903. New Realm Brewing – Hoplandia IPA
May25

903. New Realm Brewing – Hoplandia IPA

It’s the start of the Memorial Day weekend and I just got home from work. It’s time for a beer and I have a few IPAs my friend Joe just sent me from Atlanta. I thought the label looked cool and I liked the name, so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s been a bit of a slow week at work, but I’ve been needing to start studying for an insurance exam (exciting huh?) so instead, I grabbed a beer. Location: Poured...

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901. Jekyll Brewing – Southern Juice IPA
May12

901. Jekyll Brewing – Southern Juice IPA

As I mentioned in my last post, when I reviewed the Dogfish Head 120, it’s been a super busy Saturday, and it was time for some beers. With the hoppiness from a couple of big triple IPAs still in my mouth, I thought I’d grab another hoppy beer. The weather outside is awesome, and my wife bought some bacon wrapped filet’s I’m getting ready to throw on the grill. My friend Joe just recently sent me a package with...

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899. 2nd Shift Brewing – El Gato Grande IPA
Apr10

899. 2nd Shift Brewing – El Gato Grande IPA

Things at work have been pretty depressing lately, so when I got home, I thought I’d crack open a beer. My sister brought me several beers from St. Louis when she came to visit, so I thought I’d open one of them – especially the IPAs which tend to fade over time. I liked the label, so I thought I’d try this one first. Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 7.6% ABV, 62 IBUs,...

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898. Reformation Brewery – Oren IPA
Apr10

898. Reformation Brewery – Oren IPA

It’s Monday, so it was back to work. I had a busy morning filled with meetings and the rest of the day was fairly productive. I’m finishing up a few projects before being assigned to a new team the first week in May as part of the job transition I’ve been going through the last several months. My wife works the same place I do, and found out about her area’s job transitions today. It’s been a pretty...

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896. Cahaba Brewing – Oka Uba IPA
Mar08

896. Cahaba Brewing – Oka Uba IPA

It’s St. Patrick’s Day today, and we’re relaxing and watching March Madness basketball. Last night we celebrated my daughter’s 11th birthday, so my dad and sister are her this weekend. While we’re watching basketball, I decided to reach into the beer fridge and grab one. My friend Joe brought this one up from down south when we met up in Nashville a few months ago. I wanted to drink the IPA as soon as I...

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893. Straight to Ale – Monkeynaut IPA
Feb17

893. Straight to Ale – Monkeynaut IPA

It’s finally Friday, and I’m glad to be home. It’s been a busy week at work, finishing up a project, and a depressing one. My job is going away, and so I’ve got until May to find a new one internally within the company. There are a lot of cut-backs and so it’s getting more and more competitive for positions. I haven’t had any luck so far and got news this week that I wasn’t even selected for...

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882. Three Taverns Brewery – A Night on Ponce IPA
Nov29

882. Three Taverns Brewery – A Night on Ponce IPA

Things are getting shuffled around at work again, so I’m again looking for a new position just barely over a year after getting my current position. So, I haven’t been eating the healthiest… especially with lots of leftover pie and cake from our combination Thanksgiving and birthday party for my son. So after a slice of birthday cake after dinner, I decided to open up another one of the IPAs from my friend Joe....

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880. Avondale Brewing – Battlefield IPA
Oct28

880. Avondale Brewing – Battlefield IPA

It’s a very cold and rainy Saturday, and we’re just working around the house. So since it’s barely after noon, I thought I’d grab a beer. This is one of the beers my friend Joe brought me from down South when we met up a couple months ago to do the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Since it’s an IPA, I thought I’d better drink it before the hops fade much more. It does say that it was canned in March 2017....

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879. White Oak Brewing – Res Ipsa Loquitur
Oct19

879. White Oak Brewing – Res Ipsa Loquitur

My son was attending a party on the other side of town, and after I dropped him off, I decided to finally stop by White Oak Brewing’s taproom. I haven’t been there since it was a homebrew shop a year or two ago. I don’t get to this side of town often so I decided to stop in for a beer and check it out. I sampled a couple IPAs and decided on this one. Location: On tap and served in a small TEKU glass at the White Oak Tap...

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877. Fairhope – Take the Causeway IPA
Oct10

877. Fairhope – Take the Causeway IPA

It’s a Monday night, and during my son’s soccer practice, I decided to go across the street and get some pumpkin beer for the season. When I got home, I realized I missed my homebrew club meeting, so I decided to go ahead and crack open a beer. I’m trying to make my way through some of the beers my friend Joe brought me in June when we did the Bourbon Trail. He lives in Atlanta, and brought me a bunch of beers from...

