May Beer Series

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Beer Blog | 0 comments

Maharaja IPA
Avery Brewing Company
Boulder, Colorado
Adam Avery, president and head brewmaster of the brewery, incorporated the company in 1993 when craft breweries were just starting to increase in popularity among mainstream beer drinkers. Originally upon its founding the brewery utilized only a seven barrel tank to ferment its beers causing production to be relatively small. In the years since the early to mid 1990s the brewery has expanded significantly to encompass several eighty barrel tanks, two one hundred-twenty barrel unitanks and two outdoor fermentation tanks that can hold two hundred and forty barrels allowing at least eight thousand barrels to be produced per year. The volume of beer produced has allowed the beer to become increasingly more available in Colorado, and the rest of the United States as well.

This from Beer Advocate Magazine:
“Maharaja quickly became classic among the über hopheads. We guess we fall into the group somehow, bring on the hops! More than ample lacing from this extremely hoppy beer, bright copper hue. Big pungent oily hop aroma of tobacco, hemp seeds, grapefruit zest and fresh mint leaves. Big oily smoothness in the medium to full body. Lots of hop flavor on the palate, fresh hop oil, herbs and mint, bitter tobacco, a touch of hemp oil with some earthiness. Maltiness stands strong with spikes of caramel and bready flavors. Alcohol brings some warmth and fruitiness to the table with more of a subtle pear and mango flavor. Hop bitterness is all around and never leaves even far into the bittersweet finish, more of a mellow bitterness that’s thick. American beer at its best here, hopefully it’s one more known example where the industry is going and how far it can reach when it comes to the level of flavor. If you are a hophead and have yet to try this beer, what are you waiting for?!” ~ Beer Advocate 95 points

Happy Sol
Slumbrew (Somerville Brewing Company)
Somerville, MA

Slumbrew is all about the synergy between craft products and every day consumption. Well conceived, locally-sourced, quality products should be an every day part of our lives – not a unique occurrence. This is the spirit of Slumbrew.
Slumbrew is the research & development brand and concept of Somerville Brewing Company. Their mission is to brew unique, ingredient-driven beers that challenge common notions of what a beer should taste like. It is the result of nearly 15 years of beer travel and research by Caitlin Jewell and Jeff Leiter; and a decade of Jeff’s homebrewing recipe formulation. While they produce a lot of small-run, pilot beers at the Slumbrew Beerlab, but only a small number make their way to commercial production. The Somerville Brewing Company contracts with regional breweries to make the best recipes for wide-spread commercial release, but each recipe is an evolving process of refinement. This model for beer production provides an opportunity to experiment with innovative local ingredients to produce craft beers that stand apart from typical formulations.  A refreshingly tart and crisp hefeweizen brewed with local MA wildflower honey, orange peel and coriander, and fermented with the juice from over 1,000 blood oranges. It’s a cloudy, yet effervescent beer, with lingering banana and citrus notes balanced against a healthy wheat backbone and hoppy finish from Mt. Hood and Crystal hops.

Stone Brewing Company
Escondido, CA
Stone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in San Marcos, CA.  It’s most popular brand; Arrogant Bastard Ale was unleashed upon the world in November 1997. They moved to their current facility in Escondido, CA, in December 2005. Beer Advocate named them “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” in 2008 and “the most popular and highest rated brewery – ever!” in 2009.

Ruination IPA
Stone Brewing Company
So called because of the “ruinous” effect on your palate! This massive hop monster has a wonderfully delicious and intensely bitter flavor on a refreshing malt base. One taste and you can easily see why they call this brew “a liquid poem to the glory of the hop!” Those who seek, crave and rejoice in beers with big, bold, bitter character will find true nirvana in Stone Ruination IPA!
“Pours a magnificent looking beer, at first … quite pale, touch of cloudiness (expected as this is unfiltered), and topped with a patchy, frothy, white foam head; retention could be better. Aroma is even more magnificent, full of so much perfumey hop character that your mind drifts, dizzy, into another zone.  The taste … this is one smooth bastard of a beer. Malt flavour is defining-ly bready / toasty up-front with a thick-ish, creamy mouthfeel. A hoppy beer indeed, but not “bitter,” as one might think. It’s all about the malt and alcohol with this beer, the hops try to punch through but get smoothed into the overall flavour. That said, the hop character is extremely flavourful with woody / herbal / flowery notes and a citric edge that melds quite nicely with the prickly alcohol. Speaking of alcohol, it’s persistent and very warming. Loads of fruity flavours, but mostly pineapple and other tropical fruits. Finish gets a bit dry, touch of yeast feel and flavour and woody hop residuals. Plenty of bready leftovers, too. Although a bit same-y in comparison to some of the other hopped up Stone beers, there’s no denying that this is one helluva kick-ass beer! Flavours are off the scale, drinkability frightening and the effort/passion put into this beer is a beautiful thing, and very apparent.”  (Alström Bros) ~ Beer Advocate 97 points

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
Stone Brewing Company

From the brewery:
“First brewed in 2007 as the Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, this ale was an instant hit with us. Other folks with great taste loved it too, but we were focused on how much we liked it, and we felt it was truly sublime. That euphoria didn’t last long though, as it was soon replaced with the grim reality that when we sold out of it there wouldn’t be any more. For us. And that was simply unacceptable. So, we are now blessing ourselves and you the enlightened, with this ale. Thusly, you may now revel in your own self-righteousness as you see fit with this glorious example of ours. You are genuinely welcome, as it is our pleasure.”
“So their 11th Anniversary Ale was arrogant enough to become year-round. Thin, tan lacing on top of a nearly pitch-black brew. Thick resin hop nose with hints of burnt malt, old school. Smooth, almost full-ish body. Oh mama, insane hop presence … enough for a hophead to get their fix within the first sip. Spikes of charred malt poke through the thick blanket of hops. Warmth of alcohol plays well. We have no choice but to love this beer.” (Alström Bros) ~ Beer Advocate 97 points

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