Bell’s limited July release for 2018 is The Oracle – a double IPA in the west coast style. This is the only beer I can think of that Bell’s makes that’s in the west coast style – when I think of Bell’s and IPAs I think of Two Hearted, which is obviously not west coast. so what do I think of the Oracle? Click below to watch and see more!
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.
This Head 2 Head is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. When I tried the BBA Huma Lupa Licious against the regular version, it got me thinking. Could Huma Lupa Licious be my favorite malty Michigan IPA? Is it really better than Bell’s Two Hearted? What if we threw Blackrocks 51K IPA in there too? Well, on today’s video I do just that – I put them all to the test in my new “Head 2 Head” series.
Which other beers would you like to see go Head 2 Head?
Bell’s Two Hearted is one the highest reviewed beers in the country, and admittedly one of my favorites – so when I heard that Bell’s was releasing their Double Two Hearted, an 11% double IPA version of their already hugely successful IPA, it was a no brainer that I had to bring it to the channel for you. I’ve said over and over that Two Hearted is one of my all time favorite beers – definitely in my top 5, so how does the double IPA version of it rank? Can it take the top spot? Watch and find out!
Don’t say that Bell’s doesn’t like to take chances – Larry’s Latest is their first foray into Kettle Sour ales. I’ve been on a bit of a sour kick lately after avoiding them for years. How does Larry’s latest fare against the plethora of other sours out there, and can a sour produced on this level be as good as a handcrafted sour? Stay tuned to find out!
While I’m busy digging out of this hardcore winter weather we’re seeing, I took the time to check out Boatyard Brewing Company’s Lake Effect Double IPA. Lake Effect Double IPA is one of the maltiest double IPAs I’ve ever tasted. Where most beers in this style usually try and smash your teeth out with piney hoppiness, Boatyard goes in a different direction and I find that to be extremely intriguing and refreshing.
A friend of mine (whatup Dave!) called me from his local bottle shop to let me know that they had this new Boatyard NE Style IPA, and I was anxious to try it. I have never had a beer from Boatyard before, but I know they really started distributing a lot in my area and after this taste of theirs, you better be sure that I’m going to be on the lookout for it in the future.
You can find out more about Boatyard Brewing Co. at their website:
I thought when I recently tried Atwater’s Java Vanilla Porter, that there probably wasn’t a vanilla porter out there that could beat it.
Well, my friends… A new contender has stepped up to the plate.
Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Vanilla Porter is another reason why you should never count out the little guy. Watch my review to see which one I liked better!