My Beer Pix

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

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NXNW Beer

Raptor’s Delight, Belgian-style pale ale, in the big boy glass for me and Cactus Jack, a Belgian-style saison with prickly pear, for the lady.

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Half Pour of Half IPA

Austin Beerworks Kinda slow…me thinking it was more a pale ale and not an IPA…duh…half IPA = pale ale.  She preferred the Fire Eagle IPA over the half IPA, and ended up with the berlinerweiss, Einhorn.

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Electrocution IPA

It was not an easy decision choosing between their Hommel Hoff and Electrocution…both sooooo good…. but there comes a time when one must decide.   I chose right for now.

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Iron Fist Tasters Barrio Logan

Awesome new tasting room looking out toward Coronado bridge.  Very cool indoor/outdoor space.  Address is listed on National,  but suite faces west, on Newton. L to R Coconut Blonde, Dark Days (rum barrel age imperial oatmeal stout), Roots of Wrath and Dr. Strangematter.

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Hand Shake IPA

A tasty collaboration IPA from Alpine and Green Flash. Our first visit to Alpine Beer Co’s new restaurant / pub.  Very nice and plenty of room with both indoor and outdoor seating.   Alpine beers as well as guest beers on draft.

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Last of the Jai Alai

Well…in this house anyway.  Very happy to find this among the other cans in the vegetable drawer.

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Horny Devil at La Jolla Tap & Grill

Opened maybe a week ago, and the place is busy.  OK draft list, but nothing to make a special trek for.  I chose Alesmith Horny Devil.  Can’t go wrong there.

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Hop Crisis

Damn good beer at The Car Bar from 21st Ammendment Brewing. 

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Thirty-three IPA

I haven’t tried a Latitude 33 Brewing beer since original brewer Kevin moved on.  A different hop profile and more malty base than I recall, but I’m comparing with what I recall from the draft version of the Camel Corps.

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Hartley Pale Ale

Enjoyed on draft previously, recently found it in the bottle format and thought to give it a try.  It’s OK, but not great.  Something about the bitterness and smell is off compared to what I recall from draft versions being.  Or could be the spicy food I pared it with.  Need to do a side […]

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Saint Archer Mosaic IPA

So very, very good. Unexpectedly good the first time, and sought after the next.  In my opinion,  the draft version doesn’t compare to the bottle.  Citrus and tropical fruit, with distinct hop bitterness and a pale malt base.  The 9%ABV is like a cracker jack prize.

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Sweet Water 18

Based on taste I would not have guessed a Belgian-style tripel.  Malty and hoppy, with Belgian-esk esters, I would have categorized a hoppy Belgian-style amber.  Didn’t stop me from finishing it.

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Homework Series #5

Jus like it says on da label..it’s a beer.  Pale in color and Belgian in style.  Not bad, but liked the recent draft version I had better.

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Mo Betta Bretta

Found this in the closet.  Easy drink’n brett beer from Lost Abbey and New Belgium.  Hard to believe was released 3 years ago.

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God Damn Coconut Pigeon Porter

From Chicago’s Spiteful Brewing, this robust porter is smoother than I recall the original and other versions.  Still a nice roasty finish but less bitter. Coconut not noticeable when cold, and subtle as it warms.  It’s got that 8.2%ABV thing going for it too.

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Mystic Brewing Three Cranes

Just like the label says, a farmhouse ale with cranberries.  Not tart or sweet,  but with distinctive fruit character. 

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Electro-Lite

Looks like another beautiful day in San Diego.  A session IPA may be the perfect 11am beverage.

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Wednesday Bottleshare

Bottleshares are a great opportunity to try something you may normally not have access to.  This group does a great job of bringing in stuff not easily found.  Michele gets the photo credit

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Jammer

A Gose from Brooklyn’s Sixpoint  Brewery.  Not overly salty, which is good, but would prefer it a bit more tart.  Easy drinking.

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Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale

Very tasty right outta da can.  A wonderful citrus – hop aroma when you first pop it open that diminishes as you sip.  Nice crisp bitterness, and only 5% ABV. 

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Hop Gun from my Sweetie

Totally stoked with the mail-order beers Michele surprised me with.  We first tried Funky Buddha’s 7%ABV IPA, Hop Gun, on our recent bike trek down the Florida Keys.  A very drinkable and balanced American-style IPA. 

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Abnormal Beers

We tried a splash of this and a splash of that before committing to a whole beer.  I chose Boardroom, a Belgian-style IPA, the one on the left,  and she chose Living the Dream, an apricot saison.

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Modern Times Hooloo Mooloo

Damn fine 10%ABV IPA from our friends at Modern Times.  Arguably one of the best post-Sour Fest beers available to mankind.  

