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Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:43 AM

mikkeller nyc back to the whiteboard new england style india pale ale - 7% abv. this one had azaaca, citra, mosaic, amarillo, and cascade, which sounds like a nice combination of old and new hops. this is a little too bitter for me, but there’s some melon and pine, and the beer is juicier than it seems at first, but this isn’t that interesting, which isn’t what you expect from mikkeller blah blah blah.

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 04:42 AM

other half x trillium x cellarmaker juice ribbons imperial india pale ale - 9.4% abv. trillium is a boston area brewery that was one of the first ne ipa specialists to really ramp up production, and since my experience of “their” beer has been mostly other half collabs I’ll note that their original collaboration with other half, street green, was the primary cause of the long lines that put other half’s stuff out of my reach, although the growler I managed to snag later that week (reviewed upthread) was probably the best oh beer I’d had at that point. that was a few years ago, and we’re now at the point that even names like trillium (or cellarmaker, a california brewery that’s a part of the same collab/festival circuit) aren’t enough to make beers sell out immediately. this one has a mix of mosaic, nelson, citra, centennial, enigma, and galaxy which is split between the pineapple and guava end of the tropical fruit you’d expect with the antipodean hops, and some weird fruit that has some of the berry you expect with mosaic but none of the usual centennial flavors blah blah. so is this actually better than the non-collab oh beers the way street green owas? no, not really. it’s somewhere between the occasional bad oh beer and the more citra than all citra with the experimental hop product that was the best dipa I’d had in ages. recommended.

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 04:13 AM

evil twin brewing new york city x bellwoods brewery pale ale brewed with açaí, strawberry, banana, blueberry, coconut and milk sugar - 5.6% abv. bellwoods is a toronto brewery that’s started sending kegs down here recently, which have mostly been barrel aged sours made with fruit. the label doesn’t say sour, unlike most of the fruit focused low abv beers you see around, but this does have a small hit of tartness towards the end. this more or less tastes like a nice fruit smoothie, all of the named fruits come through and the banana is underneath the other flavors the way it often is in smoothies. the carbonation is probably the most beer like thing about this apart from maybe a hint of malt in the finish. if you ignore the pale ale part this is more or less as described I guess, and the fruit notes are all well done and there’s more nuance than there would be in a soda or juice.

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 05:50 AM

evil twin brewing new york city x civil society brewing company even more pulp double dry hopped double india pale ale hops: mosaic - 8% abv. civil society is a west palm beach area brewery that’s a part of the festival/collaboration circuit, which is all I got on them. this is a really nice beer, it’s got the combination of citrus and the weird not quite berry flavor that you get in other half’s all mosaic beers, but this is just a tad more bitter and a little bit less sweet, and maybe I’m just splitting imaginary hairs, but this is a little bit better than the way I remember other half’s double mosaic daydream, which is pretty high praise. recommended.

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Posted Yesterday, 12:49 PM

evil twin brewing nyc x fuerst wiacek das leben ist kein ponyhoff double dry hopped double india pale ale hops: citra, bru-1, idaho 7 - 8.5% abv. fuerst wiacek is the brewery in berlin that’s a part of the international collab/festival set. this tastes a lot like last nights beer, it’s got the same combination of soft, nuanced hops and bitterness. there’s a mild version of the bubble tea and lemongrass you get from idaho 7, along with some melon, odd pine, and citrus. another really solid hoppy beer from etny.