Shane: Every year, Pete, York, and I reunite in Ocean City with a handful of friends, and every year we bring a bunch of beers along with us to sample together. I was pretty happy with last year’s batch of beers, but, I have to say, I think I outdid myself this year. A pair of Tree House beers, including one from the one-off Curiosity series, a staple from Austin Street Brewery that Pete has been begging me to get ahold of, a pair of sours, Great Rhythm’s first-ever double IPA release, and another double IPA clocking in at an astounding 12% alcohol. If that doesn’t sound like a tasty lineup of beers, I don’t know what does.
York: Lots to live up to after a strong showing at last year’s beach trip for Shane! I see he’s brought along a competitor to last year’s Seed from Bissell Brothers and another set of Tree House brews. Obviously excited for those, but my true interest lies in the Double Squeeze from Great Rhythm. I’ve been really high on everything I’ve had from them and am looking forward to their continued dominance. Plus, who can say no to checking out a 12% IPA that claims to be hoppy and fresh!?
Shane’s Thoughts: Double Squeeze is the very first double IPA release from Great Rhythm Brewing Company, and given how much both Pete and York loved the standard version of Squeeze, it was a no-brainer for me to go grab some to share. Double Squeeze is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It’s like Squeeze, but...more. Same full, round, orange/tangerine flavor, without much sharpness and a fairly crisp finish, but amped up just the littlest bit. It doesn’t taste like an 8% beer to me--or at least it didn’t at first. I wish I had been able to get this beer into Pete and York’s hands a little earlier, because, while I’m not usually too concerned about drop-off, this is a beer that was definitely better fresh. Don’t misunderstand me--this is still a really delicious beer. But after two weeks, the alcohol flavor definitely started to seep into the beer a little bit, making the back end taste a little bit boozier than it did on day one. I’m not complaining--sometimes it’s nice to know exactly what you’re drinking. But I think the beer better embodies what Great Rhythm was going for when it’s consumed fresh, and the added booziness throws off the balance just the tiniest bit.
York’s Thoughts: A few months back, Shane sent us Squeeze, the single IPA iteration of this brew, and I absolutely loved everything about it. To say I was excited to get my hands on the double would be an understatement. When we did the original and I gave it a 10/10 mark, the guys both put it a little more middle of the road. I think, in an unforeseen twist, that we may all switch the other way. I found the double to be a little on the harsh side with a bit of bite cutting through what is otherwise a really smooth profile. I don’t hate that in a beer, but at 8 percent, I’d like it to be a little less prevalent. This may also be a product of loving the original so much, but I feel like the balance in Squeeze was dead on and this one loses some of that cohesiveness. I now see that this sounds like a negative write up and it’s truly not - I really enjoyed this beer and Great Rhythm continues to hold a top spot for NE brews to me.
York: Real tasty and certainly fits the mold for big flavor DIPAs out of the area. The higher alcohol contents competes a bit with the body flavor but all in all a great brew. 8/10
Shane: Hi-Fi remains my favorite Great Rhythm beer, but this is a real easy-drinking DIPA. 8/10
Shane's Thoughts: As always, I have to start with the disclaimer that kettle sours have never really been my thing. They aren’t as tart as regular sours, and they usually don’t seem to have as much going on. Couple that with the fact that I had heard a few people say to be wary of this beer due to some unexpected, well, "sediment" in the bottom of the cans, and I was a little bit nervous. It turns out I had no reason to be. This beer is surprisingly tasty! Fruity, but not tart. Full-bodied, but not too heavy. The guava, strawberry, and grapefruit all come through really nicely. Overall I’m not sure there’s anything about this beer that makes me sit up and say "wow," but I’m also not sure that’s always necessary. It’s a well-executed kettle sour with IPA elements that drinks well and tastes great. I think that’s enough.
York's Thoughts: I’m not sure I agree with Shane’s kettle sour disclaimer on quite that broad of a level, but he’s right in that there does seem to be something about beers that breweries feel the need to identify specifically as kettle sours that turns us both off. To me, it’s a soft sweetness that's almost on the buttery side of the spectrum similar to a Chardonnay or other juicey wine. That makes for a sticky element that lingers with you a bit much for my liking. When I read the adjunct list on this sour, I was pretty pumped thinking it was pretty unique to include all three types of fruit profiles with fleshy, berry, and citrus. Turns out that it seems to be more of a good on paper than good on usage combo. The guava and strawberry definitely compete with each other and the bitterness from the grapefruit further competes with the souring. A really confused brew that I think tried a little too hard.
