774. The Unknown Brewing Co. Over the Edge

The Unknown Brewing Co Over the Edge IPAAnother beer from a new brewery for me, this one comes from The Unknown Brewing Co. Really nice looking can, simple and appealing.

The beer was just OK with a nice copper color. Aroma was light and quite sweet, not getting a lot of hops so not all that good for an IPA. Taste has some grassy, pine and floral hops but nothing too impressive.

Can did not have a date on it so the beer may have suffered from being old but there is no way to tell.
Alcohol Content: 6.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: The Unknown Brewing Co
Brewers Description: If You’re Not Living On The Edge, You’re Taking Up Too Much Space

We’ve never been to India and neither has this beer. We believe the American Style has changed what an IPA is. More Hops, more grain, and more flavor. This is an American IPA.

Over the Edge takes a great balance of 5 grains and then ramps it up with West Coast hops that were born in the shadows of the cascades. We use these Hops in 7 different additions to create an adventure from the beginning of the sip all the way to the burp.

This beer has a blood orange color and thick white head. The beer starts with great hop aroma and malty sweetness followed by citrus orange full bodied flavor, finishing with clean piney end and cascade aroma’s. This beer will not only show you what an American IPA is, it will take you Over the Edge!

773. Asheville Brewing Company Shiva IPA

Asheville Brewing ShivaFirst beer from Asheville Brewing Company in North Carolina.

Huge flufffy head with very large bubbles. Took me multiple pours to fill the glass. Aroma was very weak with light floral hops but not much else. Starts with sweet malts, followed by some floral grassy hops. Finish is slightly bitter and very dry.

Average beer at best.

Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 69
Brewers Website: Asheville Brewing
Brewers Description: A crisp, citrusy India Pale Ale with a light color, Shiva will destroy all your preconceptions of an I.P.A. A transcendentally simple malt bill accents a generous helping of Columbus hops, lending an intense floral aroma with hints of grapefruit and a pleasant bittering quality. Your palette will be lifted to higher planes of consciousness with a bittersweet finish.

772. Modern Times Beer Booming Rollers

Modern Time Booming RollersThese next few posts are going to be relatively short as they are all beers that I received in a box from someone that I exchange beer with occasionally so I do not know a lot about the breweries. There were some very good beers included in the box so I wanted to put something up.

Modern Times is based in San Diego California and Blooming Rollers is their single IPA which comes in at 6.8% ABV. The beer is relatively light in color with a solid white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma was relatively mild with some citrus and tropical notes but overall underwhelming. Taste was excellent and really what saved this beer. Loads of citrus, tropical and lesser amounts of pine, floral and grassy hops. A lot of different hop flavors coming out of this one.

Overall a very good beer and I am betting it would be even better if you had straight from the brewery. 
Lots of flavor
Cons: Mild aroma
Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 75
Brewers Website: Modern Times
Brewers Description: Booming Rollers is a showcase for the juicy awesomeness of Citra hops. These new wave American hops impart a remarkable aroma and flavor, which we’ve amplified with the dark stone fruit character of New Zealand-grown Motueka hops. Some Centennial is thrown in to balance the tropical fruit party, and the malt body is just assertive enough to support Booming Rollers’ snappy bitterness. It’s a party in your mouth and all the beautiful people are invited.

771. Fiddlehead Brewing Second Fiddle

Second FiddleFiddlehead makes some great beer and I need to make it to the brewery more often. This is my fourth beer from them and all have been excellent. My favorite so far has been Mastermind but the Hodad Porter and their single IPA were also excellent.

I will compare Mastermind and Second Fiddle as they are both DIPAs from Fiddlehead but they are entirely different beers. Appearance is much darker than Mastermind with a deep orange and small off white head. Aroma and flavor are more herbal, dank, pine versus Mastermind which was more of a tropical/citrus.

Mouthfeel, carbonation, etc were all perfect making this a very nice beer. Only reason I prefer Mastermind to Second Fiddle is the juicy fruits instead of the pine and herbs I get from this one. Both beers are excellent and it really depends on what you life from your hops.  

Alcohol Content: 8.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 80
Brewers Website: Fiddlehead Brewery
Brewers Description: Big, juicy, Double IPA.

770. Hill Farmstead Excursions #3

Hill Farmstead Excursions #3Another new beer from Hill Farmstead. This one comes from their experimental hop series which they call Excursions. This particular hop is HB-366 which is also known as Equinox.

Appearance is a deep orange with a solid white head. Aroma was mild compared to other Hill beers with a mix of earthy and garden vegetables, interesting but not what I have come to love from Hill Farmstead’s pales and IPAs. Taste continued down the same path with those onion flavors and a fair amount of sweet malts. It is also a little more bitter than other beers from Hill Farmstead.

Overall a quality well made beer but just not what I like from hops.
Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Next in the series of experimental hop IPAs, this one features HB-366, known as Equinox.