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Beer Review: Saint Arnold’s Divine Reserve 11

In Double IPA, Reviews on June 18, 2011 at 1:12 am

Saint Arnold, Texas’ oldest craft brewery has come out with a really great Double IPA, Divine Reserve 11.  This is my first taste of the Divine Reserve series, and I like it. Here’s my review:

Pours a sunset orange with a towering and creamy off white head.

It is fruity, grassy and piney from the hops with some sweet malt in the nose.

On the palate it is creamy and gives off hints of caramel and bready flavors, which fade to dominant grass and pine notes.  There are touches of tropical fruit (peach, mango) that come through, then more grass and pine dominance that holds on through a lasting hoppy finish with some warming alcohol.

This is a bright, floral, grassy and creamy malt treat.  Very drinkable Double IPA.  I really enjoyed this beer.

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 8.9%


Beer Review: To Øl / Mikkeller Overall IIPA

In Double IPA, Reviews on June 17, 2011 at 1:10 am

One of my favorite breweries, Mikkeller has done it again in collaboration with another Danish brewery: To Øl.  They have done another take on the American Double IPA.  Here’s my review:

Pours a hazy, light orange, peach puree color with a stark white head.

Gives off a tropical fruity nose with mango, pineapple and peach.  Sweet citrus with touches of grass and pine.

Bright and sweet on the palate.  Hints of caramel and pale malt, then orange zest and bright carbonation give it some lift mid-palate.  Tropical fruits then come in and fade to a bitter, floral hop bite and a lingering, heavy booze finish.

Bright upfront and delivers the brawn of an “Imperial” style in the finish.

If the finish weren’t as heavy it would be very good with food, or for outdoor BBQ style drinking.  However, it is still a DIPA, a sipper and complex and deserves your full attention.

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 10.5%


Beer Review: Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

In Double IPA, Reviews on February 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Thanks to Skander, a new celebrity after the blizzard and flight cancellations.  He sent me a bunch of beers from the Colorado area.  This one is a special anniversary ale from Great Divide. Here’s my review:

Pours a burnt and hazy orange, with an off white head.

Wood, earthy and fruity hops on the nose.

On the palate, a grassy and vanilla woody taste, with some banana, pineapple, mango and tangerine all evolving from the complex hops and from the wooden barrel.  Some butter, and more vanilla on back with a hint of pepper and oak.

The taste is very complex with caramel notes, bread, fruits, and a woody and vanilla finish.

A really nice drink.  Goes down easily for all 10%.  You should drink it, if you can get your hands on it..

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 10%



Beer Review: Oskar Blues Gubna

In Double IPA, Reviews on December 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm

More from my favorite canned beer brewery: Oskar Blues.  This time my favorite offering of theirs: Gubna.  A massively hoppy Double IPA.  Here’s my review:

Golden orange in color, with a white head.

Malt, caramel, and some bread and butter combined with some dank hops create an orange, biscuity aroma.

The taste is sweet with a hint of malt up front that rolls into a pungent, citrus hop twang.  Very delicious.  Complex hop flavors of earthy, bitter orange, some metallic, grass and even some herbal and mango notes.

It is a bit boozy towards the end of the 12 oz. can, which is mostly notable as it warms.  Keep it cold and you’ll never notice.

This beer is great.  Delivers in every big way.  Hops, booze, malt, flavor, and backs it all up with a fine balance.

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 10%



Beer Review: Mikkeller/BrewDog I Harcore You

In Double IPA, Reviews on November 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm

This week at PourThought, will be featuring collaboration beers.  I Hardcore You is a Double IPA brewed by Scottish BrewDog and Danish Mikkeller.  The second beer is a collaboration of 13 malts and hops in He’Brew’s Jewbelation 13 for their 13th anniversary.  The third beer this week will be Lost Abbey’s Deliverance, a combination of their brandy barrel-aged Angel’s Share and bourbon barrel-aged Serpent Stout.  It’s a boozy week!  Mikkeller’s I Beat YoU and BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA have teamed up in this Double IPA.  Here’s my review:

Comes out of the bottle in a hazy copper, burnt orange with an off white tight head.  It is a bit dark, bubbly and intense looking brew.

Aromas of fruity citrus, pine and caramel flood the nose.  The hop notes provide floral smells and the malt provides the backbone.

Piney and fruity bitter hops hit the tongue first and then play to a sweet malty center with hops resonating again on the back, with a lasting finish that is a battle of sweet malt and bitter hops.  Notes of apricot, orange, pine, grapefruit rind.

This is a very tasty and simple straightforward DIPA.

Nice malt presence, resounding hop presence.

Try it with some sharp cheddar.

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 9.5%


Beer Review: Dogfish Head Burton Baton

In Double IPA, Reviews on October 28, 2010 at 2:15 am

This week features all beers from Dogfish Head, they make “off-centered beers for off-centered people.” They make really interesting stuff and are pretty widely available, except here in New Orleans.. so I had to get these by other means than the local bottle shop. Burton Baton is one of my favorite beers from a great brewery, it is a must try, no matter what beer you enjoy.  Here’s my review:

Pours a hazy, burnt orange/amber.

The intense aroma is fruity upfront, with notes of peach, pineapple, red grapefruit, and some pine and earthy notes.  Obviously, this is a very hoppy smelling beer.

