Thursday was IPA Day, and I celebrated with a bottle share among friends, hosted by Eric of BR Beer Scene. This celebration of hoppy beers was wonderful, and we all got to try some great IPAs. Here’s the list:
- Brasserie Ducote Pliny the Toddler
- Running Monk Chainsaw Unicorn
- Running Monk Citrattack!
- Nøgne Ø Two Captains
- Karbach Roshambo Belgian IPA
- Straight to Ale Gorillanaut IIPA
- Flying Fish Exit 16 Wild Rice DIPA
- Newburyport Greenhead IPA
- Tallgrass Ethos
- Southern Star Valkyrie
- New England Brewing Ghandi-Bot
- Beer Here Dark Hops
- Bear Republic Black Racer
- Uinta Cahoots Double Rye IPA
- Maine Beer Company Lunch
- Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA
- Clown Shoes Galactica
- Ithaca Flower Power
- Avery Maharaja
- Russian River Pliny the Elder
- The Alchemist Heady Topper
Obviously, Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder were the stars of the show. But there were some other great ones as well. I really enjoyed that Ghandi-Bot and Lunch, and big thanks to my buddy Dan for bringing them back from his recent trip to the northeast. The Ghandi-Bot was filled straight from the brite tank last week into a mini-growler. The cap was tightened with pliers and electrical tape was used to seal it. It poured with plenty of carbonation, and was wonderful.
The Ithaca Flower Power was once again fantastic, as was the Uinta Cahoots. There were a couple of disappointments though, as the Gorillanaut was just a hot mess, the Valkyrie didn’t seem like the same beer that it was when it was the Pro-Am last year, and the Simtra tasted like garlic and onions and just didn’t live up to the hype.
I was very pleased with my two homebrews, and I think they were received well. The Chainsaw Unicorn was a beer based on Pliny the Elder, but I doubled the dry hops that were called for and added Citra hops into the mix. I kegged it the previous night and filled a growler just before heading over there. The Citrattack! has been in my kegerator for a week, and it’s got a wonderful aroma.
All told, it was a great way to celebrate IPA Day. What did you do for IPA Day?