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785. Burlington Beer Company It’s Complicated Being a Wizard

Burlington Beer It's Complicated Being a WizardIt’s been over a month since my last post; crazy busy summer with the family. Fortunately I have enjoyed some great beers and will be getting some of the reviews posted this week. School is back in session soon so hopefully I won’t go as long between posts for the rest of the year.

This one from Burlington Beer Company really surprised me as it was entirely different than the many other IPAs coming out of Vermont. Appearance is a deep orange with a thick tan head. Aroma is a very interesting mix of lemon, citrus and a great mix of grains. Taste starts with lots of sweet malts then you get the lemon, citrus and a bit of peppery hops.

Such an interesting beer and one worth seeking out; just don’t go into it expecting another Vermont IPA like those from The Alchemist, Fiddlehead or Hill Farmstead.
Pros:
Unique
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Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Burlington Beer
Brewers Description: Our extra IPA has a radiant straw orange glow with which we immerse massive quantities of hops per gallon for a bold, yet delicate hop flavor. Utilizing barley, wheat, and oats.

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784. Frost Beer Works Another VT IPA

Frost beer Works Another VT IPAFirst beer from Frost Beer Works in Hinesburg, Vermont. Have not made it to the brewery yet but that will change the end of the month as I have a 3-day conference in the area and I should have time to stop by and check out the space. In the meantime I traded some Maine beers for some Vermont beers on a recent trip to Hill Farmstead. I like the simple label design and naming structure of Frost Beer Works line up.

Deep amber color with a thin white head. Carbonation seemed light and the head disappeared relatively quickly for an IPA. Aroma was mild but pleasant with a mix of tropical fruit and a nice sweetness. Taste is bitter up front followed by the tropical fruits and a sweet malt finish. Odd to have the bitterness on the front end but it worked.

Overall this is a very well balanced, refreshing IPA from Frost Beer Works. This was one of the first round of beers released so it may improve as they get things dialed in a bit more.
Pros: Well balanced
Cons: Light on carbonation, might be intentional 
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
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Brewers Website: Frost Beer Works
Brewers Description: a balanced, aromatic IPA with six malts, a Mosaic/Citra dry hop, and the signature of VT’s ale yeast. Citrus and tropical fruit aromas from hops complement malt smoothness and nuanced yeast complexity to create a flavor that encourages having another sip.

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781. Wormtown Brewery Be Hoppy

Wormtown Brewery Be HoppyWormtown is another brewery that I have not visited yet but I really enjoyed Hopulence so when I saw cans of Be Hoppy at Julios I grab a couple 4-packs. I have had a lot of mediocre IPAs lately and hoped that Be Hoppy would be an improvement.

Fortunately I enjoyed everything about this beer. Be Hoppy pours a super clean copper color with a thick white head. Citrus, grapefruit and a bit of sweetness in the nose. Taste has lots going on with the citrus, tropical fruits but also some pine and floral notes. Bitterness is there but far from overpowering. Refreshing, clean and very drinkable Be Hoppy is a well crafted single IPA that even non-hop heads would enjoy.

Really nice beer from Wormtown and one of the best single IPAs I have had in a while. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 69
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Brewers Website: Wormtown Brewery
Brewers Description: Reddish-gold hazy unfiltered brew; Pungent aroma of citrus, floral spice, and grapefruit; Decidedly bitter palate with a medium light body; Flavors of hoppy grapefruit give way to a dry finish; Our Hop Back and Double Dry Hop process ensure aromatics that are in your face coupled with an obscene amount of kettle hops that should make all bitter beer fans and hop heads swoon.

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779. Medusa Brewing Company Albatross!

Medusa Brewing AlbatrossThis was the only IPA that was on when I visited Medusa Brewing but they have made at least 4 others. This one uses entirely southern hemisphere hops from Australia and New Zealand.

Appearance is a deep orange with a thin white head. Aroma was relatively light with some melon. Taste was also relatively light for an IPA with some type of melon; the brewery description says Honeydew. Only lightly bitter and really easy to drink.

A very good IPA even though the aroma and flavors are not huge.
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Alcohol Content: 6.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 65
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Brewers Website: Medusa Brewing
Brewers Description:This IPA is hopped entirely with southern hemisphere varieties: Summer and Pride of Ringwood from Australia, and Wakatu from New Zealand. Honeydew melon and tropical fruit character are in the forefront here.

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777. DC Brau / Oskar Blues Smells Like Freedom

DC Brau Smells Like FreedomThis is the best beer in the box so far but I do have a few saisons left to drink. Smells Like Freedom is a collaboration between DC Brau and Oskar Blues (see link here for more detail).

Smells Like Freedom pours a radiant orange with a thick white head. Lots and lots of dank piney hops with a bit of tangerine and pineapple in both the nose and the taste. Carbonation and mouthfeel were both excellent. Finish has a nice bitterness and leaves an oily residue that lingered long after the beer was finished.

DC Brau and Oskar Blues set out to create a dank IPA and they did just that. If you have a way of getting this beer you should give it a try. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 65
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Brewers Website: DC Brau
Brewers Description: Smells Like Freedom is a big, juicy hop-bomb of an IPA with a nice medium body that is slightly dried out thanks to the addition of sugar the brewing kettle. The hop profile is huge. Notes include resiny, piney, earthy, sticky, cannabis and white pepper with aromas of cannabis, tangerine and sugar-coated ruby red grapefruit to entice the drinker. Smells Like Freedom drinks with a subtle punch of bitterness upfront that fades into a pleasant, palate-coating bitterness that attractively lingers and asks for another sip. This one is sure to please beer geeks and IPA fans with many layers of flavor upon flavor.

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776. Devils Backbone Brewing Company Eight Point IPA

Devils Backbone Eight Point IPASecond beer from Devils Backbone and this one is a classic American IPA. Nothing special here but it is a well balanced beer. Mixing floral, grassy hops with a malt sweetness and bit of a pepper spice.

Finish is bitter but not over done. Nice beer but there are 100’s others just like it. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 60
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Brewers Website: Devils Backbone Brewing
Brewers Description: This is the first batch of beer we brewed after the conception of Devils Backbone Brewing Company in 2008. Our brewmaster Jason Oliver was thinking about how to design the IPA when he heard a rustle near his fence line (just touching the woods) where he saw two young proud eight point bucks walking along it. He decided to name the beer after those young bucks as it seemed to fit the spirit of the beer,which is proud, brash, youthful, yet approachable.

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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.
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Alcohol Content: 6.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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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!

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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.
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 69
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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.

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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. 
Pros:
Lots of flavor
Cons: Mild aroma
Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 75
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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.

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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.
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Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Next in the series of experimental hop IPAs, this one features HB-366, known as Equinox.

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