Hops & Rec by Offshoot Beer Co.


Rating: 4.75/5


Hops & Rec by Offshoot Beer Co. is an 8.1% ABV Vermont/New England Double India Pale Ale
Unfiltered Double IPA with Simcoe, Mosaic and Cashmere hops. Brewed with Fawcett Pearl malt and oats. Fermented with Barbarian yeast. Canned for you to take on your next adventure on July 25, 2017
After nice hike kind of beer. Super refreshing, orange juice goodness. This one while it is refreshing and nice, it was slight from perfect only due to the fact that It is not as tropical but that kind of is a bias. Regardless, worth the try.


Line Cutter by Offshoot Beer Co.


Rating: 6/6

Line Cutter by Offshoot Beer Co. is a 10.5% ABV Vermont/New England Triple India Pale Ale brewed with Lupulin Powder, Citra, Mosaic, simcoe and Cashmere hops

Triple IPA with lupulin powder, featuring Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe, with an extra dousing of Cashmere and Simcoe hops. Brewed with Two-Row and Wheat. Fermented with Barbarian yeast. Unfiltered and born on the canning line on June 20, 2017

Holy Jumex!!! This is insane tropics and stone fruit juice! Like drinking guava, pineapple, mango and citrus pulp!
For being the first time I try a beer made with Lupulin powder, there is no hop bitterness to be found. Truly a fucking miracle beer. So damn tropical fruit forward!


Better Late Than Never by Offshoot Beer Co.


Better Late Than Never by Offshoot Beer Co. is an 8.5% ABV New England/Vermont Double India Pale Ale brewed with Mosaic, Vic Secret and Citra hops.

Commercial Description
Juicy, hazy, double dry-hopped Vermont-style Double IPA gracing us with its presence and Mosaic, Vic Secret and Citra hops. Brewed with Golden Promise and Wheat malts, fermented with BSI-Barbarian, unfiltered and canned (April 25, 2017). 


Just like Fashionably Late, this one was also canned on April 25th 2017 but reviewed on May 4th 2017. Released by the Bruery’s branch of East Coast Style IPAs, (Offshoot Beer Co.), they step into the market to show something new or at least something that the west coast does not have, for the most part. This is the Vermont or New England style of IPA. A style made famous by Alchemist brewing and the east coast breweries like Tree House and Trillium. So the release of these on the west coast is pretty rare. Fortunately, for some Reserve and Hoarders members, they don’t have to wait in line to get these. This is the double IPA release to pair with the Fashionably Late, hence Better Late than never. Vic Secret hops, which is what this has, is a new strain of hops I have never had before. Therefore, it may actually be something very delightful, let’s have a look, cheers!

Stone fruit peaches, apricots, tropical fruit kiwi, guavas, pineapple, mango, dragon fruit, passion fruit, papaya, lychee, prickly pear tunas, lemon peel, orange preserves, orange peel, grapefruit, herbal, floral and piney hops, cane sugar, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, currants, white grapes, crème brulee notes and rich honey.

Rich tropical fruit kiwi, guava custard, Guava Danish cream, mango nectar, dragon fruit, passion fruit, papaya, lychee, orange preserves, peach cobbler, fuzzy navel, guava jelly, dried apricots, prickly pear tunas, pears, candied apples, cane sugar, pomegranates, raspberry, strawberry, cherry, blueberries, currants, Stone fruit peaches, apricots, sweetened condensed milk, Danish cream, flan notes, piney, floral, grapefruit, lemon peel, marshmallow cream, almond milk, hazelnut cream, cherry marzipan hints, crème brulee, Starburst, candy pineapple, sunny delight, sweet limes and orange honey blossoms.

Finishing with lots of berries, tropical fruit, stone fruit and citrus flavors. No alcohol in the taste, honey colored hazy orange juice full body, smooth, crisp, clean and refreshing mouthfeel along with an easy drinkability.

Damn! I really loved this one! Way too much in fact. I am really surprised! The Bruery/ Offshoot Beer Co. really freaking did it! It’s so damn tropical to the way a tropical orange juice like mango Tampico tastes. Not only is this above a regular orange juice or grapefruit juice drink but more of tropical fruit smoothie. I think I am starting to realize why it is possible that many of the hyped beers in this style are coveted. This one was damn amazing and I can only compare it to the way Monkish Feed the Fanatics and the way Tree House King JJJuliusss was when I got the chance to try them. It truly is something worth getting and I hope they make this one again. Look for this one if you get to try it, I super high recommendation!

Anime Corner:
Saber from the Fate series was used in this pairing mainly since I feel she represents in this picture what is like to have something that is worth the wait. The clock represents the time but as she walks in, she looks smoking hot. This represents something like “something’s are definitely worth the wait. Where waiting on the day a coveted beer is easier to obtain is the day lots of people have been waiting for and its about time!


Home Brew Project Project #31 Mega Rolling Light Sessions by Nubis Sanctum Ales

Rating: 5/5

Home Brew Project #31 Mega Rolling Light Sessions by Nubis Sanctum Ales is a 6% ABV American Blonde brewed with Mosaic.


Project #32 was inspired by my need to go back to something simple and ofcourse save money. Essentially, I must save money this year for a friend’s wedding in which I will be providing some of my homebrew to his event. This will require saving bottles and not as much experimentation from my homebrewing side and to some degree, less reviews. Well, not less reviews but reviews on less expensive brews. Donations would always be welcomed. Regardless, this project was a similar take on the other home brew project I did, Kölsch Encounters of the Briny Deep, which was a Kölsch using only 1 ounce of hops and Kölsch yeast. With this project, I changed up the hops and yeast and also made the beer lighter. I mainly wanted to see if I could make a different style instead with different hops but still light drinkable beer. My gravity ended up being higher than what I wanted but this is the best part about fine tuning recipes. Next time, I will got for lighter and see how that goes. For now, let’s see what my project produced. Cheers!

