4/6/14 - Testing, Testing, Testing…

Brewing Equipment Tested

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Propane Burner + Propane Tank (No leaks) 

Brew Kettle 

Wort Chiller 

Thermometer 

27mins - 4 Gallons to Boil on Burner (set to high) - No lid

14 mins - 212 Degrees to 68 Degrees 

Observations:

> Need brew kettle lid with cutouts for thermometer and wort chiller

> 4 gallons of water needed to fully immerse wort chiller in brew kettle.  

> Wort chiller hose connections blew off after outside faucet was turned on…tightened connections but still observed some leakage during cool down…will have to adjust further

11/16/12 Taste Test 
Maine Beer Company - Lunch 
West Coast-style IPA 
Portland, ME
ABV - 7.0%
Purchased at Local in Brunswick, ME
Beer Advocate Reviews
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Russian River Brewing Company - Pliny the Elder 
Double IPA
Santa Rosa, CA
ABV - 8.0%
Purchased at Whole Foods SOMA in San Francisco and then transported via checked baggage - SFO>PWM
Beer Advocate Reviews
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The Alchemist - Heady Topper 
Double IPA
Waterbury, VT
ABV - 8.0%
Purchased at the Cannery in Waterbury, VT
Beer Advocate Reviews
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Some Impressions:
First off, I think it’s definitely hard to compare Lunch to Pliny or HT.  It’s a great beer but I don’t think this context gives it a fair shake.  I think Blind Pig would be the more apt comparison.  Definitely seek Lunch out if you haven’t had it.  Maine Beer Company has a line up of other great beers (Peeper and Mean Old Tom are both exceptional) and they’re starting to expand rapidly.  
Pliny and Heady Topper
Pliny was no worse for wear after the cross country plane ride.  Side-by-side with HT, there are pretty significant differences between the beers.  Pliny is so aromatic when you smell it with HT having a more subdued aroma.  Then when tasting both beers, Pliny has a much smoother taste.  It’s very refined in that all of the flavors are very balanced…everything works together.  Heady Topper on the other hand—for lack of a better description—has a lot of bite.  It’s an agressive beer with a lot going on.  
Which is better?  I don’t think it really matters.  They’re two great beers that really highlight two unique takes on the same style.  

11/16/12 Taste Test 

Maine Beer Company - Lunch 

West Coast-style IPA 

Portland, ME

ABV - 7.0%

Purchased at Local in Brunswick, ME

Beer Advocate Reviews

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Russian River Brewing Company - Pliny the Elder 

Double IPA

Santa Rosa, CA

ABV - 8.0%

Purchased at Whole Foods SOMA in San Francisco and then transported via checked baggage - SFO>PWM

Beer Advocate Reviews

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The Alchemist - Heady Topper 

Double IPA

Waterbury, VT

ABV - 8.0%

Purchased at the Cannery in Waterbury, VT

Beer Advocate Reviews

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Some Impressions:

First off, I think it’s definitely hard to compare Lunch to Pliny or HT.  It’s a great beer but I don’t think this context gives it a fair shake.  I think Blind Pig would be the more apt comparison.  Definitely seek Lunch out if you haven’t had it.  Maine Beer Company has a line up of other great beers (Peeper and Mean Old Tom are both exceptional) and they’re starting to expand rapidly.  

Pliny and Heady Topper

Pliny was no worse for wear after the cross country plane ride.  Side-by-side with HT, there are pretty significant differences between the beers.  Pliny is so aromatic when you smell it with HT having a more subdued aroma.  Then when tasting both beers, Pliny has a much smoother taste.  It’s very refined in that all of the flavors are very balanced…everything works together.  Heady Topper on the other hand—for lack of a better description—has a lot of bite.  It’s an agressive beer with a lot going on.  

Which is better?  I don’t think it really matters.  They’re two great beers that really highlight two unique takes on the same style.  

potatohamster:

An IPA a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Beer #75

Sorry, this is such a special beer to me that you get my ugly mug as part of the photo festivities.

Ok. Look. I don’t usually like Double IPAs. They’re too malty, too spicy, too burny for my taste. I like my hops just all up in my junk, and DIPAs usually don’t deliver. Oh man……this beer.

I’ve been hearing about this beer for the last year. I found out exactly how elusive it is this year. My town finally got it in around the middle of February. How much? A grand total of 5 cases…

The wait was worth it, although I’m still not sure about the price. At $20 per six-pack, you need to be willing to swallow the fact that you’re paying more than $3 per bottle of this stuff.

