Beer 257/365 – Tyranena Scurvy Ipa

Tyranena Scurvy Ipa

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.5%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade.

What makes this beer different: Nice and citrusy, but the pine knocks it down a few notches for me.

Will I be drinking this again: They don’t sell in PA, but not so sure I would trade for this.

Grade: B+

7/23/2010: Apologies for the crappy picture. The only pint glass I had at the time has a huge label on the front of it, but it blocked out a lot of the light coming through. Just look at the bottom part of the glass for an idea of what the color should look like.

Scurvy doesn’t smell nearly as potent as most IPA’s do, only slighty hoppy. The flavor though was a bit more hoppy, a lot of citrus hops, and a nice dose of piney hops (my least favorite kind). You can also taste the orange added a little bit, with a lot of caramel malt. Overall Tyranena Scurvy is on the maltier end of the IPA spectrum, but the pine hop flavor knocks it down a bit for me.

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Published in: on July 23, 2010 at 10:31 am  Comments (2)  
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Beer 217/365 – Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: 7.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Not much really, but it was a pretty damn good beer.

Will I be drinking this again: I would love to try it fresh on tap sometime.

Grade: A-

6/13/2010: I figure its summer time so I might as well get around to trying some new IPA’s instead of sticking with my go-to stouts. I never thought the style would be something I would like, but alas it is growing on me. Although I still prefer an Imperial IPA.

Racer 5 is my kind of IPA, it almost pushes the the lower line of an Imperial IPA. The smell is hoppy (citrus, and a little earthy), and sweet (pale malt). The flavor reminds me a lot of a Bell’s Two Hearted, with a bit of an earthy kick. Citrus hops are the headliner, with pale malt playing a nice supporting role. The mouthfeel is buttery, almost “slippery” in a way. Overall for an IPA I would say this ranks in my top 20% for the style.

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Published in: on June 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm  Comments (5)  
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Beer 190/365 – Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.0%

Purchased at: Cioppiono – Pittsburgh PA

What makes this beer different: Like a less sweet Dogfish 90 minute

Will I be drinking this again: Probably yes if I am in the mood for an IPA.

Grade: B+

5/17/2010: One of my good friends Ray is the GM of a pretty fancy shmancy restaurant in the Strip District of Pittsburgh called Cioppino. I haven’t been there in awhile so I decided to stop down for a beer, and to BS with him. He also gave me a big bottle of Chimay Red that had been sitting on their shelves since they opened almost 3 years ago, should be delicious. If you in the Pittsburgh are and you are looking for a really good meal cooked by a very well known chef (Greg Alauzen), stop in and ask for Ray, let him know Drew sent ya.

Cioppino is well known for their wines, not so much for their beer, but in the very near future I think Ray has plans to change that. Anyways the most “crafty” of the beers he had was the Dogfish 60 minute. I actually have never tried it considering I have just recently been getting into IPAs. I am heading to the brewery in a couple weeks and am hoping they have the 120 on tap to try.

The 60 minute smells a heck of a lot like the 90 minute, but less sweet. I am assuming they use the same hop string? Checked out the history of the 60-90-120 minutes, and it doesn’t say. The flavor also tastes like a less sweet version of the 90 minute, much more about the hops than the malt. The dominant hop flavor here is floral, followed by some pine. Overall very good, but still a bit too bitter for me. A little more malt would have pushed this into the A- range.

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Published in: on May 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm  Comments (6)  
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