Review: Shipyard IPA

Brew Style: IPA
Brewer: Shipyard Brewing Company
ABV: 5.8%
BrewNewb Opinion: Decent

I was looking for something new that wasn’t too expensive, and as always, IPA is high on my list of “wants to drink right now.”

I love a solid, pine-hoppy IPA, and I’m always on the look out for the next best one.

Unfortunately, I think this one was not that one.

Pours a dark copper. Very malty, in scent, citrus hops. The taste was in my opinion, disappointing. The body was nice, but the flavor was grapefruit and copper to me. I felt like it was more of an IPA for people who don’t like IPAs.

In all fairness it’s not a bad beer, and I’d drink it on occasion, but not when I’m looking for an IPA.

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Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Brew Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
ABV: 18%
BrewNewb Opinion: Interesting. Not bad, but…

I know, it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been broke. So…

Anyway, I was at my beer club meeting a little early the other day, and saw that they had this on tap! So I figured I’d get one or two. How little did I know. I got one. I got a 10 ounce one, because they’re not allowed to serve 12 ounces of it at a time…

It came in a brandy glass. It stunk like alcohol. There were hints of hops and malts, but by and large it smelled like a barleywine. It was orange and hazy with a thick frothy head.

The taste was syrupy, thick and almost oily… Not terrible, but the finish was like nailpolish…

As I continued to sip, and my pallet got used to it, it wasn’t bad.

As it turns out, I paid $10 for that glass. Yes, it’s 18%, but a dollar an ounce is a little steep for me.

I could have had 3 beers for 2 dollars more, each around 8% for a total of more booze than one glass of 120.

I think it’s more of a novlty than a beer you drink because it’s good. If you need something that strong, you might as well go with a bourbon or scotch.

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale

Brew Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
ABV: 5.3%
BrewNewb Opinion: Decent Beer

It’s a well known (or at least an over-expressed) fact that I enjoy dark, hoppy, bitter beers… This is definitely NOT these things.

I had Samuel Adams’ Summer Ale for the first time YEARS ago, back when I really wasn’t much of a beer drinker. I used to drink only Bud, because I found Bud LIGHT “too bitter”… Things have changed QUITE a bit since then.

Back then, I really didn’t care for this beer, and just kinda wrote it off until recently when someone brought over a 12 pack of it, and left 8… Sure not going to let this go to waste, and my tastes have changed since then, so I thought it was a great time for a review.

I don’t particularly like wheat beers as a general rule, but I can appreciate their composition. There’s room for most beers, I believe.

As I cracked this beer, I got a whiff of lemon, perhaps a little orange, and wheat. I’d have to say a beer that says “brewed with lemon peel and grains of paradise” should probably smell exactly the way it does. No surprises here.

Pours light orange, maybe a slightly amber yellow. Small head, perhaps a finger and a half width.

Smells still like Lemon.

The taste is cold, crisp, and light… slightly sour at the back of the tongue. No real hops I can speak of, although there’s a little bit in the burp. I taste a bit of corn, but I had popcorn earlier, so maybe that’s conflicting. Tastes a bit like miller light.

I can definitely see this being something I would drink during the summer, when the sun is blazing, and the humidy is up, and the air is chewy, and I’m mowing the lawn and need a beer that is light and still a beer… I’d rather have this than the big name mass produced light beers.

This is not the kind of beer I’d reach for if I had my druthers, but it’s not bad.