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Rhinegeist Streaker Rye IPA

Rhinegeist Streaker IPA is an interesting beer, and the result of a unique “crowd sourced” brewing process. The Cincinnati based brewery let fans decide the hops, malts and name of the beer. The result is an IPA with 17% rye malt and tropical fruit hop flavors. It was dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops that blend nicely with the spiciness of the rye.

Rhinegeist only distributes to Ohio, Kentucky and Massachusetts but I’ve been able to get my hands on a few of their great beers through Tavour. You haven’t checked out Tavour you should get on it. They carefully select beers from all over the country (and sometimes internationally), you pick the ones that you want,  and they deliver them to you at really reasonable prices. They really know craft beer, and their customer service is fantastic.

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Tasty IPA

21st Amendment teamed up with Mike “Tasty” McDole of the Brewing Network for Tasty IPA. You can hear McDole discuss brewing the beer on this episode of the Brewing Network’s The Session podcast. The beer is a take on McDole’s homebrew IPA. It’s a pale, clear IPA that uses citra, mosaic, and ekuanot lupulin powder. The malts consist of two-row pale, munich, and pilsner. This makes for a floral, dry beer, with a big hoppy aroma. For me, really floral IPAs run the risk of becoming too perfumey. Tasty IPA rides that line without going over it. To the last sip it maintains a crisp floral hop flavor without getting perfumey. The beer is being distributed to twenty-five states.

As good as the beer is, the can art might be the star here. It’s a cartoon depiction of McDole’s intepretation of the famous American Beauty movie poster, drawn by Tasty’s son Mark. Tasty’s curvy form is clad only in green hops and his usual hat.

“If you like hops, and you love IPA, you’ll definitely enjoy this beer… even in spite of the naked guy swimming in hops on the front of the can. In all seriousness, this beer is delicious. The lupulin powder is made from the “heart of the hop,” where the hop resins and oils reside, giving this beer bright, fresh flavors and aromas of tropical stone fruits and pine, with a hint of spiciness.” – Shaun O’Sullivan, co-founder, and Brewmaster

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Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA

This is not a subtle fruit beer. It is all blood orange up front. 21st Amendment’s Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA doesn’t have a vaguely citrus flavor. It is distinctly blood orange. The huge blood orange flavor is blended expertly with the bitter citrus hops. More and more I’m of the opinion that if you’re adding fruit to your beer you should go big, and this beer just confirms that. 21st Amendment just released this new IPA and it’s worth seeking out this unique brew.

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Maui & Lost Abbey Lemongrass Saison

Maui Brewing has teamed up with The Lost Abbey to create a Lemongrass Saison. The tasty brew is now available in a limited release six pack.

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A simple Saison brewed with local Lemongrass is something I had wanted to do but never attempted. Our original batch of this beer was the culmination of that vision; and Maui Brewing’s skillful use of this amazing flavor makes me truly wish it was available more often. In revisiting this recipe, my wishes are coming true. – Tomme Arthur, COO and Co-Founder, The Lost Abbey

Maui Brewing contributed the locally raised lemongrass. The lemongrass is prevalent in the aroma, but is more subtle in the flavor. It’s a bit overwhelmed by the clove and other Belgian Style Saison spice flavors. The lemongrass sneaks back in on the finish. These two fantastic breweries did a good job on this unique collaboration that plays to both of their strengths.

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Style: Saison, brewed with locally raised lemongrass

Packaging: 6-pack 12 oz cans, Draft

Release: Limited

ABV: 5.2%

IBUs: 15

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Blah Blah Blah IPA

Happy Repeal Day! Check out the BeerSelfie.com review of @21stamendment Blah Blah Blah IPA!

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I appreciate the endless innovation of craft beer. Craft brewers continuously test boundaries and bend rules, coming up with new versions of classic styles all the time. If there’s one area where this has gotten a bit out of hand though, it’s IPA. As of this week there are approximately 63,000 IPA styles. It’s a world gone mad when classic West Coast IPAs like Stone IPA are overlooked, and English IPAs are considered malt bombs. 21st Amendment‘s Blah Blah Blah IPA is a reaction to this trend. It hearkens back to classic west coast double IPAs, and it does a damn good job of it.

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Blah Blah Blah IPA pours a deep gold with a thin white head. Citrus hops dominate the aroma, with some tropical fruit. The flavor also has lots of citrus hops, with a piney finish. It has enough clean malt flavor for a bit of balance. It is very smooth drinking for a double IPA, giving little hint that it weighs in at 8% ABV.

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The joking continues on the label with the overly precise 63.3015 IBU measurement and a nonsensical .0528 “Wetness Factor.” IPAs have fueled the growth of craft beer the past couple decades. To try to destinguish themselves breweries have started throwing some crazy stuff into their hoppy brews. You won’t find any fruit, vegetables, or black malts in Blah Blah Blah IPA. You will find a flavorful beer and a dose of tongue in cheek humor. I enjoy the humor and I could drink this great IPA any time!

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Going Nuts with Snow Pilot

Snow Pilot is the first beer I’ve tried from Stevens Point Brewery. This Wisconsin brewery has an extensive lineup, but they don’t make it out to California very often. So far I’m impressed, and I look forward to trying more of their brews.
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Snow Pilot is a straight forward brown ale with a nutty twist. This new winter seasonal is an English-style mild brown ale with crushed pistachios added. Snow Pilot pours a ruby brown with a small off-white head. It didn’t retain much head as I drank it, possibly due to some pistachio oil. The aroma has a nutty maltiness.
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The first thing I noticed when tasting Snow Pilot was caramel maltiness, reminiscent of classic brown ales like Newcastle or Samuel Smith. That gives way to a unique pistachio nuttiness. It has much more pistachio nut flavor than the nose implied. The nuts give it a bit of sweetness, almost like an almond roca. There are hints of raisin which compliment the pistachio flavor.
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Snow Pilot is a perfect beer for a fall evening. It’s a classic brown ale with the unique addition of pistachio. I haven’t had pistachio in a beer before. It works well here. Snow Pilot’s pistachio flavor is not subtle, but it enhances the brown ale characteristics rather than overpowering them.
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