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722. Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA
Well, today I announced that I got a new job to some people at work. I start my new job in about two weeks and an really looking forward to the new adventure. After cleaning up the kitchen tonight after dinner, I decided to sit down and do a beer review. I don’t remember exactly where I got this beer, but I put it in the fridge a couple months ago with the intention of drinking it soon. I’m glad I finally got around to it. The label says, “Hoptimum is the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced – a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed, Hoptimum delivers ultra-intense flavors to hop fanatics everywhere.”
Location: Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 10.4% ABV, 100 IBUs, 22.8° plato OG, 4.5° plato FG, ~200 Calories
Ingredients: Malts: Two-row Pale, Munich, Wheat; Bittering hops: German Magnum; Finishing Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Experimental Variety; Ale yeast
Appearance & Aroma: It’s burnt orange in color, and it’s lightly hazy, with a thin and soapy/creamy head that left some nice lacing. There’s a piney-earthy hop aroma with some honey maltiness in the background.
Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is creamy. There’s a sweet honey maltiness and piney hop juiciness up front. The piney flavor and bitterness… (More on Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA)
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722. Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA

Well, today I announced that I got a new job to some people at work. I start my new job in about two weeks and an really looking forward to the new adventure. After cleaning up the kitchen tonight after dinner, I decided to sit down and do a beer review. I don’t remember exactly where I got this beer, but I put it in the fridge a couple months ago with the intention of drinking it soon. I’m glad I finally got around to it. The label says, “Hoptimum is the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced – a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed, Hoptimum delivers ultra-intense flavors to hop fanatics everywhere.”

Location: Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 10.4% ABV, 100 IBUs, 22.8° plato OG, 4.5° plato FG, ~200 Calories

Ingredients: Malts: Two-row Pale, Munich, Wheat; Bittering hops: German Magnum; Finishing Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Experimental Variety; Ale yeast

Appearance & Aroma: It’s burnt orange in color, and it’s lightly hazy, with a thin and soapy/creamy head that left some nice lacing. There’s a piney-earthy hop aroma with some honey maltiness in the background.

Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is creamy. There’s a sweet honey maltiness and piney hop juiciness up front. The piney flavor and bitterness… (More on Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA)

721. Evil Twin Brewing – Yin Imperial Stout
My wife and I went to Bruegala, our local beer festival, tonight. We don’t normally get Evil Twin beers around here, so I was excited to be able to give a few of them a try. This was my first beer of the evening, and unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to make a black and tan with it’s partner beer – Yang.  I did get to try several new beers tonight, but rather than stand and review every beer, I enjoyed the evening just tying some new beers with my wife.
Location: Poured into a small 3oz sample glass at the Bruegala beer festival in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 10% ABV, ~350 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s extremely black in color, and I could only see a few ruby-brown highlights when I held it up to the light. There was a thin, creamy, tan head on it, that had decent retention and lacing. The aroma was dark and roasty, almost like coffee.
Taste & Feel: The body was full, and the mouthfeel was smooth and slightly creamy. The flavor up front is like… (More on Evil Twin Brewing – Yin Imperial Stout)
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721. Evil Twin Brewing – Yin Imperial Stout

My wife and I went to Bruegala, our local beer festival, tonight. We don’t normally get Evil Twin beers around here, so I was excited to be able to give a few of them a try. This was my first beer of the evening, and unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to make a black and tan with it’s partner beer – Yang.  I did get to try several new beers tonight, but rather than stand and review every beer, I enjoyed the evening just tying some new beers with my wife.

Location: Poured into a small 3oz sample glass at the Bruegala beer festival in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 10% ABV, ~350 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s extremely black in color, and I could only see a few ruby-brown highlights when I held it up to the light. There was a thin, creamy, tan head on it, that had decent retention and lacing. The aroma was dark and roasty, almost like coffee.

