Ska Brewing Decadent Imperial IPA Beer Review

Ska Brewing Decadent Imperial IPA Beer Review

Ska Brewing Decadent Imperial IPA

Ska Brewing Decadent Imperial IPA

Disclaimer: Before reading this review please keep in mind, I am not a self proclaimed beer expert, I am just a home beer brewer who enjoys beer. My posts do not typically go into great detail and may be unconventional in their format; they are simply intended to help people with similar tastes avoid bad beers and find great beers.

Beer: Decadent Imperial IPA
Brewery: Ska Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 10%
My Score: 6/10

Review:
It was a Sunday night and my brother had invited me over for dinner and I thought that I would bring a beer over.  I had selected this Ska Brewing, Decadent Imperial IPA since I knew it was 10% ABV and if it was terrible, I did not want to have to drink it all by myself. Sorry brother.  Any time I see a wax covered top to a bottle I always worry that the brewery is trying to hard because the beer can’t sell itself; it is kinda like the push up bra of beer bottles.

So about the beer.  It was not bad, but it was not great. In my opinion some breweries go way to far with their double and imperial IPA’s. They typically make them too strong and the hop profile gets over powered by the taste of malt and or alcohol. One of the reasons why Pliny the Elder is so good is that they balance it so well, is contains 20% less alcohol by volume than this beer and the hops are allowed to be showcased. Anyhow, back to this beer.  It had a nice head, nice body, great color, mediocre clarity, but just tasted alright.  Not a bad beer, I might even order it again if I saw it on tap, was having a bad day, there was nothing awesome on the beer board and I just wanted to get drunk.

In a nutshell:

Thumbs Middle for Ska Brewing Decadent IPA

Thumbs Middle for Ska Brewing Decadent IPA

Eel River Brewing, Emerald Triangle Session IPA Craft Beer Review

Eel River Emerald Triangle Session IPA Craft Beer Review

Eel River Emerald Triangle Session IPA Craft Beer

Craft Beer Reviews

Disclaimer: Before reading this review please keep in mind, I am not a self proclaimed beer expert, I am just a home beer brewer who enjoys beer. My posts do not typically go into great detail and may be unconventional in their format; they are simply intended to help people with similar tastes avoid bad beers and find great beers.

Beer: Emerald Triangle Session IPA
Brewery: Eel River Brewing
Style: Session IPA
ABV: 4.5%
My Score: 8/10

Review:
So, the other night I  got home from work, put some People’s Court on the TV, as I often do, and then grabbed myself a beer. I sat down and poured this Eel River Emerald Triangle Session IPA. I am not sure if this is the People’s Court talking, but I really enjoyed it.  Let me get the not so great stuff out of the way first. The color is not ideal, kinda a piss yellow, but the beer had pretty good clarity and a nice head. The body and mouth feel were a bit thin but that is where my complaints end, and it is a session ale after all, so I can not really complain about a thin body.  The hop profile of this beer is fantastic, bursting with tropical and citrus notes; it tasted fresh and the flavor did not dissipate after a few sips.  I am at this moment looking forward to having another one, and watching another episode of People’s Court. I know that Eel River makes a full on (non session) IPA version if this beer and I would like to check it out because if this beer was a touch fuller on body, I would imagine it would be fantastic.

In a nutshell:

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Thumbs Up for the Eel River, Emerald Triangle Session IPA

Bells Brewing Amber Ale Craft Beer Review

Bell’s Amber Ale Beer Review

Bells Amber Ale Beer Review

Bells Amber Ale Beer Review

Disclaimer: Before reading this review please keep in mind, I am not a self proclaimed beer expert, I am just a home beer brewer who enjoys beer. My posts do not typically go into great detail and may be unconventional in their format; they are simply intended to help people with similar tastes avoid bad beers and find great beers.

Beer: Amber Ale
Brewery: Bell’s
Style: American Amber
ABV: 5.7%
My Score: 4/10

Review:
I live on the West Coast and for the most part I drink beers that are brewed on the West Coast.  For my birthday my brother got me a pack of these Bell’s Amber Ales and I was very excited to try them as I had heard such wonderful things about Bell’s.  So I poured my glass and was immediately disappointed by the cloudiness / chill haze.  You guys are supposed to be one of America’s best craft breweries why TF do you ship your beer in that condition, I would not pour my homebrew if it looked that cloudy.  So I drank the beer.  It had a mediocre head but a nice mouth feel.  I did not care for the hop profile to be honest.  I felt the beer was boring and not the type of boring that it makes for a good beer to enjoy with your meal; just the type of boring that makes me wish I chose a different beer.  I look forward to trying other beers brewed by Bell’s but will be passing on this one in the future.  You may want to take my review with a grain of salt as Bell’s Amber Ale currently scores an 87 of Beer Advocate.

In a nutshell:

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