The best IPA I've ever had... beats the shit out of Heady Topper. Will be moving on to Green Flash WestCoast IPA after I'm done with this bottle.
The full heBrew lineup.
The two on the left I already mentioned.
The Oak Porter was strange, but OK. It definitely had a woodpile thing going on, and even a bit of smokiness.
The regular IPA was quite good (for a non-American brewed IPA). Really hoppy (+), but just a touch of that non-American IPA prune taste (-).
The Stout was excellent. Quite low in alcohol, but in a blind taste test I would have guessed imperial. Would have loved more
The Double IPA was a letdown. Not enough hops. Too sweet/pruny. Flabby.
The Belgian style Tripel was terrible. More Saison, but with bad-funk and water-inside-tire-in-shed flavors. Maybe it was off. I didn't finish it, which has only happened twice in the last year.
I had this aging for about 4 years now, I just looked it up and realized it was released in late 2009. A collaboration of Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head. "Life and Limb" is a wonderful dark beer at 10.5% brewed with maple syrup and Birch beer syrup. Super smooth with just a touch of sweetness along with the maple and birch beer flavors. Some chocolate, moderate roasted flavors with caramelized sugars.
hmm, making run to LBS (local BEER shop) to check into that Shipyard. Also going to see if I can score some Maine Beer CO Stouts... @qcanoe anything new from them?? Mean Ol' Tom and maybe a King Titus Porter? So hard to get here in NJ. Not even distributed in CO.
Four IPAs, all brewed to the same 7.2% ABV, same malt profile (a little too malty/round for me)-- each beer using only a single hop variety. Nice experiment, producing nice beers, but nothing standout. More like a look inside how the sausage components taste to better understand why most IPAs get a blend of hops to create a deeper profile of hops/bitterness.
My favorite was Exp 366-- a yet "unnamed" American hops variety, experimental hops variety 366-- that had the most punch. Pretty dry, hard-hitting, even spicy.