Dssolver Aku Askew Double India Pale Ale

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Dssolver Aku Askew Double India Pale Ale, 9.6% brewed with pineapple, lime juice, grapefruit, lime peel, toasted almond, and Lactose in Asheville, North Carolina and I purchased this from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop, go check them out if you haven’t. Aku Askew pours deeper yellow with a one and half finger white head that fades a bit rapidly giving you nose aromas of sweet juicy tropical fruit juicy, pineapple with nice citrusy notes that call you to take a sip where I found a tropical pineapple juicy with nice citrus juices, but I did a bitter minty taste on the back of my tongue with some light hoppy notes that culminate into a juicy fruit finish with touches of sweetness and continue to linger in the aftertaste with a touch more hoppy bitter notes with a medium to almost full mouthfeel. Dssolver brews good beer but I found Aku Askew Double India Pale Ale to be just above average getting a C+. I think the slightly strange flavor of mint the I got could be from the toasted almond interacting with all the nice juicy fruit flavors, that’s where I found Aku Askew Double India Pale Ale to fall off a bit. Would I have this again? Probably not right away seeing how has a big ABV and a barely above average flavor profile. I am not going to rush back to have this and you should try it just once. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!      

Newgrass Brewing Co. Crossed Out Double India Pale Ale

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Newgrass Brewing Co. Crossed Out Double India Pale Ale, 8.5% ABV purchased from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is brewed not far in Shelby, North Carolina. Crossed Out pours a hazy yellow near orange color with a one and a quarter white slow fading white head that gives off a juicy citrus fruit aroma with nice bitter hop notes and upon tasting Crossed out you get a nice juicy grapefruit and orange taste that hits the front and middle of your tongue with a smoothness that has a nice amount of bitterness that becomes hoppy on your tongue/mouth and finishes with a nice smooth bitter juicy fruit and has a citrus fruit cup aftertaste with a smooth bitterness with a medium mouthfeel. Newgrass Brewing Co. Crossed Out Double India Pale Ale is not bad, I would say it is a B. Crossed Out’s citrus flavor and the bitter to collide a bit but are okay none the less, and yes I would recommend Newgrass Brewing Co. Crossed Out Double India Pale Ale just not more than two. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!    

Dssolver Brewing Raised in the Juicy

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Dssolver Brewing Raised in the Juicy, 9.2% is a double IPA I purchased in a Crowler format from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop. Dssolver brews in Ashville, North Carolina. Raised in the Juicy pours a dark yellow color with a two-finger pillowy white head that is somewhat slow fading with minimal lacing left behind. Raised in the Juicy gives off tropical juicy fruit aromas like pineapple with a bitterness and a tiny pine note that beckons you to sip on tropic citrus fruit notes with a nice bitter that grows as it washes over the backend of your tongue and comes to a bitter finish with nice droplets of pineapple orange finish that fades a little and continues into the aftertaste that does linger with a nice growing hoppy note with a full mouthfeel.     Dssolver Brewing Raised in the Juicy doesn’t drink like its a 9.2 ABV beer that is good and that gives it an A. All the nice bitterness with all the tropical and citrus fruit flavors blend nicely for a delicious double IPA and one that you should try for yourself. Please stay safe at home and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Dugges Bryggeri Bubble Gummy Double India Pale Ale

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Yes Dugges Bryggeri Bubble Gummy Double India Pale Ale, 8.0% ABV is another purchase from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop. Bubble Gummy Double IPA is brewed in Mölndal, Sweden outside of Stockholm. Bubble Gummy pours a bright cloudy yellow color with a stick two finger frothy white head that puts off juicy citrusy aromas of some grapefruit with nice bittersweet notes that lead to a bittersweet citrus juicy taste, grapefruit, with tropical fruits mango, papaya, and some pineapple that has a nice creaminess to it that comes to a bittersweet juicy finish and a nice creamy tropical fruit aftertaste with a medium/full mouthfeel. Dugges Bryggeri Bubble Gummy Double India Pale Ale does not quite feel or drink like it has an 8% Alcohol By Volume but you know it’s not a low abv either, I think the delicious juicy fruit flavors mask the higher ABV on this Double IPA. I think that Dugges Bryggeri Bubble Gummy Double India Pale Ale is an A+.  I have found no faults with this beer all the flavors blend well for a wonder Double IPA that I recommend trying for sure! Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Beer & Chips Pairing: Sun Chips Garden Salsa & New South Brewing Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale

