My Beer Pix

A visual tribute to beer and the people who love it.

The Calling IPA

Back in KCMO at Boulevard Brewing. This time I am tippling a “The Calling” IPA. Bright, hoppy and 8.5%. Better limit myself to just one. And a cheddarwurst to wash it down.

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Temple of Dank

Dank doesn’t even begin to reveal the hop profile of this. Hoppy sweatsocks. Delicious.

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Lost Coast Raspberry Brown

Dark color, light taste. Only a small taste of raspberry but it balances out well. It’s got a rich brown malt finish.

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Ballast Tart Peach Kolsch

Complex and taste differs how you drink it. It’s either tart, sour, or rich and complex. It had a lot of dry peach.  It’s different but surprisingly good–even for someone who really doesn’t like fruity beers.

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Ballast CA Kolsch

Rich golden hops and malts. Not sure why it’s California other than it’s fun to drink at the beach while watching the surf.

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Orange Curtain IPA sixer

Barley Forge has made a nice home for itself in Orange County.  This is one of my favorite easy drinking India Pale Ales as it goes for flavorful versus bitter.  Some claim hints of orange and pear, but it doesn’t taste fruity to me at all. Don’t let its mild manner fool you though as […]

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Beachwood Udder Love

Best stout and best milk stout I’ve ever tasted.  Toasty, smooth, creamy all at the same time.  Even though it came in a bottle, it tastes like it’s straight out of a tap.

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Belgian Sour

Duchesse de Bourgonne Sour Belgian.  Imagine a Diet Coke mixed with dry vermouth and cherry pop rocks.  My first, second, and third reactions were that I absolutely hated it. After an hour and if you take a small sip, you might be able to appreciate some of the craftsmanship that went into it, but it’s […]

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Crux Fermentation Project

A couple of experimental IPAs – Barbe Rouge, which uses French Hops, and Triumph, which uses a combination of 7 hops.

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Citra Vic IPA 

With a look that is a bit more cloudy than fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, I’m doing OK with this 6.6% ABV IPA from San Diego’s own Resident Brewing Company. 

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Icy Bay IPA

Say what you want about flying, but at least Alaska Air serves decent beer from Alaska.

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Tropical Blonde 

I found Dogfish Head’s Beer to Drink Music to 2017 just OK.  Not bad enough to pour out, but not likely to buy again.  It’s got that 6.8% ABV going for it.    

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Trestles IPA

At Mr. Petes’ in San Clemente enjoying a Le Left Coast trestles IPA just north of trestles the beach.

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1-800-Tropics IPA 

Very tasty…it’s been a while since my last visit to Vista’s Booze Brothers Brewing.   A light malt body showcases great fruity/citrus hop flavors.  Bitterness seems mild and quickly disappates once out of the mouth.  I chose to swallow,  though some may choose to spit.   With many to choose,  I also tried Crow Jane, […]

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Jack Rose

I’m not sure what I think of Perennial Artisan Ales 8% ABV ale made with apple juice, as well as pomegranate and key lime juice.   Kinda like I opened a beer and opened a cider then pour a little of each intro the same glass.  Mostly sweet cider and other fruit flavors up front, […]

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Rip Current Tasters

Approx 17 miles into today’s bike ride it was decided that liquid refreshments would be a good idea.  So many good options on the North Park route. We found 25 house beers on draft today in North Park. Limited it to 5 plus 1

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Super Tasty IPA

An apt name for a damn fine collaboration beer from Pizza Port okBrewing and Revision Brewing.  I found at Solana Beach Pizza Port.

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Sex Panther

Not bad, but not really my style.  An abundance of malty sweetness.  6.9% ABV. 

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Golden IPA 

I liked it.  The pale malt body with no malty sweetness makes it different from most Sierra Nevada IPA category offerings.  Pleasant hop flavors. 

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Are You Gellin IPA 

A very nice collaboration beer from Burgeon Brewing and Artifex Brewing at Small Bar.

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Fremont Lush IPA

A delicious 7%:ABV IPA from Seattle, WA, Fremont Brewing, enjoyed in improper glassware. “For a moment, nothing happened.  Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”

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Alesmith IPA with Mosaic 

Is been a while since our last visit to Alesmith.  The cask of the Mosaic wet hopped IPA is quite nice.   

