Category Archives: hops

Homunculus!

 

The label of this bottle was CRAZY!  It had a bunch of sperm pictures coming towards a glass of beer.  At least that’s what I thought it was – here… you decide:

 

 

See!!  I bet you thought I was lying!  Crazy beer name with a crazy label, eh?  Well… on to the beer.    This brew is part of Smuttynose Brewery’s 2011 Big Beer Series.  The Homunculus is a Belgian Golden Ale.  Belgian beers are among my favorites, and this one had a nice malty flavor – but unlike traditional Belgian  Ales – it was pretty hoppy, so I was surprised by that bitter bite at the end!  At 9.9% ABV,  it made me feel all warm and toasty inside!

It’s totally a beer to pick up and try – and as a bonus, you get a cool bottle!  Also, be on the lookout for some of Smuttynose Brewery’s other delicious beers – Old Brown Dog (Brown Ale) and even Really Old Brown Dog (Stock Ale) are some of my favorites!  I just noticed that they have a Scotch Ale and a Maibock – those are now on my wishlist!  “Make mine a Smutty!”  Cheers!

 


Lucky U IPA

 

While in the OBX this weekend, we stopped for some brews we hadn’t tried; Breckenridge IPA “Lucky U” was one of them.  As you can see by the number of caps I have, we kinda liked it.  😉  It wasn’t as hoppy as I expected, being an IPA – but in my case, that’s good!  I prefer beers that are hoppy, but yet well balanced with malt flavor.  “Lucky U” delivered that nice crispy hop flavor without going overboard.

I do believe we were the “lucky” ones, picking this tasty brew!  Having this beer as my first Breckenridge beer, I’m excited to try their other flavors – like their Autumn Ale!  Cheers!

 


Brew Free or Die!

 

I love the illustration on these cans – it’s awesome; I always knew Lincoln was a cool guy!

From 21st Amendment, here’s an IPA that totally packs a hoppy punch!  My husband really loves it, but he really enjoys lots and lots of hops – I, on the other hand, appreciate that it’s a clean, crisp, well brewed beer (a little maltier than the average IPA, and I do love malty) but it’s way too hoppy for me.  It’s smooth up front and packs a wallop of hops in the finish – which made my tongue a little tingly!  I think if I drank a whole one of these, I may not be able to taste anything else afterward!

The fact that they package this strong IPA in cans though, is too cool!  It’s been said plenty – but we need a bigger selection of cans out there for our summer trips to the pool and beach!

If you love IPAs, you really need to check out this one – plus, with this awesome packaging, how could you resist?

Cheers!


Sierra Torpedo

Torpedo by Sierra Nevada is some pretty hoppy stuff!  I enjoy the regular Pale, and can have one of these Torpedos, but can’t handle a second – it’s just too hoppy for me.  It kinda kills my taste buds for anything else.  My husband, on the other hand, LOVES this brew!  He actually prefers it over the regular Pale Ale by Sierra – and would probably even add some dry hop leaves on top for garnish!  Yes, I married a Hop Head!

Back in the day, I would only drink browns or wheats, I’d try a sip of my husband’s beer and tell him it tasted like erasers (the hoppy or bitter taste).  I have grown, over the years to appreciate hoppier beers, but I guess EXTRA hoppy is an acquired taste that I haven’t reached, yet.


Long Hammer – just doesn’t do much for me.

While I’m mostly a malt girl, I do enjoy a pale ale here and there – but this IPA leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  The hop taste is just overwhelming and way to bitter for my liking.  They use Willimette and Cascade Hops in this IPA, and I can only assume that I don’t like the Willimette Hop flavor, as I love Cascade (one of my favorite pales, Sierra Nevada, uses Cascade Hops).

On a nicer note, I have loved Redhook Brewery for years.  If, like me, you end up not liking this Long Hammer, here are some of my favorites from the brewery that are sure to tickle your tastebuds:  ESB, Winterhook and Late Harvest Ale.   Some of my friends think this is a tried and true IPA and they actually choose it when picking up a six-pack, so please don’t rule it out if you like the those extra hops.