If you've ever checked out the craft beer communities of prevalent social networks, odds are you have come across Stone Brewing before. Creating popular brews such as Ruination and Tangerine Express, Stone Brewing's reputation for quality craft beer lays on a solid foundation. The only Stone beer I had tried in the past was Arrogant Bastard, which is in a grey area as it was originally a Stone brand but went solo in 2015. As far as I can tell, it is still owned by the same people.
This is a beer that, seemingly, needs no introduction. Pliny the Elder has captivated the craft community for quite some time. Brewed by Russian River, based of of California, Pliny has developed a reputation for punching you in the mouth with 100 IBU of hops, but doing it in a lovable, classy way. With 174,000 reviews ratings on Untappd, Pliny has managed to maintain an obscenely high 4.55/5. So when I was presented an opportunity to do a beer trade for a couple bottles, I jumped at the chance.
Given the borderline holy status of the Spurs, silver and black (and sometimes the old school "fiesta" logo colors) are all over this city. For this reason, it is no surprise at all that Branchline Brewing Co. would build a liquid tribute to the five-time NBA Champions. Yet again, I have to give props to my brother-in-law for introducing me to this beer, as I had never heard of it until he handed me a tallboy.
If you've kept up with my previous reviews, you will be familiar with my less-than-friendly relationships with IPAs. In my June review rankings, an IPA finished dead last, and another finished second overall. In many cases, I find that IPAs are overly bitter, meaning that by the third or fourth mouthful they are no longer enjoyable to drink.
Another month is in the books and 2017 is flying by. I reviewed a total of 15 brews in the month of June! These rankings highlight my thoughts of each beer from worst to first and are purely my opinion. You may not agree, and that's completely fine!
Fugli embraces the traditional bitter hoppy-ness of an IPA but brings a unique twist to the table. In counteracting the traditional flavors with a slightly citrusy, sweet taste, Oskar Blues have developed a beer that can appeal to those (like me) who are not fans of the growing trend of bitterness.
Wicked Ram has a dark color and a slight haze. Upon opening the bottle, I was immediately met with the deep, hoppy aroma I feared to encounter. When poured into a glass, Wicked Ram develops a significant head very easily.