Strawberry Bomb

Moe Szyslak from Simpsons, not impressedI found a bottle in the back of the man fridge this evening that I didn’t recognize so I grabbed it out of curiosity. Sporting a label that would be more at home on the cover of a Doors album, it was absent of any recognizable logos but clearly stated “Strawberry Blonde”. Closer inspection revealed that it was brewed by Bayhawk Ales (Irvine, CA) for Belmont Brewing (Long Beach, CA).

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Lagunitas – Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale

Lagunitas Brewing Company – Petaluma, CA

Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale – 9.8% ABV – 66.6 IBU

Our oxymoronic ‘Imperial Mild’ – A redux to remember the ’05 St. Paddy’s Day Massacre. Defiant as to style … We Can say for sure it is unforgiven and unrepentant. We brewed this especially bitter ale in remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrick’s Day Massacre… and in celebration of our subsequent 20-day suspension in January of 2006… Cheers! Continue reading

Knee Deep Brewing – Hoptologist DIPA

Don’t get mad, get a Mad Scientist!

Knee Deep - Hoptologist DIPAIf you’re having one of those days where nothing is going right and you feel like you really need a drink, don’t reach for the hard stuff. Grab one of these and you’ll be feeling better in no time. Just look for the mad scientist with the hop cone head. I recently had one of those days, and the Hoptologist came to my rescue. All is right in the world again. Thanks, Knee Deep Brewing Company!

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Linch Pin White IPA

I’ve been looking forward to this beer since I heard about it in May, and thanks to Beer Soaked Erik, I had the opportunity to partake of its cloudy goodness today.  Linch Pin is a  collaboration between Founder‘s and Green Flash breweries brewmasters; Jeremy Kosmicki and Chuck Silva respectively.  The grog pours a cloudy gold with a good size head and lacing.  Appearance wise it compares to an unfiltered hef.  A good hearty sniff gives you a nose full of citrus; orange and grapefruit to be specific.  Taste wise this beer is interesting to say the least.  It starts with the aforementioned citrus, but the wheat malt is prominent with a noticeable but not overbearing note of clove.  My favorite part of this beer however is the finish; a dry, spicy pepper bite with that lingering hop tang that stays on your tongue for the next 30 minutes.  I also noticed this beer was carbonated higher than expected, but that’s not a bad thing, I think it lent to the dry finish.  I’ll finish by saying that I couldn’t help but think of this beer as a hoppy hef and I really enjoyed it.  4 beer caps for you Linch Pin, and 5 for you Erik.  Thanks for the birthday beer.