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876. Lagunitas – Little Sumpin’ Extra! Ale
Oct07

876. Lagunitas – Little Sumpin’ Extra! Ale

I just finished up a huge project at work yesterday and the cross-country season is over for my son. He also had his second-to-last soccer game of the season today. So fall is starting to wind down a bit. I was very productive around the house last weekend, so I’m relaxing a bit today. I’ve had this beer several times before and didn’t realize I hadn’t reviewed it yet. My wife loves Lagunitas Little...

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874. Trimtab Brewing – IPA
Sep01

874. Trimtab Brewing – IPA

We’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks between school starting and the kids activities, and attending a couple of beer festivals. I got off a bit early from work today for the holiday weekend and decided to crack open a beer. I went down to the beer fridge and found several of the beers my friend Joe brought me when we met up in Kentucky and did the Bourbon Trail a couple months back. Since this one was an IPA, I figured I...

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873. Sierra Nevada/Tree House – East Meets West IPA
Aug23

873. Sierra Nevada/Tree House – East Meets West IPA

It’s been a crazy past several weeks. We went on vacation to Florida and when we got back, the kids started their school activities – band, cross country, soccer, etc. So with the start of school, it’s been a bit nuts around here. In addition, we attended the Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival in Madison, WI, and Bruegala Beer Festival here locally in Normal, IL the past two weekends. So we’ve had our...

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871. Green Bench Brewing – Sunshine City IPA
Aug03

871. Green Bench Brewing – Sunshine City IPA

We’re vacationing in Florida this week, and after three days at Universal Studios Florida, we’re spending the week at a condo on the beach. I stopped at a local liquor store for some beers to enjoy on the beach and this one caught my eye. The label says, “Packed with hop flavor and aroma, we double dry hopped this beer with equal parts Mosaic, Citra, and Azacca hops, for an intensely tropical profile reminiscent of...

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868. Obed & Isaac’s – Peoria Skyline IPA
Jul04

868. Obed & Isaac’s – Peoria Skyline IPA

It’s the 4th of July, and my wife and I drove to Peoria, IL to pick up a new vanity for the basement bathroom we are renovating. Before stopping at Lowe’s to pick up the vanity we bought online, we stopped at Obed & Isaac’s for lunch. We’ve been here once before and thought both the food and beer was pretty good. This looked like a newer IPA on the menu, so I thought I’d give it a try. Location: On...

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867. Sierra Nevada/Kiuchi – White IPA with Yuzu
Jul01

867. Sierra Nevada/Kiuchi – White IPA with Yuzu

It’s a gorgeous Saturday and the kickoff of the July Fourth weekend. After getting some work done, I thought I’d try and catch up on a few of these posts. There’s nothing better than drinking a beer while blogging about them. I had to choose between beers my friend Joe gave me when we met up in Kentucky a couple weekends ago, beers my friend David sent me from San Diego, or beers from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp...

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863. Surly – Todd the Axe Man IPA
Jun04

863. Surly – Todd the Axe Man IPA

It feels like it’s been a day of running my son around to stuff. I’m back at Medici  to pick him up from a party. He’s not ready to go yet, so conveniently, I’ll have a beer while I’m waiting. While I like the beers here at Medici, they tend to have the same breweries represented on their taps. This is the first time I’d seen a Surly beer on tap here, and it looked like a good one to try while I...

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859. Elysian – Space Dust IPA
May27

859. Elysian – Space Dust IPA

TGIF! Yesterday was the last day of school for the kids, and there were a lot of people out at work today. So, it was a fairly laid back day today. I relaxed on the deck after work and had a few homebrews. Then I decided to crack open this beer. My friend Fred brought it over when we had a murder mystery party a few weeks ago. I’ve learned my lesson with IPAs and wanted to drink this while it was still as fresh as possible. It...

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850. Dubina Brewing – Bell Road IPA
Feb25

850. Dubina Brewing – Bell Road IPA

It’s my wife’s birthday today and we went over to my in-laws house for lunch and some cake. l brought this beer with me to enjoy with my lunch. My sister gave me this beer for Christmas, with a bunch of beers she picked up while she was traveling. She got this one while she was in Phoenix. Location: Poured into a Stella chalice glass at my in-laws home in Bloomington, IL. Numbers: 6.7% ABV, 67 IBUs, ~200 Calories...

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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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