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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Metamodern IPA by Oskar Blues Brewery

Metamodern IPA by Oskar Blues Brewery is one of the best of the new IPA’s to hit Florida and it was extremely welcomed as it is an amazing IPA coming in at 6.43% ABV with an IBU of 70. Metamodern IPA by Oskar Blues Brewery has a smooth malty backbone with a blend of 5 hops rarely seen from Enigma, Vic Secret, Ella, Topaz and Galaxy hops to delivering an amzing hop flavor. The Metamodern IPA by Oskar Blues Brewery has tons of great citrus aromas and flavors of passion fruit from the galaxy hops  and supposedly hints of raspberry which I didn’t take note of over the passion fruit and citrus that was almost overwhelming in a good way. As you can see it pours a foggy golden color and although most IPA craft beers seem to lean to tropical fruits this IPA has a ton of citrus blended with the tropical fruit flavors for a unique and amazing IPA that is like no other in direct comparison. Although I have yet to hear anyone mention pine or resin they are there but just enough to give a bit of sharpness to the citrus and tropical flavors. Metamodern IPA by Oskar Blues Brewery is one more great brew that I would highly recommend to any hop head.

Metamodern IPA by Oskar Blues Brewery

Metamodern IPA by Oskar Blues Brewery

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Tocobaga Red Ale by Cigar City Brewing

First I must apologize as I’ve always try to stay non-bias but I must state up front I hold Tocobaga Red Ale by Cigar City Brewing as one of my favorite brews since I discovered it last year. If you are open to a red pale ales then you must try Tocobaga Red Ale by Cigar City Brewing. It is listed as an amber style by many people but if you’ve had a chance to try this great tasting and very high quality beer then you know it is more of a red pale ale or even a red ipa in comparison. Although this beer is listed by Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida as a year round brew I’ve only been able to acquire it during the early fall over the past two years. Supposedly this is a very expensive brew and recently due to costs it has been reduced from a 6 pack to a 4 pack to allow for a profit margin which I won’t hold against Cigar City as I know the brewer’s margins are slim compared to the retailers and distributors who usually have much higher margins on craft brews. Getting back to the brew itself this is a very smooth red ale kicking up 7.2 ABV and a 75 IBU but with the great malty backbone it almost plays down the 75 IBU with a more pale ale taste of a much lower IBU. I can find a ton of IPAs and pale ales all day but finding a red ale IPA is a bit less common and this is one of the best if not the best in that twist of styles. It has a rich malty caramel and toffee flavors with hints of biscuit malts then the citrus smells are followed with the flavors of citrus and hints of pine from the large amounts of citra hops that have been added to the brewing process. If I had to list my top 10 favorite brews I’d have to list Tocobaga Red Ale by Cigar City Brewing and #1 favorite red ale.

Tocobaga Red Ale by Cigar City Brewing

Tocobaga Red Ale by Cigar City Brewing

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Segal Ranch Session IPA by Green Flash

Segal Ranch Session IPA by Green Flash is the latest release from Green Flash’s Hop Odyssey line and it is an Session IPA exploding with flavor at only 4.5% ABV. This great craft beer is stacked at 65 IBU with Tomahawk, Centennial, and Cascade hops all hand picked from Segal Ranch in Yakima, Washington. Segal Ranch Session IPA by Green Flash pours a golden straw color with a mild carbonation and the aroma has hints of citrus but the first taste is actually a mildly sharp pine with a bite of grapefruit and a mild finish of an almost tropical fruit, possibly leaning towards stone fruit with a hint of passion. What is I really liked about the Segal Ranch Session IPA by Green Flash is just how much amazing flavor it packed from all of the pine, resin, grapefruit and tropical fruit flavor with a nice sharp bit and still a very smooth malty backbone that I would almost have to say had a hint of what I’d have to guess was a victory malt with its mild biscuit taste. Either way this is a great craft beer to try on tap or in a bottle.

Segal Ranch Session IPA by Green Flash

Segal Ranch Session IPA by Green Flash

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