The #11 (November) Greenhouse IPA is a big juicy & resinous hoppy monster. Dry hopping with Meridian, Liberty and Nugget hops, Hops & Grain delivered a divine IPA. As usual the beer pours and looks almost identical each month with a deep golden amber and fluffy white head. The aroma was hugely fruity with a resinous pine note that was perfect right before the Holidays. The taste exploded with juicy tropical fruit tones that hit the Juicy Fruit description right on the head. Underneath was a piney resinous hop body that revealed itself after the initial fruity onslaught. This months iteration was a delicious IPA and beautiful beer all around. The Greenhouse IPA's are always easy to drink but this one was so smooth and drinkable I couldn’t put it down. Another great Greenhouse IPA and one of the best yet. I don’t see these lasting long in my beer fridge.
December 16, 2014
December 11, 2014
Our annual Christmas party is always a great time and this year was no exception. There are always great beers, fantastic food, and an even better time. The lineup of beers was as exceptional as ever and we never miss an opportunity to bring out the big boys. It’s difficult to single out a beer as they were all great. The Cockeye Cooper, 2013 Stone IRS and Samuel Adams were all standouts for me, but again they were all great.
Next Month, January – Best of 2014
December 3, 2014
The Armadillo Ale Works Brunch Money is a Golden Stout or a Blonde Porter, whatever it is it’s a very unique and tasty brew. Inspired by brunch Armadillo Ale Works adds maple syrup, cocoa nibs, vanilla, coffee and lactose sugar to the base golden ale that has flaked barley and oats and a hint of honey and caramel malts. This all adds up to a dynamic drinking experience that is truly Brunch in a bottle. The beer poured a light copper with a small tan head that disappeared quickly. The aroma has a vanilla and maple sweetness intertwined with coffee that can trick you into thinking stout. The taste hits you with an initial coffee roast followed immediately by the sweet vanilla and maple sugar that is boosted by the lactose sugar. The cocoa lingers on the back end and coats your palate with a pleasant bitterness. This beer truly takes your taste buds on a ride. It may seem like a lot but the parts equal a tantalizing whole that was surprisingly drinkable given the high ABV. While the Brunch Money may fool you into thinking its a stout it is altogether unique and a perfect brunch treat.
December 2, 2014
Misc. pint glass nights around Austin for December. Buy the beer, keep the glass.
Gingerman – Mondays, at 6 PM
Dec 01 Brouwerij Vanhonsebrouck Kasteel Rouge
Dec 08 Real Ale Devil’s Backbone
Dec 15 Samuel Adams Winter Lager
Dec 22 Boulevard Nutcracker
Dec 29 Utah Brewing Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen
Zax Pints and Plates – Wednesdays, at 6 PM (will be updated when Zax updates)
Dec 03 Deschutes Jubelale
Dec 10 Independence Brewing Convict Hill CaskDec 17 Saint Arnold Christmas Ale
Flying Saucer - Wednesdays, at 7 PM
Dec 03 New Belgium Globe
Dec 10 Rahr & Sons Winter Warmer
Dec 17 Delerium Noel
Dec 24 Anchor Brewing Christmas
Draught House – Wednesdays
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November 19, 2014
The October (#10) Greenhouse IPA is definitely one of the more unique versions of the series. Hops & Grain used a blend of Crystal, Centennial, Bullion and Horizon hops to truly experiment with the flavor profile of this iteration. As usual the beer pours and looks almost identical each month with a deep golden amber and fluffy white head. The aroma was very earthy and oily and while that may seem odd in a beer it worked very well in this case. The taste was where this IPA stood on it’s own as this was not your standard IPA but something bold and different. It started with an earthy grassy punch in the face that quickly yielded to a melon and citrus smoothness with oily hop undertones throughout. My first reaction was a bit of a shock as the aroma and flavor profile were a departure from the status quo IPAs, but as I continued to quaff I slowly began to love it. I will thoroughly enjoy every can of deliciousness, and anxiously await what is to come next month. I love what H&G dreams up with each batch and how it is expanding my hop knowledge. Kudos and keep it up!