Taste & Feel: The body was full, and the mouthfeel was smooth and slightly creamy. The flavor up front is like… (More on Evil Twin Brewing – Yin Imperial Stout)

720. Mankato Brewery – Leaf Raker Nut Brown Ale
It’s a Friday night, and I got home from work and fell asleep. Since it’s already kind of late, we ordered a pizza and decided to watch some TV. While waiting for the pizza guy, I thought I’d crack open a beer for a review. I picked this one up last fall when we were up in Minnesota for a family event. It was part of a Mankato Brewery variety pack.
Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.9% ABV, 37 IBUs, 19P OG, ~200 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark brown with some brown highlights when held up to the light. It’s clear with no head, only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There’s a really roasty nutty aroma, almost like a roasty hazelnut.
Taste & Feel: The body is light, and the mouthfeel is crisp from the carbonation. There’s a semi-sweet nutty maltiness up front, followed by a… (More on Mankato Brewery – Leaf Raker Nut Brown Ale)
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720. Mankato Brewery – Leaf Raker Nut Brown Ale

It’s a Friday night, and I got home from work and fell asleep. Since it’s already kind of late, we ordered a pizza and decided to watch some TV. While waiting for the pizza guy, I thought I’d crack open a beer for a review. I picked this one up last fall when we were up in Minnesota for a family event. It was part of a Mankato Brewery variety pack.

Location: Poured into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.9% ABV, 37 IBUs, 19P OG, ~200 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark brown with some brown highlights when held up to the light. It’s clear with no head, only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There’s a really roasty nutty aroma, almost like a roasty hazelnut.

Taste & Feel: The body is light, and the mouthfeel is crisp from the carbonation. There’s a semi-sweet nutty maltiness up front, followed by a… (More on Mankato Brewery – Leaf Raker Nut Brown Ale)

719. Founders Brewing – Dissenter Imperial IPL 2014
I’m at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL tonight for a meeting about our homebrew club’s For What it’s Wort competition. I was looking at the beer list, and hadn’t heard of this beer from Founders Brewing. They make some pretty good beers, so I didn’t think it was much of a risk to give this one a try. Some quick research on my phone told me it’s a hoppy, flavorful lager, so I was eager to give it a try.
Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 8.7% ABV, 70 IBUs, ~260 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright gold in color and very clear with a decent head that’s a bit soapy looking. The head left some nice lacing and revealed a piney, lightly floral hop aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body was solidly medium and the mouthfeel was crisp from the hops. The flavors up front were … (More on Founders Brewing – Dissenter Imperial IPL 2014)
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719. Founders Brewing – Dissenter Imperial IPL 2014

I’m at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL tonight for a meeting about our homebrew club’s For What it’s Wort competition. I was looking at the beer list, and hadn’t heard of this beer from Founders Brewing. They make some pretty good beers, so I didn’t think it was much of a risk to give this one a try. Some quick research on my phone told me it’s a hoppy, flavorful lager, so I was eager to give it a try.

Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 8.7% ABV, 70 IBUs, ~260 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright gold in color and very clear with a decent head that’s a bit soapy looking. The head left some nice lacing and revealed a piney, lightly floral hop aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body was solidly medium and the mouthfeel was crisp from the hops. The flavors up front were … (More on Founders Brewing – Dissenter Imperial IPL 2014)

718. Greenbush Brewing – Remnant of Dragon
We’re in St. Joseph, Michigan for an extended weekend, and looked around to see what breweries might be in the area. We discovered that Greenbush Brewing was just a short drive away, and the menu looked pretty good, so we thought we’d try it for dinner. We spent most of the day at Silver Beach, so the kids were worn out and didn’t appreciate the hour-long wait to get in. They were a bit crabby, so I was happy to order this big beer – an Imperial Red IPA. The atmosphere was nice, but the brewpub was packed, and the food was a little fancy for our kids’ taste.
Location: On tap and served in a snifter glass at Greenbush Brewing in Sawyer, MI.
Numbers: 9% ABV, ~280 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: The color is a dark brown/dark rusty-reddish color and fairly hazy. There was no head, just a thing ring of creamy bubbles around the edge of the glass. There was a distinct citrusy hop aroma to it.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is fairly crisp from the hops. There’s a sweet caramel maltiness up front, which grows in the middle. There’s a big… (More on Greenbush Brewing – Remnant of Dragon)
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718. Greenbush Brewing – Remnant of Dragon

We’re in St. Joseph, Michigan for an extended weekend, and looked around to see what breweries might be in the area. We discovered that Greenbush Brewing was just a short drive away, and the menu looked pretty good, so we thought we’d try it for dinner. We spent most of the day at Silver Beach, so the kids were worn out and didn’t appreciate the hour-long wait to get in. They were a bit crabby, so I was happy to order this big beer – an Imperial Red IPA. The atmosphere was nice, but the brewpub was packed, and the food was a little fancy for our kids’ taste.

