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Mt. Hood Brewing Ice Axe IPA

Posted by dugpark on August 10, 2012

A new brew just in time for the downright blistering summer sun this weekend in the Seattle area.  Yes, blistering… we may reach a whopping 80 degrees… but don’t hold your breath. :)

Somewhat crappy summer aside, I have a nice little beer in front of me tonight.

Introducing Mt. Hood Brewing Company‘s Ice Axe IPA (5.7% ABV).  According to the label and website, it is their Flagship Ale, in fact.

As noted on the label, it is a British-style IPA… which made me take a look at the interwebs to ensure I had my IPA facts right.  British-style is meant to be “bitter yet smooth” according to the Inside the Cooler at www.oregonlive.com.  Well, Mt. Hood Brewing Company, I think you nailed it.

For the taste: nice big frothy head (if you give it enough aeration), no nose (will get to that in a moment), nice golden color, light body, lightly hoppy finish.  Reminds me of a mix between a traditional scottish, a british, and an IPA.  Really good.

My only, only complaint from keeping this in the upper eschelon of light IPAs… the nose… nearly no aroma.  If it were added, you can’t tell… maybe a little too early in the boil?  Maybe no dry hopping?  Either way, this beer needs a nose.

That is it, though.  Other than that, this one stands out in the land of Northwest IPAs… the style is refreshing.  More of a session IPA.  But in a good way.

I do have to say the website is a bit lacking… and the site isn’t in sync with the label.  On the site it notes this as a “satisfying strong pale ale”.  I would keep it to the label language, “exeptional example of a British-style IPA”.  That is how you market this beer.  Don’t try to compete with the big Northwest IPAs… keep this one simple.  It is a light, smooth IPA that is a perfect introductory IPA for those that fear the hops!

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Redhook Big Ballard Imperial IPA

Posted by dugpark on April 21, 2010

Coming out of the Redhook Big Ballard Imperial IPA Release Event, here is the official tasting…

Goal!   Redhook scores with their Big Ballard Imperial IPA. Tasted tonight, at the event, this brew pours darker than a normal IPA but has the characteristic nose.  Getting into the body, you can taste the Caramel malt and wheat as it eases on down your throat… in a great way.  The overall mouthfeel is definitely a little more substantial but well balanced.  The finish is clean and easy… at 8.6% ABV, this beer is dangerous and should be consumed at all costs. 


JBB6 Rating: For the Win

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Redhook Big Ballard Imperial IPA Release Event

Posted by dugpark on April 21, 2010

How to reach perma-smile… get off work, drive to Redhook Brewery, attend special invite release party for great tasting beer with friends, neighbors, and strangers.  Pretty simple equation, I figure… :) 


A great night with great people… potentially the best beer night of my beer career!  I love the folks that were there as well as the philosophy and culture… Sums it up when I tried to ask Kim (Brewing Manager) whose idea the beers were and he *would not* tell me one person.  It was a team effort, he says.  We all contribute.  Both he and Tom were just so nice and accommodating… oh… and they know their shit. 

Thanks to Ted, Dan, and Ciea for hosting!  We got some good stuff out of it:


Tonight was one of those nights that just puts a smile on your face… in a big way.  After getting off work, I rushed myself to the Redhook Brewery in Woodinville, WA to attend a new beer release party for Big Ballard Imperial IPA.  First to arrive, I met with Dan, who poured me a quick glass of not-yet-released Rope Swing Summer Pilsner, much to my delight.  This tasty, tasty pilsner got me started off on the right foot for sure (can’t wait till released) and I started chatting with Ted, Dan, and Ciea as we waited for others to arrive.  Much to my happiness, all three were down to earth and had a beer in hand as we talked… tonight was going to be good, I could tell.

As folks started to arrive, ‘The Belly’ a JustBeer taster, Paul from Northwest Beer Guide, Mr. Dave a JustBeer taster, Justin from The Brew Dude, Julie from Woodinville Weekly, and someone (sorry… can’t remember your name) from Ballard News Tribune, the conversations got lively and everyone started to mingle with the guests and folks at Redhook (Tom, Kim, Dan, Ted, and Ciea.  Good conversation was lubricated by some great beer and networking, bonding, and discussion ensued.  The Belly and Mr. Dave may have taken their ‘sac love a little to far, but who am I to judge?

At some point in, I recall the announcement for food and we started in on some Caesar salad, some bacon wrapped scallops (which were AWESOME), and some pork sandwiches with chips.  All very tasty and all very unexpected.  Thanks Redhook!

The team finally let us taste the new brew as we all sat down and let me tell you… it was worth the wait.  Check out the official tasting for more info (Redhook Big Ballard Imperial IPA), but needless to say it was a great brew, worthy of an official release event. 

Dinner was an amazing conversation about beer, brewing, and food.  It felt like one of those TV shows where some famous chef helps make dinner and they sits around the table with some super famous people and they talk about the food, life, and other stuff.  Very similar minus the super famous people. :)

For a JustBeer first, I am trying a short video of our experience… enjoy!

