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As we wind down our fine year of 2015, we continue to locate and find unique delicious beers to drink. Over the past week or so, Stone Brewery’s 24 Carrot Golden, stood out the most. The carrot cake inspired Belgian Style-Ale, is one to try just for the experience. If you’re not a fan of carrot cake, then maybe not so much.

While this beer has had mixed reviews by many, don’t let that fool you. It’s not often that you will ever find a beer such as this one. The beer has an intense initial taste of spices and semisweet raisin like flavors. There are subtle notes of cinnamon, vanilla and carrots to go with it. Honestly, this beer is the closet thing you can come to tasting like an actual carrot cake, yet keep a belgian beer undertone. Sitting at 8.4% ABV, this beer will keep you on your toes.

[MADE] Brews of the Week

Moving Parts The Ever Evolving IPA: Batch No. 4

CanoeMN (13 of 34) copyVictory Brewery has been consistently making some of the best beers in the U.S. Just this past weekend, I was gifted a bottle of one of their IPA’s – Moving Parts (The Ever-Evolving IPA) Batch No.4.

After loading up the canoe and riding out, it was time to crack open this unique IPA. Every four months, the guys from Victory decided to change things up by adding new ideas to put a twist on brews. With Batch.04, Victory added belgian yeast with mosaic and Madarina Hops. This brew has a lot going on – with fresh fruit and strong wheat flavors, it couldn’t of tasted better while on open waters. Sitting at a solid 7% ABV, Victory is one delicious brew. Make sure to grab a bomber if you come across one – it’s damn good.

Hell Hath No Fury Ale

CanoeMN (3 of 34) copyBy now, we should all know Bell’s brewery. One of Michigan’s finest brewery’s,  has released a delicious Dubbel styled ale. Hell Hath No Fury features some delicious characters to it, making for a well rounded brew.

Brewed with Abbey-styled yeasts and blending the flavors of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. After pouring, let this one sit for a few minutes and open up. The brew tastes dark and fruity – yet offering deep chocolate undertones. After finishing a single bottle, I felt myself reaching for more. . . unfortunately it was the only one. If you are looking for a solid mid-fall brew, this one will do you well.

[MADE] Brew of the Week

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Hop Nosh IPA by Uinta Brewing Company, out of Utah, makes some delicious brews. Roughly a year ago, I snagged a pint of this brew and had completely forgot about it until recently. You can find six packs at better liquor stores in the midwest for $9.99, which is considerably reasonable.

After pouring this beer, it was immediate how present the floral hops were in this one. With a darker amber gold color and a solid head to it, Hop Nosh has quite the presence to it. The brew is out of this world refreshing, loaded with sweet citrus hops, with a creamy smooth texture to it. Sitting at a whopping 7.3% ABV, you really do get some bang for your buck on this brew. This beer is easily comparable to a west coast style IPA, as it is loaded with sweeter orange/tangy notes. Hop Nosh is a helluva beer, and in my eyes a must try.

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After trying a series of new brews this week, this is THE one that stood out. By now, most have heard of Tallgrass brewery out of Manhattan KS. While their two most popular beers that stand out are the 8 Bit Pale Ale and Buffalo Sweat Milk Stout – this new brew is up for their top rankings.

Named rightfully so as, 16-Bit, the Double Pale Ale is loaded with flavor. With a heavy malt base with zesty hops – the 16-Bit is a whole new realm of flavors. With the flavors of cascade and potentially the aroma of citra hops, I found my self consuming 16oz rather quickly. Sitting at a decent 6.2% ABV, it is certainly one delicious brew for the upcoming summer.

[MADE] Brews of the Week (Rainy Day IPA Edition)

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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.

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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.

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We are back at it with this week’s addition of MADE Brews of the Week and we happen to feature two Minnesota breweries. Our first choice is going out to Brau Brother’s Brewery with their Hop Session Super Pale Ale.

This lighter hop session ale is packed with flavor and drinkability. After one sip, you cannot help but notice the explosion of citrusy flavors and aroma.  Loaded with carbonation, this brew packs a punch up front with a super dry finish, leaving it to be one solid session ale. Sitting at a light 4.20% ABV, the Hopsession Ale can easily be consumed throughout the day.

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With the second brew of the week, we are featuring Third Street Breweries Spot Light IPA. The guys out of Cold Spring MN have a few solid beers floating around the Twin Cities, and it is right that we feature a brew from these guys.

