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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.

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Hey there…here is the plan.  This weekend, I’m going to be brewing an IPA…

It’s going to be a single step infusion mash which for the most part is a fairly simple way to handle the mash process.

For a 5 Gallon batch you’ll want to add 6 to 6 and 1/2 gallons of water to the mash.  The target temperature for your water should be 150 degrees F for a duration of 60 minutes.

Any questions?

Ok…on to the next bit.  After the mash is complete, put all your liquor into your pot and move back to the stove…boiling time for this recipe will be a total of 90 minutes.

The ingredients.

Grains

12 lbs of 2-row pale malt

2 lbs Rye malt

2 lbs Caramel malt

Hops

1 oz Admiral (added at start of boil)

1 oz Brewer’s Gold (added 30 minutes into boil)

2 oz Magnum (added 15 minutes before end of boil)

 

Yeast

Wyeast 1332 (Northwest Ale Yeast)

 

Following the boil, move the wort to your primary fermenter and allow the liquid to cool.  Once cooled, pitch your yeast.

The primary fermentation should be about 7 to 10 days.

This IPA should run right around 8.5 ABV with an IBU of 139 if all goes well.

 

Predicted Original Gravity is 1.078

Predicted Terminal Gravity is 1.013

 

To some extent, I sort of assumed that if you found your way to the recipes section, maybe you’ve done a bit of brewing, but if not drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com and I can fill you in on some of the basics of the brewing process.

 

Cheers…and happy brewing.

 

josh frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

 

 

IPA

Stone Brewing Company

North County San Diego, CA

http://www.stonebrew.com

ABV – 6.9%

IBU- 77

 I’ve personally enjoyed many of the beers I’ve tasted from Stone Brewing Company, but I never understood how they’ve garnered such a devoted following. I honestly went into this review with a much more critical eye…hoping for some flaw…but it was not to be.

Stone IPA is golden in color with a frothy white head.

It had a floral hop aroma that is intermingled with what smells a bit like toasted malt.

Stone’s IPA is crisp and satisfying. The grassy hop notes hit immediately while a subtle malty sweetness fades in behind it. The finish is bitter and leaves you longing for the next sip.

Stone’s IPA is a well-balanced ale. It’s quite tasty actually. I think now I finally understand the hype. I enjoyed the experience from first sip to last…and I think you will too. So…if you haven’t had the opportunity to try Stone IPA, what are you waiting for? Get off your butt and go get some!

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

HopMouth Double IPA

Arcadia Ales

Battle Creek, MI

http://www.arcadiaales.com

ABV – 8.1%

IBU – 76

Arcadia Ales Hopmouth Double IPA is certainly a pretty beer. It is an amber colored ale that seems to glow in my glass. A white head quickly forms, but is gone just as quickly.

 My nose is greeted by an intense citrus hop aroma mingled with a sweetness that reminds me a bit of honey.

 The first sip is amazing. Hopmouth is crisp with a nice effervescence. The first flavor to hit is the hop bitterness. A fantastic blend of citrus and what seems to be pine. There is also the slightest hint of malty sweetness, but the wonderful hoppiness is far and away the dominant flavor.

 I find Hopmouth to be crisp and really quite refreshing. For me, this seems like the perfect beer to end a day spent on yardwork.

 I plan to trackdown many more Hopmouth Double IPA’s.  I’ve got one bottle left and I’m planning to give that one to my dad. He’s just gotta try this one…and so do YOU.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Squatter’s Beers

Salt Lake City, Utah

www.squatters.com

Hop Rising Double IPA

9% ABV

75 IBU

Two words. Mother’s Milk, plain and simple. Or perhaps a hop-a-riffic nectar of the gods.

I poured this fine beverage into my Goose Island tulip glass…not really sure what to expect. I’d enjoyed Squatter’s IPA and had high hopes for Hop Rising, their Double IPA.

Hop Rising is a golden, honey-colored brew. When I initially poured it, a one inch off-white head formed, but it quickly dissipated leaving a thin white film.

Hop Rising has a wonderful piney hop aroma coupled with the slightest maltiness (is maltiness actually a word?).

This lovely ale is sweet at first with the slightest alcohol flavors. At 9%, some alcohol flavors are to be expected…so not a big deal. The initial sweetness is quickly overtaken by an intense though quite pleasant hoppiness.

Hop Rising is crisp and clean, but with a fantastic complexity that challenges your senses. I personally found it thirst quenching as well as the perfect remedy to the stress of a long day.

Squatter’s Beers’ Hop Rising Double IPA is a beer that I will definitely seek out as often as I can. At 9%ABV, its far from a session ale. It is more a beer that you might start an evening with so that you can really enjoy the flavors and aromas.

I find myself quite impressed with Squatter’s Beers and along with their brew am eager to track down some merchandise for purchase as I would be proud to wear a Squatter’s Beer’s t-shirt.

I’m looking forward to sharing some Hop Rising with my dad as well as turning my friends on to this fine beverage.

Drop me an e-mail at jfrank2264@gmail.com if you’d happen to know where I can get my hands on a Squatter’s Beers t-shirt. As of the writing of this review, their site appears to be having some issues, but hopefully it will be back up soon.

