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843. Tree House Brewing King Julius

Tree House King JuliusI have been fortunate to trade for a number of Tree House beers over the past few months including this one which was right around Christmas time. Julius is one of their more frequently canned offerings but King Julius doesn’t come around very often.

King Julius pours a very cloudy deep orange with a solid white head. Aroma had loads of citrus, pineapple, grapefruit and was truly excellent. Flavor was just as juicy with those same citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Almost no bitterness and a relatively dry finish make this dangerously easy to drink considering its 8.3% ABV.

It will likely be several months before this beer is available again and unless you make the trip to the brewery than you will likely have to know someone to get your hands on a can but if you can I’m confident you will enjoy it. My only disappointment with this beer was that I had only a single can.
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Alcohol Content: 8.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Tree House Brewing
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Brewer’s Description:Big brother of our favorite IPA, “Julius” and he’s crafted to be like “Julius” only more… stately. At 8.3% ABV and loaded with, frankly, a stupid amount of hops, it’s bursting with tropical flavors and just enough dryness to leave you longing for more.

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Falling Behind

If you follow my blog you may have noticed things have been a little quiet around here. Been far too busy at work and home to keep up with all the beer reviews but hoping to get things back on track. Some of the reviews that I am finishing up now were actually beers I drank months ago. My process usually works like this; I get home from work, open a beer, take a picture and make some notes. Then I come back at some point edit the photo, add the links, expand on the notes, etc.

Probably not the most efficient process but I work long hours and while I enjoy drinking a beer almost every night actually writing a review at that time would be difficult. So I fall behind and then spend a Sunday afternoon getting caught up on all those reviews. This time it will take a few Sunday afternoons to get caught up but I have had some great beer over the past couple months so you will want to stay tuned. You can follow my Facebook Page or Twitter account to see what’s happening on a more regular basis but reviews will be coming soon.

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842. Long Trail Brewing Space Juice

Long Traill Space JuiceI had really high hopes for this one since I enjoyed Limbo so much and Vermont has a pretty good reputation for DIPAs in 16 oz cans. Love the can design on this one.

The beer pours a super clear copper color with a thick white head. Aroma was a mix of tropical fruits and a bit of pine. Overall the aroma was not as big as I expected from an 8.7% DIPA.  Taste was just OK with those tropical fruits and pine but also a solid malt backbone and big lingering bitterness. Much more of a traditional IPA just bigger and different than so many of the murky, juice bombs that are out there today. Alcohol was well hidden and overall a beer worth trying but not one that I will seek out again.
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Alcohol Content: 8.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 82
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Brewery Website: Long Trail Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: A Double-IPA of the cosmic kind, this super-limited offering is brewed with two-row and caramel malts that lay the foundation for hops, hops and more hops.

The truth is out there, so send your taste buds to orbit with the out-of-this-world citrus and pine notes of Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra, Columbus and Ella hops

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841. Foundation Brewing Afterglow

Foundation AfterglowI love Foundation Brewing and buy as much Epiphany as I can so when they released Afterglow as a single IPA in cans I had to get some.

Afterglow pours a bright relatively clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma is more herbal and floral than Epiphany but  still hop forward. Taste switches it up with a lot more citrus and tropical than I expected from the nose. A nice sweet base and relatively bitter finish make this an easy to drink single IPA.

Everything I have tried from Foundation has been top notch, Epiphany takes the top billing from Foundation but all of their beers are worth trying. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 61
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Brewery Website: Foundation Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: Afterglow is an American IPA, rich in West Coast and South Pacific hop flavors and aroma.  The juicy malt base enhances the notes of tangerine, pine, and berries from the hops.  It finishes with a pleasingly dank and firm bitterness.

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840. Hoof Hearted Brewing Dragnsaddle

Hoof Hearted DragonsaddleThere are a couple of interesting stories relating to this brewery and their beer. First is the name which I assume came from a race horse from the mid-2000s named Hoof Hearted, see video at the bottom of this post for a chuckle. Second Hoof Hearted beer is highly sought after in Ohio with long lines at the brewery when they release cans. Here is a link to a story about the release of Dragonsaddle. For some unknown reason the brewery signed on with a distributor in Maine and we are now getting occasional shipments of cans from Ohio. Seems odd that a brewery that has long lines to buy their beer at the brewery would choose to set aside some of those cans to send them 800+ miles to Maine. This is the first beer from Hoof Hearted that I picked up at Bier Cellar in Portland.

Dragonsaddle is described as a triple IPA and comes in at a whopping 11.5% ABV. Very few IPAs I have reviewed even come close to this in terms of ABV with Ephraim from Hill Farmstead and Can’t Dog from Marshall Wharf being the only two that come to mind. Appearance is a slightly hazy orange with a decent white head that had good retention and left a lot of lacing. Aroma is dank, tropical and citrus. Taste follows with lots of citrus and tropical fruits; mango, pineapple, tangerine. Somehow there is no alcohol burn or taste at all in this beer which is amazing at 11.5% ABV.

This beer drinks like a 7% IPA but hits much harder. Dangerously smooth and drinkable. Very impressed with the first offering from Hoof Hearted and glad they decided to send some of their dank offerings to Maine. 
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Drinkable even at 11.5%
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Alcohol Content: 11.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 128
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Brewery Website: Hoof Hearted Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: The strong “herbal” aroma sends you back to freshman year catching a ride to school in your weird burnout neighbor’s ……. (insert your fav. El Camino, IROC, Firebird) whilst being bombarded by the sounds of Van Halen (DLR era, none of that Sammy Hagar synthy love song bullshit). DANKSOME!