York: Love the plan here but it resulted in a really overcomplicated beer that missed the mark for me. 6/10
Shane: I actually wound up liking this more than I expected. 8/10
Shane's Thoughts: During our last tasting, I mentioned that, while Bale and Sheen are both solid representations of what Deciduous can do, I was a little disappointed that they hadn’t chosen to include a weiss in their first canning run. As far as I’m concerned, weisses are what Deciduous does head and shoulders above anyone else in the area--and raspberry weisses in particular. So when the brewery decided to can a raspberry/blackberry weiss just in time for our annual trip to Ocean City, I couldn’t have been happier. Flash is amazing. It’s everything I want from a weiss. It has the perfect amount of tartness, adding an amazing pucker right from the jump. The addition of blackberry is welcome here as well, as the slightly fleshy, slightly less tart flavor profile of that particular fruit adds a softer backdrop to Flash and prevents it from becoming too one-note.
York's Thoughts: Flash was a great follow up to the Sheen Gose that Shane included in the most recent batch, and it is now abundantly clear that Deciduous has some serious sour power. These soured berry beers seem to be a pretty common product on the New England scene and this is one of the better ones. I like sours of the adjuncted-weisse style to be especially sour since they’re typically pretty light and often come with a really sweet element as well. This one is just a little bit thin, but has perfect execution of that combo with a clear and present pucker factor that marries extremely well with the sweetness coming off the berries. Really enjoyable and a perfect end of summer brew.
York: Great balance, love the pucker factor. 8/10
Shane: Deciduous does great things with raspberry. 9/10
Shane’s Thoughts: During last year’s trip to Ocean City, I brought a few cans of Alter Ego with me. So this year, I figured what better to top it with the Alter Ego’s imperial cousin? Doppelganger is my favorite beer that Tree House brews. Yeah, sure, Tree House devotees will wax poetic about Very Hazy, Juice Machine, King Julius, and a bunch of other amazing beers. And those are great--all three cans of them you can get maybe once a year if you’re lucky. But Doppelganger has entered the regular rotation of Tree House beers, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s fruity, it’s juicy, and it has a little bit of dankness to temper it. There’s a little bit of tropical flavor, a little bit of grapefruit flavor, and little bit of peach flavor...there’s just an absolutely TON going on in this beer, and at 8.2% it is dangerously drinkable. It drinks heavy, but at that ABV I don’t mind it. It adds a little extra heft to Alter Ego’s already successful formula, and if I want a pounder, Alter Ego is what I’ll reach for. But if I want a juicy and flavorful sipper to sit back and savor, give me Doppelganger every time.
York’s Thoughts: This is one of the most objectively good beers I’ve had in awhile. It’s not even exactly what I want in a Double IPA, but damn is it good on every level. Anyone who claims to like the hoppy end of the craft beer spectrum will be high on this beer, I have no doubt. Layers on layers of flavor here with a hop profile predominantly leaning towards the tropical/fleshy fruit attributes that are enhanced really well by whatever yeast strain they used here. The 8.2 ABV is perfect here, giving a little density without bringing in too much of an alcohol bite. Well balanced between just about every element, this is a tough beer to find fault with.
York: Alter Ego was a 9/10 in my book and this certainly earns that last notch. 10/10
Shane: Doppelganger is my favorite Tree House beer. Possibly my favorite beer, period. 10/10
Shane’s Thoughts: The beers in the Curiosity series are some of Tree House’s most sought-after. The Curiosity series is an ongoing line of experimental beers, giving the brewers at Tree House the opportunity to try new things. They tend to be IPAs or double IPAs, and they also tend to be delicious. This particular beer is the 39th beer in the series (hence the name), and it hits a lot of really nice notes. The aroma is amazing (one friend who tasted it remarked that it “might be the best-smelling beer I’ve ever had”), and the body itself hits you right in the face with that juicyfruit/citrus flavor. Although this beer is hazy enough to blot out the sun, it actually drinks surprisingly light, and the finish is crisp and clean with notes of hay. There’s a lot going on with Curiosity Thirty Nine, and I felt like I discovered something new with every can I opened. Citra and Simcoe always tend to be a winning combination, and in the hands of the master brewers at Tree House, they make something really special.