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Two Tortugas

I don’t recall enjoying Karl Strauss 11.1% ABV Belgian-style Quad quite as much when I tried when originally released in 2011…but I’m enjoying now.  Deceptively smooth with slightly sweet malt flavors with notes of dark fruit and caramel.  

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3-Degrees of Celebration 

The snifter of 10.5% triple IPA for me, and the big-boy glass of G.F.B. blonde ale for the lady.  

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Strawberry Shortcake 

Funky Buddha’s 9% ABV wheat wine is better than I imagined.  I expected something overly sweet and it’s not.  Not bitter or too dry, it has pleasant malt flavors with vanilla notes, giving it a hint of dessert sweetness, over the fruit.  

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Dymaxion

A 6.2% ABV New Zealand hopped session IPA from Modern Times Beer.  Yummy

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Trois Cabrones…again

The name loosely translated is Three (in french) Bastards (in spanish).  An homage to the band The Melvins by the three friends that made it, this 8.5% hazy double IPA is as good as the draft versions enjoyed multiple times before…juicy and delicious. 

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San Diego IPA 

A tasty IPA at one of the original San Diego brewpubs, now soon-to-be closing. Broken Yolk, which is expected to take over the space, can’t come close to being the oasis of craft beer, in the suburban desert of Mira Mesa, that Callahan’s has been. Lucky us we can find their fresh offerings at San […]

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Heavy Lifting and Rye on Rye on Rye 

While in KCMO I stopped into Boulevard Brewing’s HQ for a few tasters with and old friend. Heavy Lifting is an IPA, which at 6.2% isn’t heavy at all. And Rye on Rye on Rye a stout aged in rye barrels. It’s got a boozy kick but a nice, clean finish.

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SR76 Beerworks Tasters

Located at Harrahs Rincon in Valley Center.  6 drafts today.  L to R are per the board (L to R, top to bottom).  Last two (L to R) are a red IPA and a blueberry saison.  Our fav was the Paradise Creek.  

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Tangerine Express IPA

I’ve not been a big fan of a good IPA but with added fruit.  Sometimes interested in tasting it, but nothing I see more than just trying…and maybe that’s their marketing plan.  If everyone buys just one once…. Pleasantly surprised that I’m enjoying this one.  A 6.4% ABV beverage with a sweet fruit/citrus nose, nice […]

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Gose Gone Wild

A nice 4.3% ABV gose brewed and bottled for Stillwater Artisanal by Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, in Denver, Colorado. A lot of grapefruit flavor/notes.  Some coming from the tartness of the style, but likely more intense from the Citra and Amarillo dry hopping.

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Pariah Brewing Tasters

The light one is the wit and the dark ones are stouts.  The others are beer too.   IMO..Dank Drank over the Drupe Fruit, and Uni over the Dorcha.  Happy with both Exotic and Wit.  

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Windows Up

A delish IPA from the fine folks at Alpine Beer Company.  

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E11EVEN

Piney n resinous, and a bit more sessionable at 8.5% ABV, compared to the first batch at 13+%ABV. 

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Ninkasi Beer Run

Grabbed this recently at an out of town small mom and pop market, that had an OK beer selection.  Now home it appears to be about a year old.  It poured ok, though carbination was a bit low.  Smells similar to dried marijuana, which I’ve also experianced with beers made with Neomexicanus hops. Bitterness was […]

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Trois Cabrones 

Very happy, and a bit surprised, to find this 8% ABV double IPA, collaboration beer from Amplified Ale Works and Alvarado Street Brewery, still on draft in Amplified PB.  Really quite good.  

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Wet Hop Dreams ID7

Idaho 7 wet hop IPA at Mother Earth Brew on Main Street.  6.7% ABV.

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Barley Forge The Patsy

Enjoying a coconut porter by our friend Kevin Buckley @barleyforge. Seem to remember this one in an ealier iteration when it was PB Tap house Toasted Coconuts on Rye. Nice and balanced without too much on the coconut end.

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Hop Shovel IPA 

Very happy with this 7.5% ABV IPA brewed with Mosaic, Meridian and Denali hops.  Fruit, melon and pine hop flavors with clean dry finish, and not malty sweetness.  

