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Dude 04-16-2006 12:50 AM

Tonight's samples....
1. Victory Ten Years Alt--I've never had an "Alt" before, so I was expecting a malty, German type beer with low hops. I was pleasantly surprised by this one because it was loaded with hops. I'd bet too much for the style cause I've drank APAs with less hop bitterness and flavor than this one. All in all a 6/10. Pretty good, not great.

2. Avery IPA--Peachy, flowery hop nose. Very nice orange color. Best color I've seen in an IPA yet. Smooth bitterness, not overpowering, very nice beer. Not over the top by any means. 7/10.

getting ready to crack open the Sierra Nevada IPA, then the Titan IPA.

I'll post part deux in a bit....

Dude 04-16-2006 01:10 AM

Sierra Nevada IPA: Very disappointing, considering. Apparently it is supposed to be closer to an English style than an American style. Okay, I can live with that. Accurate to a degree. It has little to no hop aroma. Taste is smooth but no strong "IPA typical" hop bite whatsoever, in fact the Victory Alt I had earlier was hoppier. This is just a laid back representation of an IPA, for sure. Celebration Ale is much better, and although I could definitely drink this often, it just didn't live up to expectations. 6/10.

drengel 04-16-2006 01:30 AM

avery IPA is definitely one of my favorites. its wierd about how american breweries will hop up the alts. one around here did one with like 46 IBUs. it was good but too hoppy for how an alt should taste.

Ivan Lendl 04-16-2006 01:35 AM

thats funny i just picked up an 'avery ipa' tonite...havent tried it yet, gotta wait till it chills.

i like alts (the few ive tried), theyre like a paradox: very bitter yet little hop aroma.
i havent tried 'victory's' yet but will soon as i can get 'em.

ive heard nothing but bad things about the sierra 'IPA', when i first heard of it i thought ,"isnt the 'celebration' an IPA?" I lOVE the celebration.

homebrewer_99 04-16-2006 05:19 AM

Sampled two of my recent Hefe Weizens tonight.:D

Ahhh, tastes like Heaven!! No complaints. Very enjoyable.:D :drunk: :drunk:

Ivan Lendl 04-16-2006 01:58 PM

had my avery ipa last night...damn that was a good beer! Similar aroma to dfh ipa's, i think simcoe? they have that cat-urine smell i like soo much...very good beer, not too strong, nice color, good amount of round bitterness.

id rate it a 7.5 out of 10.

Dude 04-16-2006 02:12 PM

Yeah, the Avery is good stuff. I'm going to buy more of that, definitely.

I never made it to the Titan IPA last night. Tonight I guess. I have high hopes for this one, for some reason. :confused: We'll see.

El Pistolero 04-16-2006 02:55 PM


Originally Posted by Bjorn Borg
they have that cat-urine smell i like soo much...

Are you really serious about this...IPA's smell like cat-urine to you, and you like it? :confused:

Personally, I can't imagine even tasting anything that smelled like cat pi$$. :(

todd_k 04-16-2006 05:06 PM

I agree about the SNIPA, I like the SNPA much better. I tried a can of Boddington's Pub Ale. It had a widget in it much like a can of Guiness. I cracked it open and the can exploded all over. Thankfully I was brewing and had a towell on the floor to drip the beer onto! Anyway, someone mentioned cat piss? This stuff was bad. So bad I took 2 sips and dumped the reset.
I also tried Bison IPA. This is an organic brewery out in Colorado. Good stuff!

The hunt for Dogfish Head 120 IPA continues.....

Ivan Lendl 04-16-2006 05:21 PM


Originally Posted by El Pistolero
Are you really serious about this...IPA's smell like cat-urine to you, and you like it? :confused:

Personally, I can't imagine even tasting anything that smelled like cat pi$$. :(

i dont know how else to describe the hops dog fish head uses, they are musky, cheese like, pungent, maybe cat pee is not the right expression...they are different thats fo' sure! good though....

p.s. ive been looking for the 120 also, i figure here in VA we'll get 'em pretty quick. At 'total wine' they have a spot for them, but its just an empty shelve, i asked the oh-so-helpfull-clerk if they had it and she said, "whatever is on the shelve is what we have". (duh!)...Have you tried the 'raisen d'etre'?

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