Beer # 125 Alpine Nelson


Alpine Nelson

Name:  Nelson

Style:  I.P.A.

Brewery: Alpine Beer Company website 

Country:  USA

Region: Alpine, California

ABV: 7.10% Abv

How served: 22 oz bomber poured into a Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery pint glass.       

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Shrimp grilled with a spicy “chicken wing” marinade then sprinkled with a “secret” spicy seasoning salt.  Yummy!!  I would do this pairing again.

Tasted on:  Monday June 14th, 2010. 

Note:     As soon as you open up this bottle you get a whiff of citrus which keeps improving as it is poured into the glass.  As you taste this IPA you get a nice mildly bitter grapefruit taste followed by some mild sweetness from the rye which really balances this brew.  The Mouthfeel is light with mild carbonation, and the drinkability was exceptional.   This is a great everyday brew, especially on hot Florida days/nights and for pairing with spicy foods.   If you are looking for something with a bit more of a hop kick you should try out Alpines “other” hoppy brews, such as Double (Imperial) I.P.A Pure Hoppiness or if you dare their Triple IPA Exponential Hoppiness

On the Label:  This golden IPA has the addition of rye to enhance the flavor profile and gives it that “something special.’  We use Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand, prized for their white wine, fruity flavor.  The scent of fresh grapefruit greets you each time you lift your glass.  DRNK ALPINE ALE or GO TO BED! 

On their Website: Seasonal Beers- beers we brew as often as we can, but not all the time.

A Golden Rye IPA
An outstanding hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin, is generously used throughout the brewing and dry-hopping of this unique beer. European rye is added for a smooth, malty addition to flavor. 1.065 OG 7%ABV  


Beer # 84 Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

Bear Republic Racer 5

Name: Racer 5 India Pale Ale

Style: IPA

Brewery:  Bear Republic Brewing Co.  website

Country: USA

Region:  Healdsburg, California

ABV: 7.00% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into a Lamoral glass.       

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Gnocchi with a tomato sausage sauce.  

Tasted on:  Wednesday March 10th, 2010. 

Note:  Racer 5 is up there with the best IPA’s on the market.  Easy drinking and refreshing with no hint of the 7% abv to slow you down.  IPA wise, I do prefer their Hop Rod Rye only slightly more.

On the Label: Racer 5 is an aggressive styled India Pale Ale.  Handmade from a brewery whose motto is “Bigger is Better”.  This golden, well hopped, bottle conditioned ale demands your attention.  Try the next generation of I.P.A.  Racer 5…Go…Go…  BREW MASTER NOTES Keep cold, respect life, don’t D + D, real ale is alive, yeast is good, serve at 45°-50° F.

From their website:

Racer 5 IPA®
American India Pale Ale
ABV: 7.0% IBU: 75+ Color: Golden
This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed American pale and crystalmalts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial.
There’s a trophy in every glass.
12oz. 6 pack | 12 oz. 12 pack | 22oz. | keg

Since posting my beer inventory I noticed I had too many IPA’s & DIPA’s on hand.  So over the next few weeks I will be cleaning my inventory out of IPA’s and Double IPA’s before they fade too much.  Here is what you will expect to see on my Blog soon, in no particular order. (note I will only add to this blog the beers below which have not made it to this blog)

Captain Lawrence Reserve Imperial IPA

Port Brewing Hop 15

Port Brewing High Tide IPA

Port Brewing Midnight Session Lager

Hair of The Dog Blue Dot

Boulevard Double Wide IPA

Boulevard Imperial Pilsner

Rogue Sesquicentennial Ale

Firestone Union Jack IPA

Ballast Point Dorado DIPA

Poperings Hommel Bier

Laughing Dog Brewing Devil Dog

Alpine Exponential Hoppiness

Karl Strauss Big Barrel DIPA

Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA

Avery DuganA IPA

Southern Tier Iniquity

Southern Tier Unearthly

Southern Tier Hoppe

3 Floyds Dreadnaught IPA

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Green Flash IIPA

Bells Hop Slam

Tröegs Nugget Nectar

Mikkeller Cascade Single Hop IPA

Dogfish Head Golden Era

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Beer # 72 Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA

Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA

Name: High Tide Fresh Hop IPA

Style:  IPA

Brewery: Port Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region:  San Marcos, California

ABV: 6.5% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bottle poured into a Hennepin glass.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: 2nd half of the Super Bowl game

Tasted on:  Sunday February 7, 2010.

