Alpine Windows Up IPA

Alpine Beer Co, San Diego, CA; Virginia Beach, VA This IPA is extra dank and resinous.  Enjoy its piney aromas and tropical notes from a blend of Citra and Mosaic hops. 7% ABV Hazy light orange in color with a malty nose.  Malty up fruit with fruit and bitterness on the tail end.  Seamless and…

Alpine Duet IPA

Alpine Beer Co, San Diego, CA; Virginia Beach, VA 7% ABV Clear gold in color with a fruity nose.  On the palate this beer is fruity then bitter.  However, these two elements are not meshed well.  Bitter aftertaste.  A shame since we enjoyed all the other Alpine beers we have tried. Would we get this…

Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter

Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego, CA 10% ABV Dark brown/black in color with a nose of coffee and green pepper.  The advertised vanilla was very muted.  The spiciness/pepperiness dominates the palate.  Large Marge picked up a lot more coffee on the palate than Fr. Jack.  Pepper aftertaste that is not terribly pleasant.  Interesting, but too…

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite

Brewed by Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel, St. Jerome, Quebec, Canada, eh Aphrodite is a black ale expressing aromas and flavors of vanilla, dark chocolate and roasted malt.  The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well-balanced beer.  This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of…

Founder’s Porter

Founder’s Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI Pours silky black with a creamy tan head.  The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence.  No absence of hops gives Founder’s robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.  Cozy like velvet.  It’s a lover, not a fighter. 6.5% ABV Dark brown in color…

Stone Coffee Milk Stout

Stone Brewing, Escondido, CA & Richmond, VA We’ve discovered through delicious trial and no error the awesome roasty character that comes from adding coffee beans to just about any beer style.  Instead of going for an Imperial, we set out to brew a mellow Java beer that would allow all of us to enjoy sip…

Terrapin Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Terrapin Brewing, Athens, GA Two Athens, GA companies, Terrapin and Jittery Joe’s, have teamed up to create a unique blend of coffee used to produce this robust and flavorful beer.  So when it comes to a morning beverage…  “why not beer?”   9.4% ABV Black as pitch with the nose of a fresh cut green…

Oskar Blues Death by Coconut Irish Porter

Oskar Blues Brewing, Longmont, CO; Brevard, NC 6.5% ABV Black in color with a nose of coconut.  Also tastes like coconut (surprise!).  Fr. Jack likes coconut but this takes it too far.  One dimensional and artificial tasting.  Disappointing since we generally like Oskar Blues beer. Would we have it again?  Nope https://www.oskarblues.com/beer/dbc

Heavy Seas Double Cannon Double IPA

Clipper City Brewing Company, Baltimore, MD Hop aromas blast out of this flavor explosion.  Massively dry-hopped, with a balanced malt sweetness, this irresistible force showcases the power of bringing in the extra artillery. 9.5% ABV Light amber in color with a whiff of citrus on the nose.  Double Cannon is fairly seamless with the bitterness…

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe Double IPA

Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Easton, PA 9% ABV This Double IPA is hazy dark amber in color and has a nose reminiscent of strawberries.  On the front end the beer is hoppy; the back end is fruity.  Little to no bitterness.  One of the fruitiest Double IPAs we have tried. Would we have it again?  Yes…