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Widmer Brothers W ’10 Pitch Black IPA

Posted by dugpark on January 15, 2010

I just finished off 2/3 of a six pack of these bad boys (Widmer Brothers W ’10 Pitch Black IPA)  in nothing flat… easy to drink, nice as a session, this 6.5% beauty tastes good and packs a punch.  I drank out of the bottle tonight, but you could smell, even through that small little neck of a bottle, that this was maltier than hoppy… the black malt came through both in the nose and the body, making you wonder where all the hops had gone.  Then… all of a sudden… POW… HOPS IN YOUR FACE!  They sneak up on you and give you a little ‘hows your father’ right as you think you are safe. 

Overall a really balanced brew with complexity that keeps you guessing and the right amount of malt and hop to please just about anyone.  Nice work Widmer Brothers!

JBB6 Rating: For the Win

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Full Sail Grandsun of Spot IPA

Posted by dugpark on October 21, 2009

Close your eyes, think about a good, solid IPA… the golden amber color, the hoppy, floral nose, the bitter hop body balanced with moderate malt flavor, the moderately complex finish with hints of citrus… Now open your eyes… you couldn’t read any of that since your eyes were closed, but if you could, you would have a mental drink of this fine brew.  Part of the Brewmaster Reserve, Grandsun of Spot was part of the summer “sun” series at the brewery and was a might tasty brew for the style.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again


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Southern Tier Oak Aged Unearthly IPA

Posted by dugpark on October 17, 2009

I have a thing for stuff aged in oak barrels… in fact, I haven’t met anything aged in oak that I haven’t really liked, I don’t think… instant winner, then?  Prett much!

Southern Tier Oak Aged Unearthly IPA is a solid IPA offering from our prolific brewers at Southern Tier.  Nice little head, sweet and mild nose, hoppy yet mellow body, and complex and interesting finish.  Couldn’t taste the ABV but pretty sure I felt it in the morning.

From the web site:

At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration. We continue a commitment to innovation with an aggressive offering. Oak Aged Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer’s craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste of this oak aged brew into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops waft forward as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate Oak Aged Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely.consider it an immoral act to blacken an ale. We suggest they don’t rely on conventional standards. Allow the darkness to consume you. Cheers!
9.5% abv • 15.7ºL • Imperial India Pale Ale • 22 oz

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again


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Cashmere Continuously Hopped IPA

Posted by dugpark on September 5, 2009

Another Cashmere brew coming at you, Cashmere Continuously Hopped IPA!  For you hop heads, this is your brew.  As good as any of the super hoppy beers I have had, this one lives up to its name and you can definitely smell and taste the amount of hops they are throwing at it.  A 7.3% ABV, very floral and fruity in the nose, this pours a nice light orange and screams IPA throughout the full experience.  Not much else to say… strong IPA… good for the genre.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

Cashmere IPA

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Elysian Avatar Jasmine Imperial IPA – Brew 2000

Posted by dugpark on August 8, 2009

Elysian brought this special brew out for a limited time and we were able to grab a bottle from good ol’ Malt and Vine. 

Elysian Avatar Jasmine Imperial IPA – Brew 2000 was a solid take on the traditional Avatar…  thick and visoucd on the pour, nice white head, you could tell going in that this would be a meal in a bottle… so we thought.  As we tasted, though, it didn’t come across heavy… it was actually pretty mild but you could tell there was a lot under the hood… the Jasmine has a mellowing effect, taking the edge off and giving it a nice balance.  Overall, this brew came through for me, producing solid IPA flavor with a twist.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again


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Lagunitas Hop Stoopid IPA

Posted by dugpark on July 20, 2009

Another one from our friends at Lagunitas… Lagunitas Hop Stoopid brings you some happy hoppiness from CA in a somewhat strange looking labeled bottle… 

Coming through a respectable head, this brew is floral and fruity in the nose… so far just like a nice American IPA should be… :)  This leads right to the hoppy, HOPPY body… when I say hoppy, I mean hoppy… super hoppy… but the 102 IBUs are misleading because the bitterness is there but not overwhelming… so far just like a nice American IPA should be… :)  the hoppy body leads to a clean sweet finish… not too long or complex, not too short and simple… about all you could ask for in a nice American IPA… :)

JBB6 Rating: For the Win


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Hale’s Ales Aftermath Imperial IPA

Posted by dugpark on July 14, 2009

Hale’s Ales Aftermath Imperial IPA is a biggie… 8.4% IPA hopped like a mother… extensive use of Colombus, Cascade, and Centennial hops though-out the boil and dry hopped with Cascades… this bad boy could give a Northwest beer drinker wet dreams… lets see if that may be true tonight or not, shall we?

Pours a a somewhat cloudy dark amber color with a good sized head. Head is short lived, but that leads to a nice hop-conglomerate nose… you can definitely tell there are multiple varieties of hops used here but that isn’t a bad thing. The taste… HOLY COW… the first drink actually makes me cough… this brew is thick, creamy, and punches you in the mouth right while you are looking… second drink goes down a little better… :) still smooth and creamy, thick and viscous… the hops are there from the middle of the taste to the back and you can feel it coat the inside of your mouth… the finish is bitter but in that really hoppy ‘I expected it’ kind of way… so again, not bad.

Overall this is probably one of the hoppiest brews I have ever had… and I have had a lot of hoppy brews, my friends… :) This is not for the faint of heart or the mild beer drinker… this one will knock you out and have your name tattoed on its ass without blinking an eye… watch yourself.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again


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