Fuck you Gary and I mean that in the best way possible. I just went to the Backlash site and read up on them (http://backlashbeer.com/). Those assholes are awesome, in a way that makes me sad. I want to brew like them but all of my beers are just OK. Their beers are OK but with a attitude I love. My only problem is that they are from Boston… But holy shit they are awesome, minus the Boston thing. This is a beer only available in Boston and they want it like that. I am in Virginia and drinking it and I love the fact that I shouldnt be drinking it. If it wasnt for my magical beer gnome (from Boston) I wouldnt have ever even heard of them. WERD! Thanks Gary. Oh, and the beer is pretty good. That really isnt the point.
Stone is unquestionably the best brewer… ever. This beer pretty much proves the point. Made exclusively with German hops and malts they have brewed something I would have thought was impossible, a full on IPA. I may be mistaken but I think that Stone used some sort sorcery because there should be no way to get these IBU’s out of German hops. It has the normal Stone level of awesome bitterness that we all know and love but there is a more pronounced crispness than normal that I guess we can thank the Germans for. Other than the weirdness of the Deutsche ingredients it is pretty much a standard IPA. Not extraordinary but pretty good.
Wow this is good. There have been a couple of special Stone’s that I haven’t liked recently but this totally makes up for it. I am not sure if it is the freshness of it or if it is just a really good beer but I do like it.. There isnt any thing cray about it, I am pretty sure that it wasn’t brewed with ground mouse testicles or Indonesian Sex fruit. It is just a good ass IPA that is really REALLY fresh, I guess. If I had any complaint (and I dont), i guess it would be the ABV. It is pretty high.
HOLY SHIT!!! This is so good I want to go and desecrate a French war memorial… Oh wait here comes the joke… They are all German. What ever, ignore my horrible attempts at humour and pay attention to how good this beer is. I fucking hate Imperials as I have talked about over and over again. But this is so good. Smooth as malts that are like Billy Dee Williams making sweet live in my mouth hole. It is so good. The hops are what makes this beer awesome. I am not a scientist but I am pretty sure this beer is impossible. The hops are so strong and so delicious that I am going to punch myself in the groin. So strong but not bitter. I am going to lose it… So good.
This tastes like an Imperial… For real , I am sure this would probably be a good beer if they turned it down of couple of notches. It is just a little to Imperial-ly, it has a strong alcohol smell – taste to it that overwhelms the taste of a good ass beer. Well for the most part… to be honest this is a beer that could be good… But it isnt, there is to much ABV. Damn it, I would go into much more detail as to why I dont like it but M1 is talking all at my face.
Whooo hooo! This is like a 70’s swinger party in my mouth, smooth and exciting but I am still waiting for something gross to happen. Seriously, this is awesome. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. Something to screw up what as far as I can tell is a completely delicious beer. It is so very smooth tasting which is something I dont really associate with IPA’s. It is kind of strange its like kind of buttery tasting with a bitterness that creeps up on ya.
Not bad for an Imperial but it is a Pilsner and in my experience that arnt very overpowering to start of with. That isnt a slam on Pilsner’s but lets be honest they arnt like drinking an IPA or a Flanders Red. Ehhh it is OK but even for a really overpowered Pilsner it doesnt taste like a whole lot.
Not bad… It is a little strong but it is a double so it is actually pretty good. It is basically a normal tasting IPA but with the Double punch in it. I dont know I basically have had every type of IPA known to man. It is pretty good.
Ummm… I know this is supposed to be 1000 IBU’s and I guess it is but I am not tasting it. I just drank one of my beers and it is at least the same and I think a little more bitter than this. It has a really muddy taste to it.The funny thing is that after 100 IBU’s humans cant taste bitterness so this is a gimmick. A gimmick I approve of in theory but it isnt working here. M1 thinks it tastes like pineapple but like I have said before she is crazy. I think it tastes kind of bad.
Holy shit this beer will stamp a mud hole in you bitter tasting mouth parts. For fucks sake this has to be one of the most bitter beers I have had in a long time. Jesus… This reminds me, bitterness wise, of drinking my Half Pound before it went into the secondary. It is f’ing with my head because it is so bitter that I am almost missing how good it tastes. For a beer at 10.40% ABV I am not picking up the normal rubbing alcohol smell/taste. It is actually pretty neutral smelling and it doesnt have the forced sweetness that an Imperial IPA usually picks up from being so high ABV wise. Gad damn this is good, it will probably ruin all other beer for me tonight because of the double punch of bitterness and ABV but I am going to ride this train into hoppy town.
Kind of sad, I love almost all Clown Shoes I have had but this is a little pedestrian. It is OK for an American Double but it is sub-par for Clown Shoes. I dont know, maybe I am just being overly critical because their other stuff is so good.