Monthly Archives: November 2017
Roundhouse Red IPA by Bell’s Brewery, Bell’s calls it an India Red Ale but either way it is an amazingly complex Red IPA with a complex malty body and plenty of hoppy citrus and fruit flavors to make it one of my favorite craft beers of 2017. Not only have we gone through two 6 packs recently, it inspired me to brew a recent batch of IRA aka India Red Ale but I did mine as a Red Rye IPA with a nice dry British yeast, malty with a lot of hops which is a great summary of Bell’s Roadhouse Red IPA. According to Bell’s Brewery you should taste and smell aromas of pineapple, peach and citrus which I can more than agree with all those great aromas on top of the toasty caramel malt body. This is by no means a light beer as it has a medium body sitting at 7.5% ABV with an IBU of 50 with a great deal of malt and hops flavors with a major of bonus of locally sourced Michigan honey to help create a smooth, dry finish to an amazingly complex red IPA. If you miss out on this great Red IPA this year make sure to grab a 6 pack or two next year as it is usually released around mid to late September.
Sam Calagione and his crew over at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery have been leaders in their creative brewing techniques since the 90’s from Midas Touch, 60 minute IPA, 90 minute IPA, to the elusive 120 minute IPA. Well, Liquid Truth Serum IPA is no exception as the specs on this big and beautiful IPA are modest at 6.8 ABV and 65 IBUs but it feels like much bigger craft brewed IPA. Liquid Truth Serum IPA pours a hazy light golden color with a ton of great hop aromas pouring forth with hints of tropical fruits, citrus, and a hint of pine. I am assuming the hazy color is from all the late hop additions from what I’ve read included lots of late hop additions and whirlpooling with pelletized, powdered, leaf and even liquefied hops from early additions of Warrior, Simcoe, and Calypso with very late additions of Azacca, Mosaic, and Citra. On first sip the resin stands out but is quickly overpowered by the mix of grapefruit, tangerine citrus blended with modest hints of tropical flavors which makes it hard to pick out one primary hop flavor but guava, pineapple, peach, and apricot could easily be found in the mix. If I had to find a negative about this magnificently crafted brew called Liquid Truth Serum IPA it would be that it has a lot going on which can also bee seen as its strength as it is a very complex IPA, and that is the Liquid Truth with or without the Serum. I need to make mention of the art work on the label as it is very creative and impressive. From the recipes to the actual brewing process of craft beer is a true art form and many breweries fail to take advantage of taking that all the way to the label that represents their hard work. I can only hope that Liquid Truth Serum IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery becomes a yearly event so that we all may enjoy this great brew at least once a year.