Location: On tap and served in a snifter glass at Greenbush Brewing in Sawyer, MI.

Numbers: 9% ABV, ~280 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: The color is a dark brown/dark rusty-reddish color and fairly hazy. There was no head, just a thing ring of creamy bubbles around the edge of the glass. There was a distinct citrusy hop aroma to it.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is fairly crisp from the hops. There’s a sweet caramel maltiness up front, which grows in the middle. There’s a big… (More on Greenbush Brewing – Remnant of Dragon)

717. Shorts Brewing – Huma Lupa Licious IPA
We just spent the morning at Silver Beach  in St. Joseph, Michigan, and finally decided to take a break and get some lunch. There’s a place right near the beach named Silver Beach Pizza, and Yelp reviews looked pretty good so we decided to give it a try. The atmosphere was nice, and we had a seat next to the window, where a passenger train went by while we ate. They had a few local beers on tap and in bottles, and I’d had this one before, and wanted to make sure I got a chance to review it. This picture was taken while I was waiting on a glass to pour this into.
Location: Served in the 12oz glass at Silver Beach Pizza in St. Joseph, Michigan.
Numbers: 7.7% ABV, 96 IBUs, ~230 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It was golden-orange in color with a little bit of haze to it. The head was a finger-thick and creamy with decent retention and lacing. The aroma was bold with all citrusy hops.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium-to-full and the mouthfeel is fairly crisp from the carbonation and hops. Up front, it was a resinous-citrsy hop sweetness, almost like a… (More on Shorts Brewing – Huma Lupa Licious IPA)
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717. Shorts Brewing – Huma Lupa Licious IPA

We just spent the morning at Silver Beach  in St. Joseph, Michigan, and finally decided to take a break and get some lunch. There’s a place right near the beach named Silver Beach Pizza, and Yelp reviews looked pretty good so we decided to give it a try. The atmosphere was nice, and we had a seat next to the window, where a passenger train went by while we ate. They had a few local beers on tap and in bottles, and I’d had this one before, and wanted to make sure I got a chance to review it. This picture was taken while I was waiting on a glass to pour this into.

Location: Served in the 12oz glass at Silver Beach Pizza in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Numbers: 7.7% ABV, 96 IBUs, ~230 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It was golden-orange in color with a little bit of haze to it. The head was a finger-thick and creamy with decent retention and lacing. The aroma was bold with all citrusy hops.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium-to-full and the mouthfeel is fairly crisp from the carbonation and hops. Up front, it was a resinous-citrsy hop sweetness, almost like a… (More on Shorts Brewing – Huma Lupa Licious IPA)

716. Griffin’s Claw – Norm’s Raggety Ass IPA
We’re in St. Joseph, Michigan for a long weekend trip, and had dinner at The Buck Burgers & Brew.  They’ve got quite a number of local craft beers on tap, and after having the Looping Owl from Right Brain, I thought I’d have an IPA.  I’d never heard of this brewery, and the name sounded interesting, so I thought I’d give it a try.
Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at The Buck Burgers & Brew in St. Joseph, MI.
Numbers: 7.25% ABV, 65 IBUs, ~220 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright yellow in color and super clear, looking almost like a regular lager. It has a thin, creamy, bright white head, which left some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly floral hops with some light grassiness in the background.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy with a bit of a hop bite of crispness. Up front, there’s a light… (More on Griffin’s Claw – Norm’s Raggety Ass IPA)
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716. Griffin’s Claw – Norm’s Raggety Ass IPA

We’re in St. Joseph, Michigan for a long weekend trip, and had dinner at The Buck Burgers & Brew.  They’ve got quite a number of local craft beers on tap, and after having the Looping Owl from Right Brain, I thought I’d have an IPA.  I’d never heard of this brewery, and the name sounded interesting, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at The Buck Burgers & Brew in St. Joseph, MI.

