hile they’re probably most known for their Ghettoblaster dark mild ale, Motor City Brewing Works has several other noteworthy beers. Today, I’m checking out Notorious, a double dry hopped double rice IPA, which to be perfectly frank… I haven’t been in love with IPAs that have used Rice in the past – but today is a new day an this is a new beer for me. What’s the verdict on Notorious? Is it preceded by it’s own reputation?
Here I was just minding my business, nosing around on the internet and I saw the nastiest rumor online. Supposedly Stone was releasing a hazy, east coast inspired IPA. I thought for a few minutes that I had to be dreaming. I pinched myself and when I didn’t wake up (because that always works in dreams right, pinching yourself?) I found out that it was TRUE! Absolutely True! Once I figured out that the world wasn’t actually about to end, and this wasn’t one of the signs of one of the seven seals being broken, I knew I had one job… and that one job was to bring Stone Brewing’s Fear Movie Lions to my loyal viewers – viewers just like you!
Bell’s Sparkleberry was initially brewed in 2013 to celebrate Kalamazoo Pride, and this year it was finally canned and distributed again, to commemorate 2018 Kalamazoo Pride. Sparkleberry is a American inspired Belgian Trippel with raspberry and it clocks in at 9%. Distribution is said to be June, but I’m sure you’ll be able to find this on shelves all throughout July as it’s just starting to hit it’s stride in stores.
I’ve got a double feature here today, both from HOMES brewery in Ann Arbor, Michigan! HOMES Drones double IPA and Straspberry Sherbet were released a few weeks back, just before their first inaugural Nucleate festival. Drones is a DDH DIPA with Vic Secret and Cryo Citra hops, and Straspberry Sherbet is a kettle sour brewed with lactose, and blended with Strawberries and Raspberries. HOMES continues to churn out phenomenal beer, and these are just two more examples of that.
Barrel Runner is the 4th of Founder’s Barrel Aged series of beers in 2018, and this time it’s not a stout (KBS), a scotch ale (Backwoods Bastard), or a Red IPA (Dank Wood), but it is another IPA – and it’s not bourbon barrel aged either. This time they went all out with a mosaic hopped IPA aged in rum barrels to give it a bit of a tropical, spiced taste. Will Barrel Runner make you want to hide your treasure? Is the eye patch included with the 4 pack or bomber? Watch and see!
Pigeon Hill Brewing in Muskegon has really been batting 1.000 in my book, as everything from them that I’ve had so far has been fantastic. Today I’m going to look at their Barrel Aged Grapefruit Renny double IPA, and I’m going to try it next to the regular everyday Grapefruit Renny DIPA to see what the differences are between them. Both of them are 9.4% so they’re sure to pack a punch.
My BBA Huma Lupa Licious Review is here:
Full Earth from Old Nation Brewing is their newest Double NE IPA, and I would think a direct competitor to their original DNEIPA, Boss Tweed. I think it was only a few weeks from time I’d heard this was being released to it hitting shelves, and I was wondering how it would set itself apart from Boss Tweed. With Boss Tweed taking a bit of a brew, is it a good substitute? In today’s video, I not only review Full Earth, but I also do a full *scientific side by side between the two – and I make a desert island declaration. Watch for more!
Odd Side Ales didn’t open a club with their gambling money, but they did create a beer and named it after their star attraction – Shadynasty. Shadynasty’s is a 7% IPA, that beer advocate calls a double IPA for some reason. I’m not sure who’s right, but that doesn’t stop me from drinking it and bringing the truth to you!
In it’s first appearance since 2014, Double Trouble is a limited release Imperial IPA from Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan and I’ve got it here for you today!
Founders describes it as “An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops will get you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front pair with a malt-balanced backbone and a smooth, bitter finish.”
Well I’ll just have to see about that for myself, won’t I?
Today I’m having a gander at Short’s Brewing’s Sticky Boots, which is a triple dry hopped double IPA. Say that five times fast and that means you should have another. Short’s says this about it:
“Sticky Boots is a triple dry-hopped Double IPA. Copper in color with a substantial white head carrying dank aromas of floral and citrus hops. Leading with strong tropical flavors and a juicy mouthfeel, this beer transitions into highlighting the floral hops. Well balanced and easy to drink, Sticky Boots finishes with huge juicy tropical flavors.”
This review is a bit old, recorded in March but due to some extenuating circumstances with my studio (the dungeon) I’ve released this one today. I’ve wanted to put this out for a while but there’s been so many great beers out lately, I couldn’t find room!
Enjoy and let me know what you think!