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Jan
26

Leatherlips IPA

Posted by: Andy Murphy | Comments (0)

ipa-mondayWith the warm Mexican sun behind me and another winter storm ahead of me, I’ve decided to indulge — by welcoming myself home on this chilly IPA Monday with a brew from my adopted hometown of Haverhill, MA.

When I moved from Boston to Cambridge, the final selling point for my apartment was its proximity (less than 2 blocks) from Bukowski’s Tavern and its great beer and eclectic food menus. Similarly, my move a year later from Cambridge up north to Haverhill was eased by the discovery of The Tap and Leather Lips IPA from the Tap’s “Haverhill Brewery”.

The bottle warns the drinker to hold onto his or her hat . . . Read More→

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Jan
19

Victory HopDevil

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ipa-monday“Please sir, may I have my tongue back now?”

At least that’s what I tried to say.

What came out was more like: “Beethur, bayayave by bungbacow?”

Yet it didn’t matter. The HopDevil just laughed and latched more tightly to my taste buds.

It all started when I pulled a Victory bottle from my shelf. The beer looked like a good choice for the second installment of IPA Monday.

“What a charming little picture!” I thought, my naiveté fixed and my innocence intact for the last time.

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Jan
12

Stone IPA

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ipa-mondayWhen some people drink too much, they see pink elephants.

Pastel pachyderms aren’t for me. The next time I over-imbibe, I hope to see Stone gargoyles.

I first discovered the Stone Brewing Company (San Diego, CA) when their “Arrogant Bastard Ale” beckoned me from an otherwise dull beer menu. Since then, I’ve been pleased by several of Stone’s standout selection of bold brews.

Each Monday, I’ll be featuring an IPA. The first official “IPA Monday” brew will be from Stone.

Stone India Pale Ale pours from the bottle soft and golden, with a fluffy, fragrant pillow of foam. There’s a slight, sweet citrus smell mingling with hop aroma.

The bottle text claims that the gargoyle on the label keeps all aspects of the beer pure. To ensure Stone contains only barley, hops, water and yeast, the gargoyle. . .

“. . .wards off modern day evil spirits such as chemical preservatives, additives & adjuncts. One taste, and you can tell he does his job very well.”

I don’t know about that, but just one sip is enough to recognize that someone is doing a heckuva job at Stone. The beer is extremely refreshing and easy to drink. There’s a light, bread-like malt that plays a supporting role, blending carefully with complex citrus and “green” tasting hops.

Most IPAs seem to have a strong aftertaste. That’s what originally kept me away from the style — the hoppiness would linger uncomfortably. Stone IPA stands that on its head. The beer has a light, distinctive, and extremely pleasant aftertaste. There’s a residue of warmth and a sweet oiliness at the back of the tongue, almost as if the beer has just melted in your mouth.

It’s official — I have a new favorite IPA. Since I can’t have another Stone IPA for the rest of the year, I’ll be working in as many of the other Stone brews as I can.

Heck, somebody needs to keep that Gargoyle company.

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Jan
12

IPA Mondays

Posted by: Andy Murphy | Comments (0)

Before getting down to business, I want to let all of you know that I’m glad to be back home and tending to this site. It was a fun trip to NYC; but let me tell you, it’s far cheaper to be drinking at home again.

And I did find a great beer during my trip to New York. New posts for January 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th are on the way.

Now for our first order of business… I’m introducing a new Beer A Day feature: IPA Mondays!

India Pale Ales are multitudinous, and to my untrained eye, many of them look and sound exceptional. By drinking an IPA every Monday, I hope to make a small dent in my IPA wish-list.

Besides, can you think of a better way to start the workweek?

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