Now for some beer reviews. We’ve got two killer offerings tonight so let’s jump right in!
This American Imperial IPA hails from Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado. It weighs in at 10% ABV, 102 IBU and Avery is kind enough to provide us the original gravity of 1.090 (21.6 Plato) and a final gravity of 1.012 (3.1 Plato).
Pours a hazy goldenrod color with a lot of foam. Thick off-white head that laces the glass like crazy. Aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, caramel, syrup and alcohol. Flavors consist of a caramel and molasses backbone supporting a wallop of citrusy hop notes following the nose almost exactly – orange zest, grapefruit and a little lemon twang. A hint of a floral note toward the back. A slight hint of a pineapple on the aftertaste ties it all together. Surprisingly not harshly bitter. Thick, syrupy body with low carbonation. Definitely too thick to chug but an easy sipper.
This was a classic Double IPA in every way – smooth, complex but not overly bitter. Even non-IPA drinkers can appreciate this one. Would pair great with either a burger or Asian food. Rating: 4.5/5.
Undead Party Crasher
This offering from Clown Shoes Brewing Company in Ipswich, Massachusetts is an American Imperial Stout weighing in at 10.5% ABV and an unspecified IBU or gravity rating.
Pours jet black as a good imperial stout should. Thin ring of brown head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Big aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, prunes, and caramel. Flavors follow the noes almost exactly – notes of caramel and plum kick things off up front with a substantial sweetness. The middle of the palate is greeted with dark chocolate and a little bit of black licorice zing. The back end finishes off with notes of espresso and a balanced pine hop note. Very warming down the throat but alcohol is fairly well hidden. Thick body with low carbonation, this one drinks way too easy for its heft.
I am a sucker for a good imperial stout (it’s by far my favorite style of beer) and this one delivers. Bold, complex and smooth, pair this one with a Blanco JT Limitado, CO Final Third, Marrero Fuerte or a Padron x000 series or 1926 Series in Maduro. Rating: 4.75/5.
So that’s a wrap for today’s offerings. Have you had either? Let me know what you thought!