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742. Dogfish Head Beer Thousand

Dogfish Head Beer ThousandI bought this beer because I was approaching my 1,000th check-in on Untappd (link to profile here) and it seemed appropriate to save my 1000th check-in for this beer. Unfortunately the beer did not warrant being chosen for such a big occasion.

Beer Thousand uses 10 different grains in the malt bill along with 10 different hop varieties and has an ABV of 10%. This sounds like it should create an incredibly complex and tasty brew however the result is a little bit of everything with lots of combating flavors. Instead of working together to create something flavorful and unique the flavors seem to cancel each other out. Aroma may be the best part with lots of malt, some sweet honey and green apple. Taste is where it falls apart with many competing flavors and a fair amount of alcohol burn. Finish is a bit harsh and while I did finish the beer I was not all that impressed and glad I only bought a single 12 oz bottle. 
Pros:

Cons: Flavors compete instead of complementing each other
Alcohol Content: 10.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 31
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: Through two decades of epic live performances, ups and downs, breakups and reunions, self-financed basement sessions and major-label releases, there’s been one constant for indie legends Guided by Voices: lots and lots of American lager.

To celebrate the band’s independent spirit and the 20th anniversary of the classic album Bee Thousand, Dogfish Head has brewed the bracing but highly quaffable BEER Thousand. This imperial lager includes 10 grains and 10 hop varieties and clocks in at 10% ABV.

10x10x10 = BEER Thousand.

No sipper, BEER Thousand looks like a light lager and has much of the light lager recipe DNA but it is amplified like a barleywine. Fleeting fruit notes in the aroma give way to a sweet and malty flavor and a clean, warm finish. It goes down perfectly between barrages of low-fi 90-second jams.

“I can’t believe it’s been 20 years,” says GBV frontman Robert Pollard. “But I’ll drink to that.”

BY THE NUMBERS

10 grains: 2-row pale malt, 6-row pale malt, Corn, Rice, Wheat, Dark Munich malt, Carapils malt, Light caramel malt, Dark caramel malt, Flaked barley

10 hops: Warrior, CTZ, Simcoe. Cluster, Galena, Galaxy, Centennial, Willamette, Cascade, Vanguard

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724. In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation Infinitly DIPA

Infiniti Infinitely DIPAMaine had two new double IPA releases in a week with Baxter Brewing releasing Bootleg Fireworks (see next review) and this one from In’finiti. If you toss in Dinner from Maine Beer Company being released again we had a lot of hoppy beers hitting the market in a short amount of time.

In’finiti chose to use 16 oz aluminum bottles for their DIPA. I believe this is the first beer I have tried from an aluminum can and I like the format. While grabbing my 4-pack I also picked up their new stemware and bottles of their barrel aged brett beers which are tucked away in the cellar.

Appearance is a deep orange with a slight white head that left plenty of lacing. Aroma had some alcohol, some tropical fruits and a nice malt sweetness, overall quite appealing even if the hops were not the dominant feature. Taste follows with a nice sweet start, plenty of tropical and a bit of pine in the middle with only a slight bitterness in the finish. This is a very well balanced double IPA and very enjoyable. Will certainly grab some more bottles when this is released again.
Pros: Nicely balanced
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: In’finiti
Brewers Description: Clean double IPA with a light body made from domestic pilsner malt.  Charged with 5 varieties of hops from New Zealand to give notes of tropical fruit, pine and citrus.

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720. Rising Tide Brewing Corvus

Rising Tide CorvusRising Tide had their 4th Anniversary party on October 26th at their brewery in Portland. I was not able to attend but heard it was a great time. At the event they had lots of food, a pickle competition and released Corvus a hoppy pale ale. I was pleased to find bottles still available when I visited the brewery the following week and grabbed a 4-pack. I quickly realized that one 4-pack was not going to be enough and grabbed another after the Maine Brewers Guild’s Freshman Orientation that was held next door at Coffee by Designs new facility.

Bottles of Corvus are probably gone by now but here is what you missed. Typical pale ale appearance with a clear light orange color and bright white head. Aroma and taste are both unique as it moves away from the typical citrus, floral, pine that you get so often with hoppy beers and gives you an interesting mix of other fruits. The description by Rising Tide below says strawberry, honeydew melon, passionfruit, kiwi and grapefruit. I don’t eat a lot of honeydew/passionfruit/kiwi so I can only assume these are the flavors. I also got a little pineapple, no matter what the fruits are this is one unique and very tasty beer.