Numbers: 7.25% ABV, 65 IBUs, ~220 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright yellow in color and super clear, looking almost like a regular lager. It has a thin, creamy, bright white head, which left some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly floral hops with some light grassiness in the background.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is creamy with a bit of a hop bite of crispness. Up front, there’s a light… (More on Griffin’s Claw – Norm’s Raggety Ass IPA)

715. Right Brain Brewery – Looping Owl
We’re up in St. Joseph, MI for an extended weekend and a friend who lives nearby recommended The Buck for dinner. She told me they had good food and an incredible beer list. It was a good chance for me to try a few local beers I wouldn’t be able to get back at home. My friend Joe went to Traverse City and stopped at this brewery and had good things to say, so I thought I’d give one of their beers a try.
Location: On tap and served in a snifter glass at The Buck in St. Joseph, MI.
Numbers: 6.8% ABV, ~200 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s a dark rusty, brick red color, and hazy with a very thin khaki colored head on it. After a couple minutes, the head fell to just a thing ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.  The aroma is a funky-sweet malty smell with some musty horse blanket smells in the background.
Taste & Feel: The body is light, and the mouthfeel is crisp, with a sour tingle on the tongue. There’s a red-malt-like sour… (More on Right Brain Brewery – Looping Owl)
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715. Right Brain Brewery – Looping Owl

We’re up in St. Joseph, MI for an extended weekend and a friend who lives nearby recommended The Buck for dinner. She told me they had good food and an incredible beer list. It was a good chance for me to try a few local beers I wouldn’t be able to get back at home. My friend Joe went to Traverse City and stopped at this brewery and had good things to say, so I thought I’d give one of their beers a try.

Location: On tap and served in a snifter glass at The Buck in St. Joseph, MI.

Numbers: 6.8% ABV, ~200 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s a dark rusty, brick red color, and hazy with a very thin khaki colored head on it. After a couple minutes, the head fell to just a thing ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.  The aroma is a funky-sweet malty smell with some musty horse blanket smells in the background.

Taste & Feel: The body is light, and the mouthfeel is crisp, with a sour tingle on the tongue. There’s a red-malt-like sour… (More on Right Brain Brewery – Looping Owl)

714. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Speed Ball Coffee Stout
We’re on our way up to the Michigan coast for a long weekend, and stopped at 3 Floyds Brewpub for lunch. I’ve already had the War Mullet and Zombie Dust, and wanted a small beer for dessert. After looking at the extensive list of beers, this one fit the bill perfectly, especially since I still had an hour and a half of driving to go. It was labled as a coffee stout, and was served as a half pint.
Location: On tap and served in an imperial-style half pint glass at Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, IN.
Numbers: 5.9% ABV, ~160 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s deep black, and dark enough that when I held it up, I couldn’t see any light through it. There’s a thick creamy, tan head on it, that feel after a minute or two to just a thing layer across the top that left a decent amount of lacing as I drank it. There was a heavy, dark roasted coffee aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is solidly medium, and the mouthfeel is very smooth and slightly creamy and oily.  The flavor up front is… (More on 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Speed Ball Coffee Stout)
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714. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Speed Ball Coffee Stout

We’re on our way up to the Michigan coast for a long weekend, and stopped at 3 Floyds Brewpub for lunch. I’ve already had the War Mullet and Zombie Dust, and wanted a small beer for dessert. After looking at the extensive list of beers, this one fit the bill perfectly, especially since I still had an hour and a half of driving to go. It was labled as a coffee stout, and was served as a half pint.

Location: On tap and served in an imperial-style half pint glass at Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, IN.

Numbers: 5.9% ABV, ~160 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s deep black, and dark enough that when I held it up, I couldn’t see any light through it. There’s a thick creamy, tan head on it, that feel after a minute or two to just a thing layer across the top that left a decent amount of lacing as I drank it. There was a heavy, dark roasted coffee aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body is solidly medium, and the mouthfeel is very smooth and slightly creamy and oily.  The flavor up front is… (More on 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Speed Ball Coffee Stout)

713. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Zombie Dust 
As I mentioned in my last post, we’re taking an extended weekend up to Michigan, and stopped at Three Floyds brewery for lunch. I just enjoyed the War Mullet Double IPA, and my wife (at my suggestion) ordered the Zombie Dust. The To-Go line outside of the pub was easily 30 people deep, as Zombie Dust was just released today in cases. My wife liked it a little, but asked me to finish her beer. After lunch, I tried to wait in line to get a case of this to-go, but by my calculations, it was going to take over an hour, and we were eager to get up to the beach.
Location: On tap and served in an imperial pint glass at 3 Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub in Munster, IN.
Numbers: 6.2% ABV, 50 IBUs, 186 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden in color with some amber highlights, and very clear. It had a decent sized, bright white head on it when it was served, and it fell slowly to a thing layer of bubbles across the top. The aroma is a big citrusy grapefruit smell with some orange and light lemon with hints of spiciness.
Taste & Feel: The body is light, and the mouthfeel is fairly smooth. Right from the first taste, it was very… (More on 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Zombie Dust)
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713. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Zombie Dust 

