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Back in Black

27 Jun

Brewer: 21st Amendment Brewery

Location: San Francisco, California

Interesting Fact: The character pictured on the can is Paul Revere on his famous midnight ride. The brewery claims they are rebelling against British style IPA with this brew!

Alcohol Percentage:   6.8%

Survey says: As the unique name implies, this IPA style brew was practically black in color. I suppose it’s the “Rich Dark Malts” referenced on the label that accounts for this dark color. It poured to a very light head with a nice beer aroma.  It has a full, rich heavy body similar to a Guinness style beer. Although this is an IPA, it did not taste overly hoppy and did not have that bitter bite so often experienced with today’s IPAs. There was no hint in flavor to the slightly higher alcohol content of 6.8%.  It was very drinkable. The panel liked this one and would definitely try it again.

Rating:  THREE STARS                                            Continue reading


Alimony Ale India Pale Ale

9 May

India Pale Ale

Brewer: Independent Brewers United

Location:  Seattle, Portland or Berkeley

Interesting Fact: This beer was originally produced for a customer going through a divorce.

Alcohol Percentage:   6.8%

Survey says: This IPA style brew was very interesting due primarily to its rather unique name. Back in 1987 it was considered to be the bitterest brew in America. Over the years that view has changed although it has gotten quite a few bad reviews  This beer had a very large head. It was a slightly dark caramel color and exhibited very little aroma. The panel definitely detected some distinct flavor but not bad flavor.  It does have some bitterness and a hoppy taste. It tasted like an average IPA style beer. The panel was split on whether they would try it again. Although not bad, I would have to say the label was better than the brew itself!




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Dust Bowl Brewing Company Hops of Wrath

30 Sep

Hops of Wrath

Brewer: Dust Bowl Brewing Company

Location:  Turlock, California

Interesting Fact: Founder and owner, Brett Tate, was born and raised in Turlock and actually has a B.A. from Turkey Tech.

Alcohol Percentage:   6.6%

Survey says: This IPA style brew was quite intriguing with its literary referencing (Hops Of Wrath) and the fact that it is made in Turlock, California of all places. It has a fruity aroma and a nice light copper color. It is medium bodied and only lightlycarbonated. The flavor was bittersweet with a prominent hops taste. The panel was split on this one, but overall it was good, similar to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The literary referencing and location alone make this one worth trying again!

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