I suggest you stop what you’re doing and run out right now to grab yourself some Hop Rising Double IPA. No worries. BeernShtuff will be here when you get back with more beer reviews and other cool beer stuff.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

Squatter’s Beers

Salt Lake City, Utah

India Pale Ale
 55 IBU

6.5% ABV

 

I poured the Squatter’s IPA into my Goose Island tulip glass Honestly, I’ve yet to find a better glass when it comes to sipping an IPA than my trusty Goose Island tulip.

 Squatter’s IPA is certainly a pretty ale. It’s on the darker side of golden, edging slightly toward amber. It’s white head dissipates quickly leaving little more than a thin film floating atop the beer.

 The aroma is citrusy hop goodness all the way. I had to force myself to stop smelling it long enough to actually take a sip.  At one point, I may have gotten my nose a little too close as I came away with beer dripping from the end.

The first sip had a metallic, slightly sour flavor. I was concerned as I’d had such high hopes. However, the metallic flavor was quickly replaced by a nice hoppy citrus. The beer is crisp, clean and nicely effervescent. It finishes dry and the hop bitterness lingers on your tongue.

I am pleased to say that after the first sip, the metallic/sour flavors never returned.

 Squatter’s IPA is a great beer. I’m hoping to pick up some more to share with my dad as well as some of my other hophead friends. I’m curious to see if the metallic flavors turn up in other bottles of it was just a fluke.  It actually seemed hoppier than a mere 55 IBU’s, but I’m not complaining.  To steal from a coffee ad, it was “Good to the last drop”

I think it is safe to say there is more Squatter’s IPA in my future.

Cheers,

Josh Frank

 

 

 

Bitter Woman IPA in Tulip Glass

Sorry it’s been a while, I’ve been camping in Door County in Wisconsin…and will actually have a bunch of new reviews related to that trek in the coming days…but here is my latest review.

Bitter Woman IPA

Tyranena Brewing Company

www.tyranena.com

Lake Mills, WI

IBU – unavailable

ABV – unavailable

Tyranena Brewing Company calls Bitter Woman IPA a “Wisconsin version of an IPA”. It is named in honor of an early Lake Mills, WI resident named “Aunt Cal” who was romantically linked to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

 I grabbed my trusty tulip glass and poured my bottle of Bitter Woman. The ale was golden, almost orange in color, sporting a thin white head that clung to the glass.

 The aroma is sweet yet with a strong floral hoppiness. Not to get too sappy here, but I sometimes think that if there’s a heaven, I hope it smells like Bitter Woman IPA.

 The first thing to hit your tongue is the sweetness of the malt…which is quickly swept away by an intense hoppy bitterness that lingers in your mouth, teasing the goodness that awaits you in the rest of the glass.

 This IPA has long been one of my favorites. I think I’ve recommended it to everyone I know that drinks beer at some point. It’s a beer that hopheads will love instantly but might be a little bit intense for those that are new to the style.

 Bitter Woman IPA is a beer that I personally look forward to drinking on tap every year the Great Lakes Brewfest. It is a beer that I know I can count when I am in need of a crisp, refreshing IPA.

In my opinion…this is a 5 star beer.

Track it down, give it a try. I think you’ll love it.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

 PS.

If you have any beers you’d like for me to check out and review here, drop me a line with the name of a  shop where I can find a bottle or two

Potosi Snake Hollow IPA in the Glass

 

Snake Hollow IPA

Potosi Brewing Company

Potosi , WI

ABV – 7%

IBU – 70

I’m new to writing about my beer drinking experiences…so bear with me.

 When I initially visited the Potosi Brewing Company site and read the brief summary on Snake Hollow IPA, I thought maybe I was in for an exercise in extreme beer-drinking. The brief description talked about how the IPA was hopped “plentifully in the kettle” and then hopped again prior to being aged. It is described as a “sturdy beer” that is sure to “satisfy the many hopheads among new-aged beer aficionados”. The hophead in me couldn’t wait

 I cracked open a bottle of Snake Hollow…sniffed the bottle…poured it into a tulip glass and inhaled deeply. The aroma was fantastic. I may have drooled on myself in anticipation. The slight smell of citrus intermingled with just a touch of pine. What more could a hop-lover ask for, right.

 The beer itself is golden, almost amber in color. Nicely carbonated with a fluffy, white head atop the ale. The head actually lingers for quite a while…so overall, nice head retention.

 The first sip was quite a surprise. I’d expected hops to the extreme. Snake Hollow IPA is mellow, well-balanced and complex from first sip to last. The first thing to hit the tongue is a pleasant malty sweetness followed by citrusy hop tones. The finish is slightly dry and grassy…and left me craving more. I was sad to see the glass empty.

 Potosi Snake Hollow IPA is one tasty beer. I can see it becoming a regular in my fridge and it is certainly a beer that I would recommend to a friend. I’m not exactly sure what the rating scale is going to be on my reviews here…

 If this was a star based system with 5 stars being the tops…I’d have to say Potosi Snake Hollow IPA is at least 4 and ½. This is a fantastic beer that I will definitely be revisiting over and over again.

 Cheers

josh frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

PS

These reviews are only my opinion.   In the end, you should check this breweries out for yourself.