After a long day of slaving in the warehouse, I returned home, showered, grabbed a couple slices of pizza and then headed to AZ Wine for a few beverages from their fine taps.
I started off with a Deviant Dale’s IPA from Oskar Blues which clocks in at a respectable 8% ABV. As IPA’s go, it’s got a decent amount of bitterness but the floral hoppiness really sets it apart. On a hot day, I could see myself easily drinking 17 or 18 of these before falling from the bar stool.
My next selection was a recent favorite that I’ve enjoyed for the last few weeks. Uinta Brewing’s DUBHE (pronounced Doo-bee) IMPERIAL BLACK IPA. It’s a big beer at 9.2% ABV but it hides it very well (so I had two!). It definitely has all the hallmarks of an IPA but has a nice malty aspect to it as well. The hops is dominant for sure and even after a few minutes, you can still tell that you were drinking an IPA.
Upon returning home, I remembered that there was a growler of Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi waiting patiently in the fridge. Cat went to see a band at a local bar last night when AZ’s new growler law went into effect at midnight. They gave away complimentary growlers with a paid fill, so she brought home an IPA! The description on the Ska website sums it up pretty nicely, so I’m just gonna plagiarise it here! “It’s Old Man Bitter
A mix of citrus and pine that will remind you of the time you went on a vision quest with your Native American cousin and you woke up in a pine grove full of grapefruit trees.
So, Happy IPA Day! Grab a growler and come to AZ and get it filled with the nectar of your choice…anywhere that has taps!