Category: Beer Stuff


MKE Brewing Company

Hop Happy IPA

ABV – 7.7%

IBU – 51

I picked up a bottle of Hop Happy IPA by MKE Brewing Company at Badger Spirits in Beloit WI as part of a “Pick Your Own Six Pack” one off. I was pleasantly surprised. I cracked open the bottle and took a tentative sniff. I was greeted by a floral, grassy hop aroma that seemed to carry just a hint of citrus.

I poured it slowly into my favorite tulip glass and and the aroma that had peeked out from the bottle was far more intense in the glass.

Hop Happy IPA looks like honey in your glass. It has a white foamy head that hangs around for a few minutes before vanishing completely.

I was a little bit bewildered when my first sip of Hop Happy IPA was sweet, but then the hops swept in and completely took over. The hops seem to have far more of a citrus to them at this point…ever so slightly grapefruit. Really quite delicious.

A nice bitter aftertaste lingers at the back of your throat…begging you to take another sip.

I tend to lean toward IPA’s and Stouts, so I may be a bit biased…on these two styles.

I thoroughly enjoyed Hop Happy IPA. Its definitely one I plan to tell my dad and all my friends about. It might be a bit on the boozy side at 7.7%…not something you could drink all night long, but it would be a great beer to take one or two pints of just to get the night started off right.

Have you had this before? What did you think? This is quite a tasty beer in my opinion. I’d definitely buy this one again…probably a six pack or two of it next though.

Great beer.

Hey…I just want to mention that I tried Dark Horse’s “Smells Like a Safety Meeting” IPA a couple days ago…the day before the 4th of July I think.

Anyway, I don’t have all the specs right now…and I’d like to pick up a couple bottles to give it a fair review…but I really enjoyed it the other day at Oasis Micro Pub…really good stuff.

I’ve sort of taken up collecting and cellaring some of the darker beers.  I’ve been picking up Imperial Stouts and Baltic Porters here and there and storing them in my nice cool, dark basement.  The intention is to let ’em hangout for a couple years before opening any of them…

 

I’ve been logging everything that goes down into storage…including date acquired and the year it was bottled.  

 

Its fun building the collection and I’m really looking forward to drinking these once they’ve matured a bit.

 

Anybody have any ideas on Stouts, Porters, or even any Belgian stuff that might age well?  

 

Thanks Everybody

I’m Back!!!

Hey there…I’m sorry I’ve been away from this for so long…its not that I enjoy beer any less, but I’ve spent the last couple of years doing some fairly intense dieting…so whether I like it or not…I’ve had to enjoy far less beer.

I’ve figured out that as long as I exercise, I can have about a beer…and sometimes two a day…so since I’m drinking ’em why not tell you about ’em.

Will be back soon with more.

My wife thinks I have way to many glasses with various brewery logos on them…I’m a sucker for cool glassware.  I guess that’s how I found my way to the mug below.  I’m always looking for new breweries…cool logos…new beer…all of the above…and this one caught my eye…

 

 

 

You can find out more about these guys on Facebook too at http://www.facebook.com/highlowbrewingcompany

Just a random thought…since its been a long time since I’ve written anything at all here.

I don’t think we should accept any Grand Unified Theory that does not fully explain the seemingly magical power of beer.  I could be wrong…

In case…

 

In case your wondering who this idiot is, that is bashing your favorite beers…that’s me on the left there…what a schmuck, right.

I totally need to talk my wife into letting me build a kegerator.  The problem is that right now…I don’t drink much.  I only consume about a beer a day and we don’t entertain much, so other than that a kegerator would be cool…I just can’t justify it to my lovely wife.

This is where you all come in…

Any ideas on how I can convince my wife to let me build a kegerator?  How long does a typical keg stay good?  If I only have a beer a day, is there going to be a bunch of beer going to waste?  or will it stay good until I get to it?

Anyone know of an inexpensive kegerator in the midwest that might need a new home?

 

Drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com

 

cheers…

 

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

PS

 

More reviews and recipes to come…seriously…I promise

Creativity…

There’s a lot of brewers and breweries out there coming up with some cool and creative logo’s and designs.  Really cool stuff.  Check out the T-shirt below for Naked City…I dig the logo.

Very cool shirt.

Sorry to keep throwing shirts and things up here.  I’m always impressed by creativity…and am always eager to lend support to the brewing community whenever I can.

There are more beer reviews coming though…so don’t go thinking that all you’re going to see here is t-shirts from now on.   I’ve got several reviews in the works as well as a couple of Homebrew recipes that I’ve been meaning to post for you.