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!
With its reputation preceding it, Arrogant Bastard Ale has cemented itself in the social media presence of the craft beer community. Not a single day goes by in which I am able to avoid that sassy looking demon. For that reason, when I saw Arrogant Bastard on the menu at San Antonio's Flying Saucer, I had to include it in my flight.
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.
When I started out, I wasn't really sure how I felt about this beer. Whereas with some brews I know within a mouthful or two whether or not to recommend it, The Don's complexity made things difficult. I ran the full gamut of responses on this one, at times feeling highly impressed and at others questioning my grip on reality.
On tasting the brew, I was happy to find similarity to Abita's Strawberry Lager and Shiner's Peach Wheat in that, only the pleasant attributes of the fruit were present. There is a strong kick of passionfruit's trademark tangy sourness without being overwhelmingly sour or sweet to the point of detracting from the beer.
I was walking through my local Total Wine and More collecting beer to drink and review and the cartoony dog on a blue can caught my eye. I was intrigued and had to pick it up. Immediately, the image of the can blew up on my Instagram account. Seemingly this can was stealing everyone's attention (kudos to whoever designed this) and so I had to see if the brew could live up to the hype.