The good news? It’s fucking delicious. Every half a minute or so I swirl my glass just to get the massive whiff of hops and subtle hint of honey that this hefty motherfucker (10% ABV) puts out.

On first swallow, the mouthfeel is insanely creamy for a beer of this style, with the sweetness of the honey dominating. That quickly fades, leaving the sheer amount of hops to batter your tongue along with a noticeable but not unpleasant alcohol taste.

Such a great beer, but unfortunately too expensive for my taste. I call this one the Beer Holy Grail of the Midwest. The BHG of the East is of course Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA. The BHG of the West is Russian River’s Pliny the Elder/Younger. This is all just my opinion of course. And I’m rambling. Because I’m drunk. Because I’m drinking a 10% beer. Alright, bye internet.

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Deschutes Brewery Hop Trip Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Bend, OR
5.4% ABV - 12 Ounce Bottle
Purchased at port @ Village Market
Smuggled aboard MV Golden Gate
6:20PM - San Francisco to Larkspur
Beer Advocate Reviews

Deschutes Brewery Hop Trip Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Bend, OR

5.4% ABV - 12 Ounce Bottle

Purchased at port @ Village Market

Smuggled aboard MV Golden Gate

6:20PM - San Francisco to Larkspur

Beer Advocate Reviews

Firestone Walker Brewing Company DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
Paso Robles, CA
5.1% ABV - 12 Ounce Bottle
Purchased at port @ Whole Foods SOMA
Smuggled aboard MV Golden Gate 
6:20 PM Larkspur to San Francisco

Beer Advocate Reviews

Firestone Walker Brewing Company DBA (Double Barrel Ale)

Paso Robles, CA

5.1% ABV - 12 Ounce Bottle

Purchased at port @ Whole Foods SOMA

Smuggled aboard MV Golden Gate 

6:20 PM Larkspur to San Francisco

Beer Advocate Reviews

Ferry Beers 
On The Road 9/30 - 10/4
Next Ferry Ride - 10/5

Ferry Beers
On The Road 9/30 - 10/4
Next Ferry Ride - 10/5

Grand Teton Brewing Company Sweetgrass American Pale Ale
Victor, ID
6.0% ABV - 12 Ounce Bottle
Purchased at port @ Whole Foods SOMA
Smuggled aboard MV Mendocino
5:55pm - San Francisco to Larkspur

Beer Advocate Reviews

Grand Teton Brewing Company Sweetgrass American Pale Ale

Victor, ID

6.0% ABV - 12 Ounce Bottle

Purchased at port @ Whole Foods SOMA

Smuggled aboard MV Mendocino

5:55pm - San Francisco to Larkspur

Beer Advocate Reviews

Deschutes Brewery Inversion IPA
Bend, OR
6.8% ABV - 12 Ounce Bottle
Purchased at port @ Whole Foods SOMA
Smuggled aboard MV Golden Gate 
6:20PM - San Francisco to Larkspur
Beer Advocate Reviews

Deschutes Brewery Inversion IPA

Bend, OR

6.8% ABV - 12 Ounce Bottle

Purchased at port @ Whole Foods SOMA

Smuggled aboard MV Golden Gate 

6:20PM - San Francisco to Larkspur


Beer Advocate Reviews

Bison Brewery  —  Reunion ‘10 - Belgian-Style Scotch Ale
Berkeley, CA
Purchased at port by @JStone415 at @AlesUnlimited
Smuggled aboard MV Mendocino
5:55PM - San Francisco to Larkspur 
Beer Advocate Reviews
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Bison Brewery  —  Reunion ‘10 - Belgian-Style Scotch Ale

Berkeley, CA

Purchased at port by @JStone415 at @AlesUnlimited

Smuggled aboard MV Mendocino

5:55PM - San Francisco to Larkspur 

Beer Advocate Reviews

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Russian River Brewing Company Blind Pig IPA 
Santa Rosa, CA 
6.10% ABV - 500 ML Bottle
Purchased at port @ Russian River Brewing Company
Smuggled aboard MV Golden Gate
6:20 PM San Francisco to Larkspur
 Beer Advocate Reviews

Russian River Brewing Company Blind Pig IPA

Santa Rosa, CA

6.10% ABV - 500 ML Bottle

Purchased at port @ Russian River Brewing Company

Smuggled aboard MV Golden Gate

6:20 PM San Francisco to Larkspur

Beer Advocate Reviews

Beers enjoyed on my ferry commute.

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