Foothills Brewing Craft Happiness UBU IPA

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purchased Foothills Brewing Craft Happiness UBU IPA, 6.0% ABV from my local Whole Foods. UBU IPA is part of the Craft Happiness IPA series and is the first one of the year. UBU is brewed to embrace individuality and acceptance and has an experimental hop, HBC 692, and the proceeds benefit the United Way of Forsyth County. UBU IPA pours a deep yellow/orange color with a strong two and a half finger white head with sediment floating about. The aroma is of juicy citrus grapefruit some resin notes with a light tropical bitter fruit note that leads you to citrus grapefruit, stone fruit taste that has a nice resin bitterness to it with a dab of sweet and faint breaded notes that come to a bitter fruited finish and a resins aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Foothills Brewing Craft Happiness UBU IPA is yet another solid IPA, getting an A+, and it is nothing out of the ordinary from a Foothills Brewing IPA. It checks all the boxes for a good IPA that I think you need to drink. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!    

Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA

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Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA, 6.5% ABV and 45 IBUs is a hazy take on Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, both brewed in Bend, Oregan. Fresh Haze uses unmalted wheat, malted wheat, Munich malt, C-15, Pale, 2-row and flaked barley as well as Nothern Brewer, Cashmere, Mandarina Bavaria, and Amarillo hops. Fresh Haze pours a hazy orange color with a two-finger white head that slowly fades into itself giving off juicy fruit aroma of citrus orange, some grapefruit with light bittering with hints of a mango that come to a flavor of light bitter citrus fruit, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit on the front of the mouth with a mild bitterness in the middle that gross in the back of the mouth with a nice juicy finish and a nice bitter aftertaste that has a faint taste of citrus fruits with a medium mouthfeel. Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA is a good approachable hazy IPA that a mild IPA fan would enjoy and I think its an A. Nothing too overwhelming about this beer nor is it too hoppy with a huge blast of fruit, the flavor is near sessionable but Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA as a whole is not sessionable, remember this IPA is 6.5% ABV. But you could have three Fresh Haze IPAs and I suggest you try this Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Terrapin Beer Co. Hopsecutioner IPA

Terrapin Beer Co. Hopsecutioner IPA, 7.3% ABV purchased in a six-pack twelve-ounce can form from my local supermarket is brewed in Athens, Georgia with Warrior, Chinook, Simcoe. Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial hops yeah that’s six different hops verities. Hopsecutioner pours an orange color with a two-finger white head that fades into a thin cloud on top. This IPA has dank garlic and onion aroma with nice hoppy bitter notes that then invite you into a taste that follows the nose with garlic and onion bitter hop notes that don’t overwhelm your palate. Hopsecutioner finishes with a nice hoppy malt flavor and comes to a nice bitter dank aftertaste with hints of very faint garlicky fruit notes all with a medium mouthfeel. Terrapin Beer Co. Hopsecutioner IPA is surprisingly good for an IPA that sounds like it to be a real wallop of hops to your tastebuds, it defiantly hopped and I give this an A. For have six varieties of hops it has a bit of smoothness about and I if you like classic styles IPA then this is right up your alley. Please drink responsibly! Cheers!

Beer & Chips Paring: Terrapin Beer Co. Hopsecutioner IPA & Cheetos Crunchy Simply White Cheddar Jalapeño

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I picked up both Terrapin Beer Co. Hopsecutioner IPA, 7.3% & Cheetos Crunchy Simply white  Cheddar Jalapeño from my local grocery store. I will be reviewing Hopsecutioner soon. Cheetos Simply Cheddar Jalapeño are made with real cheese and are more of a light yellow color than the normal bright orange Cheeto color. They are long and knotted with a minimal cheese dust/coating, and they had a nice cheddar aroma with light jalapeño spice to them. The flavor is light on the jalapeño and you get more cheese, cheese hits your taste buds followed by the light jalapeño flavor with a good crunch, that comes together for a light spicy cheddar finish and very similar aftertaste. When the Cheetos are paired with Hopsecutioner the hoppy flavors carry the spicy notes well giving them a leg up in the flavor department and slightly mask the cheddar flavor and washes it out a little bit in the finish giving you am added hoppy not to the Cheetos aftertaste. Overall these Cheetos Crunchy Simply White Cheddar Jalapeño are not too bad getting a B- & as pairing with Terrapin Beer Co. Hopsecutioner IPA it’s also a B-. The chips fall short with jalapeño flavor, needs a little more, and the cheddar does get a tiny bit lost in the IPA hop notes. But I would not turn these two down if I was offered. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!              

