Green Flash Green Bullet IPA Hits the Mark

beer - green flashThis one was originally published by the Alcohol Professor. Here are a few paragraphs and a link to the full article.

San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Co. finally green-lit a small batch favorite for national release; packed with New Zealand hops, Green Bullet is now widely available nationwide on tap, in four packs and in 22-ounce bottles.

And if you haven’t yet tried it, well, it’s kind of mind blowing.

Green Bullet has become a bit of a cult beer, much like Green Flash’s Palate Wrecker. Since it has been available previously only in limited quantities – it was the brewery’s 9th Anniversary beer in 2011 – it has become a sought-after favorite of hopheads.

Ah yes, the hops. The beer is named after the primary hop used in brewing the beer, Green Bullet hops. Another New Zealand hop, Pacific Gem, is also in the blend, balancing floral with fruit characters to create – take a deep breath – this triple IPA. Yep, triple. This beer packs a wallop unlike most double IPAs you’ll find, and those tend to punch you in the mouth.

Read the full story at AlcoholProfessor.com.

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Louisville Slugger Bats and Beer

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Wait … is that even a Louisville Slugger?

Anyone heard about this Hops for Heroes project? It is designed to raise funds to assist military families, but the local kicker is that nine brewers from around the U.S. are using Louisville Slugger bats to ferment beers.

It’s a new one on me, but it sounds like some of the beers could be a hit (sorry!), like this Phoenix Ale Brewery Homefront IPA. The Phoenix New Times describes it thusly: “… Brewed with orange peel, hopped with Chinook and Cascade, then rested in fermenters atop unvarnished maple bats from Louisville Slugger. According to Phoenix Ale, there’s no difference between them and the ones you’d use to play in a baseball game.”

So do they also use pine tar? Because that got George Brett into a lot of trouble.

I guess what’s a bit surprising is that no one here in the Louisville area got involved. It’s an interesting concept, to be sure, and as a baseball fan I’d love to try one of these beers. Here are a couple random reviews of the Stone Brewing Co. version, if you’re interested.

Anyway, this project is in its third year, so it’s not exactly a rookie (gah!). Maybe one of our local brewers will take a swing at it (stop it!) just for fun. Which one will … (ahem) strike first?

OK, I’m done.

Evil Twin Ryan and the Beaster Bunny = Yum

Stopped in the Irish Rover last night looking for something different to try, and got my first taste of Evil Twin Ryan and the Beaster Bunny. It’s not a beer I’m going to obsess over or anything (besides, it’s apparently a limited edition), but it was a darn good pint – if you’ve had it, you know what I mean.

I do like the hops, and this one delivers nicely. It’s got an assertive hop character without being one of those beers that grabs you by the neck and says, “I’ve got LOTS of hops. Wanna see?” In other words, it’s a solid, no-frills, quality farmhouse ale.

Anyway, the bitterness lingers at the back of the mouth with the nose and front end having a bit of a citrusy quality, only mildly fruity without going over the edge into sweetness. It pours a slightly hazy gold, and quite frankly looks pretty darn inviting in the glass. Of course, pretty much every beer looks inviting to me.

Oh yeah, and be careful – when bartender Jason handed me my pint, he called it a “heavy hitter,” meaning that it packs 7 percent ABV. Probably good that I only had one.

Anybody else out there had this one? I’d go back for another without hesitation. Looking forward to trying more Evil Twin brews in the future, too. Heck, you have to love a brewery that makes a pilsner called “Low Life” (has to be a play off Miller High Life, right?).

Not sure you’ll get me to try any of those “Hipster” beers they make, though. I don’t have any desire to know what a hipster tastes like.

Note: Apparently Jason said “farmhouse” ale when I asked about it, and I thought he said “Falco ale.” It only said Evil Twin on the tap handle so far as I could see, so I thought I heard “Falco” (a name I’d heard of). Once again, good thing I only had one or I might not have found my way home. Idiot.

West Sixth IPA: More Than Just a Cool Logo

louisville beer - west sixth ipaFinally wrapped my taste buds around a West Sixth Brewing Company IPA this week. As you probably guessed, I’m now a fan.

It’s truly a well-crafted India pale ale, with all the hoppy goodness you’d expect and just enough malt characteristic for balance. I sensed a hint of citrus, with a minimum of sweetness (not a fan of the assertive sweetness found in some pale ales), and the beer’s mouth-feel was perfect, from my perspective. The creaminess of the body makes it drink lighter than the hoppiness would suggest, giving it a great combination of drinkability and flavor.

Normally, I kind of worry that craft beer in a can is going to be compromised from a flavor standpoint, but that sure isn’t true in this case. In fact, I’d drink this from a can any day over the highly lauded Bell’s Two Hearted Ale from a bottle. But that’s just me.

If you’re interested, West Sixth IPA got some pretty good marks over at BeerAdvocate.com. Oh, and I really like that cool West Sixth logo … ahem.

ABV: 7 percent