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Bell’s Hopslam

I interpreted “enjoy as fresh as possible”, as in best before noon.  Greatly enjoying this classic 10% ABV double IPA after breakfast.

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Just Outstanding IPA

I chose to pour into the glass from the previous beverage, and not drink directly from the decanter.  Now I fear the glassware/beverage police will be handing our citations.  

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Bootlegger’s Far Out IPA

Bootlegger’s Brewing makes some great beer.  Surprised, but glad, to find it at Bubba Gump, as Bubba Gump was not even on my list of places to eat. “I’m Forrest Gump.  People call me Forrest Gump.”

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2015 Blushing Monk

9.2% ABV hidden in sweet liquid raspberry yumminess…like dessert.

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Smooth Criminal IPA

A delish 6.7% ABV beverage at Pizza Port Solana Beach.  It’s been a while…I really need to make an effort to stop by more often. 

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Pathway with Raspberries 

A tasty 7.3% ABV collaboration IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing and Amplified Ale Works.  I’m not tasting raspberries.  

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Uuuuge and Naturia

In Anaheim for a few hours and thought we’d check it out.  8+% ABV double IPAs seemed like a good place to start.  Both clean and good, but preferred the Naturia made with Mosaic and Simcoe.   Between Michele and I we tried…hmm..8..maybe 10.  All were clean and well made.   Good stop and likely […]

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Accumulated Knowledge 

Just having it, or carrying it with you, doesn’t make you smarter.   You must know it, carry it inside you, absorb it…and, with practice, wisdom will come with Accumulated Knowledge.

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Belgian Pineapple 

8.2% ABV cider at Newtopia Cyder soft opening.  Tasted the 3 ciders on draft to choose from.  Also pouring are a 6.5% ABV Wyld Cyder and a 6.5% ABV India Pale Cider, made with mosaic hops.  All clean and flavorful.  The Wyld and IPC are less sweet and have slightly drier finish.  Belgian Pineapple was […]

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Trois Cabrones

The 8.0% ABV double IPA is an Amplified Ale Works collaboration with Alvarado Street Brewery.  Made with Nelson and Mosaic hops and fermented with brett trois yeast, the beer has the appearance of freshly squeezed orange juice, but with juicy citrus hop flavors.   Thank you sir,  may I have another? 

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Humming Wires

A collaboration IPA between San Diego’s Council Brewing and Monterey’s Alvarado Street Brewery.   Like a tart white IPA.  The citrus notes of the hops may over-exaggerate the tartness.  Interesting…but in a good way.  Also grabbed a 100% Maybe IPA, made with Mosaic and Ekuanot hops, sidecar.  

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Smell You Later IPA

At Pizza Port in San Clemente having another one of their IPAs. 6.7% ABV

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Iconic double IPA

Wife slipped this into my glass without telling me. Hangar 24’s DIPA. A well balanced and very drinkable IPA that just happens to be 9% ABV. One 12 ounce bottle and I am already feeling it. Pretty sure the Mrs. is trying to roofie me, but I like this beer enough that I am okay […]

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Tap 79 Double IPA 

An ok 8% ABV double IPA from Tap 79 Brewing Co., found at Trader Joes.   I am only guessing that Golden Road is brewing for them, like they were for the ol’ burro brand that came out a couple years ago.   But with the smaller can size, 12oz compared to 16oz, and being […]

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Accumulated Knowledge 

Though the Accumulated Knowledge was aquired some days ago, I didn’t really have time to absorb it until now.  Feeling smarter with each sip. Hmm..I’m guessing the accumulated knowledge I retain is whatever I don’t pee out.  Not quite sure how to measure that.  

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Some Coffee Beers..

Though not a fan of coffee, the Extra Añejo Xocoveza (wine and tequila barrel aged) the 2013 Coffee Bourbon County Stout, were pretty damn good.

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Viridescent Waves

Very happy with Setting Sun Sake’s first bottle release.  A 15% ABV sake dry-hopped with Motueka.  Sweet with clean finish and pronounced alcohol flavors.  I’m assuming the hops add fruit-citrus flavors and nose.

