Cart by Offshoot Beer Company

 

Rating: 5.5/6

Cart by Offshoot Beer Company is a 6.7% ABV New England Style India Pale Ale brewed with African Queen, Simcoe and El Dorado hops.

Label:
HOPS: African Queen, Simcoe, El Dorado hops
MALTS: 2-Row, Vienna, Wheat, Golden Naked Oats
YEAST: Bavarian

==Introduction==

The second set of can releases by the Bruery and their IPA venture, Offshoot Beer Company. They make it easy for their society members to get these beers as there is no need for a line. You just buy and pick up. This is actually awesome as the hype for many of the Vermont/New England style beers have been hard to come by since some people usually try to get as many as possible as they use it for trading fodder. Like scalpers for toys or video games, it is kind of getting out of hand. The fact that freshie beers go to trade for a barrel aged beer is pretty ridiculous. Nevertheless, that’s another story for another time. So if you somehow manage to get this one, let’s see if how it is, cheers!

Aromas:
Grapefruit, tangerine, grassy, piney and floral hops, tropical fruit, papaya, passion fruit, dragon fruit, pineapple guava, biscuit bread, coconut, Danish cream, orange blossom honey, tangerines, orange zest, citrus, cherries and caramel hints.

Flavors:
Rich papaya, passion fruit, dragon fruit, pineapple, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, mango, kiwi, strawberry, prickly pear tunas, cherries, pomegranates, grapes, lemon peel, caramel, almonds, walnut, peanut hints, grapefruit, tangerine, grassy, piney and floral hops, honey, lychee, stone fruit peach, apricot, guava, Danish cream, fuzzy navel, peach cobbler, blueberries, flan, cherry marzipan, orange honey blossom, sunny delight, tampico mango drink, tangerine gummies, kumquats, lime notes, orange candy slices and starburst candies.

Aftertaste:
Finishes full of tropical fruit juice, orange juice, mixed nuts, lemon peel, grapefruit, floral, piney and grassy hops, honey, sweetened condensed milk and biscuit bread. No alcohol in the taste, Hazy Golden Orange juice body, crisp, clean, refreshing and smooth mouthfeel along with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
An exceptional beer! Unlike the Better Late than never, the flavors are in different from that beer and yet it is still very delicious and tropical although it has some nice nutty notes. This is the first time I try the African Queen hops and while it is hard to distinguish which hop gave what flavor profile, I can only say that it sure added something amazing to this beer. So yes, I would say I highly recommend it but don’t pay for it if you can trade for something not too expensive.

Anime Corner:
Hera, Athena, Artemis, Persephone and Aries from Puzzles and Dragons were all used in this pairing to mainly represent the cart being pulled by the horses. There really wasn’t much I could think of than better to go all the way with something creative.

Sources:
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Watermelon Dorado by Ballast Point

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Watermelon Dorado by Ballast Point is a 10% ABV Double India Pale Ale brewed with Watermelon.

Label:
A fresh twist on a heavy hitter

Our Watermelon Dorado Double IPA is not one to back down from big flavors. Mash, kettle and dry hopping blend to create a huge hop profile that is balanced with a blast of watermelon. The result is a refreshing brew that is all summer and no seeds.

==Introduction==

Double Dorado is a beer I have not tried in a very long time. It took me a while to find it back then but with the recent purchase of the brewery, they have been able to experiment and release more beer in general than in the past. With this installment, they released their double dorado with watermelon. Watermelon beers have been awesome brews for me for a very long time but this is the first time I try a watermelon double IPA. This brew is sold in many places that sell Ballast Point brews now, in cans and bottles. Let’s have a look, cheers!

Aromas:
Citrus piney, grapefruit, grassy and dank hops, watermelon jolly rancher candy, tropical fruit kiwi, mango, dragon fruit, passion fruit, honey dew melon, lemons, pineapple, ginger, strawberries, stone fruit apricot, peach, cherries, raspberries, lychees, honey, caramel, vanilla and oranges.

Flavors:
Watermelon gummies, citrus, piney, grapefruit, grassy and dank hops, biscuit bread, stone fruit apricot, peach, cherries, raspberries, honey dew melon, cantaloupe, orange, tangerine, tropical fruit kiwi, mango, dragon fruit, passion fruit, honey, caramel, lemons, pineapple, ginger, strawberries, vanilla and lychees.

Aftertaste:
Finishes dry with ginger hints, citrus, piney, grapefruit and grassy hops and hints of watermelon. Slight booziness but not detracting from the flavors. Clear golden light body, crisp, refreshing and slightly syrupy mouthfeel and a moderate drinkability.

