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Full Pint Night of the Living Stout

Full Pint Night of the Living StoutI had to have a beer like this for Halloween! If the label wasn’t scary enough, here is a stout with 110 IBUs!

Black as the pit from pole to pole, the aroma is dominated by deeply roasted malt and charred wood. Velvety and smooth texture. Then WHAM! those hops hit. This would be shocking if you expected a stout but didn’t know the IBU content! Toasted malt, smoke, and charred wood stand up to the intensely bitter hops.

Outstanding!

Grade: A

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New Albanian Hoptimus

New Albanian Hoptimus

New Albanian Hoptimus

This is the first I’ve ever heard of New Albanian Brewing Company, which is in New Albany, Indiana.

Hoptimus is their Imperial IPA. With a kickass robot  brandishing a red star and boasting 100 IBUs, Hoptimus seems to be saying “I will break your taste buds.”

Pours orange and surprisingly crisp and clear for an Imperial IPA. Thin layer of a white head floats atop. The aroma is all fresh, citrusy hops. The punch is not as big as expected from a 100 IBU beer, but you know it’s an IPA. Loads of citrus and grassy hops give it a very fresh, summery flavor. Enough sweetness from the malt to cut through. With no bottling date, there is no way to know how old it is. The flavor is great, but I’m wondering if the hops have lost some potency. Oh, and it clocks in pushing 11% ABV.

Even if this is a little old, it’s really tasty. Lots of hops, enough malt to give it some balance, and deceptively smooth for its ABV and IBU. I’ll definitely do this again!

Grade: A

 

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Evil Twin Before, During, and After Christmas

Evil Twin Before, During, and After Christmas

Don’t let the name fool you, Evil Twin Before, During and After Christmas is not a winter warmer full of cinnamon and nutmeg, it’s a monster Double IPA.

You’ll know before the first sip from the hazy orange color, creamy white head, and huge hops aromas. Hops dominate the flavor, too. Lots of pine and citrus. A hint of caramel and bread. Outstanding lacing. Fantastically bitter, too. I wasn’t able to find an IBU rating, but it would not surprise me if this is 100+.

If you like bruising IPAs, seek this one out!

 

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Stone Ruination IPA

Stone Ruination IPA

Stone is not shy about their use of hops. In fact, it’s almost like they see how much hops flavor they can get into every beer and that is no exception with the 100+ IBU Ruination IPA.

Pours a hazy yellow, but the symphony of bold hops in the smell tell you to prepare for an assault. Starts out with a bit of orange marmalade before the hops attack. Tons of pine and grapefruit, but just enough lightly toasted malt to give it some backbone. So bitter you’ll pucker and might even get goosebumps.

A punisher, this. But there is enough complexity here that it’s not just a one note hops bludgeoning. But it’s a 100+ IBU from Stone. What else would you expect?

Grade: B

 

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Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA

 

Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA

Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA unquestionably lives up to the promise with the aroma. A complex mixture of hops promises a big hop wallop with the first sip. And while this beer is big and rather bitter, there is enough malt backbone to even things out. I should note I am having this a little after the “best by” date on the bottle. It hasn’t gone bad, but perhaps the hops are not as prominent as intended.

A blend of grapefruit and pine hit first, some lightly toasted, then a gigantic hit of bitter grassy hops that linger for a long time. There is also a bit of heat from the 10% ABV.

Well, it’s a hop bomb at more than 100+ IBUs. I think you know what to expect.

Grade: B

 

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3 Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf

3 Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf

The Arctic Panzer Wolf displayed on the label is equally terrifying and awesome. But if I saw one of those in the wild, I might soil myself.

And here’s the thing with beers with names and images like this; they’ve gotta back it up. Pours a hazy gold and the aroma is powerfully packed with piney hops. It is, indeed, powerful. I think I have some goosebumps. I even let out an audible “whoa”. That’s what 100IBUs will do to you. Loads of oily pine hops with more citrus late. Extremely bitter and dry. No attempt to hide the 9% ABV, either.Spicy hops become more noticeable as it warms.

This is one of those brews with no middle ground. You’ll either hate it or love it. Those who love bashing, punishing, over-the-top-hopped-brews won’t be able to get enough.

Grade: B

 

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Hoppin’ Frog Mean Manalishi

One of the absolute highest IBUs you will ever find, here is Hoppin’ Frog Mean Manalishi Double IPA.

Hoppin' Frog Mean Manalishi

The hops nearly knock you out with the smell, with a white head that doesn’t quit. I like the deep copper color, but the amount of sediment has me a little concerned.

This is definitely a hop bomb with pine, grapefruit, and some spice. Long, insanely dry, and bitter finish. Some pucker factor

If I’m honest, the 168 IBUs (yes, 168) had me thinking this one would literally be a tough one to swallow. And while it’s huge and hard hitting, it’s not as “mean” as I expected.

Worth trying just to say you’ve done it. It’s an experience.

Grade: B

P.S. This Judas Priest song is, in fact, required listening while imbibing Mean Manalishi

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