Category Archives: IPA

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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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.

Widmer Brothers – Nelson Imperial IPA

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From the website:

Take your taste buds on a journey to the far side of the world. New Zealand’s legendary Nelson Sauvin hop gives us a powerful hoppy character, but none of the heaviness you sometimes find in Imperial IPAs. The result is a big brew with a sweet, malty character that perfectly balances the intense hop aroma and flavor.

Food

We ordered some pizzas to have with these beers.  One just had cheese and Alfredo sauce, the other had veggies and jalapeños on it.  The heat from the jalapeños really added to the flavor of the beer.

Smell

Alec:  How does it smell?

Vince:  Hoppy.

Alec:  Yeah it smells like straight hops.

Vince:  Yeah, I just smell hops, very good though.

Look

Vince:  It’s got a great color too.

Alec:  I like how it keeps bubbling the entire time you’re drinking it.

Taste

Vince: Tastes like Hopsecutioner, except lighter.  It’s citrusy.

Stevo:  It pairs really well with the pizza.

Vince:  This is a really enjoyable beer.  This would be a great go-to.

Alec:  It goes great with the peppers on the pizza too.

Stevo:  I feel like it’s just over the line, when it comes to IPAs.

Alec:  Just a little hoppy.

Stevo:  Yeah, and it’s got really nice carbonation.

Vince:  You got stuffed crust?  Hell yeah!  You’re the best dad ever.

Vince:  I could drink a couple of these, it doesn’t leave that lingering taste like Hopsecutioner does.

Stevo:  It’s very light on the palate.

Alec:  I like this, it’s probably one of the better IPAs to me.  It’s not trying to hit you in the face with hops; you know those beers, it’s like you got hit in the back of the head, there so much hops.

Vince:  Yeah, it’s like “How hoppy can we make it?”

Alec:  It’s like a milder Dogfish Head IPA.

Vince:  Or Sierra Nevada.

Stevo:  If Sierra Nevada, Yuengling, and Bud Light came together, this would be their child.

Vince:  That’s a great child.

Stevo:  Delicious love child.

Drinkability

Vince:  Great beer, good choice.  We picked it because it was in a four pack.  Well, that and we were looking for an IPA.

Vince:  It upsets me, this company definitely has great beer, but I’ve never heard of them before.

Final Thoughts

Alec: I like it a lot.

Vince:  I could drink more of these.

Stevo:  It’s good.  It’s a good beer to have with dinner.

Vince:  It would be a great go-to beer like I said.  If I were going out of 5 I’d give it 4 out of 5.

Stevo:  Sounds about right, 3.7 out of 5.

Alec:  I’d say 4 out of 5.  It’s not my favorite beer in the world but it’s definitely up there in the top.

Vince:  One thing that goes into that is that it’s not freezing cold, and it still holds up.

Stevo:  It would be a good introduction beer, for someone new to IPAs.

Vince/Alec:  Yeah!  Perfect.

Alec:  Here’s a little more hoppiness than you’re used to, now try Hopsecutioner.

Stevo:  It’s also not the most mild I’ve had.

Alec:  Yeah you won’t die from all the hops in it, but you’re going to notice it.

Stevo:  It’s zesty.