Category Archives: IPA

Hitachino Nest Dai Dai IPA

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NAME: Kiuchi Brewery Hitachino Nest Dai Dai IPA
TYPE: “IPA”
ORIGIN: Japan
ABV: 6.2%
REVIEW: Golden brown, slightly opaque, sweet tart smell. Bitter up front, then slow sweet finish with notes of honey, pine, and orange zest. Hardly hoppy at all, this tastes more like a saison to me… but a good saison. Don’t really know how this qualifies as an IPA, but it’s interesting. Like the white ale the flavors are subtle, but subtle is not the adjective I look for in an IPA. Not gonna lie, I’m a little disappointed.

goodwilltasting grade: B-

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Mikkeller/Prairie American Style

American IPA

NAME: Mikkeller/Prairie Collaboration American Style IPA
TYPE: American IPA (Nice job taking the guesswork out, Mikkeller)
ORIGIN: Denmark
ABV: 7.5%
REVIEW: Fermented with brettanomyces which is interesting. Fresh juicy tangerine smell. Golden amber, white foamy head. Sweet, super juicy, super balanced, lightly bitter at the end. Delicious. This might be one of my new favorites. That’s high praise.

goodwilltasting grade: A.

 

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Green Flash West Coast IPA

Green Flash West Coast IPA

NAME: Green Flash West Coast IPA
TYPE: West Coast IPA, duh (Double IPA)
ORIGIN: San Diego, CA
ABV: 8.10%
REVIEW: Green Flash West Coast IPA. Light amber color, orange zest and pine on the nose, bitter throughout, strong citrus notes, medium body, short, bitter finish. Get ready, this beer packs a punch.

goodwilltasting grade: B+

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Stone Go To IPA

Stone Go To IPA

NAME: Stone Go To IPA
TYPE: Session IPA
ORIGIN: Escondido, CA
ABV: 4.5%
REVIEW: Light golden honey color, fresh hoppy grapefruit and lemon zest smell, thick, foamy head, nice fruity taste, white grapefruit and tangerine. Light body, but the bitter finish still packs a punch. I think I could get used to this session IPA thing. What do you guys think btw… Is the session IPA here to stay or just a passing fad?

goodwilltasting grade: B+

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Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Hop Rod Rye

NAME: Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
STYLE: Rye IPA
ORIGIN: Healdsburg, CA
ABV: 8.0%
REVIEW: Dark amber, very fresh, sweet smell, fresh cut grass and apple. Sweet, bitter finish, a little peppery spice from the rye. Very smooth, bittersweet finish. Solid Rye IPA but He’Brew’s RIPA takes it.

goodwilltasting grade: B+

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Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale

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NAME: Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale
TYPE: American IPA
ORIGIN: Brooklyn NY
ABV: 6.9%
REVIEW: Sweet, lemon,orange, floral notes. Very smooth, not aggressively bitter, but the hops kick in at the end for a bittersweet finish. Really drinkable beer, good for a BBQ or for a picture in front of a BBQ.

goodwilltasting grade: B+

 

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Blue Hills Brewery Quarter Mile IPA

Quarter Mile IPA

NAME: Blue Hills Brewery Quarter Mile Double IPA
TYPE: American DIPA
ORIGIN: Canton, MA
ABV: 8.00%
REVIEW: Golden brown, slightly opaque. Smells like fresh cut grass and orange juice. Nice and bittersweet, a little nutty, smooth well balanced and not too sweet for a double IPA.

goodwtilltasting grade: B+

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Newburyport BrewCo Green Head IPA

Green Head IPA

NAME: Newburyport Brewing Co Green Head IPA
TYPE: American IPA
ORIGIN: Newburyport, MA
ABV: 7.2%
REVIEW: Opaque golden brown, creamy foamy head, sweet tangerine peel and pine smell, a bitter and sticky up front bittersweet finish that lingers. Nice, full bodied IPA. A little too bitter at the end but solid to eat with some Boston pizza. Also you don’t bite beer.

goodwilltasting grade: B

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Russian River Pliny The Elder

Pliny The Elder

NAME: Pliny the mutha-shut-yo-mouth Elder
BREWERY: Russian River
ORIGIN: Santa Rosa, CA
ABV: 8.0%
REVIEW: This is a special one fellas. Honey color, white foamy head with moderate lacing, rich citrus and tropical fruit smells hit you right away, sweet taste up front with a red grapefruit-y bitter finish. It’s bitter but balanced, sweet but smooth, complex but super drinkable. This is the gold standard my friends. Only to be enjoyed in the presence of a globe and leather-bound book.

goodwilltasting grade: A+

EDITOR’S NOTE: When I lived in California a few years ago, you could get this beer at almost any beer store, specialty market, and basically any Whole Foods. It was still just as good but I guess demand wasn’t as high so it was relatively easy to get. The last time I visited California I had to call around to a couple markets to find it in stock and even when I did find one they had a 1 bottle per customer limit.  One bottle!  I have friends back on the East Coast who have been dying to try this beer so they could have tripled their sales right then but they said no.  I get it, demand greatly exceeds demand. Pliny is gaining quite the following and I am happy for Russian River for creating such a wanted beer.

First of all, I want to say this: I liked it before it was cool. Sorry there aren’t many things I can say that about so just wanted to get it out of my system. Second: If you are hoarding this beer, please do not. It’s a heavily-hopped beer and time is of the essence to drink it at it’s peak taste. Third: If you are a price-gouging reseller, please stop. I saw an ad on craigslist selling bottles of Pliny for $20 a pop. You sir, are the worst. You ruin it for everyone else. And while I’m at it, the same goes for ticket scalpers and people who sell their cronuts for $50 in Manhattan.

For everyone else who has since starting enjoying Pliny the Elder and thus created such a beer drought, I commend you.  You have chosen wisely.

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The Alchemist Heady Topper

Top o’ the evenin’ to ya! And a Happy Saint Paddy’s Day to ya all!  Today we have a mighty special goodwilltasting review for ya, even finer than me pot o’ gold!  They’re always after me lucky charms!

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NAME: Heady Topper by The Alchemist
TYPE: American Double IPA
ORIGIN: Waterbury, VT
ABV: 8.0%
REVIEW: This is a big deal guys. After about 6 months since I heard about the existence of this beer I finally got a taste of it. Props to Mr. Weers for hauling back a couple 4 packs from VT for me! Light golden opaque color, bubbly head, tangerine peel, pine on the nose. Poured out a little to get the color and smell but drank the rest from the can as directed. The hops hit you immediately but it’s not overly bitter. Nice citrusy taste with a lingering sweetness that sticks around longer than your average IPA. It’s a slow morph from bitter to sweet as you drink. Really interesting. This is a beautiful, ridiculously drinkable double IPA. Even so, I still think I gotta give the gold to Pliny the Elder. Hope I can get some soon!

goodwilltasting grade: A

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