight will woo you in with a West Coast-style malt bill, but slaps you across the face with its tropical hop profile. Light in body, heavy in character, this IPA features Munich and Crystal pale malts for a clean, rich mouthfeel. Comet, Equinox and Mosaic hops lend a pungent…