Congrats to Rising Tide on a great first 4 years and I can’t wait to see what they come up with in the next 4 years.
Pros:
Unique aroma and flavor
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Rising Tide Brewing
Brewers Description: Brewed in celebration of our 4th year, Corvus features a blend of hops from Germany, Australia, and New Zealand, including Nelson Sauvin, Topaz, Galaxy, and Hüll Melon.

Fruity and lightly bitter with notes of strawberry, honeydew melon, passionfruit, kiwi, and grapefruit.

May your cup never be out of reach.

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717. Sierra Nevada / Ashville Brewers Alliance Tater Ridge

Tater RidgeContinuing to make my way through the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack. Over the past few months the 12-pack has been go to when I don’t have a growler or a fresh IPA/pale ale to go to, however that does not happen very often. I may finally finish them off later this week.

Tater Ridge is collaboration with Asheville Brewers Alliance and the bottle description states “Scottish Ale brewed with Sweet Potatoes”, which sounds interesting. It pours a very deep reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma is sweet with no discernible hop character (not that I was expecting any from a Scottish Ale).

Taste is interesting with a sweet dark fruit (or maybe vegetable). This beer continues to develop as it warms. Another decent beer from this 12-pack but still not that exciting.
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 35
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: The Asheville area is a brewing hotspot nestled in the mountains of North Carolina. Tater Ridge was brewed by something of a craft beer super group made up of members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance. We’re fortunate to call these passionate and talented brewers our neighbors, and we hope this unique ale will be the first of many collaborations to come.

We’ve made plenty of new friends in the nearly 30-strong Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA) since we started brewing in North Carolina. Two of whom—John Stuart of Green Man Brewery and Luke Dickinson of Wicked Weed Brewing—led this collaboration recipe and work tirelessly to bring creativity and a deep-seated love of locally made craft beer to the Appalachian Mountains.

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716. Sierra Nevada / Ballast Point Electric Ray IPL

Sierra Nevada Ballast Point Electric RayThis is my favorite beer so far from the Beer Camp 12-pack. An India Pale Lager from Sierra Nevada and Ballast Point, both of California.

Electric Ray pours a nice clear orange with a single finger white head. Aroma is mild but pleasant with some citrus hops and a light sweetness. Taste pretty much follows the nose with some pine thrown in and a nice bitterness in the finish.

So far this is the only beer from the 12-pack that I would buy again. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked to the sea for the inspiration behind Electric Ray. A play on the fish’s scientific name—Torpedo californica—this beer pays homage to our mutual home state, as well as to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of the big flavor in this high voltage, hop-forward Imperial Pale Lager.

Ballast Point brought their homebrewing dreams to the big leagues and started brewing professionally, but they never forgot their roots. They still run a successful homebrewing supply shop in San Diego. A love for hops and the ocean inspire incredible brewed and distilled offerings, and their one-of-a-kind labels boast some beautiful, and sometimes gnarly-lookin’, fish.

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703. 3 Floyds Brewing Zombie Dust

3 Floyds Zombie DustI was lucky enough to try this beer on tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury VT back in May. They had some kegs in town for the Hill Farmstead anniversary event and amazingly they last through the weekend. Loved it on tap so when one of my trading partners in New Hampshire mentioned he had an extra bottle I grabbed it. This is only the second beer I have tried from 3 Floyds but Dreadnaught was an eye opener for me and what really turned me on to double IPAs.

Zombie Dust is a pale ale but like so many today it is heavily hopped. Pours a great hazy orange with a decent off white head that left a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma has a lot of grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruits. The aromas from the bottle seemed a bit more subdued than what I remember on draft. Taste has a nice sweet start that quickly gives way to the citrus and slightly dank hops. A mild bitter finish but overall a very balanced and enjoyable beer.

Would love to try more beer from 3 Floyds so if anyone is traveling to Indiana feel free to grab some extra for me.
Pros: On the hoppy end of the balance scale
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Rating: 
Brewers Website: 3 Floyds
Brewers Description: This intensely hopped and gushing undead Pale Ale will be one’s only respite after the zombie apocalypse. Created with our marvelous friends in the comic industry.

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692. Sierra Nevada / Firestone Walker Torpedo Pilsner

Sierra Nevada Firestone Walker Torpedo PilsnerMy third beer from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp twelve pack and its another sold beer but still nothing spectacular. This one is brewed with Firestone Walker another California brewery. From what I have heard their Pivo Pils is one of the best available but the Torpedo Pilsner doesn’t compare. 

