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187. Diamond Knot Brewing Industrial IPA

My third Imperial IPA of the week and a bit of a disappointment when compared with reviews #184 & 185. Color of this one is probably the only thing that is better than the first two, but it has a very small head with little lacing left on the glass. Aroma is hops and alcohol. Taste had less citrus than the others and more sweet, spicy bitterness. Malts are there to balance things out but really do not add anything to the taste. Overall this is a quality beer just not quite as good as the my recent reviews.
Pros:  Appearance
Cons: Little to no head
Alcohol Content: 8.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 80
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Diamond Knot Brewing
Brewers Description: The Surly Big Brother of our regular IPA! Dark copper in color, a distinct malty sweetness followed by an intensely hoppy middle. A floral finish imparted by the Dry Hop will leave you begging for another.

101. Widmer Brothers Rotator IPA: Falconer’s IPA

This is a much better representation of an American IPA than the Redhook Longhammer I reviewed last week. This has a great fruity aroma, solid white head and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Taste has the hops you would expect from an IPA but also a bit of citrus and a fair amount of malts in there to balance it out. Easy to drink even at 7% ABV and if you a good IPA give this one a try.
Pros: Color, aroma, balanced
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 65
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Widmer Brothers
Brewers Description: Glen Falconer was passionate about friends, family and great IPAs. So in tribute we’ve created an IPA worth of this master brewr. Made with Falconer’s Flight Hops from Hopunion, LLC. A blend named for Glen himself. The result is a bright, moderately bitter IPA with stonefruit aromas and a strong malt backbone. We think Glen would have approved. Proceeds from the sale of Falconer’s Flight Hops go to the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation prociding scholarships to professional and aspiring brewers. In addition Widmer Brothers Brewing is making a donation to grant two additional scholarships. Learn more at www.glenfalconerfoundation.org Prost! to true hop heads.

95. Redhook Long Hammer IPA

The last of the Redhook variety pack. Overall not a bad beer but I am not even sure this really qualifies as an IPA with an IBU rating of 44. Most IPAs from local brewers are in the 60+/- range so this feels more like a regular ale with slightly higher hops. For me this is not necessarily a bad thing as I prefer beer with lower IBU ratings. Color again is great with a thick white head that lasts and leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is minimal but the beer itself is easy to drink. If I were rating this as an IPA it would get a very low rating looking at it just as a beer it is not bad.
Pros: Color, smooth
Cons: Not really an IPA
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 44
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Redhook
Brewers Description: The generous addition of hops both during and at the end of the fermentation process (dry-hopping) gives our India Pale Ale its characteristic bitterness and piney citrus aroma and flavor.  The medium body, crisp finish, and moderate alcohol and IBU levels makes this one of America’s most drinkable and best-selling IPAs.

94. Redhook Pilsner

This is the third of four varieties included in the Redhook variety pack and the only one of the bunch I was not looking forward to. The only reason is I do not like pilsners and while this is a quality beer it was tough to drink. I was able to finish it but have 2 more in the fridge that I will have to bring to Thanksgiving dinner or some other function where someone else can drink them. The color is great with a nice white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Taste is what I expect from a pilsner (which is not much). Overall another quality beer from Redhook and if you like pilsners you would probably enjoy this beer.
Pros: Color
Cons: It’s a pilsner
Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 25
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Redhook
Brewers Description: Czech out Redhook’s newest brew.  Redhook Pilsner is crisp, golden lager that is modeled after those historic beers originally made in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia.  Redhook Pilsner’s maltiness is offset by a medium dose of Saaz hops and finishes with a clean, bright, thirst-quenching quality. A great “session” lager for when you’ve got a long day ahead of drinking.

92. Redhook ESB

The first thing you notice when you buy Red Hook is the old school short bottle. Very unique and while I usually drink my beer from a glass the bottle just feels good in the hand. I had not had Red Hook in some time and was looking forward to trying it again, found a variety 12-pack in my local grocer this week so decided to stock up. The first of four from Red Hook was the ESB and while this beer is quite simple it is still a good example of ESB and very easy to drink. Great color, minimal aroma and a good balance of malt and hops. Almost no aftertaste.
Pros: Color, smooth
Cons: Simple
Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 28
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Redhook
Brewers Description: Brewed in the style of a traditional British ESB (Extra Special Bitter), we’ve been making ESB continuously since 1987, and it’s now the benchmark for the Amber beer category.  Despite having “bitter” in its name, Redhook ESB is really not that bitter at all.  This brew is all about the balance of caramel malt sweetness completed by spicy, citrusy hops.

93. Redhook Copperhook

This is the second of four varieties from Redhook and this review will be similar to the first. A quality amber/red with an appearance that is probably a bit lighter than many other reds. Slight caramel aroma and again a nice balance of malt and hops. Finishes clean and easy to drink even though the ABV is slightly higher than most.
Pros: Great color, easy to drink
Cons: Lighter than other reds
Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 25
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Redhook
Brewers Description: Who needs precious metals, when you’ve got Copper?!   This copper colored ale is a real crowd-pleaser.  Copperhook strikes the perfect balance of smooth, rich, malty flavor you’d expect from a craft brew with a lighter body and hop profile that makes it a perfect “session” beer when you’ve got a long day ahead of knocking back a few with your buddies.