Overall:
Very delicious IPA. It may be better than when I first tried the original. The watermelon changes the flavor overall but enhances the original IPA. There is a slight booziness as this is a stronger IPA but because the flavors are complex it works out. Plus, for a 6 pack of bottles or cans at that ABV, it is a damn good deal. I say give this one a shot if you love watermelon and double IPAs.

Anime Corner:
Ryofu Housen and Kanu Unchou from Ikkitousen/Battle Vixens were used in this pairing as I used them in the original El Dorado beer. Since the green of Ryofu’s hair paired with the Mahi Mahi/Dorado fish as well as watermelon, this pairing seemed to work fine especially since they are by the ocean. Ryofu’s red jacket also pairs with the color of the watermelon and since we are looking Kanu and Ryofu, it fits with the theme of Double Fish and Double IPA. Double D’s lol

Sources:
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Delicious IPA by Stone Brewing

11893982_10102799623558910_761208573113086052_oRating: 4.75/5

Delicious IPA by Stone Brewing is a 7.7% ABV India Pale Ale brewed with Lemondrop and El Dorado hops.

Label: (Not from this picture but from the actual bottle)
From the beginning, Stone has been obsessed with the mission of providing people access to high-quality craft beer. After all, great beer is for everyone and anyone with the good taste to recognize it, not just a niche group like us uber beer geeks. So, when we developed this pleasantly bitter, deliciously citrusy, hop-driven IPA, we took it as an opportunity to go a step further and do something we’d spent over a year researching and perfecting: creating a beer that makes it possible for nearly everyone to experience our aggressive, no-holds-barred approach to craft brewing. It’s a flavorful, cutting-edge, modern-day IPA for everyone. Lemondrop and El Dorado hops provide plenty of fruit citrus character and a burst of hop zing that sings on the palate. We’re proud to present it to those who already know us for our IPA prowess and to those who, so far, have only heard legends.

==Introduction==

So this is one of those Stone beers that has been out for a while and while I have neglected to bring this one for a review as I overlooked it (it happens when you are busy homebrewing) I decided to get a growler of this beer and give a shot. The first time I tried this beer as at the Bruery Cooperversary and I can say it was a tasty brew. Now that I have a whole growler, I will take my time to analyze it and see what it has to offer. Come join me and see. This beer is readily available at many of the stores that sell Stone beers. Cheers!

Aromas:
Lemon drop candies, grapefruit, citrus, lemon peel, peppercorn, minty hints, Stone fruit peaches, mango hints, tangerines, lychee fruit hints, floral lavender hints, lemon verbana, Citrus, lemon, grapefruit, herbal, piney, grassy, floral and tropical hops, Oranges, tangerine, Tropical fruits like guava, passion fruit, dragon fruit, guava, prickly pear tuna, peppery notes and strawberries.

Flavors:
Citrus, lemon, grapefruit, herbal, piney, grassy, floral and tropical hops. There are many tropical but special herbally aspects to this one. Lots of lemon candy, Oranges, tangerine, guava, passion fruit, dragon fruit, guava, prickly pear tuna, peppery notes, strawberries, raspberries, toffee, caramel, vanilla hints, mint notes, sweetened condensed milk, Stone fruit peaches, mango hints, tangerines, lychee fruit hints, floral lavender hints, lemon verbana and blackberries.

Aftertaste:
Leaving some dank resonance of the herbal and tropical fruit notes while some other fruits like the strawberry, raspberry, lemon candy, starburst, sweetened condensed milk and dank hop dryness remains. No alcohol in the taste, clear golden body, rich, refreshing and crisp mouthfeel with an easy to moderate drinkability

Overall:
Well, what can be said about this beer that isn’t already on the label. It is very good and delicious. Not to the extreme complexity of their Enjoy By but these new flavors you don’t find typically in some of their other IPAs makes this very good. I consider this one a more moderate palate IPA. Especially for those that may not typically like hoppy grassy IPAs, this one is more on the tropical side so it helps out for sure. A definite try for IPA lovers and Hop Heads alike.

Anime Corner:
Leona Heidern from the King of Fighters Series was used in this pairing mainly since I have not used Leona in a long time, I haven’t paired her with a Stone beer and yet, she belongs for many different reasons. The colors she wears complement the colors of the normal green label but the camo she wears represents the hidden alcohol and the rich tropical flavors are that of the tropical scenes and jungles she can fit in. Her Blue Ocean teal surge of hair represents the berries and extravagant other sweet flavors that come from this beer. A sweet yet still strong beer for sure.

Sources:
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