York’s Thoughts: I fear I’m a bit spoiled with TreeHouse already. The last couple I’ve tried (all courtesy of Shane) have included Julius, Green, Alter Ego, Doppelganger and JJJULIUSSS which are all absolutely incredible.Curiosity 39 is good. It’s not in the same league as those others, but what an unfair comparison right? First off, and I won’t harp on this beyond this sentence - this beer is quite unappealing visually to those of us who don’t fawn over burnt orange opacity that accompanies many DIPAs from this part of the country. I do get some of the flavors that TreeHouse says to expect, but my experience was definitely heavy on the pineapple side and much lighter on the citrus. That makes for an sweetness that when combined with an already fairly dense beer creates a stickiness that I just can’t get behind.
York: A touch sticky for me but absolutely love the experimental series addition to my Tree House experience. 7/10
Shane: Incredible aroma on an intensely flavorful, layered beer. 9/10
Shane’s Thoughts: Greater Good is a brewing company that specializes in imperial beers. Well, no, that’s not true. They’re a brewing company that makes EXCLUSIVELY imperial beers. Seriously, check out their website. The lowest-ABV beer you’ll find is 8% alcohol. Greater Good has made a name for themselves with a handful of delicious beers like Pulp (which clocks in at 8%), but when I saw a double IPA sitting at a borderline-unbelievable 12% alcohol, I knew I had to have it. 12% is so boozy it almost seems like a gimmick. It can’t possibly taste good...can it? I had to find out. And the truth is...it actually kind of can! Greylock tastes strong, but I’m not sure it tastes 12% strong. I’d probably have put it down at a much more reasonable 8 or 9%. And there’s actually a decent amount of flavor asserting itself past the booziness here, which is impressive on its own. I get a little of the grapefruit and orange they mention, and it’s definitely pushing through some bitter, floral notes. I’m not sure I’d ever really crave this beer on its own, but considering how strong it is and everything that Greater Good tried (and succeeded!) in accomplishing here, it’s hard not to respect the end result.
York’s Thoughts: Man, what a great beer to be part of this exchange. No lies, I almost assuredly would not pull the trigger on a four-pack of a 12 percent IPA. That area scares me a bit since I tend not to like the Triple IPA varietal and Imperial is a bit of a crapshoot too. That aside, I love seeing stuff like this anywhere I can have one on draft or snag a single can of so this was the perfect opportunity. Greylock is a BIG beer with BIG flavor that makes for a really great experience. It’s got a neat cross-coast element with the haze-producing NE yeast combined with a hop profile much more slanted towards the left coast. It’s unmistakably a high proof beer but there’s no chance I’d have guessed nearly as high as 12%. On the bitter side in a good, intentional way, and shockingly crisp for so much booze.
York: Definitely a beer I can get myself in trouble with. 8/10
Shane: This beer doesn’t taste anywhere close to 12% ABV. Really impressive. 7/10
Shane’s Thoughts: Austin Street Brewery is one of my favorite breweries in Maine. While Patina Pale is definitely their flagship beer, they’ve made a name for themselves making funky beers all across the spectrum, including a handful of saisons that even I, a notorious saison-hater, have absolutely loved. Still, like most New England breweries, pale ales and IPAs are where they make their bones, and the Patina Pale is no slouch. The beer is basically a pineapple bomb, with a fairly dry, resiny finish to complement the citrusy body. It drinks a little heavy for a 5.3% beer, which is more or less the same problem York had with Daybreak during our last tasting, so it’s hard for me to predict what York and Pete will think of this one. I love Patina Pale, and I was thrilled when Austin Street finally got themselves a canning line and I could bring a few along to share (I wound up lugging a four-pack around with me during a bachelor party when I saw that they still had cans available). If the beer was a little easier to get my hands on, it would definitely be in my regular rotation. Luckily, four-packs are slowly starting to trickle out into area bottle shops, so consider me a happy man.
York’s Thoughts: Shane hit this one on the head. It’s a pale ale that drinks a little heavy, and I just threw some shade at “pineapple”-forward beers in another writeup above, but despite both of those qualities this brew is a really enjoyable one. Drinking is always influenced by time, place, mood, etc. so maybe this just caught me at the right time, but nonetheless I dug it. The heaviness here really is only relative to the 5.3% ABV. If this were closer to 7 than 5, I’m not sure I’d have even said anything. Citrus definitely dominates and the pineapple-y profile is there, but not overwhelming, since it's a pretty even-keeled beer. Overall a great balance and a nice summer sipper.
York: Nice straightforward beer that is more of a summer sipper than a session pale. 8/10
Shane: It’s a straightforward pale ale, but it is bursting with flavor. Austin Street nails it with this one. 8/10
Best of the Bunch
York: Doppelganger is the winner for me here. Really great end of summer pack but Doppel might be one of the most objectively well crafted hop-forward beers I’ve had.