Note:  Great quality IPA & great example of what an IPA should taste like.  Go get some & try it, I’ll bet you’ll like it.

From their website:  High Tide Fresh Hop IPA  (Port Brewing Fall Seasonal)

Each and every fall, we experience a coastal experience in San Diego known as the “Super High Tide.” This happens later in the Fall Season when the tidal swings reach a range of about 8 feet in difference between low and high tides. When this happens, there are days when the tide just gets too high and flattens out the surf. The lineups shut down and surfers are left to wait until the High Tide recedes.

While waiting for the tides to shift in your favor, might we suggest a High Tide IPA? Brewed only once each year to coincide with the Hop Harvest in Yakima Washington, High Tide IPA is made with 180 lbs of Fresh Hops per batch that are plucked from the vines and sent straight to our brewery. We skip the whole drying and processing stage which means the hops are ultra fresh and full of flavors we can’t normally get. Like grapes, Hops are only harvested one time each year and as such, we make what we can when we get them.

The recipe is very simple and basic with an emphasis on the variety of hops we select each year. Lately, we have selected Centennial and Chinook hops for our High Tide IPA. We used Centennial at the end of the boil and Chinook for the Dry Hopping. Now that we have brewed High Tide, we will sit and wait for the ultra High Tides of Fall to arrive knowing full well that we have sufficient stocks of great beer to get us through the flattest of sessions. We hope you’ll stock up too.

Malts- Two Row
Kettle Hops- Amarillo Pellets
Whirlpool- Centennial Fresh Hops
Dry Hop- Chinook Fresh Hops
Yeast- White Labs– Port Brewing Proprietary Yeast Strains

Original Gravity- 1.062
Terminal Gravity- 1.012
6.50 % ABV

Draft- Available in Southern California and Arizona 22 Oz Bottles and Cases- At Port Brewing San Marcos and Pizza Port Carlsbad, San Clemente and Solana Beach and wherever better beers are sold.

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Beer #30 Blind Pig

Blind Pig

Name: Blind Pig

Style: IPA

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region: Santa Rosa, California

ABV: 6.10%

How served: 500 ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: some pre-thanksgiving snacks.

Tasted on: Thursday November 26, 2009

Note: Great nose, but what does one expect when you get a fresh Californian hopped beer.  Bottled on 10 30 09

 “Blind Pig IPA: Blind Pig IPA was originally brewed by Vinnie at Blind Pig Brewing Co. in Temecula CA. Inspired by the original Blind Pig IPA, this beer is loaded with hop character but only has 6.0% ABV.

6.0%ABV, 1.060 O.G

Silver Medal, 2007 GABF (American IPA)
Gold Medal, 2006 World Beer Cup (American IPA Category)

Available year round in the pub, for distribution, and in 500mL bottles.”

Beer # 26 Cedar Aged Jai Alai – Humidor Series

Cigar City Jai Alai Cedar Aged IPA Humidor Series


Name: Cedar Aged Jai Alai – Humidor Series

Style: India Pale Ale

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing website

Country: USA

Region: Tampa, Florida

ABV: 7.50%

How served: 750ml bottle poured into an Augustijn Grand Cru Tulip.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good. 

I paired this beer with: A gyro platter and a Greek salad, yummy!!!

