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Road Warrior Imperial Rye IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company

Road Warrior Imperial Rye IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company pours a beautiful rich red with aromatic aromas from the rye, Mosaic and Amarillo hops used in the dry-hopping rush forward as you continue to pour this amazing imperial rye IPA. Road Warrior Imperial Rye IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company is packed with spicy rye and crystal malts, Columbus, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops giving this full mouthfeel imperial rye IPA a mountain of great spicy flavors from hints of pine resin, peppercorns, caramel malts, grapefruit and rye. This bold Imperial Rye IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company weights in at 9% ABV and 80 on the IBU scale. If you love a great rye IPA with a lot of kick you must check this one out as it is only available May through August and with September just starting there may not be a lot of these left on the shelf but its worth every sip.

Road Warrior Imperial Rye IPA by Green Flash Brewing Co

Road Warrior Imperial Rye IPA by Green Flash Brewing Co

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Citra Dog American IPA by Thirsty Dog Brewing

Citra Dog American IPA by Thirsty Dog Brewing is the true definition of an American IPA with light translucent cooper color with a modest head. This American IPA is sporting an IBU of 95 and a solid 6.5% ABV with loads of amazing flavors from the citra hops. Citra Dog American IPA by Thirsty Dog Brewing comes across as a very mild looking brew with little to no noticeable aroma but with the first sip you get a nice moderate mouthfeel with an juicy smooth malt with a bold bitterness and mild bit that has hints of floral and citrus leaning towards a bit of grapefruit and a subtle pine towards the end of the sip. I was concerned when I first saw a few of the Thirsty Dog Brewing 6 packs locally available as the label looked very trendy and I was concerned they were trying to compensate for the brew but after buying a 6 pack and as this is the last of the 6 I have been pleasantly surprised with an impressive American IPA that I would be proud to share with friends.

Thirsty Dog Brewing Citra Dog American IPA

Thirsty Dog Brewing Citra Dog American IPA

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Farmhouse Summer Ale by Flying Fish Brewing Company

Farmhouse Summer Ale by Flying Fish Brewing Company pours a beautiful golden yellow with a small but nice head and the aromas a mild and it is hard to tell if this is a golden ale or a Saison with the subtle spicy hints in both the aroma and the first sips. I noticed a hint of malt followed with an almost light hint of lemon and spice.  At only 4.6% AVB and with an IBU of 15.1 this makes for a very drinkable Summer ale that is only available in the very early months of Summer. Farmhouse Summer Ale by Flying Fish Brewing Company is very light but has a nice easy aroma and flavor for help to convert you mass produced beer drinkers to a quality ale. I look forward to trying many other Flying Fish Brewing Company brews as this and their Red are both really enjoyable.

Farmhouse Summer Ale by Flying Fish Brewing Company

Farmhouse Summer Ale by Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Blonde Ale by Diamond Knot Brewing Company

Blonde Ale by Diamond Knot Brewing Company pours a golden yellow with a beautiful white foaming head that lingers for a few minutes and has a mild aroma with what seemed like a mild citrus more from the yeast in my opinion. At only 4.2% ABV and only 11 IBU using a very common domestic version of the German Hallertauer hop this is a very smooth Summer beer although it really would work year round as the first goto beer of the night. Many people report hint of biscuity flavors from the malts which I could see but I really think it is more of the wheat malts blended with the flaked corn and flaked barley. I also feel this would be a great craft beer to help covert friends from Buds and other mass produced light lager styles. Blonde Ale by Diamond Knot Brewing Company was a nice beer but I will be keeping my eyes open for Diamond Knot Brewing Company’s other great brews from IPAs to their Stout.

Blonde Ale by Diamond Knot Brewing Co

Blonde Ale by Diamond Knot Brewing Co

 

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Hibiscus Gose by Boulevard Brewing company

Hibiscus Gose by Boulevard Brewing company pours a deep cooper color with a subtle hint of pink blended in, most likely from fresh hibiscus flower which is perfectly edible and also makes a very nice tea that tastes a lot like a sweet tart candy. Nice mild head and mild aroma but hard to put my finger on the exact smell although it could be a hint of tartness with a mild saltiness. I was excited to try this as I am a big fan of the hibiscus flower and regularly drink teas with hibiscus in them but sadly this is a bit more of a slightly sour and tart beer with a hint of vinegar a lot like an off kombucha tea with a subtle hint of salt, not bad but far from what I was expecting. Hibiscus Gose by Boulevard Brewing company comes in at a modest 4.2% ABV Gose style and only 11 IBU it is a mild session beer for the Summer months for those who prefer a more sour/tart type of beverage but don’t mind the hint of vinegar.

Hibiscus Gose Boulevard Brewing company

Hibiscus Gose Boulevard Brewing company

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