Shane: Doppelganger is one of my top 5 beers on the planet, so that’s the real answer here. But since York already chose it, I’ll take this opportunity to throw some love at Deciduous, because Flash sits right alongside their other outstanding sours like Gleam and Shine as an incredibly tart, flavorful interpretation of the style.
Shane: I've tried to choose a wide range of beer, but the fact is...I’ve been neglecting my home state of New Hampshire. I’ve included a ton of beers from Maine, a bunch from Vermont, and a lot from Massachusetts, but, with the exception of a few Garrison City beers, New Hampshire has been sadly underrepresented. Well, no more! I’ve chosen eight beers for this tasting, and all but two of them come from the Granite State. I chose a couple of interesting beers from Garrison City, a pair from one of my personal favorite breweries, Deciduous, and a couple of selections from Great Rhythm and Stoneface. To round it out, I’ve included our first beers from both New England Brewing Company and Battery Steele Brewing. Should be a good batch!
York: Easily the best-designed batch Shane has put together in a long time. Riddled with IPAs and pales, this also includes a gose, a weiss, and a stout. Of the three of us, I typically make the furthest reaches to try and preserve a wide spectrum of beers, but credit is given where credit is due here. Pumped to have some more Great Rhythm and Garrison City--both breweries that I was extremely high on in earlier batches. Shane talks quite a bit about Deciduous, too, so it’ll be great to see what they’re about. I won’t lie, the stout generates a bit of an odd look on my face being not only a “white stout,” but also what sounds like a beer that has some heat to it. Definitely a beer I wouldn’t have picked out myself, but that's the fun in this a lot of the time!
Pete: So we go all pale again but get some good style variety. I am a fan of gose and berliner weisse, so I am interested in trying those beers. A Garrison City IPA and some more Great Rhythm can’t be a bad thing, either. Deciduous has been on the radar, so I want to give them a try. Shane wasn’t able to get us the raspberry berliner he raved about, but, if this brewery is as good as he says, these offerings will do. Overall, a nice collection of New England beer, and really shows the variety of what there is to choose from.
Shane: It feels like some of my recent selections have been pretty Massachusetts-heavy, with Tree House in particular representing a disproportionate number of the beers that we’ve sampled. What can I say? I love Tree House. But this time, I figured the rest of New England should probably get their due. I’ve got offerings from just about every state here, including a local favorite from my hometown in New Hampshire, a pale ale from a brand new brewery up in Maine, a group of legends from rural Vermont, a popular IPA from Rhode Island, and even a special selection from just over the border in New York.
York: A huge part of the fun in exchanging beers to me is trying things from the next great brewery. We were early fans of breweries like Foam, Aslin, and Prison City, and I love seeing younger breweries like Great Rhythm and One Eye Open included in these batches. There’s something extra fun about identifying a great beer before it’s common knowledge. That said, I am nothing less than thrilled to have not one, not two, but three fresh beers from the powerhouse that is The Alchemist. Focal Banger was my first draft pick of all beer I tried in the last year, and I have no doubt that the other brews will be killer as well. Glad to see my original home state of New York making an appearance here too! Great mix of breweries and regions in this go around. Well crafted, Shane!
Pete: So this batch represents the state of beer in this world at the moment. Got hops? Yes we do. These are basically all hop bombs, and even the one stout in here has a hoppy complexion. Shane managed to grab a bunch of awesome beers that we have all been asking for. I am super excited to try Crusher, because Alchemist only recently started breaking it out again. The addition of a non-IPA from them is a bonus. I also plan on shower-beer-consuming the Focal Banger because, yes, it is one of the best IPAs out there. But is it the best shower beer? I also asked for Squeeze from Great Rhythm. Their beers just seem right up my alley and I have wanted to give them a shot for a while. I also finally get to try SingleCut, which is good news because I have a friend in Astoria who lives around the corner from them. If they live up to the hype, that might be the new go-to brewery when I visit NYC.
Shane: Dinner is a legend, with a reputation for being one of the best beers not just in New England, but in the world. Every Dinner release is an absolute spectacle. There's nothing quite like it. People line up along the highway, sometimes overnight, and often in the dead of winter, just to have a shot at grabbing a case of the beer. I love beer, but the thought of sitting on the side of the road and freezing my ass off for six hours makes me want to cry. Short of making a trade, I had just about given up on ever getting my hands on Dinner when the Maine Beer Company unveiled a new, ticket-based method of allotment. I was lucky enough to score a ticket, and, instead of waiting all night to grab a few beers, was able to walk in and out with a case of Dinner and few fresh bottles of Lunch. Since the odds are against me ever winning the ticket lottery again, I figured I'd better take the opportunity to share a couple of bottles with my dear friends.