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Tired Hands Ourison

Delicious.  Mildly tart oak aged saison with a bit of funk, and clean finish.   Very nice.  2017 is only hours away. 

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Hop Diggity

Found a lone can of Mother Earth’s 8.2% double IPA at Trader Joes and they sold it to me $1.60, plus CRV.  At $0.13 per oz..it’s like I stole it.

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Duvel Golden Ale

I got 4 bottles and a glass for Christmas.  The box that it came in came with a whole variety of rules on what exact angle to hold the glass and for how long, which position to store it, and what exact temperature to store it.  Not being one to follow the rules, I splashed […]

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Round 2 IPA

After leaving to open Artifex Brewing up in Orange County, Chris has returned as head brewer of Backstreet, Vista. Celebrating his return, he brewed up a delicious IPA he calls (fittingly) “Round 2.” At 7.6% abv, two rounds is probably all I will be able to handle.

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Dry Hopped Anchor Steam

Preferred the draft version to the bottle.  Preferred the dry hopped version to the regular version…or what I recall out being like…as it’s been a while. 

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Hopscape

Nothing outstanding, but not bad either.  Pale ale-ish wheat beer.  

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Enjoy By 11.25.16

Uh Oh Ho Ho…a tad late on this one. Lucky the Stone Police didn’t come take it from the fridge drawer.

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Chapman Crafted Beer

Had tasted some of their offerings earlier this year in Denver, and decided to stop by while in the area.  L to R, Charles de Mar (saison), Slow Riser 2.0 (red ale with coffee), Personal Agenda (pale ale) and DIPL(OMACY) (double India Pale Lager). All clean and tasty..

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Citcoe Drive IPA

Pleasantly surprised with this 7.2% Citra and Simcoe IPA from OC’s Valiant Brewing.   No malty sweetness with juicy hop flavors of pine and citrus peel…

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Watermelon Ale

Enjoyable, but I tasted more vanilla than I did watermelon in this 4.8% ABV wheat beer from The Phoenix Ale Brewery.   The label mentions “…hint of watermelon to balance the tart, citrus flavors of the wheat.”  I didn’t get any tartness either. Is it true that we drank on 8 Dec 16, where the […]

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Row 2 Hill 56

At Russian River having a pint before dinner. Row 2 Hill 56, a hoppy delicious pale ale.

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Indra Kunindra Ballast Point

By Indian style I thought they meant IPA and not necessarily a dark, flavored, spicy curry.  I can’t tell yet if it actually is curry, but it’s got an amazingly unique nose and a spicy afterbite that’s warm, calm, and re-assuring.  This one’s worth a try, but completely 180 degrees from what I was expecting. […]

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Tin Roof Gameday IPA 

No ABV listed on the can.   Decent, but nothing great.  I’ve liked some of Tin Can Brewing’s  other offering better.

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Red River Brewing Tasters

Things have grown for Red River Brewing since our first visit a couple years ago.   Back then they were operating out of a small brick building, had no tasting room, and working long hours to keep up with the requests for the one beer they were making at the time; Hay Ryed.   Today […]

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Humble Farmer 1st Cut IPA 

A work associate, well acquainted my affliction for good craft beer, surprised me with a growler from something just outside my radar.  Humble Farmer Brewing Company, in Holtville, just outside of El Centro, is brewing up fresh suds.  Word has it they are willing to share, for a small fee, to whoever stops by and […]

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2006 DeuS 

Enjoying a 10-year old bottle of DeuS for our 7th anniversary.  Seems more boozy than the 11.5% ABV that the label indicates, with pleasant flavors of dried dark fruit, mild sweetness up front with dryer Belgian yeast finish.  Very good, but different from what I recall from later/ younger versions we enjoyed.

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Hops Out for Harambe..

…was one of the few beers I tried, but ended up with the Just Outstanding, from Kern River Brewing.   Many great beers on draft around town post SD Beer Week.

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Carnevale Ale

The date stamp was not clear, but guessing 2010 vintage.  It’s held up nicely.   Some fruity notes that weren’t there before.  

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Riley’s Red from Little Apple

Back in manhattan, KS so naturally I hadon’t to.drop in to Little Apple Brewing Co. surprisingly warm for mid-November here. Mid 70’s. Cold beer is just the ticket.

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