Brasserie Cantillon, the Belgian brewery that stole the hearts of many beer lovers, is one of my favorite breweries in existence. Unfortunately, procuring bottles “off the shelf” from them has become incredibly difficult in the past five years, at least in the US. They’re readily available for on-site consumption at multiple Philadelphia area bars, but enjoying a bottle in the comfort of your own home, whenever you want, is a real treat.
IPAs run the gambit from weak to over the top 25% ABV hop bombs with enough IBUs to take the rust off an old bike chain. Every now and then you want an easier drinking, flavorful IPA that will allow you to still drive home safely after consuming. Not a full session beer, but something a bit slower speed. Hoping to answer this need is the All Occasions IPA from Evil Twin Brewing out of Denmark, a 8% ABV IPA billed as a “no BS” beer.
IPAs have long been my favorite style of beer. There is something about the bitterness, the variety of flavors, and the huge amount of interpretations by craft breweries. It seems as though every brewery has their IPA, and Clown Shoes is no different. Being an Imperial IPA, the Supa Hero should be a little more hoppy and stronger than a standard IPA, but I’m not expecting a total hop bomb.
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.
Sierra Nevada is one of those larger craft breweries that continues to do things right. We have reviewed many of Sierra Nevada’s interesting offerings in the past and now there is one more to add to the mix. The Northern Hemisphere Harvest is an wet hopped American IPA. The hops in this beer come from Yakima, WA and go from the field to the brewery in 24 hours so they are extremely fresh when used, and should provide some great hop notes.