Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Get Comfortable Hazy Double IPA

A collaboration between Creature Comforts Brewing Co. in Athens, Georgia & Sierra Nevada Brewing in Mills River, North Carolina Get Comfortable Hazy Double IPA, 8% ABV which is a limited release, they use Citra and HBC 586 hops that we brewed in collaboration with our friends at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 100% of the profits from this beer go directly to their Get Comfortable campaign, a year-round outreach program designed to channel the generosity of many toward our community’s most pressing needs. Get Comfortable IPA pours a dark golden color with a two-finger white head that quickly fades to one finger then sticks around. The aroma is citrusy with orange and grapefruit, there is also a bitter hop note that is a little piney. The flavor is too citrusy with orange and grapefruit with bitterness and a hoppy flavor, The mouthfeel is medium but does feel slightly full. This IPA then has a bitter finish with some fruity citrus notes and a citrusy aftertaste that is big on the hop flavor. Creature Comforts Brewing Co., & Sierra Nevada Brewing Get Comfortable Hazy Double IPA is a good beer, and I give this an A-. I have not had too many hazy double IPA’s, I’ve had regular double IPA’s. It definitely and strong hazy IPA with good citrus bitterness but it does quite drink like an 8% ABV IPA. That’s a good thing in my opinion. It doesn’t have a huge amount of hop flavor but some. I don’t know if I’d go back to this soon, but I also don’t know if I will never have it again either. Please be kind, be safe and enjoy responsibly!ount of hop flavor but some. I don’t know if I’d go back to this soon, but I also don’t know if I will never have it again either. Please be kind, be safe and enjoy responsibly!

Legion Brewing Winnie the Brew Honey Double India Pale Ale

Here is another Legion Brewing beer, Winnie the Brew Honey Double India Pale Ale, 10.2% with 95% IBU (International Bittering Units) a high IBU for an IPA. This IPA is brewed in Charlotte, North Carolina with honey. It pours a deep copper color with an off-white four-finger head that is slow to fade. The aroma is piney and bitter with a very faint sweet honey note. It’s a strong bitterness coming off this IPA. The Flavor is very bitter with piney notes and a little honey sweetness, but the honey also adds to the big bitterness and makes this a very hoppy bitter IPA. It does have a light honey flavor that follows the bitter/hoppy flavor. The mouthfeel is full and sticky. This Legion IPA finishes with a bigger bitterness and has a piney bitter honey aftertaste that comes and goes rather quickly living only bitterness behind before your next sip. Legion Brewing Winnie the Brew Honey Double India Pale Ale is a big bitter monster of an IPA but the flavor is right on with the bitter and the honey, they play well with one another. I give it a C+ it is good but the huge bitterness holds it slightly above average in my opinion. Not a beer you would have more than a pint of. It is better than some honey-flavored IPAs I’ve had but I’m not the biggest fan of honey IPAs but I don’t dislike them. Please be kind, be safe and please enjoy responsibly

Stone Brewing Fear. Movies. Lions Double IPA

No you are not seeing a labeling mistake on this can of Stone Brewing Fear. Movies. Lions Double IPA 8.5% ABV. It is supposed to be upside down, because of their saying Leave No Stone Unturned. This double IPA is made with Loral & Mosaic hops, and is a 2019 gold medal winner at the San Diego International Beer Competition. Fear. Movies. Lions is her only beer I’ve seen that comes in a sixteen ounce six pack instead of the usual four pack sixteen ounce. Fear. Movies. Lions pours a light copper gold color with a two and a quarter finger white head with some good retention. The aroma is bitter, there is onion, garlic, a bit of light fruit. Taste of Fear. Movies. Lions is somewhat similar to its aroma, there is onion and garlic bitterness with hoppy fruity notes, and a medium mouthfeel. Fear. Movies. Lions finish strong with bitter notes of a light fruit flavor and has the same in the aftertaste that linger with a hoppy bitter note. I found Stone Brewing Fear. Movies. Lions Double IPA to be good and slightly on the song side, I say this double IPA is a B-. The onion, garlic and fruity notes clashed together in a microscopic way. But it was not terrible enough to make me not like this beer, I do recommend Stone Brewing Fear. Movies. Lions Double IPA if you like IPAs. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

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!