Monthly Archives: December 2013

Quick Take: Bold City – Mad Manatee

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This beer is from a local favorite of mine, Bold City Brewery. As much as we don’t want to leave you with a bunch of reviews of stuff you can’t obtain the footprint has started expanding throughout Florida and up into the Carolinas.

From the website:

A wonderful balance of hops and malt, this IPA is loaded with four hop varieties. You can expect a slight sweetness with toasted notes, a wonderful floral aroma and crisp citrus finish. It’s as bitter as a MAD MANATEE!

Look

Oh so thick and heavy looking. Dense is a great word for it as you can’t see through it if you tried. It’s a nice roasted almond color and goes great with the orange on their label. The head is absolutely beautiful and lasts just as you’d prefer.

Smell

A great amount of different ingredients can be found in the smell. Keeps that great IPA smell while sharing some floral notes as well.

Taste

This is an IPA for IPA lovers. I could easily knock back a few of these without even thinking about it. Although it looks like it’s going to be a heavy beer, it is light like it should be.

Final Thoughts

I am enamored by this beer. Not only is it astonishingly done from a small, local brewery, but it hands down is one of the best IPAs out there. If you have the chance grab one of these next time you see it. Hell, grab as many as you can!

Quick Take: Coronado Brewing – Idiot IPA

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Beer

From the website:

It doesn’t take a genius to know quality West Coast IPA’s require a stupid amount of hops. A generous blend of Nugget hops and the four C’s – Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus – brings forth a myriad of tropical fruit flavors and a brawny, persistent bitterness that makes for a highly intelligent brew.

Look

Not an overwhelmingly great look. Looks more like a light ale than an IPA. Golden brown and quite clear. Head held for quite a while though. I poured this one terribly but the head it created lasted forever.

Smell

Definitely hoppy, but that’s the nature of an IPA. There are some other tones in there though, probably those four C’s…

Taste

I’m quite disappointed by this beer. Just simply doesn’t have the charm and complexity that the label and website claim it to hold. Simple and flat would be the best description here.

Final Thoughts

I literally forgot that I was drinking a beer when I had this one. Just let it sit in the glass on the stand and kept watching hockey. Not something I’d ever let flow down my gullet again.