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.
The name of the beer says a lot, Resin but it really doesn’t tell the whole story but you must admire the simplicity of the name as it really is the majority of the flavors that hit you from beginning to end of every enjoyable sip. Sixpoint makes some great beers but Sixpoint’s Resin has been one of their best known IPAs which most people consider a double IPA or even an imperial IPA. This skinny looking can packs 12 ounces of pure hoppiness clocking in at 103 IBU at 9.1 ABV. Transparent dark golden color with a ton of resin from start to finish with a nice malty flavor with hits of sweet toffee flavors packing tropical fruit flavors with a very strong resin flavor and some subtle pine in the finish. Don’t let the small can fool you this little can contains amazing beer to finish with a great meal or simply to enjoy with friends at home or your favorite hangout. Sixpoint’s Resin should be one of your top 100 must try beers of all time.
For anyone who’s never had an Abita brew they are about 30 miles north of New Orleans and it is almost impossible not to find Abita’s great brews at just about every beer serving establishment within and around New Orleans. I tried their Abita Amber and Purple Haze back before I knew much about beer but I was amazed at how smooth and how great beer could really be. Now days I am tempted to try just about anything and with that said when I saw Abita’s Spring IPA earlier this year I snagged a 6 pack and have snagged a few more sense the first 6 pack as this stuff is great for a nice session-able 6.25 ABV West Coast Style IPA with a great citrus with a lot of grapefruit flavors, pine and resin from the Centennial and Amarillo hops with a strong bitter kick from the 65 IBUs. This beer pours a beautiful copper color with a mild haze and a lovely white foam head and great head retention. The only negative I think I could say would be that this beer is easily addictive and with a 6.25 ABV it may creep up on you a bit faster then expected. Currently this great beer is priced conservatively and is available at my favorite grocer which makes it even more attractive.