849. Widmer Brothers – Upheaval IPA
Feb13

849. Widmer Brothers – Upheaval IPA

I’m watching the GRAMMY awards, getting ready to turn on the Walking Dead mid-season premier. I’m continuing to clean the fridge out of IPAs, although I know this one is fairly fresh. It was sent to me a couple weeks ago by my friend @bettywriter. It also says it was bottled Nov. 12, 2016. Location: Poured into a tall pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL Numbers: 7% ABV, 85 IBUs, 16 degrees Plato OG, 206 Calories, 14G...

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848. Rogue Ales – PDX Carpet IPA
Feb12

848. Rogue Ales – PDX Carpet IPA

It’s been a day of getting caught up on email and blog posts here. After having the old Full Sail Slipknot IPA the other night, I figured I had better see what other IPAs I might have getting old. This is one I found that my friend @bettywriter sent me last year. She’s from Portland, and thought this beer had a great name, since she’s familiar with the odd carpet at PDX. Location: Poured into a perfect pint glass at...

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826. Bad Weather Brewing – Windvane Minnesota Red Ale
Nov16

826. Bad Weather Brewing – Windvane Minnesota Red Ale

Our afterschool babysitter had to cancel today, so I had to leave work early. I have a lot to get finished up this evening and was feeling a bit stressed. So, first, I cracked open a Backwoods Bastard and then grabbed this one out of the beer fridge. I pick this one up during one of our trips up to Minnesota. Location: Poured into a TEKU pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL Numbers: 6% ABV, 65 IBUs, 180 Calories Appearance &...

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824. Sixpoint Brewery – Bengali
Nov13

824. Sixpoint Brewery – Bengali

Its been a fairly lazy Saturday, and I’m watching the kids tonight while my wife is out at an event. I’m also editing family vacation movies while college football plays on the TV. A beer is long overdue. I grabbed this one out of the beer fridge. I picked it up during one of my work trips to Chicago in a mixed six pack. Location: Poured into a tall pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL Numbers: 6.5% ABV, 69 IBUs, 11...

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808. Great Lakes Brewing – Rye of the Tiger IPA
Mar05

808. Great Lakes Brewing – Rye of the Tiger IPA

We’re getting ready for a murder mystery party at our neighbor’s house tonight and I thought I’d have a couple beers before going over. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m trying to clean out the beer fridge and finish off as many of the IPAs as possible, since fading hops are probably the quickest to change the flavor of a beer. I picked this one up as part of a mixed 6 pack I picked up while in Minnesota last...

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807. Third Street Brewhouse – Spot Light IPA
Mar05

807. Third Street Brewhouse – Spot Light IPA

I recently started a new diet, which cuts my beer consumption quite a bit.  However, Saturdays are a “cheat day” when I can pretty much have anything I want. So, of course, I had to have a beer or two today.  I found this one in the beer fridge, and remember picking it up in a mixed 6 pack during a trip up to Minnesota last year.  I’ve been trying to pull all of the IPAs I have out of the beer fridge, since the hops...

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805. Dogfish Head – 75 Minute IPA
Feb08

805. Dogfish Head – 75 Minute IPA

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and we’re sitting here watching the game (and commercials).  It’s also been one of the worst, most stressful and trying weekends of my life. It’s a really challenging time, and therefore, I really, really needed a good beer to enjoy. The bottle says it’s “A bottle conditioned India Pale Ale with maple syrup. There are some situations when 90 is too much. There are other...

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803. Hi-Wire Brewing – Hi-Pitch IPA
Jan19

803. Hi-Wire Brewing – Hi-Pitch IPA

It’s Monday… time for a beer, but seriously, it was a long day at work, and I was ready for a beer. I’ve also been trying to review beers a little more regularly. This beer was given to me by my sister after her trip to Asheville, NC. The bottle says, “Hi-Pitch, a Western North Carolina take on the West Coast style IPA. Huge citrus hop aromas make this a Hop Head’s dream. Its full body balances well with...

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801. Fountain Square Brewery – Soul Ride India Pale Ale
Jan16

801. Fountain Square Brewery – Soul Ride India Pale Ale

It’s been a pretty relaxing Saturday. The only thing we had to do today was go to the neighbors daughter’s birthday party. So when I got home, after I took care of a few things, I decided to sit down and review a couple of beers. My buddy Kevin Marks brought this in a bunch of beers for me from Indianapolis a couple of months ago, so I’ve been trying to make my way through them. The label says, “This American...

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796. Mankato Brewery – Haymaker IPA
Jan02

796. Mankato Brewery – Haymaker IPA

It’s been nice having a long, relaxing weekend, and I’ve been meaning to know a few more beers off the list. I’ve been trying to find and drink all of the IPAs in the beer fridge, knowing that the flavors in those will fade the fastest. I picked this one up as part of a mixed 12 pack of beers from Mankato Brewing when I was up in Minnesota at Mayo clinic.  So far, I’ve only had their Leaf Raker Nut Brown ale....

