Welcome to beer review Wednesday. Yes, it’s normally beer and cigar review Wednesday but it got cold here and I’m not about to freeze my pasty white ass off just to smoke a cigar and I 100% refuse to smoke in my house or my car. I can’t stand the smell of stale smoke.
All that aside, we’ve got some good beer to review today, so let’s just jump right in.
Avery Hog Heaven
This dry-hopped barleywine from Avery brewing in Boulder, Colorado will put you in “hog heaven” for sure with its 9.2% ABV and over-the-top 104 IBUs. Avery was also kind enough to supply gravity numbers – 1.085 original gravity (20.5 Plato) and a final gravity of 1.016 (4 Plato).
Pours a hazy (unfiltered?) red-orange color with a thin ring of head that sticks around to the last drink and leaves some lacing on the glass. Floral, citrusy aroma up front with undertones of alcohol and caramel malt. Backbone flavors of fruity esters, caramel malt and a light syrup which gives way to a surprisingly not overbearing sharp finish consisting of grapefruit, lemon and pine. A Moderate alcohol burn on the way down. Thick bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly rough drinking so a good sipper.
Though not the most complex barleywine out there, this was a more than ample beer that I was able to enjoy on a nice cold day. Like most beers in the category, it sticks to your ribs and warms your bones. Good stuff. Rating: 4.25/5.
Stone Delicious IPA
Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, California) and the American IPA style just kind of go hand-in-hand. Stone is notorious for their big, flavorful hop-bombs and this version of their famed IPAs are no exception. Weighing in at 7.7% ABV and 75 IBU this “low gluten” IPA blurs the line between just a regular IPA and a Double and it is mighty tasty.
Pours a hazy goldenrod color with a 1/2″ head that recedes to a thin ring. Moderate lacing is left on the glass. Aroma consists of a big blast of citrus and floral hops. Complex hop-forward citrusy flavor consisting of orange and grapefruit with a sharp lemony finish. The backbone is a subdued slightly sweet and yeasty bread. Alcohol hidden. Medium in body and high in carbonation. Surprisingly smooth for the style and very easy drinking.
This beer might be low gluten but it definitely is neither low on flavor nor is it really a low calorie beer (still weighing in at 250/bottle). Overall a deliciously refreshing IPA that easily pleases. Rating: 4/5.