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Hop Therapy (Rough Draft Brewing Company)

It’s time for another MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK and today we’re heading back to sunny San Diego, California. Being that I live in close proximity to SD, I have access to numerous beers from various local breweries. So for today’s review I decided to go with a beer I’ve never had from a brewery I’ve never tried before.

Hop Therapy labelHOP THERAPY is a Double IPA from San Diego’s Rough Draft Brewing Company. This summer release has 94 IBUs and a hefty 9% ABV.

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Winter Ale (Kern River Brewing Company)

I took a trip up north last week for some much-needed R’n’R. I didn’t really have much planned on this trip, but I did know that I wanted to stop into Kern River Brewing Company for lunch on the way. And of course while I’m there I had to have a beer. This is the one I chose.

Winter Ale label smallWINTER ALE is a Double IPA with an 7% ABV.

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Yulesmith – Summer (Alesmith Brewing Company)

Just to give you an idea of how far behind I am in my beer reviews this beer was purchased and consumed on the 4th of July. Yup, almost 2 whole months ago. What’s the point of buying holiday themed beers if you’re not going to review them on/around said holiday? I don’t know. And after years of doing this blog I still fall into the same trappings. SMH Anyway, on to the review.

YuleSmith-Summer logoYULESMITH (SUMMER) is their Double IPA version of the Yulesmith beer. This variation is available in summer (da-doy!) and has a 9.5% ABV.

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RuinTen IPA (Stone Brewing Co.)

The Tenth Anniversary Ruination IPA was a highlight of 2012 for me. It took a beer that I’m indifferent to and turned it into something worth crowing about. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought so. Stone heard the cries of the beer faithful and decided to turn their one-off anniversary beer into a yearly release. Here is my review of the inaugural release of RuinTen IPA.

Stone RuinTen labelRUINTEN IPA is an American Double/Imperial IPA with 110 IBUs and a whopping 10.8% ABV.

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Palate Wrecker (Green Flash Brewing Company)

I’ll admit, I judge books by their covers. A lot of my beer purchases are made because of a cool label/logo/name. This is why I often overlook Green Flash’s beers. I’m well aware of the fact that they make great beers, but their presentation leaves a lot to be desired. I went against this thinking recently and picked up a four-pack of their new(ish) Double IPA.

Palate Wrecker labelPALATE WRECKER is an Imperial IPA with a heavy 9.5% ABV and 100+ IBUs (brewmaster Chuck Silva says it’s somewhere around 149).

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Knuckle Sandwich (Bootlegger’s Brewery)

When I first tried this beer I was three sheets to the wind. All I remembered about it was how forward the grapefruit flavors were and that I loved every drop of the pint I had ordered. Flash forward about 3 years and I’ve finally picked up a bottle for review. Let’s see if this beer lives up to the memories.

Knuckle Sandwich labelKNUCKLE SANDWICH is a seasonal release from Bootlegger’s Brewery. This Imperial IPA has 87.8 IBUs and a 10% ABV. Continue reading

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Super India Pale Ale (New Belgium Brewery & Alpine Beer Company)

I’ve went on and one about my love for New Belgium and their Lips of Faith series, so I’ll refrain from beating that horse again. What I will talk about his the folks over at Alpine Beer Company. For the past couple years their IPAs have been garnering quite a bit of attention from the craft beer world. However, with all that hoopla surrounding them I had never tried one of their beers. Until now.

SUPER INDIA PALE ALE is a collaborative effort from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewery and California’s Alpine Beer Company. This Imperial IPA has a hefty 9% ABV.

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