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Beatitude Mango Tart Saison

Very refreshing and a good pelude to tomorrow’s Sour Festival at Stone.  From San Diego’s Council Brewing Company.

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Knee Deep Breaking Bud IPA

6.5% ABV and incredible. Never had anything from Knee Deep, but this is an amazing IPA. Gives me a reason to visit Auburn, CA.

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Short Pump Saison

The Virginia farmhouse ale from Lickinghole Creek Crest Brewery is reminiscent of many beers we tasted on our first trip to Belgium.  A distinct Belgian yeast aroma, and pleasant mix of malts and hops.

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Ruination 2.0

@buckleybrau dropped by with a sixer of Stone’s #ruination 2.0 today. it’s lighter in color and has a different hop profile than the original. A lot more citrus. Honestly the original was one of those beers that got me into the bigger IPAs, but in a world of so many great IPAs, it had fallen […]

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Base Camp Ultra Gnar Gnar IPA

Found this Portland OR. brew in a small liquor store a block from Disneyland in Anaheim.   I love how much better craft beer is being distributed these days.

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Kona Big Wave Golden Ale

Limited selection here pool side in Anaheim.  Aluminum bottles and 3 taps to choose from. 

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Resplendent

That was the word that popped into my head when I was handed a glass, smelled and tasted the 2015 Blushing Monk.  A sweet and full bodied Belgian-style ale fermented with raspberries from some of the fine folks of Grand Rapids, MI.  And the 9.4%ABV doesn’t hurt either…well…right now anyway.

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Belching Beaver Tasters

Tasted Passion of the Weiss, a honey wheat with orange and passion fruit, Berry Tart, with raspberries and blackberries, Rabid Beaver, their rye IPA, and All The Way, a 10.8%, 100 IBU triple IPA.  The Beaver is a good thing.

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Alesmith .394

Though I’ve enjoyed this beer many times on draft, this is my first taste of the bottled version.  Very happy with it. 

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Electro-Lite n Rare Form

At Amplified Ale Works with a big boy Electro-Lite session IPA and a sidecar 4oz of Rare Form, their 13.?% barrel-aged quad…really good.

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Cabana Boy IPA

Equinox, citra, rakau and motueka hops in another well balanced IPA from Back Street Brewing in Vista. The brewer here really nails IPAs.

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Heal the Bay IPA

Still very happy with this seasonal IPA from LA’s Golden Road Brewing.  In 16oz big-boy cans no less..which is appreciated. Heal the Bay.  Golden Road.  I.P.A… with all those 3 syllable lines I feel a Haiku in the making. Golden Road Piney and resinous ale Heal the Bay

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Karl Strauss Hunter Blond Ale

Tasted the Rough Draft Southern Triangle IPA as well as the Alesmith IPA,  but ended up going with the Hunter. 

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Moonlight Mead at Brewhouse SJC

We stopped to taste some of the Moonlight Meads they were pouring today (still pouring);  Paramore, Wet n Wild, How Do You Like Them Apples and Them Little Apples…sooooo good.  Think I’m liking Paramore best. Thought I would cut the sweetness with a couple IPAs.  I chose Tap-It S.N.A.F.U., at 11.1% and 127 IBU, and […]

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Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale

Just what I needed.  After the 9.4% IPA and sun by the pool, this reminds me of a lightly sweetened peach tea, with a squeeze of lemon…but better.   If I had one of those fancy sit-on-and-drive lawnmowers, I would hope this is  what I would have in my cup holder on a hot day.

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Enjoy by Now

Picked up this morning.  Took a few hours to chill.   Poured into a pool-safe drinking vessle.  Very pleased sitting by the pool, with book and Enjoy By 07-04-15 IPA right now.  

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Societe The Pupil

It was a tough choice between Blind Pig, Fall Brewing’s Green Hat and this…but I made my choice.

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Port Mystery Brew

Mmm..tasty…IPA.  I’m thinking last year’s High Tide has held up very well.

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Apricot Saison

Very refreshing offering from Carlsbad’s Arcana Brewing.  Slightly tart with distinct apricot.  4.6%ABV and 20IBU.  Easy drinking.

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Vista Village IPA

After a couple months out of circulation I finally stopped off at Back Street Brewing to see what was new. This one Vista Village IPA, a 6.5% IPA with Simcoe and Cascade.

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Coronado Brewing Bike Stop 2

First visit to this location.  Had no idea it also had food option…awesome, cuz I’m hungry.  Chose the Stingray IPA to go with ceviche and wahoo tacos.

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Avery Maharaja IIPA

I can’t remember the last time I’ve had Maharaja from a bottle.  I’ve mostly enjoyed on draft.  Very tasty.

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Cycle Brewing Derailer

The crowler of their double IPA traveled well from our recent trip to St. Pete.   Yumm.