Grapefruit, floral, grassy and piney hops, tangerine, stone fruit peach, tropical fruit guava, mango, biscuit bread, honeydew melon, passion fruit, oranges, tangerines and banana hints.

Lots of tropical fruits, Passion fruit, Dragon fruit, guava, mango, papaya, lychee fruit, pineapple, honey dew melon, strawberries, cherries, roses, blueberries, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, floral, grassy and piney hops, biscuit bread, honey, sweetened condensed milk hints, banana notes, stone fruit peach, apricot and plum hints.

Finishing with lots of tropical fruits, mango, lychee, stone fruit peach hints, citrus and grapefruit hops hints, honey. No alcohol in the taste. Pale light straw body. Smooth, crisp, super clean and refreshing mouthfeel along with an easy drinkability.

I did not expect this to be so damn juicy and tropical. Using such a small amounts of hops I would think I that the bigger malt profile would balance out but this is not a bad thing at all. It does seem balanced but this goes to show how clean the Safale-05 dry yeast ferment. It really just lets the overall hops and malt profiles shine than giving its own input. I really noticed the difference of this to the Kolsh. While the Kolsh seemed more like a lager or pilsner due to the yeast influence, this turned out to be more of a hoppy blonde. Also, since Mosaic is tropical and juicy, its best flavor profile came out awesomely and not offensively like a pale ale or IPA. While the ABV could have been lighter to make it even more sessionable, its still came out more perfect than I would of expected it to be. Me being more of a tropical fruit hop flavor lover, this light beer really shined. It will definitely be my number one go to and one I will keep remaking.

Anime Corner:
Roll Light from Capcom’s Megaman series was used in this pairing because it made a lot of sense. I wanted a light beer, both in ABV (although it did not come out that way although the mouthfeel and drinkability says otherwise) light in color (you can shine a light through it, like a lightbulb) the pun on her name and how the beer just “Rolls” through smoothly. The sessions part is in reference to a beer you can drink anytime and even during “Music Sessions”. The original Megaman was named Rock and his sister is Roll, so that is the connection to music and just having a beer in general. The every day beer as recommend by the Dr.’s assistant Roll. Also, in terms of the style, a hoppy blonde in terms of color, she is a blonde and her green ribbon is representative of the single ounce hops of Mosaice used for this. Mosaic is a damn amazing tropical hop even for a small amount.


Space Cake #7 Anniversary Ale by Clown Shoes

16602414_10103986344465700_583721248060471174_oRating: 5/5

Space Cake #7 Anniversary Ale by Clown Shoes is a 7.7% ABV India Pale Ale brewed with the following 7 hops (Idaho 7, Mosaic, Citra, Ella, Galaxy, Centennial, and Nelson Sauvin)

Tasked with bringing cake to our 7th anniversary party, Miracle Mike needed to destroy the laser beam shooting pastries that menace him. He appears to have “borrowed” the birthday surprise from a young wizard who did not die. Dry hopped with seven hops (Idaho 7, Mosaic, Citra, Ella, Galaxy, Centennial, and Nelson Sauvin) this IPA salutes the industry and our customers. Thank you for a wonderful seven years!

Space Cake is one damn delicious IPA. It has been a while since I tried the original. With this release, they took the base recipe and used 7 different hops to indicate their 7th anniversary. When I saw this was their actual Anniversary Ale, I wanted to bring it to the site. Clown Shoes has been one very amazing brewery making so many awesome beers and improving their spirit-blending portfolio with different brewing and aging techniques. I have been a big fan for the longest time and I am glad to present another awesome beer to the site. Here is to many, many years of brewing awesome brews. Cheers to Clown Shoes and all its fans!

Grapefruit, piney, grassy and garlicky hops, tropical fruits like mango, guava, pineapple, papaya, kiwi, passion fruit, dragon fruit, honey dew melon, stone fruit peach, honey, lemon zest, caramel, oranges, vanilla, biscuit bread and sweetened condensed milk notes.

Super tropics of Guava, Mango, Kiwi, Strawberry, pineapple, citrus, papaya, honey dew melon, cantaloupe, passion fruit, dragon fruit, grapefruit, piney, grassy and garlicky hops, sweetened condensed milk, crème brulee hints, white chocolate cake, cherries, milk shake notes, pomegranates, raspberry hints, blueberries, vanilla, rye notes, biscuit bread, tangerine preserves, lychees, stone fruit peach, honey, waffle cone, orange preserves, caramel notes, lemon zest and fruit cake hints.
Finishing up with lots of stone fruit, tropical fruit, vanilla, caramel, toffee, grapefruit, piney, citrus and herbal hops along with vanilla. No alcohol in the taste. Golden light body, creamy, smooth, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, and easy to moderate drinkability.

A perfect IPA indeed. I loved the original Space Cake and this one with the additional hop varieties bring out more sweet tropics to the beer. While the original space cake had this sweetness that was awesome like if it was an actual cake, this one seems to amplify that slightly more while still packing a huge hop punch. Definitely give this one a go, a definite recommendation from me.
16587221_10103986343911810_7531686700108868316_oAnime Corner:
Princess Allura and the Paladins of Voltron The Legendary Defender were chosen in this pairing to go with the theme of space and the colors of cake but also the label colors. Since this was the 7th Anniversary, I wanted to pair with the paladins, Voltron and Allura. Voltron is a bad ass and having that mech in a pairing is always badass. The new designs for Allura are also amazing as well.