York: Another beer on the list of unanimously top rated brews! Shane was kind enough to keep me and Pete in mind for a piece of his Dinner score, and I'm pumped to try it out. Even better than that, Shane included Lunch from Maine Beer Company as well, which is plenty highly rated in its own right. This is also right up my alley of trying related brews next to each other, much like our Russian River sour sampling. Love the story about Lunch's name, and everyone loves feeling like they’re part of something exclusive, so this set of beers is full of high expectations and tons of excitement.
Pete: I cannot give Shane enough thanks for snagging us some of this. And I have to say thank you to Maine Beer Company for being smart about their release policy on this one. To give you some perspective about how things were: a few months ago, Shane went to a Tree House release of King JJJuliusss, which is an ultra rare riff on the beer King Julius, which is an imperial version of the wildly popular beer Julius (following?). I jumped on Untappd after Shane mentioned this and almost every check in for King JJJuliusss was at the Maine Beer Company because people had already started to wait outside for the Dinner release that was scheduled to occur...the next day. To give you some perspective, Tree House can hours are from 5-8 pm on Fridays, and Dinner was being released the next day. So people were actually camping outside to just to get this beer.
That starts to blur the line of dedication and obsession to insanity. Listen: I love beer, but if you need to worry about where you are going to pee because you plan on sleeping outside all night...you would be excused if you said that was insane. The ticket lottery is just the way to go. It prevents people from camping and helps people feel more included. I have been in lines where regular people have walked away because they hear it is 4+ hours to get the beer. Everyone should get the chance to try special things like this, not just the people willing to brave the elements to camp outside. Beer is for everyone, and I am sure Maine Beer Company wants to share this beer with as many people as possible. End lecture.
Shane's Thoughts: I've had Lunch many times before, but I was happy to have the opportunity to see how it directly compares to Dinner. In truth, although they are similarly named, these are two completely different beers. Lunch has a beautiful, melon-y roundness to it that I absolutely love. The flavor is relatively mellow, and it finishes with the slight hint of earthiness that I’ve come to expect from most Maine Beer Company beers. Lunch might be the most balanced beer that the brewery makes--it has a nice mix of citrus and pine, not falling too far on either side of the line. While I think Dinner is the better of the two beers (or at least the one that falls much more clearly in my preference range), in a way Lunch stands out a little bit more. Dinner is a classic New England juice bomb, bursting with fruit flavor and bright citrus haze. Lunch is more understated, mixing in the sort of melon and pine flavor balance that requires an incredibly deft hand to brew. Comparing the two was a really nice treat.
York's Thoughts: I tried Lunch and Dinner at the same time--couldn't resist the urge to compare them side-by-side and try to pick out the differences. Lunch pours a touch darker than Dinner, but has the same-ish amount of haze to it. I get predominantly the citrus profile seconded by the pine, and I don't really get much in the way of the tropical end of the spectrum. The piney hops dominate the finish and there are citrus flavors throughout for sure, but it's most definitely earth-forward compared to most beers from the region (and in relation to Dinner). If I had to sum up the comparison of Lunch and Dinner, it would be that they remind me of their opposite namesakes. Lunch drinks heavy to me, with deeper and richer flavors that I'd love to have with a hearty meal. Dinner is more of the big, bright brew that I want a pint of at the end of the workday.
Pete's Thoughts: I really like this beer, and I think it was cool of Shane to give us each a chance to compare them. This beer always reminds me of lemon peel. The color is a nice hazy straw yellow with the characteristic New England-style soapy foam. You take a whiff and you get so much citrus and fruit character and a lovely backdrop of pine and earthy quality. The beer is light and inviting. It's really intensely citrusy, and it has a good balance of fruit to pine character. This keeps your palate from getting too fatigued. Lunch is always a good beer to pick up if you see it, I think it goes great with seafood. One of my old reliable beers when I go to the bars around here (yes, DC gets a surprising amount of Maine beer).