The flavor profile is full-on drippingly ripe tropical fruits: Mango, guava, papaya, and citrus. Juicy, refreshing, and deceptive. We would highly recommend wearing a helmet & supportive cup when mounting the Dragonsaddle.

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839. Hill Farmstead Madness & Solitude

Hill Farmstead Madness & SolitudeHill Farmstead made this beer as part of their 5th anniversary celebration. They took Ephraim, one of my all time favorite beers, and aged it in second and third use bourbon barrels. Those of you that follow me know I am not big on bourbon barrel aged beers but I had to try this one.

Madness & Solitude pours a burnt orange with a wispy white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma was quite a bit different than Ephraim with a lot of oak and vanilla coming through with muted hops and a fair amount of booze. Upon the first sip, and I do mean sip as this is a BIG beer, you get big oak flavors, vanilla and some of those citrus hops that I love so much. The finish is boozy and seemed to be full of bourbon but that may just be my over sensitive palate since I don’t drink bourbon and rarely drink bourbon barrel aged beers. The same thing often happens when I drink a coffee beer, all I can taste is coffee.

I enjoyed this beer and drank two 750s over a weekend, not in the same night, but I would have preferred straight up Ephraim without the bourbon barrel aging. Interesting and I’m glad I got to try it as we may not see it again.
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Alcohol Content: 10.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Hill Farmstead
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Brewer’s Description: In March of 2015 (our Fifth Anniversary), we brewed our Imperial IPA (Ephraim) and then aged it in second and third use bourbon barrels with the intent of an experimental anniversary release.  In the spirit of the holidays, we offer you this double dry hopped, oak aged Imperial IPA. 10.5% abv.

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838. Hill Farmstead Motueka Pale Ale

Hill Farmstead Motueka Pale AleThis is the ninth beer from the single hop pale ale series from Hill Farmstead that I have reviewed. The first were; Amarillo, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin, Riwaka, Simcoe. I think the only one I missed is Columbus.

Motueka pours a pale orange with the signature Hill Farmstead haze. Bright white head and soft carbonation. Aroma is a little more subtle than a lot of Hill’s beers but still has a nice amount of citrus and some grass. Taste is also a little lighter than their other single hop beers with a slightly sweet start followed by some citrus and floral hops. Finish is clean with virtually no bitterness.

Always surprised by the mix of aroma and flavor a talented brewer can get from a single hop variety. This beer is super easy to drink like most of their pale ales and I really enjoyed it. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Hill Farmstead
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Brewer’s Description: An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Motueka hops, a New Zealand varietal.

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837. Hill Farmstead Excursions #5

Hill Farmstead Excursions #5I sometimes feel like a broken record when I am reviewing a bunch of quality IPAs. While they all have their individual characteristics many have the big citrus, tropical fruits that I love with a slightly hazy appearance. I guess some call this the New England IPA as breweries like; Hill Farmstead, The Alchemist, Trillium, Tree House, Bissell Brothers and certain beers from other breweries all seem to fit nicely into this description. So many great IPAs in the Northeast that I rarely trade for IPAs from other parts of the country as I am usually disappointed.

Excursions #5 continues Hill’s use of experimental hops including the up and coming Vic Secret hop from Australia. Appearance is typical Hill Farmstead IPA with the hazy orange and bright white head, plenty of lacing remains on the glass. Aroma is full of tangerine, lemon and a bit of herbal/floral hops. Taste follows the nose but also adds a bit of dankness. Carbonation is light giving it the soft mouthfeel of most Hill Farmstead beers and very little bitterness.

Overall this is another excellent beer but is outdone by some of the other beers available at Hill. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Hill Farmstead
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Brewer’s Description: The fifth installment of our experimental hop series, this IPA is brewed with German Hallertau Blanc and Australian Vic Secret.

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836. Night Shift Brewing Santilli

Night Shift SantilliI had high hopes for Santilli after enjoying Whirpool unfortunately it wasn’t quite as good as I had hoped.

Santilli is Night Shift’s single IPA and it comes in at a very reasonable 6% ABV. Appearance is a slightly hazy orange with a bright white head. Aroma is mostly earthy; grass, pine, maybe a bit of pineapple. Taste starts with a fairly aggressive bitterness that overwhelmed some of the other flavors. I got a little grapefruit, pine and a floral finish.

Overall a very good beer that I will try again in hopes that it either improves or that my palate was off that day. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
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Brewery Website: Night Shift Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: Smooth-sipping IPA with massive hop profile. It is crisp, tropical and delicious; named after our address on Santilli Highway in Everett

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835. Trillium Brewing Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point

Trillium Brewing Fort Point GalaxyThis is the third variety of Fort Point Pale Ale I have reviewed. The originalMosaic Dry Hopped and now the Galaxy dry hopped version. All have been excellent and received 4.5 star reviews. You just can’t go wrong when you start with such a solid pale ale and amp it up a bit with an extra dry hopping.

Appearance is a little less hazy than the original and the Mosaic version but still far from see through. Aroma is loaded with tropical fruits; mango, pineapple, grapefruit and a bit of citrus – really excellent smelling beer. Taste is super juicy fresh hops, not as crazy as the double dry hopped varieties but still a crazy amount of hops especially for what is called a pale ale. Carbonation, mouthfeel are all right where I like them.

Just another excellent brew from Trillium. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
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Brewery Website: Trillium Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: This version of our signature American pale ale is dry hopped with the pungent Galaxy variety. Enticingly hazy and blonde in appearance with frothy carb, the nose erupts with strong citrus, passion fruit, and pineapple aromatics. Upfront and resinous hop-derived flavors of grapefruit pith, peach, and mango are balanced with a subtle, bready malt character and mild, subdued bitterness.

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