blog exclusively dedicated to reviewing craft & artisinal beer - but it don't mean I've stopped drinkin' 'em! I made a habit over the years of collecting notes on new ones I've tried, and even have continued through the years to assign a rating to each of them. It's a disease, a curse - and a cross I must bear for the people. Here are some micro-reviews of some of the things I've tried since HBJ bit the dust:
DRAKE'S IPA - This Bay Area brewer is under the radar to most folks, but I've found that they make a mean, bitter, intense set of IPAs. This is no exception - strong piney hop taste and a smell that'll knock the socks off yr ass. Great non-double Double IPA. 8/10.
MAD RIVER "THE MAD BELGIAN" - From a Humblodt County brewer who conitnues to impress, this Belgian-style ale has a light sweetness with a strong taste of honey. Really fragrant and medum-bodied and good. Close your eyes and you're not surrounded by hippies in Arcata - you're in Brussels, baby. 7.5/10.
LAGUNITAS "THE HAIRY EYEBALL" - A sweet, malty brown ale with a sticky mouthfeel. Not a whole lot of hops, but a nice mouth-warming taste nonetheless. If you dumped a bottle of this on your hands let's just say you'd be washing up 'til tomorrow morning. 7/10.