Category Archives: India Pale Ale

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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India Pale Ale (Avery Brewing)

I don’t know how I’ve never had the regular IPA from Avery in all my years of drinking. I’ve had their hoppy as hell Maharaja, but never their standard version. I recently found myself at BevMo! looking for a beer to take to a friend’s party and these cool looking cans caught my eye. Since I’m always looking for new IPAs and cans make you look cool, I figured this would be the way to go.

Avery INDIA PALE ALE is an American IPA with a 6.5% ABV.

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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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Double Elimination DIPA (The Beer Company)

After knocking out their standard IPA I figured it was time to take things up a notch and go with their Double IPA.

DOUBLE ELIMINATION is a Double IPA with a 10% ABV.

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Elimination IPA (The Beer Company)

Last week my dad was in town and we were looking for something fun to do. We decided that we’d drive down to San Diego (since he had never been) and hit up the Gaslamp District. After hitting a few bars and watching the Chiefs vs. Chargers game we found ourselves in The Beer Company restaurant. I had been drinking malty beers for the past couple hours, so I was jonesing for some hops. Luckily for me they had a couple IPAs on tap. I decided to start small and go with their single IPA for my first experience with the Beer Company’s brews.

ELIMINATION IPA is an American India Pale Ale with a 7% ABV.

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Hopslam (Bell’s Brewery)

I didn’t get into craft beer until after I moved to California (a little over six years ago), so I haven’t been able to enjoy much of Bell’s Brewery’s output. Every time I find myself back in Ohio I try to grab as many Bell’s products as possible. Normally I’m not there at the right time to try any of their critically acclaimed beers, but thanks to a beer trade with a friend back home I’ve secured one of the big guns.

HOPSLAM is a winter seasonal Double IPA (an odd combination) that has a 10% ABV.

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Maximus (Lagunitas Brewing Company)

Lagunitas has created a hoppy Double IPA? Get right out of town!

MAXIMUS is a Double/Imperial IPA with a not so easy drinking 8.2% ABV.

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