It looks like a pilsner should with a nice gold color and a thin white head. Aroma is slightly spicy and earthy with a bit of yeast. Overall a nice start and the taste continues with a solid floral, lemon hop profile and a nice clean finish. I’m not sure what this one is missing but I would prefer Pepperell Pils to this one which is probably a good thing since I can get Banded Horn’s beer easily and this one may never be produced again. 

Three beers in and I have enjoyed each one but there has not been one that I would want to drink again.
Pros:
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV

Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Torpedo Pilsner ditches the traditional German “noble” hops and heads south of the equator for
inspiration. With a traditional golden malt body, this “kiwi” pils features intense fruity and floral New Zealand-grown Motueka and Southern Cross hops, making this an alternate and delicious take on the classic pilsner.

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691. Sierra Nevada / Russian River Yvan the Great

Sierra Nevada Russian River Yvan the GreatRussian River makes some great beer including some of the most sought after IPAs and sours; Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Supplication, the list goes on and on. Because of this list I was a bit disappointed when I saw the beer included in the Sierra Nevada twelve pack was a Belgian Blonde. 

Pale gold with almost no head. Aroma has plenty of yeast, clove and a bit of lemon. Taste is the best part of this beer with a strong Belgian start and a slightly hoppy lemon finish. Well carbonated very clean finish make this one super easy to drink.

Similar to the last beer I was glad to have tried it but not sure I would want to drink it again. 
Pros:
 Drinkable

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: This genre-bending beer has the bright, resinous hop profile of an American IPA blended with the dry and complex yeast character of a Belgian farmhouse ale. Yvan the Great is a perfect combination of the two brewing styles—hoppy, dry, spicy, and impressive.

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678. Stone Brewing Go To IPA

Stone Brewing Go to IPAThe session IPA; seems lots of breweries are doing them and people either like em or hate em. Many session IPAs have a watered down mouth feel and almost no malt bill leaving the drinker with a one dimensional beer.While Stone’s Go To IPA lacks complexity and does feel a bit watered down it actually works well.

Go To IPA pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is plentiful for a small beer; pine and grassy hops dominate. Taste moves away from the aroma towards tropical and citrus fruits and is quite enjoyable. While it is a bit thin that is to be expected from the style.

Overall I like my IPAs big but there are some breweries doing a good job with low ABV yet flavorful beers and Stone’s Go To IPA certainly makes this list. 
Pros:
Great aroma
Cons: Watered down mouth feel
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 65
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Stone Brewing
Brewers Description: Since Day One, we’ve been abundantly forthright and fully transparent about our lust for hops. It’s led us to craft many an IPA, most of them imperial—some intense for their time and all timeless in their intensity. For Stone Go To IPA, we are embracing our hop obsession in a new way, funneling an abundance of lupulin-borne bitterness into a “session” IPA delivering all the fruity, piney character of a much bigger IPA. To accomplish this, we employed “hop bursting,” a new technique wherein an irrational amount of hops is added during the final phase of the brewing process to coax out extreme flavors and aromas while also imparting a burst of desirably pleasant bitterness. The result is an Alpha-acid-rich beer that fans can enjoy more of without missing out on the assertive hop character you, like us, crave. So, sit back and go two with your new everyday go-to IPA and bask along with us in the glory of the almighty hop.

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673. Sierra Nevada Kellerweis

Sierra Nevada KellerweisGrabbed this one as part of a mixed six pack at Beer Cellar Portsmouth and had been lingering in my beer fridge for a while. Decided to open on a hot summer afternoon and I was glad I did.

Pours a bit clearer than I would like but I may have failed to swirl the bottom of the bottle to get the remnants as you should with a hefeweizen. Other than lot I love the coloring a the slight white head. Aroma is a spicy banana bread and quite nice. Taste follows and adds a bit of clove.

Overall a nice hefeweizen which is a style of beer that I really enjoy during the summer. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 15
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada
Brewers Description: Inspired by traditional Bavarian techniques, Kellerweis is a true artisan experience. With Kellerweis, we brew in open fermentation tanks—a process rarely seen today—to let the ingredients truly shine. The result is a hazy wheat ale—untamed, raw and alive. With a full, fruity aroma and notes of spicy clove and banana bread, Kellerweis is a truly unique brew.

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