Sierra Nevada, being one of the originators of the craft beer movement, could just sit back and let their already impressive lineup of beers pull them along. But that is not the craft beer, or Sierra Nevada, way of doing things. For 2012 they have a new beer for the Spring, the Ruthless Rye IPA. Brewed using rye, pale, caramel, and chocolate malts with chinook and bravo hops, this promises to be in interesting and complex beer.
Today I have one of my old standbys, the HopDevil IPA from Victory. Whenever I want just a regular IPA, something hoppy, pleasantly bitter and all around tasty, I normally think of HopDevil. This 6.7% ABV IPA comes through every time and though I tend to think of it as an easily accessible, not that rare beer, I feel that it is way past due for a review.
Brooklyn Brewery continues to deliver, this time with their East India Pale Ale. This beer caught my eye the first time because of the retro-looking label. The East India Pale Ale comes in at 6.8% ABV, reasonable for an IPA and edges towards the higher end of the sessionable range.
Hooray for hops! The picture on the bottle says it all, Tröegs squeezes hops for all they are worth to make this wonderfully hoppy beer. I have had this beer on tap, on hand pump, and in a bottle. It is interesting to contrast the three, as well as how the beer has changed over the years. For this review I’m using a 2010 bottle poured into a pint glass, conveniently branded of course.