On the palate it is a bit different.  It is sweet and fruity up front, with the same tropical notes as the smell but there is also a great balance of sweet caramel and toasty malt followed by a roll of juicy fruit including apricot with more of the peach, pineapple and grapefruit, with a delicate piney bitter finish.

The beer leaves a hint of alcoholic warmth that lets you know this treat packs a punch.  It’s really delicious and the  10% is well hidden, I suggest starting off with this one and not sticking with it all night or drink it alone to cap the night.  Probably not the best session choice because as much as you might want to, you’ll be glad you didn’t tomorrow.

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 10%


Beer Review: Mikkeller 1000 IBU

In Double IPA, Reviews on October 17, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Mikkeller makes great beer.  Expensive beer, but I like it.  They make mostly American influenced beers over in Denmark, and they definitely push the envelope.  This beer 1000 IBU is named after the measurement of how bitter hops make a beer.  The human palate can only discernibly detect up to 105 IBUs.  Something like Budweiser is around 12 or so, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, 35.  So 105, or the theoretical 1000 IBUs is a lot.  Expect this thing to give you that “bitter beer face,” but I like it. Here’s my review:

Pours a dark brick, muddy copper color, with a thick, creamy light khaki head.

Sweet malt in the nose with a lingering booziness.  Earthy hop notes give way to a fruity and grassy hop aroma.

A quick bitter entrance with the first sip followed by a nice dose of sweet caramel and bready malt then some fruity flavors, earthy hop and a lingering bitter finish with a hint of citrus peel.

This beer has a medium body with bright and refreshing flavors and is creamy.  Very easy to drink.

It is a great Imperial IPA, there is a nice harmony of sweet malt and a load of hops.  It is for sure a palate killer.  Don’t try and drink anything special after it.  1000 IBUs? Controversial.  A lot of IBUs? Definitely.

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 9.6%



Beer Review: Shipyard’s XXXX IPA

In Double IPA, Reviews on October 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm

More New England beers!  If you’re in Louisiana, you can’t get these (yet, fingers are crossed), but continuing the trend of New England beers, Shipyard is up next with a beer from Pugsley’s Signature Series.  Alan Pugsley is Shipyard’s current brewmaster.  After my one run in with Shipyard, my lowest rating to date, I was a bit uncertain of trying another one of their beers but this one was much better. Here’s my review:

Pours a cloudy copper with orange highlights and a dense and frothy khaki head.

Sweet grain in the nose with a hint of bright citrus and other fruitiness with some lingering boozy notes.

Chewy malt flavors on the palate gives a sweetness upfront that crawls to a fruity and bitter hoppy finish.  There are notes of apple, apricot, and a bit of earthiness with some bitter juicy grapefruit, followed by a syrupy sweet alcohol finish.

It is a heavy bodied beer, chewy yet bright flavors offset the heavy mouthfeel.  This is really a redeeming beer after that Shipyard Pumpkin I had last year.  The complex and perpetually unfolding flavors with each sip demand the next.  Needless to say, the bottle went fast.

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 9.25%



Beer Review: Victory Hop Wallop

In Double IPA, Reviews on October 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Pennsylvania brewery yet again!  They seem to be the East Coast’s answer to the Sand Diego area breweries.  They have size like Stone and others in the West and they do East coast style hopped up brews that the West coast loves, but with an East coast twist.  As an original east coaster, I love what these Pennsylvania breweries are doing.  Here’s my review of Victory’s Hop Wallop:

In the glass it is pale orange/golden straw colored with a white fluffy head and moderate retention.

Sweet pale malt kicks off the smells and then fruity, citrus hop notes fill out the aroma.

Nice creamy sweet malt flavors roll in, followed up by a fruity then bitter hop bite.  Biscuity, bready and buttery malt flavors and piney, bitter grapefruit hop flavors combine to make a nice hoppy beer with a strong malt backbone.

Very interesting taste, with an intriguing balance of sweet malt and bitter hops.  The balance allows for minimal palette fatigue, which makes this a very drinkable beer.

The flavors give the devoted hophead what they want but the malt adds dimension to keep you filling up your pint with this delicious brew.

A good afternoon beer to have with lunch, especially a hearty meat and cheese sandwich.  Take it to a picnic or keep it with you as you grill or barbeque.

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.5%



Beer Review: Stoudt’s Double IPA

In Double IPA, Reviews on October 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Another Pennsylvania brewery, Stoudts’ makes some really quality beers.  I was able to get my hands on their Double IPA and bring one down to New Orleans to taste. Here’s my review:

Pours a bright amber/ burnt “orange Jell-O” color with a light capping of foam.  Very pretty beer.

Caramel malt and fruity hops dominate the nose.  Some grain, booze and peach, apricot and dried orange notes as well.  So far I am very intrigued in this beer and ready for my first sip.

Looks good, smells good, tastes good.  Sweet caramel maltiness up front on the tongue, followed by some mellow hop fruitiness, I am finding apricot and mango.  These flavors precede mild hop bitterness with a warming alcohol finish.

Great looking beer, a little high in the alcohol heat in the nose, and has a taste close to that of a barleywine.  Not really my favorite DIPA, but I enjoyed the malt presence, while the hops were a little too subtle for my tastes.  Well done but not customized to my palette, but still very good.

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 10%