York: A masterfully brewed New England IPA with everything one would look for in the style. Hazy, rich, and hoppy. 8/10
Pete: I have always liked this beer, it is a surprisingly different flavor profile to Dinner. 7/10
Shane: Incredibly balanced beer bursting with flavor. 8/10
Shane's Thoughts: When a beer comes with as much hype as Dinner, there's always the fear in the back of your mind that you're in for a letdown. After all, can a beer really be good enough to justify an overnight wait in line? While I can't answer that particular question, I can say with total certainty that Dinner lives up to the hype. It's an almost perfect beer, with an incredibly deftly handled combination of hops that present you with just the right amount of fruit flavor and none of the stick that plagues some New England juice bombs. The nose on this beer is absolutely incredible: from the moment you pour it into the glass, you feel as though you have been transported to a tropical orchard. A blast of mango/tangerine hits your palate the moment you take a sip, and something as simple as having a flavor that lives up to its amazing aroma really has an impact here. I'm still not sure I'd be waiting overnight to taste this beer, but I'm incredibly glad I had the opportunity to get my hands on it.
York's Thoughts: I am always extremely tough on most of the IPAs coming out of New England. As you've seen me complain about time after time, I love the flavor forwardness but just can't get past how sticky those hazy bombs can be. I like my beer big, but I like the taste to finish when the beer finishes. Dinner is the very epitome of the best of both worlds. Massively flavorful with an incredible hop profile range, going from fruit to citrusy to earthy all in each sip. It pours hazy, but not quite as opaque as some others from the area. That haze is completely undetectable in anything but the visual as it finishes nice and crisp with no real stick. Huge hype fully delivered on here, one of the best I've had.
Pete's Thoughts: I had mixed feelings about this beer because of the stories I have heard. To me, I see it as the law of diminishing returns. The longer you suffer for something, the worse it is most likely going to be. I thought the only reason that people said nice things about this beer was because they waiting so long for it. I considered it some shallow attempt to make sitting outside all night worth it. Not the case. This beer is really that good. It's bright and tropical fruit-forward, it has some lovely Mosaic dankness on the palate, and it finishes with more fruit character. The beer is a nice hazy orange, and it bursts out of the glass with great aromas of fresh cut fruit. I hope they keep this beer release to the lottery system so that everyone has a chance to try this. This beer lives up to all the expectations I had of it.
York: One of, if not the best IPA I've had from the East. Absolutely nothing bad to say about it. 10/10
Pete: Just when you think you know what a world class IPA is supposed to be, someone rewrites the script. 10/10
Shane: I was prepared to be let down after all the hype, but Dinner lives up to it and more. 10/10
Shane: York inspired me recently. When he put together a collection of West Coast IPAs from up and down the coast, highlighting the different available styles from several renowned regional breweries, I thought it was a very cool way to really dig deep into a specific style of beer. It also occurred to me that when I’ve been putting together beer for us to sample together, I’ve been focusing too much on what I personally enjoy. And while big, hazy, fruit-bomb New England IPAs dazzle my personal palate, I know that York in particular enjoys a different style. So, for this batch of beers, rather than grab a few of my favorite fruit-bombs and package it off, I’ve nabbed a bunch of IPAs and double IPAs from area breweries that run the gamut of styles. There’s a lot to dig into here, and I’m excited to see what both Pete and York have to say. In particular, I’m interested to see York’s impression of Space Juice, a beer that has drawn some acclaim in New England while never quite hitting my personal sweet spot, and Ricochet, a beer brewed in Boston but specifically marketed as a "West Coast IPA."
York: Now we’re talking! Bunch of double IPAs plus a myriad of other hoppy brews on top of that?! Pumped for this batch, especially the Simcoe dry-hop from Backlash and the intense delicious hop profile I’m expecting out of space juice. I've only had one brew from Liquid Riot and a handful from Lawson’s, but they were some of my favorites of our entire Beercation numero uno, so definitely looking forward to their IPA, too. I love variety in beer and it’s how I’ve gotten through most of my self-teaching on beer, but this is my favorite way to really take it to the next level. Having six or seven brews of a similar style, especially from a similar region, is assuredly going to help me pin down what I do and don’t like about the IPA’s we typically get from Shane. I’m expecting a decent gap in preference between the three of us on a few of these which always makes for good discussion so thats something to look forward to as well!
Pete: So this is a lovely collection of hoppy beers. Punctuating this batch with Green really intrigued me. I have tried some of these breweries and some I have not. I am interested to see how my ratings hold up. My first reaction to this list was...how am I going to space these out. Because if you have too many hoppy beers back to back, you can’t really taste the differences. Plus, as time goes on they start to lose the quality that the brewer intended when they created it. Overall, this is a nice group of IPAs.
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