Tasted on: Thursday November 19, 2009

Note:  I still enjoy the “regular” Jai Alai over the Humidor Series version; I also feel that it has improved somewhat with age as the “cedar cigar box” taste has mellowed a bit.  This beer is well worth hunting out, if you see a bottle, buy it!!!

 “The Humidor Series is a rotating offering of Cigar City Brewing beer aged on cedar. We change the offering for every release so that more of our beers get to luxuriate in cigar box cedar. Cedar has a more subtle effect on beer than more traditional woods like oak. But, we think that once you taste it you’ll agree that cedar deserves a place alongside oak in the brewer’s wood-aging toolbox. Humidor series beers will vary due to style, but are always a good option for pairing with a fine cigar. “ 

Beer #20 Sculpin India Pale Ale

Ballast Point Sculpin India Pale Ale

Ballast Point Sculpin India Pale Ale


Name: Sculpin India Pale Ale

Style: American IPA

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company  website

Country: USA

Region: San Diego, California.

ABV: 7.0%

How served: 22oz capped bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass.  

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: nothing

Tasted on: Sunday November 15, 2009

Note: This bottle says “Limited Release”, but it isn’t a onetime only release.  Wow!   What a nose on this beer & it has the taste to match.  It is as good as it gets when it comes to IPA’s.  The 7% ABV is very hidden, so be careful if you plan on drinking a few of these bombers in one sitting as it is very drinkable.

 “The Sculpin IPA is a testament to our humble beginnings as Home Brew Mart.  Founded in 1992, the Mart continues to be a catalyst for the San Diego brewing scene setting the trend for handcrafted ales.  Inspired by our customers, employee and brewers, the Sculpin I.P.A. is bright with aromas or apricot, peach, mango and lemon.  Its lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops.  This delicious Ballast Point Ale took the Bronze Medal at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Pro Am category.  The Sculpin fish has poisonous spikes on its fins that can give a strong sting.  Ironically, the meat from a Sculpin is considered some of the most tasty.  Something that has a sting but tastes great, sounds like a Ballast Point India Pale Ale.”  “Get the Point!”

1st Post!

Well after tasting well over a 1000 beers I have finally gotten around to document what I’ve tasted.  There isn’t a better way to get started on this blog than by watching a New York Giants football game and drinking an IPA. 


AleSmith IPA

AleSmith IPA

Name: AleSmith IPA

Style: IPA

Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Co.  website

Country: USA

Region: San Diego, California

ABV: 7.25%

How served: 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.   Great brew to have while watching a football game

I paired this beer with: Mediterranean style sardines and pretzels.  This IPA paired very well with this meal.

Tasted on: Sunday October 4, 2009


Juxaposition Black Pilsner

Juxaposition Black Pilsner

Name: Juxtaposition Black Pilsner 

Style: Imperial Pilsner

Brewery: Collaboration between Stone Brewing Co.  website,   BrewDog Ltd website and Cambridge Brewing Co website.  Brewed and Bottled by the Stone Brewing Co.

Country: USA

Region: Escondido, California (Stone), Fraserburgh, Scotland & Cambridge, Massachusetts (Cambridge)

ABV: 10.00%

How served: 12 oz bottle poured into a Stone Levitation glass.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.   Alcohol is well hidden and very smooth.

I paired this beer with: Habanero cheddar cheese.  Not the best pairing, but acceptable.

Tasted on: Sunday October 4, 2009

Note:  Limited and brewed only once.



Cuvée Du 7ème

Cuvée Du 7ème

Name: Cuvée Du 7ème

Style: Bière de Garde

Brewery: Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes.  website

Country: Switerland

Region: Saignelégier

ABV: 7.50%

How served: 33cl bottle poured into a Straffe Hendrik glass.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.   Great brew to have while watching a football game

I paired this beer with: Chocolate pasta with chicken.  Very good pairing, but the meal might have been better paired with a “chocolate” stout or RIS.

Tasted on: Sunday October 4, 2009

Note:  Limited and brewed only once for the 7th anniversary of the Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes.

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