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795. Triton Brewing – Rail Splitter IPA
Dec29

795. Triton Brewing – Rail Splitter IPA

It was my first day back at the office after the four day holiday weekend, and we had a bad wind and ice storm. Oh, and it delivered about 3″ of rain. There were a lot of power outages, leaks, and trees down everywhere. Needless to say, I’d been craving a beer to relax for the evening. You might remember my friend Kevin brought several beers from Indianapolis a month or so ago. He’s a big fan of this brewery, and...

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791. Dogfish Head – Sixty-One IPA
Dec04

791. Dogfish Head – Sixty-One IPA

My son has been sick all week, so my wife and I have had to juggle staying home this week to be here with him. Today, I went into work in the morning, and then spend the afternoon working from home. Now that work is done for the day, it’s time for a beer. I bought a six pack of this beer a few months ago on our vacation to Washington DC. I hadn’t seen it before, and the label says it is a continually hopped India Pale Ale,...

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789. Flat 12 Bierwerks – Half Cycle IPA
Nov22

789. Flat 12 Bierwerks – Half Cycle IPA

It’s been a busy weekend with my son’s birthday. On Friday, my son and five friends stayed up until about 2 a.m., and then Satuday night we had a family party. Now that everything has calmed down, I decided to break into some of the craft beers my friend Kevin brought me from Indianapolis. I already reviewed the growlers of Triton O’Rye-n Galaxy and Nutty Professor Peanut Butter Brown Ale he brought, so I thought...

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788. SanTan Brewing – Moon Juice Galactic IPA
Nov15

788. SanTan Brewing – Moon Juice Galactic IPA

We had almost nothing going on this weekend, so we started putting out some of our Christmas decorations. I’ve spent most of the last couple of days putting lights on our massive 12 foot Christmas tree. This beer arrived a couple of weeks ago, in another delivery from SanTan Brewing. I love getting a notification every few months that beers are on their way to my house from them. Location: Poured into a TEKU glass from the can at my...

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787. Bridgeport Brewing – Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA
Nov07

787. Bridgeport Brewing – Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA

It’s been a super busy day with a lot of meetings at work. Tonight, my wife is out at a girls’ night wine party. My friend Betty sent this beer a few weeks ago (along with a note encouraging me to come back out to Portland for a visit). The beer commemorates the opening of the Orange line for Portland’s Tri Met train and so Betty included a brochure explaining it. The bottle says, “What happens when...

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783. DC Brau Brewing – The Corruption IPA
Oct16

783. DC Brau Brewing – The Corruption IPA

It’s Thursday night and the weekend is almost here. I caught up a lot at work today and I have a fraternity brother, Kevin, stopping through tomorrow with a shipment of great beers. When I looked in the beer fridge tonight, I realized I had better make some room for the stuff that he’s bringing. Therefore, I decided to grab this IPA I picked up on our summer vacation to Washington DC. The can says, “In 1824, speaker...

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782. Buckledown Brewing – Belts & Suspenders IPA
Oct08

782. Buckledown Brewing – Belts & Suspenders IPA

I had work meetings up in Chicago again today, and on my way home, I decided to stop in Lexington, IL again for a beer at the new Kemps Upper Tap.  Somehow, this little bar (although it’s probably four times bigger than the old place), manages to get the best craft beers in central Illinois.  It’s about 10 miles north of my house, so it’s a nice stop on the way home.  I haven’t really heard of this brewery...

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781. Sierra Nevada- Ruthless Rye IPA
Sep18

781. Sierra Nevada- Ruthless Rye IPA

It was a long day at work today, and when I got home, I did some work out in the yard. So, after having a tiny bite to eat, I thought I’d relax for a bit and enjoy one of the Sierra Nevada IPAs I had in the fridge from the 4-Way IPA case I picked up a few weeks ago. The bottle says: Ruthless Rye IPA is brewed with rustic grains for refined flavors, combining the peppery spice of the rye and the bright citrus flavors of the...

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780. Notch Brewing – Left of the Dial IPA
Sep09

780. Notch Brewing – Left of the Dial IPA

I’m in Boston on my wife’s work trip, and we took a beer tour of the city with Boston Brew Tours. After stopping at Sam Adams Brewery Tour and Down East Cider House, we went to  Meadhall for lunch. We had a great lunch, which was paired with SoMe Brewing’s Whoopie Pie Stout. After lunch, our new guide said he liked this beer.  Therefore, I had to give it a try, especially since I hadn’t heard of this brewery...

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776. Ballast Point – Grapefruit Sculpin 
Aug13

776. Ballast Point – Grapefruit Sculpin 

I was up in Chicago today for work, and on my way home, I decided to stop in Lexington, IL to see the new Kemp’s Upper Tap bar. Although it’s about 15 minutes north of Bloomington-Normal and is a super small town, this bar seems to get more good beers on tap than any other place nearby. It seems like the different flavored Ballast Point Sculpin beers have been pretty popular lately, so I thought I’d give this one a...

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