Throwback Thursday: Full Sail Brewery IPA

Originally posted on  November 10th, 2012

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On today’s shelves, you find many different IPA, (India Pale Ale) styles. But if there becomes more and more different style then a regular IPA might be somewhat forgotten. But not here, we have Full Sail Brewery IPA, 6.0% ABV from Hood River Oregon. This is just a simple IPA, and it’s sometimes good to go back to an original. This IPA pours a light orange color with a pillowy white head that looks like vanilla ice cream. The head does stay for a little while, and some light coming through the glass. I didn’t find a whole lot of carbonation on this, but I did see nice lacing though out. The aroma on this Full Sail IPA is a big soapy lemon and citrus fruit with a hint of a grassy note. This really smells like a good typical IPA. The taste on Full Sail IPA is lemony slightly citrusy and has a faint bitter hop dryness. The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of crispness. This IPA kind of coats your tongue a little. The finish is good crisp with a nice bitter lemon flavor that stays in your mouth. The after taste really stays around in your mouth with a nice bitter hop. This is receiving a B+ from me. A great IPA, but could have some other citrus fruits, but still good with a lemon flavor. I DO recommend this IPA, any hoppy beer lover or IPA lover would like this, even a non-IPA/Hop drinker would like this. Give this a try please! I highly Full Sail Brewery IPA. recommend Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Fonta Flora Brewery Hop Beard IPA

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I had this Fonta Flora Brewery Hop Beard IPA, 6.9% on a flight board at Fonta Flora’s Optimist Hall location here in Charlotte, NC. I really enjoyed the two flights I had, and really enjoy their Hop Bead IPA so much that I took some home. Fonta Flora brews it beer in Nebo North Carolina outside Morganton. Hop Bead pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a two-finger sticky white head that leaves nice lacing behind with dry aroma of pine, some citrus fruits, and nice hoppy notes that lead into a flavor that is bitter with pine and hoppy notes with some dryness and nice hints of a citrus note. Hop Bead IPA has a dry piney finish with a somewhat similar aftertaste with faint citrus and light to almost medium mouthfeel. The citrus notes on this IPA are very faint but overall this is a good solid IPA that you can have a few pints of and not get your tastebuds fatigued. It is an A because it is not overpowering in any way and has nice easy flavor but enough to let you know it is an IPA and that’s not bad. Try Fonta Flora Brewery Hop Beard IPA I recommend it! Please enjoy responsibly!  

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Tropical Torpedo IPA

Originally posted April 15th, 2017. 

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A few days ago I reviewed Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Torpedo Extra IPA which is the base beer for another Sierra Nevada beer, Tropical Torpedo Tropical IPA, 6.7% ABV, both beers use the one of a kind Sierra Nevada Torpedo hop. Tropical Torpedo is a fairly new year-round beer. Sierra Nevada Brewing says on the back label that Tropical Torpedo is inspired by island life, and they created am IPA completely disconnected from the mainland. Tropical Torpedo pours a nice golden color with a three and a half finger of white head with some bubbles within it. The head is somewhat slow to fade into a thin white hazy top to the beer. The aroma is as topical as I was expecting, but there are some tropical notes to it, like nice pineapple, and faint mango. Didn’t get any other tropical fruits on the aroma. Tropical Torpedo has a nice fruiter taste to it from is sibling Torpedo, you get nice pineapple, some mango and little notes of papaya with some bitterness toward the middle and back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is light almost medium with a nice bitter tropical finish that sends you into an after taste of pineapple mango and very faint papaya with a bigger bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. This beer is more on the fruitier side of the IPA spectrum, which I tend to like a bit more, but it wasn’t as tropical as I was expecting it to be, but still pretty good. I give Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo Tropical IPA a B. Some of the tropical fruits came through stronger than other and all of those fruits should have been slightly more pronounced in their flavors. But that’s not so bad that it kills this otherwise good IPA.  Tropical Torpedo is a good beer for any time of year especially spring and summer. So go and try Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tropical Torpedo, Tropical IPA if you like fruity tasting IPAs. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Foothills Brewing Jade IPA

Originally posted December 21st, 2015.

