The Golden Nugget IPA, is the first IPA I have sought after in sometime, and it was definitely worth the wait. Made by Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., out of Iowa, I’m surprised to have never seen this on our shelves here in MPLS.
The beer is as advertised: pours a solid golden color and is packed with flavor. The brew has a medium body with citrus flavored hops. While this brew is lighter in hops, it allows for one smooth and refreshing IPA that can be drank for any occasion.
Halloween is right around the corner, therefore we should feature none other than Evil Twin Brewery, for the MADE Brew of the Week. The famous gypsy brewery, which originated from Denmark, specializes in making one off beers that are quite remarkable. If you haven’t tasted anything from this brewery yet, then make sure to put them on your list of beers to try – they’re that good.
I was recently gifted a bottle of Evil Twin’s, Femme Fatale Kobosu, which is one of many from their Femme Fatale Series. This IPA says it all in the title. Brewed using Kabosu ( a common Japanese citrus fruit), this IPA is bursting with smooth fresh hops and citrusy fruit flavors. I noticed this one coming off similar to a florally Saison. This is one of many brews this company has absolutely nailed. Just be careful when pouring, this one comes packed with carbonation. Take a look at the ever-growing list of their brews below, and keep your eyes open for more from Evil Twin.
This weeks Brew of the Week goes out to Minneapolis’ Bent Brewstillery. This brewery may not be the most well known out of the dozens that exist in the Twin Cities, but they should be. Making anything from experimental brews to bourbon – they should be highly recognized in the area.
Bent Brewstillery’s Uber Lupin Swarz IPA, is one tasty brew. While its taste is more related to that of a Porter, it still is one that hits the spot. The flavor profile is quite robust, featuring: Malts, Chocolate, Coffee, Pine and maybe even toffee. This brew is quite unique and deserves a try from anyone that enjoys a dark beer – I mean this beer is as dark as they get. Sitting at a whopping 8.3% ABV, this one should be a staple dark beer in the Twin Cities.
This week’s Brew of the Week goes out to the local hero’s, Fulton, for their 300 IPA. This single IPA is a thing of beauty, and I personally find it to be a must try for anyone is into hopped up beers.
The 300, is a single IPA, sitting at a whopping 7% ABV! This brew is packed with flavor and some added kick, which leaves you feeling every last drop. Earthy, Juicy and grapefruit flavors are all very well balanced with the taste aspect of this brew. You can’t help but notice the bitter/grassy hops that flood your taste buds as well. For $9.99 a six pack, this one is adequately priced and well worth a try.
This brew is entirely inspired by my recent trip down to the KC MO area. After living in Lawrence KS for a number of years, we were limited to keystone light and these delicious brews. It turns out, while I was away, they have come out with one hell of a summer IPA – which is only fitting to what our stormy weekend has brought us.
Free State Brewery, out of Lawrence KS., brings a smooth and refreshing brew to the table. The Storm Chaser Summer IPA, is a thing of beauty. The beer is perfectly hoppy with just the right amount of bitterness and refreshing citrus tart flavors. Put it this way, it is a well balanced IPA that will leave you wanting more. Sorry guys, this one can’t be found anywhere outside of the KC area, but feel free to ask your local liq store if you’re really that interested.
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.
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.
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.
It was never intended to be this way, but this week we are featuring two brews out of Oregon. Our first brew featured, is by the more popular Widmer Brothers. Our first selection is titled Hopside Down, which is a Hoppy Style Lager (IPL).
Widmer’s Hopside down is quite reminiscent to Sierra Nevada’s release of Beer Camp – except I personally enjoy this brew slightly more. With a bitter hop presence upfront and a lighter malt finish – Hopside Down can be enjoyed thoroughly on a hot day. After searching to find the alcohol percentage on the bottle, it turns out to be an astonishing 6.7% ABV. This brew is definitely recommended for this summer.
When I was out west visiting a few weeks ago, I grabbed a sixer of this brew purely because of its ingenious design on the can. I mean, what brewery is going out of the way to match their pop tops with their label? After picking this six pack up, it was gone within the hour.
The Caldera Brewing Company, as it turns out, makes one helluva IPA. This brew features a whirlwind of flavors. The brew pours nice and clean with a dark golden amber color to it. With pine-herbal flavors mixed with a juicy citrus taste – the Caldera IPA is perfectly balanced to the finish. I’m definitely having my local liquor store stock these if possible. Keep a lookout over at Central Liquors for this one in NE, it’s time for some convincing.
Fulton is known for some tasty IPA’s and also being one of Minneapolis’ first breweries during the MPLS brew bang. It turns out that the guys at Fulton are really, really, good at making imperial styled brews.
After grabbing a 4 pack of Fulton’s Imperial IPA, Insurrection – I found my favorite IPA in the city. This beer features very citrusy and sweet flavors. With very little bitter hops used, this brew goes down sweet and full of flavor. At 9% ABV, you can expect this IPA to quite a sleeper.
If the Fulton Insurrection had a younger brother, this would be the one. Chicago’s finest (in my opinion), Finch’s brewery, makes one of the finer single IPA’s around. With the sweet malt flavors up front, and the slightly bitter hops in the finish; you really cannot go wrong with this well balanced IPA. That’s what you get with a heavy mixture of delicious Victory hops combined with the florally yet bitter Columbus hop profile.
Modus Hoperandi. Say it one more time now. It is pronounced: Mo-Dus Hop-Erandie. This brew is brought to us by Ska Brewing Company, from the great state of Colorado. Modus, which is virtually impossible to find in the upper midwest, is by far one to try if given the chance
The beer pours a dark amber color and has a rather pungent taste to it. With a solid hop presence filled by fruity citrus notes – Modus Hoperandi makes for something quite amazing for how smooth and refreshing it is. Sitting at a solid 6.8% ABV, it serves very well balanced. Believe us when we say this beer is World Class 10/10.