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566. Berkshire Brewing Lost Sailor IPA

Berkshire Los Sailor IPAAnother growler I picked up on my trip to Mass and this one was full of Lost Sailor IPA. This is an English Style IPA which is not my favorite IPA style. As you can tell by the photo this is a nice looking beer, great orange color and plenty of off white head.

Aroma had a bit of pine but that was about all I could get for hops. There was also a lot of sweet malts in the aroma which I did not expect but I should have since this is an English IPA. Taste was solid with the some pine, floral hops and plenty of malt. Finish was quite bitter which I do not enjoy but again is typical of the style.

Overall this is one of the better English style IPAs that I have tried but I still prefer the big hoppy American IPAs. 
Nice representation of the style
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 40
Brewers Website: Berkshire Brewing
Brewers Description: A classic British-inspired IPA, Lost Sailor keeps an even keel with a well rounded malt profile to support generous dry-hopping with the time-honored Goldings hop variety.  With its floral and citrus aroma and medium body, Lost Sailor is the perfect session beer, whether lost at sea or in the comfort of your own home or a local pub.

258. Cricket Hill Hopnotic IPA

Nothing good to say about this beer as it was only the second beer in the 258 I have reviewed that I did not finish. I love IPAs but this one was off in almost every way.

Appearance is the only part of this beer that is a positive and even that did not last long as the head dissipated very quickly and left almost no lacing on the glass. Aroma was terrible with lots of wheat and no hops. I have not had a Miller Lite in at least 10 years but this is what I remember it tasting like. Flavorless and bitter in a bad way. I gave this one a chance letting it warm slightly and the taste was still horrible so it went down the drain.
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Everything
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Cricket Hill Brewery
Brewers Description: No mere beverage could satisfy the thirst of the gallent soldiers who stood guard over the colonies of the British Empire. Their thirst could only be quenched by a full-bodied, heartyale; an ale balanced with rich flavorful Hops. Cricket Hill proudly offer this old style India Pale Ale for those who long for the time when once your duty was complete, the taste of a fine ale was reward enough for a job well done.

198. Meantime IPA

I have to admit I purchased this one because of the bottle. Such a cool design and label. This is an 11.2 oz bottle (slightly less than your typical American 12 oz) with avery unique style to it. Meantime is a brewery located in London, England and they also sell full 750 ml bottles with a cork top. The beer pours a pale orange color with a decent white head.  Smell is mostly malts and breads which is surprising for an IPA but maybe they do things differently in England. Taste has a fair amount of sweetness from the malts and a nice tropical fruit taste – maybe cantaloupe? Overall it was an easy to drink beer even at 7.4% ABV. Not sure I would seek out another bottle but I was not disappointed in the one I had.
Pros: Bottle
Cons: Average taste and less exciting than many American IPAs.
Alcohol Content: 7.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Meantime Brewing
Brewers Description: The Original Bitter BeerA Glass Full of Hops
India Pale Ales are commonly associated with Burton-on-Trent as the town rose to international fame on the back of these pale beers because the gypsum-rich local water was ideally suited to making hoppy, pale beers. In fact the style originated in London, and between the 1780s and 1823 the East London firm of Hodgson had a jealously guarded virtual monopoly of supply to the growing India market. These beers were characterised by pale malts, long maturation, massive hopping levels and respectably high alcoholic strength. Meantime’s IPA is generally regarded (by all those whose opinion matters) as being the best available recreation of a nineteenth century IPA.

Our India Pale Ale may best be described as hop wine. Jam packed with English Fuggles and Goldings, the beer is brewed with as many hops as we can physically get into the copper. We even add more hops using our own unique circulation process to ensure maximum contact between the hops and the body of the beer. All this gives us a final hopping rate of well over 2lbs of hops per barrel, resulting in a beer which throws out ginger notes and flavours of, marzipan which soften into a rich Seville orange marmalade.

Excellent drunk now, even better drunk tomorrow; this is one for laying down – both you and the beer will benefit from it.

If you want to learn more about India Pale Ale visithttp://www.india-pale-ale.com

Food Pairings
This was the original ‘export’ ale and as the beer that the British drank when they invented curry, this, not lager – is the original,authentic and ideal partner to all great British dishes be they ploughman’s, roast beef, or curry.

118. Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale

Another IPA…The color is about what you would expect from an IPA, a nice light orange, copper color with minimal head. Aroma is complex with a lot of things going on; some citrus with a bit of pine. Taste  is well balanced and easy to drink with a fair amount of bite from the hops but it does not linger too long. Overall this is a good IPA but nothing that makes it stand out among the many others.
Pros: Aroma
Alcohol Content:
 6.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): Rating: ★★½☆☆
Brewers Website: Brooklyn Brewery
Brewers Description: Our East India Pale Ale is a deep golden beer brewed from British malt and a blend of hops featuring the choice East Kent Golding variety. It is traditionally dry-hopped for a bright aroma of hops and citrus fruit, and has a robust snappy bitterness, a warming malt palate and a clean hoppy finish.

116. Geary’s Winter Ale

This one surprised as it is listed as an IPA so I was expecting the typically hoppy beer. After pouring and seeing the nice dark color, tan head and strong fruity aroma with almost no hops I knew it was going to be different. The malts are very strong in this one and it finished with lots of chocolate flavor. Almost no hop bite. I gave this one 3.5 stars as I truly enjoyed the beer but if I were grading it within the English IPA style which it is supposed to be, the grade would be much lower.
Pros: Great flavor and aroma
Cons: Not an IPA
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Geary’s
Brewers Description: Geary’s Winter Ale is a hearty India Pale Ale; it has a dry maltiness with an intense floral hop finish.