Here is another Beer & Chips Pairing with Sun Chips Garden Salsa & Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale, 8.9%. I have previously reviewed Dirty Myrtle. Sun Chips Garden Salsa, from Frito-Lays, is a multigrain chip that has orange-brown wavy color in a square shape with some brown spots and an aroma of light jalapeño, tomato, and some faint grains. Taste is somewhat similar to its aroma with a nice crunchy tomato jalapeño flavor that is medium with faint grain and very faint cheese flavor. When paired with Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale the Garden Salsa Sub Chips get the jalapeño flavor washed away but do retain a light tomato flavor and as the beer washes into the back of your mouth the jalapeño flavor come back slightly and has a nice light vegetable salsa finish and after with a tiny bit of spicy heat on that aftertaste. Sun Chips Garden Salsa & Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale do somewhat complement each other getting B. Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale does overpower the flavor of the chips slight a couple of times but overall was a good pair and one that you should try. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

New South Brewing Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale.

This past weekend I was in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and I found the magic of the internet New South Brewing. I had two beers at their ho-hum brewery which did have many brewery stickers and beer mats adorning the wall. The two beers I had while there, Java The Hut, an English Brown ale, and their Red ale which I have and will review soon, both were slightly below average. I also picked up New South Brewing Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale, 8.5% ABV. Dirty Myrtle is brewed with lots of Mosaic, Simcoe, and Falconer Flight hops. Dirty Myrtle pours a deep orange murky color with a two-finger steady fading white head with piney grapefruit/orange bitter aromas. That aroma then leads you to a hoppy piney flavor of orange/grapefruit bitterness that is on the smoother side with a bitter citrus fruit finish and a bitter citrus pine aftertaste with a smooth medium mouthfeel. New South Brewing Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale did surprise me after having two mediocre beers. New South Brewing Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale is a B, and this was a smooth double IPA m, yet it had enough hop flavor so you knew that it’s a double IPA. I would recommend trying New South Brewing Dirty Myrtle Double India Pale Ale. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Triple C Brewing Company Baby Maker India Pale Ale

Originally posted on August 11th, 2014.

In the last year or so I’ve grown more of a liking to IPA’s (India Pale Ale), but I am not one hundred percent into them, but more than I was in the past. When it comes to IPA’s I can be a bit particular about them. But I was brought a local double IPA from Triple C Brewing here in Charlotte, NC called Baby Maker, 8.5% ABV with 80 IBU (international Bittering Unit). A double IPA is a stronger version of an IPA, with higher an ABV and IBU. The flavor tends to be bigger and bolder. Triple C uses a unique blend of malts to masks the high ABV while copious of four different hop varieties are used in the late kettle additions and dry-hopping is also used. Baby Maker pours a deeper amber/copper color with a big three finger off white whipped head that leaves great lacing behind that fades kind of fast. There were tiny amounts of light coming through with a normal carbonation amount. The aroma on Baby Maker is a little sweeter than you’d expect for a DIPA, and there is a normal piney scent that is around a malted aroma. The taste isn’t huge like you when normally get from DIPA’s, but more of malt sweetness with a little bit of piney hop bitterness behind it. I didn’t get much alcohol taste with Baby Maker; it was masked by the sweetness with made this beer a little easier to drink. As this DIPA warms up the sweetness becomes more present as well as the hop bitterness, but the bitterness never gets overly intense, just a bit more present behind the sweet flavor and the alcohol comes through just a little. The mouthfeel is a high medium with a nice bittersweet finish. The aftertaste is good with a little faint grapefruit that lingers for a second or two before quickly disappearing. I am not much into double IPA’s but this is not bad, it’s a B-. I felt that the sweetness and the hop bitterness were not balanced enough, it’s as if they are just there together in the same place not working together. But Baby Maker is a not bad beer though. It’s would be a beer that I would recommend if you like hoppy beers (DIPAs & IPAs). So go out and try Triple C Brewing Baby Maker Double India Pale Ale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Westbrook Brewing Co. Three Claw Imperial India Pale Ale