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5th Anniversary Big Mot Her

I would have guessed the beer included the newly discovered cluster type hop neo-mexic-anus based on the smell alone,  but was wrong if you believe what they wrote on the bottle.  One big (ass) mother of a beer…10.something percent…If I could only get up…I could tell for sure.

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Rip Currant In the Curl IIPA

Chose this to go with my salad in an attempt at eating healthy…but going down too fast to expect any to still be in by glass by the time the food gets here.

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Higashino Farmhouse Saison

A very good saison from Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co., brewed with green tea,  Asian pear juice,  rosehips,  Szechuan peppercorns, toasted brown rice ‘n shit.  I expect their “signature yeast blend” with Brett played a good part in making this what it is.   Funky and a bit tart, and it has that 6%ABV going for it […]

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Exit 3 Blueberry Braggot

Had it not said braggot on the bottle I would have said strong ale.  Not sweet and I don’t notice blueberries, but it does have that 15%ABV thing going for it.   I know…I tastes like Klokke Roland…but higher octane.  From New Jersey’s Flying Fish Brewing Co.

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Calicraft Buzzerkeley

It tastes familiar…though can’t quite place it.   We kept tasting it and trying to recall what and where,  and…well. ..it’s gone. 

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Coppertail Free Dive IPA

Smuggled west from our recent Tampa trip.  Resin and pine nose,  but very mild bitterness.   Malt more pronounced as it warms.   Not bad,  but I would not classify it as an IPA, more like a pale ale.  No ABV listed on bottle but would guess between 5% and 6%.

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Hop Freshener Citrusy and Piney

Just checked out the latest release from Port / Lost Abbeys Hop Project. Great hop profile but a little danker than I would have guessed. Still a delicious beer.

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Sixpoint Hi-Res

The malty sweetness hides the 10.5% ABV.  Pleasant bitterness does not linger.

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Ninkasi Expo 58

Very refreshing after a day of yard work.  5% ABV and only 20 IBU in this Belgian-Style golden pale ale. 

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Up Top! IPA

From Sarasota, Florida’s Jdub’s Brewing Company.  Smooth and malty,  without lingering bitterness.  I enjoyed it.  It’s got that 6.5% ABV thing going for it as well.  

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Citrus & Piney

Very nice IPA.  Still on draft at the brewery and only a couple of bottles left.   Get it while you can.

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Coppertail Brewing Co.

We didn’t get a chance to try any of the Coppertail Brewing beers while in the area, but grabbed a few bottles to go before flying back home.  

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7venth Sun Brewery

7 house beers on draft and a few guest beers.   Her favorite being Dancing in the Street, a Brett berliner Weiss with watermelon, my first to finish being the Intergalactic Pale. 

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Beerpix Pix

“Wait, don’t drink yet.  I gotta take a picture.”  Tried Monk in the Trunk Belgian amber ale from Florida’s Inlet Brewing, and Florida Avenue India Pale Ale from Cold Storage Craft Brewery.

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A little 4.20 at the Airport

By 4.20 I mean Stone Enjoy By 4.20.15 IPA.  By little I mean 12oz in lieu of the more often seen 22oz bomber.   I would hope no explanation needed on the word airport..

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Enjoy By 4.20.15 IPA

Enjoying well before the Enjoy By date…which usually doesn’t happen unless on draft..though not sure why.

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Modern Times Protocosmos IPA

Intense fruity and citrusy hop flavors over a light-bodied dry malt base…makes it quite enjoyable.   Can’t recall where I picked up, but more would be a good idea.

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Ruby’s Tears

Fresh off the plane from Chicago is this gose with hibiscus from Marz Community Brewing Co.  Less tart and more salty then most gose I’ve tried.  Perfect for replenishing lost precious bodily fluids.

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Saint Archer Mosaic IPA

Totally not expecting what I tasted.  Saw the “mosaic” and “IPA” and thought I should give it a try.  Very tasty, but didn’t realize it was a 9% ABV  double IPA until I had it in my mouth,  then read the bottle.  Piney n citrus n yummyness…grabbin more next time.

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Council Brewing – Vienne

Picked up my bottles previously purchased via BPT, and had a little sample on tap!  This French style Biere de Mars was aged in Oak barrels for 4 or so months on persimmons and peaches along with the addition of a house Lacto/Brett blend.  The kegged version tasted very nice and smooth on tap today, […]

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Board full of Tasters and A Handful of Peter

Picking up the first release from Toolbox Brewing Co.  Missed the Peter on draft by 30 minutes of so,  but still plenty to enjoy.   Tart X with apricots, Purple Drink, Grass Fed Lettuce and My Cousin Strawberry. Next going for The Virgin Cherry. 

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