An IIPA Beastie

A big beer is coming our way soon from Ogopogo Brewing, “A little late for the season, but we decided to make a Triple IPA. Prolly around April 14th we will be releasing ‘Yacumama’ Hazy IIIPA 10.5% with Citra, Azacca, Amarillo, Chinook, Pineapple, and Coconut.”

Double Citra

You know El Segundo Brewing, they had to make “Citra…Just Citra-ier.”

They went and double dry-hopped their American Pale Ale so that you can try both to see what DDH does to the beer and to test how much you like the Citra hop

Escape

A positive takeaway from the to-go rules has been getting lots of packaged IPAs that might not have escaped draft. I am particularly happy to have had many Pizza Port hops in my life, and that continues with their Outdoor Escape…

Level Up

A Belgian alert! Faction Brewing has sent some DEFCON SoCal’s way…

DEFCON 1: Belgian Quadruple – 9.5% ABV

DEFCON 2: Belgian Tripel – 7.4% ABV

DEFCON 5: Belgian Table Beer – 4.2% ABV

Now we just have to wait and see what 3 and 4 are style-wise..

Review- Elevensies from Eagle Rock Brewery

Happy 11th birthday (a little belated) to trailblazing LA brewery Eagle Rock and now let’s check out their celebration of 11…

Elevensies pours a close to dark orange. This is a cheek warmer for sure. 11 hops including the new Altus were used for this anniversary Triple IPA that tops the scales at not 11 IBUs but 111 of them. Initially a little hot and that ABV obscures a dark cherry type of flavor that I am getting.  Maybe caramelized pineapple?  Either way it is nicely sharp at the beginning of the sip and then glides into the slight burn.

Not Plain

Pizza Port in conjunction with North Park Beer have St. Patrick’s Day covered with Plain Porter which as the brewery described is brewed “to celebrate the historical Irish working-class drink of “plain” porter. This traditional Irish Porter lends aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and plums, accompanied by flavors of toffee, caramel and a touch of coffee. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and balanced biterness throughout drive this beer to completion.”

Slainte! indeed.

One Farm

Once upon a time there was the single hop beer, then there was the SMASH beer. Single malt, single hop. Now, dialing it in further is the single hop, single farm IPA. Block 15 in Corvallis, Oregon (Go Beav’s) is putting the hop farm name right on the label. Other beers have done single farm IPA’s but the farm info is in the press release and not on the can.

Having that farm name is a great way to show the agriculture behind the beer.

Changing Times

Boomtown Brewery  has “changed” up their latest Artist canned IPA with Changeling.  Here is more info from the DTLA brewery. “Designed by the artist, activist and environmental consultant Lucia Gaia Pohlman , Changeling was born out of the chaos of 2020 and is a call to invite us to examine our place in the world and consciously decide how we step into a new future together with a beer in hand. 

The artist describes the work as, “Not quite humanoid creatures dancing in a new way.” These figures house a wallop of delight in the form of a Hazy DIPA, that clocks in at 8.4% ABV and IBU 35. The beer has a nose of Guava, Orange Creamsicle, Hop Spice with flavors of Pomelo, Lemon Pith and Peach. Made with Galaxy, Mosaic and Cascade hops.”