Tag Archives: ipa

The Science Behind ZēLUS Beer

Back in July we introduced our new beer company, ZēLUS (pronounced zee-luhs). We talked a lot about our approach to the beer industry and our involvement in running and sporting events. This time we want to focus on how we craft beer for the active lifestyle by maximizing flavor and refreshment in beer with less than 5% ABV. The brewing process and ingredients are what makes each beer unique. Historically, new beer styles came out of what are now known as some of the classic…

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Furry Black India Pale Ale by North Peak Brewery – Beer Review

Stats Style: American Black Ale Package: 12 oz Bottle ABV: 7.2 % I love Traverse City and I am a frequent visitor of North Peak Brewery. However, I have a love hate relationship with some of their beers. It may be that Diabolical IPA was one of my first IPAs and my palate was not ready for all that hoppy goodness, but as my tastes mature I have come to appreciate their work. Not to mention, I love those little 12 oz. stubby brown bottles.…

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Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing

Avatar Jasmine IPA from Elysian Brewing – Beer Review If you know me, you know I’m not the “flower beer” type, or at least I want to think that you wouldn’t think of me as the “flower beer” type. One thing is for sure, I am an adventure drinker. I always try to push myself out of my comfort zone and try new stuff. I’ve found some real gems this way like Massacre,  Duvel, and Fullers ESB.  It was only after my infamous review of Bud…

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The myth of the 100+ IBU IPA

The myth of the 100+ IBU IPA by Will Deutschman Check out Will’s article on Beer Aging and Oxidation (tastes like cardboard) We are a country that is all agog about IPAs right now. Regular IPAs has become the norm. No brewery worth its salt is without one, and for the craft beer consumer it has very nearly become the Bud Lite of the day. Now it seems people compete to stand at the top of the heap of the biggest, baddest, hoppiest IPA out there.…

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Double Knot – Four Peaks Brewing – Beer Review

Double Knot from Four Peaks Brewing – Tempe, Arizona Hops hops hops were dancing in my head as I approached this new beer. I haven’t had many beers from Arizona so this was going to be a beer journey without leaving my house. The added bonus was prominently displayed on the label – this was an Imperial IPA. To me an Imperial IPA is like a bourbon barrel aged stout. You’ve taken something great and made it even better. The bottle is screen printed and bold. It…

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Stone Cow Brewery – Review

Stone Cow Brewery Review Barre, Massachusetts Massachusetts has quickly become a beer lovers paradise with more than 125 breweries currently open and more on the way.  Western Massachusetts specifically has become home to some of the top breweries in the state despite, according to many Bostonians, being in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do.  The relatively rural and quiet region of Western Mass has no shortage of wonderful craft breweries and was recently named a Top 11 Beer Destination by Thrillist Magazine.  You won’t find…

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Breckenridge IPA Three Ways

IPAs are so yesterday, right? IPAs are boring, right? IPAs are the opposite of innovation, right? Think again. Single hop. Dry hop. Wet hop. SMaSH. First wort. Mosaic. Amarillo. Citra. English. American. It seems that IPAs are evolving as quickly as the industry that made it famous. Where hops used to be the star of the IPA show, hops often play a secondary or tertiary part alongside an incredible complex set of flavors and aromas in today’s IPAs.  Meanwhile, farmers continue to breed new variants…

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Saugatuck Brewing

Saugatuck Brewery – Blueberry Stout…and so much more.

Mea Culpa. I once wrote a light-hearted article here on Sommbeer focused on ingredients in beer that, no matter how popular, no matter how many friends love them, just aren’t for you. For me, blueberries existed as the one thing in beer I simply could not stomach. I wrote: I do not like blueberry beer. Actually, I hate it. The worst part of blueberry brews, I argue, has to do with flavoring that reminds me of blueberry syrup, not blueberries. Tasting a blueberry beer reminds…

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Vermont Brewery Tour

Vermont is truly a wonderful state.  Endless green mountains, pristine country views,  rolling rivers, and of course beer.  As if this state does not already have enough positives, it is additionally home to some of the, if not the best, craft beer in the country.  With breweries such as The Alchemist, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, and Hill Farmstead, this state attracts beer lovers from all over the country and sends beer geeks scurrying to snatch up beers such as Heady Topper and Sip of Sunshine. While I am lucky…

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Rogue Cold Brew IPA – Coffee and Hops

Rogue’s Cold Brew IPA provides enough coffee to wake up any dead guy while simultaneously offering plenty of old-fashioned west coast hops to please any hop head. The Rogue Cold Brew IPA includes just enough coffee taste to remind one of a good porter or stout, but this medium-bodied brew is remarkably “easy drinking.” Interestingly, this writer continues to find himself drinking coffee-flavored beer, despite possessing a serious disdain for the morning brew. Somehow, brewers continue to demonstrate their skill and artistry by deftly incorporating…

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