This week’s MADE Brews of the Week, we bring a special Rainy Day IPA edition to the series. It has been rainy and cold to start most of May, so what’s better than a damn tasty IPA to keep the doctor away. Alright, enough of the rhyming and lets get to drinking.
The first brew of the week is going out to Sierra Nevada’s Hop Hunter. Just like the title of this brew, Sierra Nevada has sought out to make one hell of a hoppy brew. The brew, which features Hop Oil from their Torpedo Hops, is one aromatic brew. After cracking the lid, you immediately notice a rush of citrus orange. Juicy, grassy and citrusy – this IPA has it all. Interestingly unique, this brew sits at 6.2% ABV and is a measly $7.99 a six pack. Go ahead an do yourself a favor and try a six pack of this.
Boulevard and Sierra Nevada have probably made our list more than any other brewery, and damnit they deserve to. The second IPA is going out to Boulevard’s Calling IPA (Double IPA). The brew is featured as a part of their smokestack series, which is carefully aged in barrels for added flavors.
My initial thought after spending $12.99 on a 4-pack, “is this shit better be worth it, damn”. Here I am writing another weekly review, and this beer is up there with the GREATS – it is absolutely delicious from beginning to end.
After finishing a glass of this, I didn’t feel full from rich flavors of a beer – I wanted another. This is something rare for me with DIPA’s, as they can be a bit much. Loaded with fresh hops, floral notes, and a juicy fruit flavor; this brews is sweet, delicious and refreshing. You may catch some of the cedar wood notes buried within this brew, as it is full of depth and flavor. Sitting just under 9% ABV, this brew not only lets you feel it, it allows one to really drink it.