Saturday, January 30, 2016

Green Flash / Alpine Handshake IPA

Pretty delicious ipa as the Brawley Inn, where the pool is much hotter than the hottub!
Posted by Non-Snob Beer Reviews on Tuesday, January 12, 2016
type: IPA
origin: San Diego, CA
price: either $5, or $10/22 oz depending if you're at the Alpine brewery or not
ABV: 7.5%
NSP: 9.8

My guess is that in the process of dialing in the scaled up version of Duet or Pure Hoppiness (both finally fantastic versions of the original, btw), they took a misstep that turned out to be pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty nice. This is nice. Real nice. Pretty nice even.

Drinking this reminds me of the good ole' days when IPAs were amazing. Well, they still are, but because everyone this side of the world makes an IPA, it's easy to forget that feeling. Like, remember when you first had Duet? Or Heady? Yeah, me too.

Of course this is nowhere comparable to those experiences, but it reminds me that yes, Green Flash does make excellent IPA. Or is it Alpine? Or both?

Even though the NSP is below my arbitrary threshold of 10 — slightly — I'm giving it a rubs the lotion rating:

Posting a post within a post [edit: within a post] is so meta. Also - fantastic beer.
Posted by Non-Snob Beer Reviews on Monday, February 1, 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Fort Point Villager

type: "San Francisco style" IPA
origin: (see above)
price: $11/6-pack
ABV: 6.3%
NSP: 12.0

Since leaving the hyper-saturated San Diego beer market, I have been a bit depressed at the state of affairs in the Bay Area. Sure, there's Anchor (6-mo waiting list to visit), RR (6 hr wait), Lag (generally solid, but now crowded as punk), Rare Barrel (all sour, definitely not sessionable), Cellarmaker (hit-or-miss), and a few others. Any of those will cost you half a day of driving and a ding on your FasTrak ticker.

Anyway, Fort Point came on the scene about a year ago (or so) with about as loud of an entry as a faint dribble from a flacid weiner. They were supposedly making beer, and making it in a rawkin' rad location near Crissy field (tucked under the Golden Gate bridge); but it's taken them quite a while to get distributed outside of city limits, and of course there's no tasting room (yet?).

So, with hopes of reversing my Bay Area brewery grumpiness I'm trying FP's shit with a palate completely free of expectation. Could be dogshit. Could be gold.

And... this is a solid IPA -- one I could be proud to drink heavily.

I have no clue what an SF-style IPA is supposed to mean, but I guess it represents FP trying to plant the flag early on, before Anchor gets to it.  What it translates too in my mouth, though, is a beer with color and clarity that reminds me of Nelson or Falco with a nice light-to-medium body, a great set of aromas (fruity, hoppy), and heavy but balanced bitterness.  The can has an interesting texture in your hand too.

If I have any issue, it's with the hint of ash imposed by certain hops (haven't figured out the culprit yet).  Overall, I'm mighty pleased with this though.

I shall continue trying your shit, FP. In earnest.