Westbrook Brewing Co. Three Claw Imperial India Pale Ale, 8.0% ABV purchased from the local Total Wine is in line with the rest of Westbrooks crab themed beers One Claw, a pale ale, Two Claw, a New England IPA, and Santa Claw, another New England IPA. Three Claw is brewed with Cascade, and CTZ hops, dry-hopped with over 5lbs per barrel of Azacca, Citra, and El Dorado hops, with Conan Yeast and a malt bill of oats, pale, rye and wheat malts. Three Claw pours a hazy yellow color with a three and a half finger white head that gives off juicy aromas of citrus fruits live orange and grapefruit with a tropical hoppy note on the nose. The taste follows the aroma with a nice juicy orange and grapefruit up front with a slight bitterness in the middle that fades into a hoppy tropical citrus flavor on the back of the tongue with a little bitter/hoppy finish and a bitter citrus fruit aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Westbrook Brewing Co. Three Claw Imperial India Pale Ale is not overly sweet, fruity or hoppy/bitter, it hits the sweet spot and it balanced just right receiving an A. It does not drink to much like an 8.0% ABV beer but you still taste that its a refreshing imperial IPA. Westbrook Brewing Co. Three Claw Imperial India Pale Ale is smooth with a nice juicy fruit flavor that is well brewed and refreshing and one I’d recommend going for. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Birdsong Brewing Co. IPA Series Gravity Rides Double IPA

Saw this at the local Total Wine, Birdsong Brewing Company IPA Series Gravity Rides Double IPA, 8.7% ABV, which is brewed with Mosaic, Chinook, and Idaho 7 hops. Gravity Rides pours an orange color with a two finger tight white head with aromatic fruit aromas like orange citrus and pineapple with piney hop notes. Taste is good with nice solid hop-forward orange, slight pineapple with grass pine notes come in the back with a smooth hoppiness that finishes bitter, fruity, pine, and hoppy with a nice fruity hop and pine aftertaste, with a full mouthfeel. Gravity Rides doesn’t quite drink like a double IPA but has the flavor of one. I found Birdsong Brewing Company IPA Series Gravity Rides Double IPA to be good but more of a C+, above average. The fruity flavor does fade as the hoppy pine notes come in and I rather have those flavors mingle with each other. Now that would make this good beer great. But this Birdsong Brewing Company IPA Series Gravity Rides Double IPA is a be that I would go back to for sure and one that I do recommend trying. It just needs a little fine tuning it gets it into greatness. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Trophy Brewing 90° Underneath The Palm Trees Pineapple Hopshake DIPA

Trophy Brewing Co. 90° Underneath Palm Trees Pineapple Hopshake DIPA, 8% ABV from Raleigh, North Carolina and purchased from Pop The Top Craft Beer is riding the wave of milkshake IPAs and this is brewed pineapple, Lactose Sugar, and Vanilla. 90° Underneath Palm Trees Pineapple pours a hazy pineapple juice yellow color with three and a half finger of pillowy white foam that slowly dissipates into some nice lacing, with tropical juicy aromas of sweet pineapple and citrus fruits with hints of a faint hoppy note. 90° Underneath Palm Trees Pineapple has an easy drinking taste with juicy tropical pineapple, orange citrus, with a nice sweetness and a low hoppy note on the end, that finishes tropical juicy and has an aftertaste of nice ripe sweet fruits that beckons you for another sip. 90° Underneath Palm Trees Pineapple is a really good beer that is easy drinking and refreshing. I give Trophy Brewing Co. 90° Underneath Palm Trees Pineapple Hopshake DIPA an A+. It doesn’t drink like it’s an 8% Double IPA which I highly recommend trying as this might become my new favorite! Cheers! please enjoy responsibly!