I’ve always heard good things about Batch Brewing, but I never was able to make it out to their taproom. Well, when I saw that they’d be releasing a taproom exclusive beer – Rainbow Colors Blended, I figured it might be high time to get out and check it out.Rainbow Colors Blended is a double milkshake style IPA and it touts that it’s brewed with mango, passion fruit and lactose, but is it good?
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.
From the west side of Michigan, today I’m taking a look at Big Lake Brewing’s Lake Haze, which they describe as a Juicy New England Style IPA. With the weather finally breaking (now if only the rain would go away), We really need a tasty, but lighter NE IPA, and at 5.5%, Lake Haze sounds like it could fit the bill – but is it all sizzle and no steak? Stay Tuned to find out!
Old Nation Brewing’s Tart Strawberry M-43 is probably the most sought after beer in the state of Michigan right now. So much so that it’s like catching up to a unicorn just to grab at the tail and get a stray hair that comes out. I raced half an hour across town to get one can, and then raced another 30 minutes back the way I came to get a second one. Most places have been selling out in an hour, but what does that have to do with beer? You want to know how it tastes?! Well friends, keep watching to find out if it’s worth the chase!
Here’s a link to my original M-43 review: https://youtu.be/eXm1b22jtdQ
I’m finally checking out one of Transient Artisan Ales beers – Cromulent. Cromulent is an American Pale Ale, that has some very striking similarities to what we think of as hazy new england style IPAs. Was Cromulent worth the wait, or should I have gone with Obligatory first? Watch and find out!
Today, I think is a first for me – I’m reviewing Griffin Claw’s Faux Pas, a hazy hoppy hef. Beeradvocate lists this as a “Belgian IPA”, which is what I call it in the video, but I think that’s a gross mischaracterization. If anything, the label is true and this is a hazy Hefeweizen. Now you may be saying, all hef’s are hazy, because that’s exactly what I said, but this has a fruity taste that I’ve never experienced before in a hef.
Ascension Brewing Company has a small taproom in Novi, Michigan, and while they’ve only been around for a couple short years, they’re veterans of Taproom exclusive releases. This time around I’m checking out their “Lost in the Sauce” New England Style Double. While I was wrapping up shooting, and I didn’t get a chance to mention it on the video, Lost in the Sauce had a nice pleasing Orange aftertaste which is a nice change of pace for most NE DIPAs, which are usually more grapefruit or tropical in flavor.
Find out more about Ascension Brewing at their website: http://ascension.beer
Today I’m taking a look at my 4th in the dank juice line – this time it’s Mosaic Dank Juice. I was really impressed by Passion Dank Juice, and Dirty Dank Juice, but felt a little let down by Mango Peach Dank Juice. Will Mosaic Dank Juice redeem itself for me?
Watch and find out!
I have to admit, at first I gave the original Slurm a good review. But now that I’ve had several different NE IPA’s, I feel like Shorts really missed the mark with that beer. Well only two months later their back to try to redeem themselves (I’m sure they’re doing this just to win me back) with the Double New England IPA – Slurm Lord. How does it stack up? Watch below to find out!
I can’t believe I finally found it! I’ve been stalking this beer for what feels like weeks and I was finally able to find the Passion Fruit version of Odd Side’s Dirty Dank Juice. I have to say, it was worth the wait!
And since I seem to compare every NE IPA variety against Old Nation’s M-43, you’ll have to watch to see how it stacks up!