615. Wrecking Bar Brewpub – Dry Hopped & Cedar Aged Denamelizer IIPA
Oct11

615. Wrecking Bar Brewpub – Dry Hopped & Cedar Aged Denamelizer IIPA

I’m in Atlanta, GA visiting my friend Joe, and we’re at The Wrecking Bar Brewpub for a couple beers and a snack before dinner. After I had the Jemmy Dean Breakfast Stout, my friend Joe recommended I try their Denamelizer IIPA. However, I noticed on the corner of the menu, that they had the dry hopped AND cedar aged version of this beer… in the cask! I think Joe was a bit jealous and wanted to change his order after...

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613. Highland Brewing – Barrel Aged Imperial Kashmir IPA
Oct10

613. Highland Brewing – Barrel Aged Imperial Kashmir IPA

As I mentioned in my last couple posts, I’m in Atlanta, GA, visiting my friend Joe, who took me to Taco Mac. After having a couple local beers, including Monday Night Brewing’s Drafty Kilt and Red Brick’s Hoplanta, we headed down to  The Fred. It’s a speakeasy kinda place with some good beers, including Red Brick’s Smoked Vanilla Gorilla Porter that I started with. I’ve had several beers from...

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604. Wicked Weed Brewing – Freak Double IPA
Sep18

604. Wicked Weed Brewing – Freak Double IPA

My sister recently went on a trip to Asheville, NC, and called me several times to see what beers from there I’d tried (or haven’t tried). It turns out that she was getting a bunch of beers together to give me for my birthday last weekend. When my dad came to visit, he brought a huge cooler full of beers and growlers my sister had picked up on her trip. Tonight we’re in the process of packing for our week-long...

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589. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – Burton Baton
Aug10

589. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – Burton Baton

Its one of the first Saturdays that we have nothing we have to do, so my wife and I are relaxing on the back deck. The moment just called for a beer, so I reached into the beer fridge to see what I could come up with. This is one of the big beers my friend Travis gave me from his vacation to Virginia Beach about a month ago. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a long time… ever since I homebrewed my own wood aged IPA. To...

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586. Stone Brewing – RuinTen IPA
Aug01

586. Stone Brewing – RuinTen IPA

It’s the tenth anniversary of Stone’s Ruination IPA, and they developed a new version of it for the occasion. I saw a lot of people online raving about this beer, so I had to run out and get one for myself. It’s only been in the beer fridge for a week or so, and I noticed that today was #IPADay. So, it made it the perfect occasion to crack this one open. It’s a great, somewhat relaxing evening, and I just got...

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584. Weyerbacher Brewing – Double Simcoe Double IPA
Jul26

584. Weyerbacher Brewing – Double Simcoe Double IPA

As I mentioned when I had the Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA, my friend Travis brought me a six pack of big beers from his vacation to Virginia Beach. Huge thanks to him for these brews. Tonight I went to the gym, and decided to reward myself with this big double IPA. Location: Poured into a slightly curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 9% ABV, ~ 290 Calories Appearance & Aroma: It’s a dull reddish-brown...

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581. Harpoon Brewery – Leviathan Series Imperial IPA
Jul15

581. Harpoon Brewery – Leviathan Series Imperial IPA

Last Monday night, I went to my homebrew club monthly meeting. I met up with my friend Travis, as I do most meetings, and he surprised me with a mixed six pack from his vacation to Virginia Beach. I’m extremely thankful, especially since almost all of the beers he brought me were big, flavorful brews. The bottle says, “Our Imperial IPA is brewed to challenge the senses. The vibrant aroma rushes out of the glass with a...

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571. Great Lakes Brewing – Lake Erie Monster
May24

571. Great Lakes Brewing – Lake Erie Monster

It’s Friday night and we’re at one of our usual favorites – Flinger’s Pizza Pub in downtown Bloomington, IL. I was looking for something I hadn’t had yet, and this one fit the bill. I’ve also found that I tend to like IPAs and other heavily hopped beers here, because they go nicely with our old standby – the tomato-basil cheesebomb. Location: On tap and served in a regular pint...

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569. Southern Tier Brewing Co. – Unearthly Imperial India Pale Ale
May10

569. Southern Tier Brewing Co. – Unearthly Imperial India Pale Ale

We’re at our usual spot this Friday evening – Flinger’s Pizza Pub in downtown Bloomington, IL. As I’ve mentioned before, with each beer, we get a free slice of pizza (which we give to the kids). We love the tomato-basil cheesebomb, and it tends to go great with some hoppy beers. Also, since this is my one beer for the week, I figured I’d go big with this one. I had the Oak Aged Unearthly last year at the...

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561. Odell Brewing Co – Myrcenary Double India Pale Ale
Mar23

561. Odell Brewing Co – Myrcenary Double India Pale Ale

I was out in Colorado for work about a year and a half ago and picked up a four pack of this beer at the local liquor store. I enjoyed the other three while I was there, and brought this one back in my luggage to review when I got home. Apparently, it got lost in the back of the beer fridge, and I noticed it just recently. One reader – Larry, whose beer journey can be found here – recommended it as one of his favorites, so...

