Archive for the ‘India Pale Ale’ Category


Day #335 – New Belgium Lips of Faith Fresh Hop

December 3, 2011

Here’s another one I picked up while at World of Beer. That place has a fairly nice selection to say the least.

New Belgium Lips of Faith – Fresh Hop

This is a new beer in the Lips of Faith series. It is called Fresh Hop because they brewed it with hops that had been picked off the vine less than 24 hours before. This is an India Pale Ale at 7%.

On tap at World of Beer Arlington. This beer pours a clear light yellow to orange color with a white type head. Frothy for sure.

Aroma is very hoppy. Sticky sweet and resiny. Lovely sap and pine cones. This is exactly what I think about when I think “IPA”.

Flavor is sharp hops, bitter and sweet with a strong sense of resin and hops. Well done.




Day #333 – Saint Arnold Sailing Santa

November 30, 2011

Saint Arnold came out with this new beer this season, bottled in a 22 oz bomber. I believe Saint Arnold gained the capability to do 22 oz bombers when they moved into their new location recently. I also want to say this is the first bomber I’ve seen from them. I could be wrong though.

Saint Arnold Sailing Santa


This beer is described as a perfect blend of their Elissa IPA and Christmas Ale.

Bottle from Central Market. This beer pours a clear copper color with a fair foamy white head.

The aroma is hoppy but only slightly so. It also has some malty, woody notes that smells like wet wood.

The flavor is semi-sweet and lightly hopped, but this ends up being a watered down version of a nice IPA.




Day #323 – New Belgium Belgo IPA

November 20, 2011

New Belgium Belgo IPA


Got a new beer from New Belgium today. It was originally done as a one time release but was moved to the Explore Series this year. This will make it a year round release. It is an India Pale Ale at 7% ABV.

This beer pours a clear golden orange color with a light white bubbly head.

The aroma is very strange. Lots of hops for sure but also a bit of peppery spice and more spicy Belgian yeast notes.

The flavor is very dry, hoppy and spicy with a light fruity flavor. The dry and bitter notes fill the flavor all the way through the finish. Dry and spicy.




Day #322 – Summit Silver Anniversary Ale

November 20, 2011

Summit Silver Anniversary Ale


Summit Brewing from St. Paul, MN is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. They came out with this beer in celebration of it. It is an IPA at 6.5%.

This beer pours a very clear light orange to a golden color. There is quite a large head response here that creates a foamy white head.

The aroma is hops! I could smell the hops from the moment I cracked the cap. Very nice. Lots of piney hops and resin, wet for sure.

The flavor is nice and hoppy at the beginning, with a flavor that reminds me of homebrewing during the boil. It finishes quite dry however, with a sharp bitterness from the hops. A nice IPA.




Day #290 – Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

October 18, 2011

Needed a good hoppy beer for today to take the edge off the pumpkin beers I’ve had recently.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA


Torpedo is brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company based out of Chico, California. I’ve reviewed several things from them before. This is an IPA from them at 7.2%.

This beer pours a clear golden orange color with a slight amber tint. Also has a white type head.

Aroma is very hoppy and spicy. Nice floral type notes with grapefruit spice and pine needles. Also has a leafy type finish.

Flavor is lots of hops and spice, with a light bitter flavor and finish. There are lots of pine notes and a slight sweetness. This is well balanced and is very flavorful. I would certainly get this again!




Day #265 – Widmer Brothers Rotator IPA Series – X-114 IPA

September 23, 2011

I’ve really fell behind on writing these up. My life has changed quite a bit since I began this in January and my free time to type up the reviews has diminished greatly. I’m still drinking the beers on the correct days it’s just become more difficult to put it online. Oh well, quickly approaching the last 100 days.

Day #265 – Widmer Brothers Rotator IPA Series – X-114 IPA


Wider began this series earlier this year, called the Rotator IPA series. They will be releasing a series of IPA’s that vary by the season. This is the first one I have had the chance to try. It’s an India Pale Ale at 6.2%.

I’m at a new bar/restaurant in Arlington that opened up earlier this month. It’s called the Mellow Mushroom and it’s a national chain. Check out the drippy bar top!

This beer pours a clear mix of golden, orange and reddish hues. Very attractive to look at for sure. Light amount of white head.

The aroma is very intense and very hoppy. It has a big pine nose with grapefruit, sap and sticky resin notes. Very hoppy smell.

The flavor is just as intense as the aroma. Very hoppy flavor, with sticky pine needles, grapefruit tartness and a very bitter flavor through the finish.

Now this is an IPA that I could drink several of in a night. In fact, I think I’ll have another.




Day #246 – Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale

September 4, 2011

I witnessed something pretty scary today. While driving, I was on the on-ramp for the highway near my house (which is notoriously slow traffic at all hours of the day). Today was just the same, very slow traffic for merging. I noticed the car in front of my slow and pull off to the side, and just in front of it I see a man rolling off the highway and down the grassy slope off the shoulder. I pull off too and notice it was a man on a motorcycle that stopped too quickly and laid down his bike. I end up getting out to help and call 911. The man is seriously shaken up but alert with lots of cuts and scrapes. I stayed till the firetruck arrived, but it was seriously scary stuff to see that! Ugh, I need a beer to calm my nerves.

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale


I am surprised to see I have never tried this beer before! It’s been around for awhile and I know I’ve passed it up several times. It is an India Pale Ale at 7.3%, and they have made several offshoot versions of this, by using different yeast and treatments. This one is the standard that started it all!

This beer pours a clear golden honey color with a bit of carbonation that forms a decent white head atop the liquid.

“Ooo” was the first thing I said as I smelled it. It has a wonderfully hoppy aroma that is sappy sweet with nice fruit tones. Smells very nice.

Flavor is hoppy sweet, with dry notes, sap and earthy spice. It finishes with a lovely floral characteristic that wasn’t apparent in the aroma. This is good stuff!


Cheers indeed! Here’s to living another day!