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Jul
13

Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

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“So Hoppy that it threatens to remove the enamel from one’s teeth.”
- Lagunitas Brewing Company’s website description of Hop Stoopid

I drink an India Pale Ale every Monday — but some IPA Mondays call for a little more punch than others. A day like today calls for a hop bomb, and Lagunitas Brewing Co. supplies the perfect beer.

If the beckoning header (”102 I.B.U.4 U.”) doesn’t catch your attention, the name surely will: Hop Stoopid Ale.

And it doesn’t disappoint — this Double IPA is “stoopidly” hopped!

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Jun
08

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

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My love of IPA-style beers has intensified during this yearlong “one-a-day” challenge. But after making my way through many of the Trappist ales in late March, I discovered an enthusiasm for the Belgian style called a Tripel.

A good Belgian Tripel is refreshing and crisp, boldly alcoholic, and full of flavor — spicy, sugary, yeasty, and often tartly bitter. You can drink a Tripel and its carbonated, fresh taste makes you feel energized and renewed even as the relaxing effects of the alcohol wash over you.

Many Tripels pack a surprising amount of bitterness for such a light-colored and often fruity beer. The hops in a Tripel are often designed as a check on the fruit and candy sugar sweetness, acting to balance the brew, tame the alcohol, and clear the palate for a crisp finish. But the IPA style reverses this emphasis, often showcasing hops and emphasizing bitterness while layering in sweet and pale malt for balance.

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Jun
01

Big Daddy IPA

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Prohibition has long since been repealed, so the only password you’ll need to access tonight’s beer is the birth date on your driver’s license. Even so, I can definitively report those peephole eyes on the bottle neck can make you paranoid.

Especially when you open the fridge for a midnight snack — Big Brother has the night off, so Big Daddy is watching!

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is the second largest brewery in San Francisco (behind Anchor), and they’ve created a fairly easy-going, hoppy brew with Big Daddy IPA.

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May
25

Hop Ottin’ IPA

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Let me wish you all a Happy Memorial Day, and pass a quick word of thanks to those who served our country so that we all can freely — among many other things — enjoy good beer.

Today is also IPA Monday, so I’ve decided to use this day of gratitude to enjoy Anderson Valley Brewing Company’s excellent Hop Ottin’ IPA. The last two generations of my family have served during wartime, and I’m sure they’d agree that beer makes a fine tribute! Especially a beer named for hard work.

The Hop Ottin’ IPA label explains:

Hop lovers, your dreams have come true! Hop Ottin’ is Boontling for “hard working hops,” and they’re swurely hard at work in this brew. Hop Ottin’ starts with a robust floral aroma, which winds into a deep and complex body. In an intriguing balance, sun-drenched malts coat rich hop undertones. At length, the hops prevail, with a satisfyingly crisp finish. Hop Ottin bites like a can-kicky bluetail (Hop Ottin’ bites like an agry rattlesnake looking for a fight).

(Fans of Anderson Valley Brewing Company are guaranteed to have at least a passing understanding of “Boontling” — but for those not in the know described this made up dialect in my review of Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. But think of it as a dialect created by Anderson Valley, CA, residents to confuse visitors in the late 1800’s.)

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May
18

Avery India Pale Ale

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IPA Monday just got off to a great start, with Avery’s India Pale Ale.

Much like the New World Porter, Avery’s India Pale Ale label shows a cartographer’s work. This map is a touch more modern than the New World Porter’s, and it’s decorated around the frame with images of wondrous new lands and colonial scenes.

I poured the beer into a pint glass, and the IPA poured pale gold and not-quite-clear with soft suspensions glinting through the otherwise pristine ale. As for the head — if a beer could create a meringue, Avery’s India Pale Ale is the one. The off-white, whipped foam poked up out of the glass and never completely disappeared, thickly lacing the glass as all the way to the bottom as I drank.

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