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Reviews: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPAAn India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed by
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

ChicoCalifornia USA 

Pours into a tulip glass with a huge fluffy, nearly tan head – very nice. The lacing is strong and thick. The aroma is strong on the hops. It is very bitter on first taste and never really smooths out but after a few sips and as the palate starts to evolve a slight malt backbone comes out. A very impressive selection from Sierra, especially for a hop head. I really surprised my self rating a Sierra this high. It certainly could use a bit more depth but that isn’t what this one is about.

My ratebeer.com score: 4.1

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Review: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel

An Abbey Tripel brewed by
Brasserie d’Achouffe (Moortgat)

Achouffe, Belgium

ABV: 9%

Had on tap. It pours a cloudy yellow with a huge foamy white head. This is such a sharp and crisp beer that it is nearly flawless for its style – if this even falls into one category. It is more complex too then what comes across on first taste. It is dry and hoppy and quite carbonated. It is the champagne of beers – for real. You don’t pick up on the alcohol content as it is smooth in that respect. It really need to be thought about to be appreciated.

Beer Advocate food pairing suggestions: Cheese (sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger, tangy; Brick, Edam, Feta) General (Salad)

My ratebeer.com score: 4

Review: New England Sea Hag IPA

An India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed by
New England Brewing Co.

Woodbridge, Connecticut USA

ABV: 6.2%

Glassware: Tulip

Had on tap at the brewery but this one comes in a can at the store. I love canned beers as you really don’t have to worry about beers getting skunked by light. Pours dark from the can with a small but nice head. Smells of grains and malt with the hops coming through slightly. Herbal aroma, with an earthy nose. This is not an over hopped beer but spiced nicely with hops. If you are looking for a ‘bomb’ this isn’t it. Finishes on the palate nice and balanced with a piney taste. I enjoyed this IPA.

Beer Advocate food pairing suggestions: Cuisine (Curried, Thai) Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) Meat (Poultry, Fish, Shellfish, Salmon)

My Ratebeer.com score: 3.6

Review: Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

An Imperial/Double IPA brewed by
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Easton, Pennsylvania USA

ABV: 9%

Glassware: Tulip

Had on tap and the Gingerman. Hops, hops and more hops in this one. There are hops and some citrus tones in the aroma. There are a ton of hops on first taste and they hit you going all the way back. The head is full, fluffy and white and the lacing this beer leaves is great. After the initial shock I settled in and really could take my time drinking this one. The alcohol never showed up but just a sweet backbone with a ton of hop spicing. A great double/imperial.

Beer Advocate food pairings: I honestly wouldn’t suggest eating with this but this is what they say: Cuisine (Barbecue) Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) Meat (Game, Grilled Meat, Salmon) 

My ratebeer.com score: 4

Review: Woodstock Inn Pemi Pale Ale

An India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed by
Woodstock Inn Brewery

North Woodstock, New Hampshire USA

ABV: 5.7%

Glassware: Pint glass

Pours an amber color with a nice head that dissipates quickly. It has a nice sweet smell with hints of carmel and citrus. It also tastes pretty sweet but with a slight bitter kick at the end. It is has a nice sweet caramel malt, slightly grainy with a light grapefruit hop touch. It was a decent IPA but not sure I would seek it out. I would like to try it on tap.

Beer Advocate food pairing suggestions: Cuisine (Curried, Thai) Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) Meat (Poultry, Fish, Shellfish, Salmon)

My ratebeer.com score: 3

Review: Weyerbacher Hops Infusion

An India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed by
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Easton, Pennsylvania USA

ABV: 6.2%

Glassware: Tulip

This is very hoppy for a standard IPA but follows the trend that Weyerbacher likes. This brewer has now started to grow a lot of his own hops in Pennsylvania. The IPA pours a nice amber color into a tulip glass from the bottle. It has a great head that sticks a round with some really nice lacing. Hop heavy aroma as I said above. Tastes a bit like you put a very bitter pine tree in your mouth – in a good way. Taste is citrus, undoubtedly cascade in the mix with a subtle malty flavor. I like it but not up there with the great hop monsters but better than half way.

Beer Advocate food pairing suggestions: Cuisine (Curried, Thai) Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) Meat (Poultry, Fish, Shellfish, Salmon)

My ratebeer.com score: 3.6

Review: Southern Tier IPA

An India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed by
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Lakewood, New York USA

ABV: 6.5%

Glassware: Pint glass or tulip

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass a amber color with hints of orange in the light. A small head that falls down pretty quickly. The aroma is hoppy and just a bit citrusy. It is as up there on hops taste and aroma as you would want in a standard IPA. A very nice and smooth beer with just a bit of a bitter bite at the end. A solid IPA.

Beer Advocate food pairing suggestions: Cuisine (Curried, Thai) Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) Meat (Poultry, Fish, Shellfish, 

Salmon) 

My ratebeer.com score: 3.6