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Well here is yet another IPA surprise! Yes, there are probably a lot of IPA reviews on here since I’ve started The Best Beer Blog IPAs have grown on me, and I enjoy them more than I used to. Here is a Foothills brewed IPA, and no it isn’t the IPA of the Month, spoiler alert that is coming real soon. Anyhow this foothills IPA in question is Jade IPA, 7.4% ABV with 86 IBU (International Bittering Unit). Jade is named after the Jade hop which is found in the orient, is that name still used these days, well Jade hops are in the Pacific area of the globe and have striking tropical fruit notes. That makes sense for a Pacific hop. Foothills also dry hops additions of Chinook and Citra hops. Jade IPA pours a beautiful golden color with a two-finger white head that sticks around for a bit before fizzing away. The aroma is yes tropical with pineapple, mango with earthy notes and bits of orange from the Citra hops. The taste is hoppy with tropical notes of pineapple, mango orange with earthy hope notes and a slight bitter kiwi that is faint at best. Jade IPA is strongly hoppy but still easy drinking. You have to see past the bold hoppy bitter flavor and really taste the fruity elements to this IPA. Well, you should drink any or most IPAs that way to enjoy them. The mouthfeel is on the higher side of light barely hitting a medium mouthfeel and has a nice bitter tropical peppery finish that gives way to a bigger bitter hop after taste with some orange and less of a topical fruitiness. This is a hit in my book, YES! I give this an A. The big hoppiness that Jade has is complemented by the tropical and citrus flavor that mingle well together to give way to a great IPA that has a big IBU but does not drink like it. I think that you should try Foothills Jade IPA! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly! Happy Holidays!

Foothills Brewing Company Craft Happiness IPA Dream IPA.

Happy New Year! I’ve here Foothills Brewing Company Craft Happiness IPA Dream IPA, 6.4% ABV, and IBU of 41 which the proceeds help children achieve their dreams. Dream IPA is triple dry-hopped, yes triple, with Galaxy, Citra, & Azacca hops with a sweet malt bill. Dream IPA pours a dark yellow hazy color with a two and a quarter white head that gives off subtle sweet hoppy aromas of tropical juicy fruits. Taste on this Dream IPA is soft with nice subtlety sweet guava and mango with the usual citrus fruits with a soft bitter hop note that comes together and finishes with a nice juice bittersweet note of fruit and leaves nice lingering fruit soft bitter aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Well, Foothills Brewing did it again, they brew a great IPA with Craft Happiness IPA Dream IPA which I give an A+. What a well-brewed beer that everyone should try. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Throwback Thursday: Foothills Brewing IPA of the Month June (Prince Wally)

Originally posted June, 14th.

It’s here again Foothills IPA of The Month! Here is June (Prince Wally), 5.9% ABV with 60 IBUs. Foothills clams this IPA has tropical and citrus notes aplenty. Well, let’s find out. June pours a light yellow color with orange edges and a three-finger bright white head that slow to fade and leaves behind great lacing. I could see much light coming through the glass due to the murkiness of this IPA, but I did see some carbonation bubbles. The aroma on this June IPA is of melon, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and orange with a bit of piney earthy notes. The taste is similar to the aroma; you get a bit of grapefruit and little pineapple upfront. Then you get more orange flavors in the middle with a little melon with lemon and some light lemon. At the back, you get a bigger grassy piney earthy note. This IPA isn’t all in your face bitter, but it’s more of pleasant bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice fruity bitter finish. The after taste is like a tropical/citrus fruit salad that lingers in your mouth. This Foothills IPA of The Month June (Prince Wally) is just as good as the rest of the beers in the series. I give June (Prince Wally) A. It needs a little more strength in the tropical fruit department and a tiny bit less with the citrus fruits. But that isn’t really a big shortcoming. You really can taste all of the different experimental hops used here and they all make for one heck of a fruity good IPA that isn’t all one flavored and in you face intense with hoppy bitterness. I would have this again and again. So should you! So go out and try Foothills IPA of The Month June (Prince Wally)! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!