As I mentioned in my last post, we’re taking an extended weekend up to Michigan, and stopped at Three Floyds brewery for lunch. I just enjoyed the War Mullet Double IPA, and my wife (at my suggestion) ordered the Zombie Dust. The To-Go line outside of the pub was easily 30 people deep, as Zombie Dust was just released today in cases. My wife liked it a little, but asked me to finish her beer. After lunch, I tried to wait in line to get a case of this to-go, but by my calculations, it was going to take over an hour, and we were eager to get up to the beach.

Location: On tap and served in an imperial pint glass at 3 Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub in Munster, IN.

Numbers: 6.2% ABV, 50 IBUs, 186 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden in color with some amber highlights, and very clear. It had a decent sized, bright white head on it when it was served, and it fell slowly to a thing layer of bubbles across the top. The aroma is a big citrusy grapefruit smell with some orange and light lemon with hints of spiciness.

Taste & Feel: The body is light, and the mouthfeel is fairly smooth. Right from the first taste, it was very… (More on 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – Zombie Dust)

712. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – War Mullet Double IPA
We aren’t able to take a long vacation this year, so we’re taking a long weekend trip up to the Michigan coast. On our way up, we stopped at Three Floyds Brewing to have lunch, since I’d never been there. It turned out that Zombie Dust came out today, so there’s a long line outside for Take Out beers. The kids and my wife weren’t thrilled with the loud punk music, but we sat down for lunch and ordered beers. I started out with a goblet of this one since it had a great name, it’s a double IPA, and it’s #IPADay.
Location: On tap and served in a goblet glass at Three Floyds brewpub in Munster, IN.
Numbers: 8.1% ABV, ~290 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: The color was golden-copper and it was a little hazy. There was a thin soapy-like, white head that fell to a thin ring around the edge of the glass, but left some decent lacing. The aroma was an orange-citrusy bouquet of hops.
Taste & Feel: The body was full, and the mouthfeel was smooth, with a slight bit of hop crispness. The flavors up front were mostly… (More on 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – War Mullet Double IPA)
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712. 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – War Mullet Double IPA

We aren’t able to take a long vacation this year, so we’re taking a long weekend trip up to the Michigan coast. On our way up, we stopped at Three Floyds Brewing to have lunch, since I’d never been there. It turned out that Zombie Dust came out today, so there’s a long line outside for Take Out beers. The kids and my wife weren’t thrilled with the loud punk music, but we sat down for lunch and ordered beers. I started out with a goblet of this one since it had a great name, it’s a double IPA, and it’s #IPADay.

Location: On tap and served in a goblet glass at Three Floyds brewpub in Munster, IN.

Numbers: 8.1% ABV, ~290 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: The color was golden-copper and it was a little hazy. There was a thin soapy-like, white head that fell to a thin ring around the edge of the glass, but left some decent lacing. The aroma was an orange-citrusy bouquet of hops.

Taste & Feel: The body was full, and the mouthfeel was smooth, with a slight bit of hop crispness. The flavors up front were mostly… (More on 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – War Mullet Double IPA)

711. Big Wood Brewery – Bark Bite IPA
My son had several of his friends over tonight to play, so it was pretty crazy here. After all the kids left, I was finally able to sit down and crack open this beer. I picked up a four pack of this brew when I was up in Minnesota a couple months ago at Mayo Clinic. I had never heard of this brewery before, but it was in the Minnesota brewery section, so I thought I’d give it a try. The can says, “Check out the chompers on this one. He doesn’t quit. Long after your day is done, Bark Bite is still working hard, bringing the bite. Because where bark bite’s from, you don’t stop until the last drop. And then you kick back, relax, and say things like ‘see this lake? It was a babbling brook before I got here.’ Brewed with citrus hops, it’s front loaded for a big refreshing bite. ”
Location: Poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass from the can at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.6% ABV, 50 IBUs, ~230 Calories
Numbers: Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Fuggle, Chinook
Appearance & Aroma: It’s straw-yellow in color with some orange hues. It’s fairly hazy, with a big white, fluffy head on it, which fell after several minutes, but still left decent lacing. The aroma is all lemony and citrus hops.
Taste & Feel: The body is light medium and the mouthfeel has a crisp, hoppy bite to it. There’s a slightly sweet, bready and cracker-like maltiness up front with some… (More on Big Wood Brewery – Bark Bite IPA)
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711. Big Wood Brewery – Bark Bite IPA

