612Brew Unrated Rye IPA

612Brew Unrated Rye IPA 6.9% ABV, 80 IBU Spicy, hoppy, citrusy, and full-bodied, this flavorful beer pairs West Coast breeziness with Midwest sensibility. “Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes … [ Read more]

Badger Hill High Road Everyday Ale

Badger Hill Brewing Company High Road Everyday Ale 5% ABV, 24 IBU The epitome of an everyday brew, perfect for in the boat, mowing the lawn, at a campfire, or grilling dinner. With the individual flavor that only a micro-scale can accommodate, this sessionable ale will pair well with anything you make, from grilled chicken … [ Read more]

Bent Brewstillery Moar Scottish Session IPA

Bent Brewstillery Moar Scottish Session IPA 4.7% ABV, 47 IBU Moar is mysteriously labeled as “Historical India Pale Ale.” What does that mean? In this case, a Scottish-style, medium-bodied, session pale ale that’s a change of pace from other IPAs. Initial flavors of spice and malt lead into bright fruits and a dry, bitter finish. … [ Read more]

Summit Brewing Co. Unchained #18, Hop Silo Double IPA

Summit Brewing Co. Unchained #18, Hop Silo Double IPA 8.3% ABV, 101 IBU Summit has finally brewed a Double IPA, and it doesn’t disappoint! Beautiful aromas of citrus fruits and fresh-cut hay build anticipation. On the palate the intense hop flavors are an intriguing blend of citrus and earthy flavors. A sturdy backbone of UK … [ Read more]

Stone Delicious IPA

Stone Delicious IPA 7.7% ABV, 80 IBU It’s pretty hard to find gluten-free or nearly gluten-free beer that is still quite tasty. Thankfully, Stone has created a nice, lemony IPA that fits the bill. A great pale amber color, you can hardly tell that this beer is lacking a quintessential brewing component. Try it with … [ Read more]

Indeed Brewing Let It Ride IPA

Indeed Brewing Let It Ride IPA 6.8% ABV, 90 IBU It’s a shame we had to wait an entire year for the re-release of this IPA, but the wait is over! This beer is brewed with a combination of calypso, mosaic and el dorado hops, which lends to a myriad of aromas from tropical fruit … [ Read more]

Third Street Brewhouse Spotlight IPA

Third Street Brewhouse Spotlight IPA 7.5% ABV, 70 IBU Once a year, the brewers at Third Street split up into pairs to create a brew. After a round of blind tasting, the most worthy brew is chosen to be in the Spotlight. This year’s winner was a rye IPA brewed with cascade, centennial, and columbus … [ Read more]

Surly Brewing Furious

Surly Brewing Furious 6.2% ABV This beer is a glorious one and holds one of the few spots I have in my fridge for complex IPAs. Deliciously complex tropical fruits as well as traditional hop notes dominate the nose. Furious is an IPA that screams hand-crafted. What else can be said about the beer that … [ Read more]

Finch’s Hardcore Chimera Imperial IPA

Finch’s Hardcore Chimera Imperial IPA 9% ABV This is a solid beer from the Finch’s Beer Company in Chicago. This is an innocent looking IPA with a sneaky 9% ABV. The citrus notes of grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest play off the soft caramel and grain notes whispering in the background. If this beer was … [ Read more]

Odell Brewing Mountain Standard

Odell Brewing Mountain Standard 9.5% ABV This sought-after seasonal black IPA arrived late to MN this year, so get your hands on it quickly! It features the best chinook and cascade hops Colorado has to offer. The aroma features beautiful pine resin, juicy citrus, and rich chocolate, followed by flavors of chocolate, bitter cocoa, and … [ Read more]

Avery Brewing Hog Heaven

Avery Brewing Hog Heaven 9.2% ABV, 104 IBU When you think of Avery, you think of big, aggressive brews and Hog Heaven does not disappoint. While categorized as an American barleywine this beer blurs the line, drinking more like a rich and robust imperial IPA. Pouring a deep, rusty copper hue with a sticky off-white … [ Read more]

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Celebration Fresh Hop IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Celebration Fresh Hop IPA 6.8% ABV, 65 IBU An early example of an American-style IPA, it is one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Celebration pours with a creamy, beige head. It has a deep copper/amber color with citrus and pine aromas. The crisp, herbal hoppiness comes off as assertive but not overwhelming. … [ Read more]

Big Wood Brewery Wicked Ex

Big Wood Brewery Wicked Ex 7.6% ABV The first smell is sweet pineapple, but it’s quickly taken over by earthy, woodsy hops. The color almost matches the can—a cloudy, almost dirty red. A full, thick mouthfeel delivers a kick, and a slight sweetness up the front slowly turns bitter. You continue to feel the bitterness … [ Read more]

Rush River Brewing Minion IPA

Rush River Brewing Minion IPA 7% ABV The aroma hooks you with an explosion of lemon citrus. The color is bronze and crystal clear. It slowly coats your tongue with a velvet silkiness that starts to bite just before the hops dry you out, leaving you wanting more. This is a very refreshing brew that … [ Read more]

Evil Twin Brewing Molotov Lite

Evil Twin Brewing Molotov Lite 8.5% ABV Danish native Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso is the zany gypsy brewer/founder of the cult that is Evil Twin Brewing. Don’t be fooled by the whimsical prose on the can, there’s nothing Lite or remotely macro about this beer! Brewed at Two Roads Brewing in Connecticut, this double IPA pours a … [ Read more]