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560. Samuel Adams – Third Voyage Double IPA
Mar23

560. Samuel Adams – Third Voyage Double IPA

My homebrew club acquired a few bourbon barrels, and our group is brewing an Imperial Stout to put in the barrel. We’re brewing tomorrow at Illinois Brewing Company (IBC), here in Bloomington, IL. We have the grain, about 250lbs of it, but found out IBC only has a small corona mill. Therefore, my friend Fred and I started milling the grain this afternoon at his house. While we were milling the grain, Fred offered me this beer...

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557. NW Peaks Brewery – Triumph Ale Imperial IPA
Mar18

557. NW Peaks Brewery – Triumph Ale Imperial IPA

I picked up this beer a few months ago when I was in Seattle for work. My cousin really wanted me to try this brewery and we got there at the last second (they were actually closing), but we talked with the assistant brewer for a bit and he let us stick around and have a beer. At the time, I had the NW Peaks Redoubt Red and it was pretty good. I wanted to try more, and since I was flying out the next day, my only option was to buy...

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545. Uinta Brewing – Crooked Line Detour Double India Pale Ale
Feb27

545. Uinta Brewing – Crooked Line Detour Double India Pale Ale

A few months ago I was in Seattle for work, and picked up a bunch of beers that I couldn’t get back here in Illinois to bring home in my suitcase. I hadn’t heard of this brewery before, or seen any of their beers, so I was excited to give it a try. However, I went to the liquor store the other day, and saw this beer on the shelf. I’m still excited to give it a try though. The bottle says, “ Detour blazes the...

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539. Firestone Walker Brewing Co – Double Jack Double IPA
Feb17

539. Firestone Walker Brewing Co – Double Jack Double IPA

It’s a nice Sunday evening, and I’m watching the Amazing Race.  Earlier in the day, I was cleaning up in the basement, and found a stash of beers I was hiding from myself. I’m not sure how this beer ended up in there. While it probably ages well at 9.5% ABV, it’s not meant to last.  The date on the bottle is 11/7/11, so it’s not too bad (a little over a year old), but it was time to drink it....

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501. Stone Brewing Co. – Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12 IPA
Dec16

501. Stone Brewing Co. – Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12 IPA

When I crossed the halfway to 1000 beers mark, I held a poll to see which beer I should drink to celebrate #500.  The 2008 Schlafly Reserve Oak Aged Barleywine won, and I enjoyed that beer yesterday.  Since the beer that tied for the second spot has a very visible “Enjoy By” date on the front, I decided to go ahead and crack this one open this evening. This is a well-hopped double IPA that Stone wants you to drink right...

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459. Oskar Blues – Gubna Imperial IPA
Sep04

459. Oskar Blues – Gubna Imperial IPA

A few weeks ago, I was on vacation in Florida, and on the way down, we stopped at my friend Joe’s house in Atlanta. He picked up a bunch of beers for me that I couldn’t get at home in Illinois, and made sure they were in cans so I could enjoy them on the beach. I had heard a lot about this beer, and was really looking forward to trying it. I had an extremely long day at work today and so I was looking for a big beer to...

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440. Green Flash Brewing – Imperial India Pale Ale
Jun11

440. Green Flash Brewing – Imperial India Pale Ale

I’m at our monthly homebrew club meeting at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL, and I was looking for something I haven’t had yet.  I’ve had a few Green Flash beers, and they’ve generally been pretty good.  So, I didn’t feel like I was going out on a limb to try this big hoppy beer from this brewery.  According to the brewery, “San Diego IPA, as it has come to be known by many, is pale in color,...

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423. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Wingnut
May05

423. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria – Wingnut

As I’ve mentioned in my last couple of posts, we’re in Chicago for the day.  It was finally a chance to stop Piece Brewery & Pizzeria, a place I’d heard about from several people in my local homebrew club.  The pizza was excellent and they had several brews on tap.  I already had their Worryin’ Ale and finished off my wife’s Golden Arm.  I thought their double IPA would be a good beer before heading...

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411. Stone Brewing – 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
Mar03

411. Stone Brewing – 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

As I’ve mentioned in my last several posts, I’m in St. Louis today doing a tour of microbreweries.  However, we’re currently at the International Tap House (ITAP) in Soulard to enjoy a few more beers and watch the Missouri Tigers in March Madness.  I was looking for something local on tap I hadn’t had yet, but I couldn’t find anything.  This beer caught my eye, and since I hadn’t had it yet, I went...

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400. Upland Brewing – Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA
Feb25

400. Upland Brewing – Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA

As I mentioned in my last couple posts, we’re in Indianapolis, Indiana for my wife’s birthday.  She wanted to take the kids on a roadtrip to the Children’s Museum here.  Before heading to the museum, we stopped at a local pizza joint – Bazbeaux’s Pizza – for a pizza and a couple of local brews.  I started with the Upland Dragonfly IPA and she and I shared the Sun King Sunlight Cream Ale.  As we...

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