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By the mariner (Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 10:56:25 PM EST) (all tags)
picked up a stone "mixed 12 pack" including three of each of the above and three of each of levitation ale and stone IPA. i found the stone IPA a little too middle of the road. the levitation ale was good, but my wife secretly drank half my stash, so i only got to one of them :<

oaked arrogant bastard ale -- pours a dark amber with two fingers of tan head. nice lacing, sticky stuff. nose is hops, oak, and sweet malt. lots of interesting ester-y stuff going on -- tropical fruit, maybe a little peppery. nicely balanced -- lots of toasted and caramel malts, but the bitterness offsets them so it's not at all cloying. nice woody undertones. dry finish. lives up to the name and posturing on the back of the bottle. A+++ would drink again. kind of reminds me of brooklyn monster ale circa 2007, but hoppier.

ruination IPA -- a "west coast" IPA. this was outstanding. nice clear orange color with white head. citrus and pine resin hops aroma, blending together nicely -- not a simple citrus note and pine note. amplitude! caramel malt sweetness in tension with hops character. very nicely balanced. this is what an american IPA should be.

sixpoint double IPA today. perhaps a tale for another day.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard by FlightTest (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 01:48:59 PM EST
Definitely my fave.   Some places around here even have Arrogant Bastard on tap.  Just bought a bottle of Levitation to try,  I haven't had much luck with IPA's they seem to make the back of my throat burn (and not in a good way) for some reason.  Might try Ruination.

yeah, it seems to be an acquired taste. by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 02:28:28 PM EST
i never liked IPAs until recently. i still don't like the english style ones, too dry/bitter without anything interesting going on. the american style is more varied with different techniques and pacific northwest hops varieties used to produce a nice range of pine and citrus flavors, rather than the bitter tea/herbal flavor you see with the english varieties.

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Ambers/Reds by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 03:18:11 PM EST
I'm really down on ambers and reds at the moment, I find them too sweet.  It's too bad since an amber (Saint Arnold Amber) was really the first actual craft beer I ever had, and really liked.  However, at the time, my other options were all macros, the usual Bud Light/Icehouse and Shiner Bock. (Shiner is not craft beer...I know their product levels are low enough to be technically considered craft but they are about as craft as Sam Adams.  They have a pretty decent hefeweizen and a couple other interesting seasonal things but that's it.)  Saint Arnold Amber was fantastic compared to those.

I like Stone one experience with Ruination was that it was a bit too bitter for me.  I like their Enjoy By fresh hop series.

I like Bengali Tiger and Resin from Sixpoint, but I haven't tried Hi-Res, which I'm guessing is the DIPA you're referring to.

I'm working on stouts/porters while it's still cold here.  The only one in there right now that's nationally available is the Boulevard Imperial Stout, which is 40% aged in bourbon barrels.  I'll try and remember to post a review once I've had it.

actually, it was resin. by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 04:09:12 PM EST
resin is a DIPA, hi-res seems just to be a bigger/hoppier version. but yeah, sixpoint is good shit. even their cream ale ("sweet action"?) is nice.

i agree about ambers, although if i'm not mistaken there seems to be some diversity of nomenclature here. amber lagers have become too sweet for my taste. on the other hand, amber ales seem to be an entirely different beast and tend to be super hoppy -- perhaps this is an emerging style, idk, never paid attention to it before.

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