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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser IPA

87 BA score on Beer Advocate. 93 overall and 59 style scores on RateBeer.

Bold, citrusy, and piney, our double IPA isn’t just a bigger version of Rebel IPA. Instead we explored a different balance of hop character, including Bravo & Galaxy hops, and upped the ante on their flavor and expression for a brew that’s intense yet enjoyable through every sip

Earned the level 3 hopped up badge on Untappd with Rebel Rouser. 15 beers with an IBU 0f 65 or over. 

Do have to admit, I am not the biggest fan of Samuel Adams/Boston Beer Company beers. Their beers tend to be too middle of the road for my tastes. It seems like Boston Beer Company tries to appeal to the non craft beer drinker. While there isn't anything wrong with that, it seems like they really don't do anything to appeal to the craft beer drinkers. But they do a lot to bring attention to the craft beer world though. Just think there are more interesting beers from other companies that are worth checking out. Plus Boston Beer Company is an American owned company.

Something PBR can't claim.

Do have to say one thing over that.
Thanks Obama.

Miley Cyrus has gone bat shit crazy, thanks Obama.

The commie pinkos drink the swill that is PBR.

Commie pinko PBR drinkers also look up the weird crap.

That pic is probably turning on those commie pinkos.
Probably what happened to the PBR drinkers.

Whereas, us actual beer drinkers look up more patriotic stuff.

Am currently saluting the flag but I'm not using my hands to salute. Never been happier to salute the flag.


Picked up a 6 pack a couple weeks ago at Savor Pint. Normally I just skip past Samuel Adams beers. Saw they did a DIPA/IIPA and figured it was worth at least a try.

Have had some of their seasonals and never have been that impressed. Even their flagship beer Boston Lager ranks pretty low on my list. 

Boston Lager has an 84 BA and 9o bros scores on Beer Advocate. 64 overall and 97 style scores on RateBeer. The 64 overall score on RateBeer is about right for Boston Lager. It's nothing too exciting.

What I think Boston Lager aims for - low. At least low is about 20 levels on what PBR aims for - goat urine.

Didn't expect a Samuel Adams beer to have an IBU as high as 85. Thought they couldn't get a beer that high. Seems like their beers aim for the middle, the IBU is usually a bit lower. 

Graphics are simple, yet effective. Green, white and black. Green caught my eye. Hops used are Bravo, Galaxy, Zeus, Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo. It's loaded with all sorts of hop goodness.

Poured into a Savor Growl glass. At least it is somewhat of proper glass.

Proper container for PBR, Corona, Bass and Michelob Light are sippy cups. Mainly used for PBR.

Really great head along with amazing lacing. Lacing covered the glass all the way down. Big plus in my book for both. Aroma has citrus and pine. Tiny bit of malt is detectable. Grapefruit like citrus seems to be the upfront citrus note. Impressed by the aroma. Didn't know it was in Samuel Adams to a decent smelling beer. Taste is pretty impressive from Samuel Adams. Plenty of citrus. Some pine, not as much in the aroma. Some cracker like malt is in there. To me, the malt interferes with the hops and citrus. Do like IPAs more on the bitter side without much of a malt presence. Citrus does help cut the bitterness. Rated Rebel Rouser 4 out of 5 on Untappd. Malt took off a point for me. Wish that Samuel Adams could do more beers like Rebel Rouser. If they would, I could become more of a fan. It is worth trying. 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA

91 BA score on Beer Advocate. 97 overall and 97 style scores on RateBeer.

Intense wet hop flavor year round.

Hop Hunter IPA harnesses the complex flavors of just-picked hops through an all-new method of steam distilling wet hops before they even leave the fields. This revolutionary technique captures and intensifies the natural flavors, creating a unique and intensely aromatic beer. Our custom process gathers pure hop oil which, when combined with traditional whole-cone hops in the brew kettle and in our Hop Torpedo, makes for an incredible IPA experience.

Figured I would share the video on what distilled hop oil is. Thought the PBR crowd would think the beer was distilled. We all now that PBR swillers can't handle liquor.

Bought this on my birthday. Needless to say, I didn't get into it on my birthday. I tend to buy a lot of beer that I never get into right away. Got plenty of beer but no room for any food in the fridge. I do have priorities.

I am ashamed where I bought the 6 pack. Why?

Whole Foods does have some crowds they attract. One are smelly hippies

Another are damn hipsters.

Others are weak and pale vegans.

Lastly, the murse crowd. They are somewhat related to the damn hipsters. All the PBR needs to carried somehow.

For some reason PBR swillers love Whole Foods. It's like their nirvana.

Maybe it's because it's where they can find their second favorite drink.

PBR drinkers also like their mixed drinks.

What do you expect from a crowd that can't seem to wrap their heads around whiskey?

After all, they are turned on by the weirdest shit.

What all PBR drinkers are saying right now.

But us actual beer drinkers like stuff of more patriotic leaning. PBR is a commie pinko beer. Us actual beer drinkers are fully saluting but not with our hands.

Had Hop Hunter on draft in early February at Savor Pint. Loved the draft version. Why? First of all it's an IPA. Secondly, it has hops. Something PBR can't claim. Lastly, it's an actual beer.

PBR is the kind of beer that is drunk out of a sippy cup.

Hop Hunter has 6.2% ABV and 60 IBU.  The IBU is where beer starts to get interesting. Mainly because it starts to get taste. Beer having a taste? What a concept!

One thing I like about the packaging is how Sierra Nevada lists other beer they produce. Would have liked more info on the beer. But that is being picky. 

Another nit pick is that a lot of Sierra Nevada's graphics tend to be similar. Same Sierra Nevada Logo. Somewhat muted colors. Not the flashiest. At least they aren't as plain as Columbus Brewing is with their packaging.

Unlike Columbus Brewing, Sierra Nevada at least includes a description on the back of the label. 

Poured into a Great Divide glass. Decent head. Lacing was present but wasn't that great. 

Aroma is great. Piney hops are certainly upfront. It's the way any good beer beer should smell. Some citrus as well. Not malt seems to be detectable. That is a good in my book for an IPA. An IPA should be about the hops. It does smell fresh. Taste is certainly one that ranks among my favorite. Great mixture of citrus and pine. Extremely fresh tasting. Pine tends to be the dominant flavor. But citrus does help cut the bitterness and pine. While not the most bitter beer, bitterness is whats up. Rated it 4.5 out of 5 on Untappd. I honestly think that is low. 5 out of 5 is what it should be. It would be higher if Untappd allowed higher ratings. Hop Hunter is a must have beer.