Russian River Pliny the Elder

Russian River Pliny the Elder, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A – Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with golden highlights. It had a small, thick, foamy head that left soapy trails of lace.

S – Tons of grapefruit aroma; really amazing! There were mild notes of pine and caramel.

T – It hits you with a tart ruby red grapefruit taste and sweet orange peel flavors. The burnt toast caramel flavors add balance to the strong fruit taste.

M – It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D – A very hyped beer, very good but not worth all the hype although I feel like I need one every time I see it.

Serving type: bottle

Sixpoint Resin

Sixpoint Resin, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: Pours a gold with light amber tint and massive foamy head. Some lazy carbonation evident.

S: Smells like a hop lover’s dream with pungent aromas of pine & citrus. Totally in-your-face hop aroma. The name “resin” aptly fits this beer from aroma alone.

T: Truly resinous on the teeth. It feels like there is so much hop residue that it coats your tongue. I like it. Very faint malt character but mostly hops through & through. Some warm alcohol notes are evident.

M: Highly bitter. Feels a bit heavy due to the high amount of hop residue. Drinks like a barley wine.

O: A very nice interpretation of a DIPA. And an East Coast version at that. I really like this one and will absolutely come back to it again and again.

Odell Myrcenary DIPA

Odell Myrcenary DIPA, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: Pours a golden color with a finger or two of white head.

S: Citrus hops with a touch grassiness to it. A little bit of bready and pale malts along with a little bit of fruit. Light pine notes coming in as it warms

T: A really nice fruitiness to the flavor. Plenty of citrus, particularly grapefruit and tangerine. Mild grass notes and a decent amount of pine, a moderate bitterness to go with it. Some decent bread flavors round out the beer.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Pretty solid IPA. Nice hoppiness and not really sweet at all.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum DIPA

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum DIPA, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

Appearance: pored a clear, bright, bronze-plated body topped by an inch of white foam.

Smell: Hoppy at first with some pine notes coming though. pretty sweet smell

Taste: sweet, malt forward with a pine taste. As it warms, a very faint basic breadiness develops in the taste and aroma. Boldly bitter, finishes pretty sweet as it warms. Still, it does manage to finish both dry and bitterness. Lemony taste lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good but not on a IPA kick right now so I would pass on this over other styles for the time being.

Served in a Tulip glasses at 49Degrees