The Spot Light IPA is a very well rounded IPA. Although, it is nothing significant, it is affordable and tasty. With a bready malt taste mixed with tropical hop notes, this beer will subtly get you drunk. This one pushes above 7% ABV with little to no traces of alcohol. Overall, this is a solid IPA that shouldn’t be overlooked.

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It looks like spring beers are beginning to roll in sooner than later. One of the first to hit the liquor stores, is brought to you by the great Sierra Nevada brewery. This year for their Beer Camp series, they are featuring a spring seasonal titled, “Hoppy Lager”.

The brew, which tastes just like its title, is spot on delicious. Sitting at a whopping 7% ABV, it is virtually hidden with taste. Clean, crisp, hoppy, all with an earthy lager taste – Sierra Nevada has made one fine beer with their Hoppy Lager. For under $10 a six pack, this will be a spring favorite.

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Wow. . . so after recently discovering our fellow midwest brewery, Saugatuck Brewery, out of MI., it is apparent that these guys know what they’re doing. A few weeks back we featured their unique Neapolitan Milk Stout and now we’re featuring they’re silky smooth Bonfire Brown Ale.

The Bonfire Brown ale would be prime sipping on next to a fire chillin’. The brew pours with little to no head, and features a dark brown / reddish color to it. This brown ale first tastes of roasted nuts and maybe toffee, with a light smokey malt finish. Absolutely this beer is very well balanced.

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Alright, lame, I know. . . only one brew of the week, which goes completely against the norm here. Luckily, this brew is absolutely phenomenal on many levels and can be found at most liquor stores in the Midwest. Our one and only brew of the week, goes out to Illinois very own Two Brothers Brewing Company, with their release of Cane & Ebel.

Cane & Ebel can be enjoyed at anytime of the year, during any situation. Whether it’s lunch or dinner, a hot day or a cold day – Cane & Ebel will go down smoother than ever. The beer pours with a dark amber red, followed by a pleasant fruity hop smell. The Rye Hopped Ale, as put by Two Brothers, starts and finishes as well as anything out there. With an even balance of rye malt flavor and orange tasting hops, Cane & Ebel deserves to be it’s very own Beer of the Week. Enjoy.

 

[MADE] Brews of the Week

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Alright, this week we feature some rare hard to find brews for the upper midwest. Both of these beers are completely unique from one another, yet they are quite amazing in their own respects.

Over the Christmas holiday week, there was a lot of great beers consumed and these were among the top two. Victory’s Red Thunder is our first spot, which features a Baltic Porter aged in Wine Barrels. After popping the wood cork and pouring this into a glass, you can’t help but notice how dark the brew is. The tricky part is putting together what it is exactly that you are tasting, because this brew is quite complex. Throughout my first sip, there were notes of nuts, chocolate, sugar, raisins and malty breadness to it as well. One may taste these exact flavors, or maybe not at all – this one is a must try for beer lovers, as there are not many who can successfully create a complex brew as this one. Average price – $8.99 a bomber.

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The second brew goes out to one of our favorite breweries, Boulevard Brew and Odell Brewery. The two released a collaboration ale, titled Silver Anniversary Ale. The brew was made in tribute to the two breweries selling their very first keg on the same day, 25 years ago.

This American Strong ale is as smooth as they get. Upon pouring, you will immediately notice the dark golden color, followed by a nice haze to it. With a decent amount of hops, toffee and heavy maltiness to it – you are set for a great brew for a having during lunch. It sits just over 7% ABV, so it isn’t as strong as some of Boulevard’s bomber beers. Average price – $9.99 a bomber.

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This full bodied copper-red ale is an everyday type of beer. Whether it’s lunch or dinner, or hell, why not breakfast – this brew will fulfill your needs.

The Red Seal, which hails out of Mendocino County, CA, is one to keep an eye out for. The spicy-hopped brew is easily drinkable, leaving a nice smooth velvety feeling on the tongue. After pouring a hazy and dark red color, one would imagine it being richer and more on the red side, but overall it is a really well balanced beer with equal malts to hops.

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This sought after Bastard Ale is absolutely incredible. The Lucky Bastard is a blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and the Double Bastard Ale. With a blend of all the bastards, you have one Lucky Bastard.

Anyways, while all the bastards are phenomenal, this one happens to be a personal favorite. After recently being gifted to me, I immediately tried it out of a large bomber bottle. With a steep frothy head, BOLD upfront hops with a nice blend of sweet and bitterness to it – the Lucky Bastard holds up to its name. If you come across one of these and drink a bottle – you are simply one lucky bastard.