My son had several of his friends over tonight to play, so it was pretty crazy here. After all the kids left, I was finally able to sit down and crack open this beer. I picked up a four pack of this brew when I was up in Minnesota a couple months ago at Mayo Clinic. I had never heard of this brewery before, but it was in the Minnesota brewery section, so I thought I’d give it a try. The can says, “Check out the chompers on this one. He doesn’t quit. Long after your day is done, Bark Bite is still working hard, bringing the bite. Because where bark bite’s from, you don’t stop until the last drop. And then you kick back, relax, and say things like ‘see this lake? It was a babbling brook before I got here.’ Brewed with citrus hops, it’s front loaded for a big refreshing bite. 

Location: Poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass from the can at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.6% ABV, 50 IBUs, ~230 Calories

Numbers: Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Fuggle, Chinook

Appearance & Aroma: It’s straw-yellow in color with some orange hues. It’s fairly hazy, with a big white, fluffy head on it, which fell after several minutes, but still left decent lacing. The aroma is all lemony and citrus hops.

Taste & Feel: The body is light medium and the mouthfeel has a crisp, hoppy bite to it. There’s a slightly sweet, bready and cracker-like maltiness up front with some… (More on Big Wood Brewery – Bark Bite IPA)

710. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Bière De Garde
The air is cool and the sun is setting, so I thought I’d have another beer this evening out on the deck. I got this beer a couple years ago at our beer club Christmas party. Someone brought this and the Schlafly glass I often use for the gift exchange. The bottle says, “Schlafly Biere De Garde is a bottle conditioned, French farmhouse style ale. The name refers to the beer’s ability to improve with age and if you choose to age this ale, the tart fruitiness from the yeast and the sweet maltiness from the grains will meld together nicely for several years at cellar temperatures. Brewed as a modern re-creation of a classic, European beer style to celebrate St. Louis’s French heritage, Schlafly Biere De Garde pairs well with fruits, cheeses, and cured meats. ”
Location: Poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 7% ABV, 20 IBUs, 16.3 OG, 16 SRM, ~240 Calories
Numbers: Malt: Pale, Munich, Caravienne, Biscuit; Hops: Strisselspalt (FR), Marynka (PL); Yeast: French Farmhouse Ale
Appearance & Aroma: It’s copper-red in color and very clear (although hazy when the yeast cake was disturbed). There was a lot of carbonation in it, however, there was almost no head, just a thin layer of bubbles across the top. The aroma is earthy and a bit horse-blanket like.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium-to-full, and the mouth feel is smooth, and a little creamy. The flavors up front are… (More on St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Bière De Garde)
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710. St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Bière De Garde

The air is cool and the sun is setting, so I thought I’d have another beer this evening out on the deck. I got this beer a couple years ago at our beer club Christmas party. Someone brought this and the Schlafly glass I often use for the gift exchange. The bottle says, “Schlafly Biere De Garde is a bottle conditioned, French farmhouse style ale. The name refers to the beer’s ability to improve with age and if you choose to age this ale, the tart fruitiness from the yeast and the sweet maltiness from the grains will meld together nicely for several years at cellar temperatures. Brewed as a modern re-creation of a classic, European beer style to celebrate St. Louis’s French heritage, Schlafly Biere De Garde pairs well with fruits, cheeses, and cured meats. 

Location: Poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 7% ABV, 20 IBUs, 16.3 OG, 16 SRM, ~240 Calories

Numbers: Malt: Pale, Munich, Caravienne, Biscuit; Hops: Strisselspalt (FR), Marynka (PL); Yeast: French Farmhouse Ale

Appearance & Aroma: It’s copper-red in color and very clear (although hazy when the yeast cake was disturbed). There was a lot of carbonation in it, however, there was almost no head, just a thin layer of bubbles across the top. The aroma is earthy and a bit horse-blanket like.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium-to-full, and the mouth feel is smooth, and a little creamy. The flavors up front are… (More on St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly – Bière De Garde)

709. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. – Hopfen Bavarian-Style IPA
It’s a nice evening, so I thought I’d grab a beer and chill out on the deck a bit. I’m not sure how long I’ve had this beer, but I believe I picked it up in St. Louis as part of a mixed pack of beers from Urban Chestnut. The bottle says, “Hopfen is a beer we describe as a ‘Bavarian-Style IPA.’ Brewed and dry-hopped with a variety of Hallertau ‘hopfen,’ instead of the usual and more citric hop varieties of most American IPAs, gives this beer a decidedly German twist.”
Location: Poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.1% ABV, 45 IBUs, 14.7 Plato OG, ~200 Calories
Ingredients: Malts: European Pilsner, European Munich, European Carahell; Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Hallertau Tradition, Hallertau Merkur.
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden in color with slight amber hues, and it’s very clear (although I left the yeast bed at the bottom of the bottle). It has a ton of carbonation (no doubt helped by the etched bottom of the glass) leaving a big, fluffy, white head on it. The aroma is an earthy, slightly grassy and spicy hop smell.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouth feel is smooth and slightly creamy from the big head. The flavor up front is… (More on Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. – Hopfen Bavarian-Style IPA)
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709. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. – Hopfen Bavarian-Style IPA

It’s a nice evening, so I thought I’d grab a beer and chill out on the deck a bit. I’m not sure how long I’ve had this beer, but I believe I picked it up in St. Louis as part of a mixed pack of beers from Urban Chestnut. The bottle says, “Hopfen is a beer we describe as a ‘Bavarian-Style IPA.’ Brewed and dry-hopped with a variety of Hallertau ‘hopfen,’ instead of the usual and more citric hop varieties of most American IPAs, gives this beer a decidedly German twist.”

Location: Poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.1% ABV, 45 IBUs, 14.7 Plato OG, ~200 Calories

Ingredients: Malts: European Pilsner, European Munich, European Carahell; Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Hallertau Tradition, Hallertau Merkur.

Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden in color with slight amber hues, and it’s very clear (although I left the yeast bed at the bottom of the bottle). It has a ton of carbonation (no doubt helped by the etched bottom of the glass) leaving a big, fluffy, white head on it. The aroma is an earthy, slightly grassy and spicy hop smell.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouth feel is smooth and slightly creamy from the big head. The flavor up front is… (More on Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. – Hopfen Bavarian-Style IPA)

708. Rock Bridge Brewing – Rye You Lil’ Punk Rye IPA
I was in Columbia, MO a few weeks ago and before I left town, I stopped at the local grocery store to pick up a few local beers, including this one. I heard about this brewery, but haven’t had any of their beers yet. They had a couple canned beers from them at the grocery store, so I thought I’d start with their IPA. It’s a cool looking, 16oz can that came in a four pack. It’s been a challenging day fixing stuff around the house, so my wife suggested I chill out on the back deck and enjoy a beer.
Location: Poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 7% ABV, 75 IBUs, ~230 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s amber-orange in color and fairly hazy. There’s a creamy, thin, white head on it, that had good retention and left some decent lacing. The aroma is resinous with grass and pine hops and hints of caramel malts in the background.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium-to-full and the mouthfeel is a bit creamy and oily, with some crispness from the hops and rye spiciness. The flavor up front is a mix of… (More on Rock Bridge Brewing – Rye You Lil’ Punk Rye IPA)
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708. Rock Bridge Brewing – Rye You Lil’ Punk Rye IPA

I was in Columbia, MO a few weeks ago and before I left town, I stopped at the local grocery store to pick up a few local beers, including this one. I heard about this brewery, but haven’t had any of their beers yet. They had a couple canned beers from them at the grocery store, so I thought I’d start with their IPA. It’s a cool looking, 16oz can that came in a four pack. It’s been a challenging day fixing stuff around the house, so my wife suggested I chill out on the back deck and enjoy a beer.

Location: Poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 7% ABV, 75 IBUs, ~230 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s amber-orange in color and fairly hazy. There’s a creamy, thin, white head on it, that had good retention and left some decent lacing. The aroma is resinous with grass and pine hops and hints of caramel malts in the background.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium-to-full and the mouthfeel is a bit creamy and oily, with some crispness from the hops and rye spiciness. The flavor up front is a mix of… (More on Rock Bridge Brewing – Rye You Lil’ Punk Rye IPA)

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