Greenbush Brewing Co. | ClosurE | 5.9% ABV | Pale Ale
Decent pale ale. Wouldn’t be my first choice, but it’s pretty solid. Slightly more complex than Sierra Nevada’s pale ale. Good beer on a hot day in a sweaty glass.
Boulevard Brewing | Grainstorm | 7.7% ABV | Black Rye IPA
Oh, another craptacular beer from boulevard. I was going to write a scathing review about this beer full of f-bombs and c-bombs, but part of my review process involves checking other sites for second opinions. I don’t know what boulevard is doing, but outside of 3ish beers, they’re not for me. I didn’t like this beer but you might…buy Wookie Jack by Firestone Walker instead. Fart.
Price: 8.99/22oz Bomber
Greenbush | Anger | 7.6% abv | Black IPA
As I promised, more Greenbush. This might be one of the best black IPA’s I’ve ever had. Belgian malts, dark chocolate, bitter hops. I finally have my “available year round black ipa”. I fucking love this, and you should too.
Hops: Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade
Greenbush Brewing Co. | Brother Benjamin | 10.1% | Imperial IPA
Brand new to the Chicago market, Greenbush is setting a fire under beer nerd-asses, and with good reason. Brother Benjamin, the first of many Greenbush beers I’ll be bringing to your attention, is an imperial india pale ale brewed with honey. This beautiful honey filled malty iipa is pretty near perfect. Pretty sure this is available year round but don’t quote me on that. I can’t find anything saying it isn’t. Go get this fackin beer!
Dogfish Head | Raison D’Etre | 8% ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale?
I never really thought of this as a belgian but I guess it kind of makes sense. The raisons give it a sweet taste that compliments the malts very nicely. This is a good beer if you like it sweet.
Maine Beer Company | Zoe | 7.2% ABV
This is no ordinary red. I’m blown away by how dark looking this is. The carmel in this is a punch in the face and then Immediately fades into a heavy malt flavor. This is a really good read. I like it a lot.
Pipeworks Brewing Co | Hyper Dog 7.5% ABV
Holy shit! Come to Chicago and get this! You won’t find a better milk stout. Coffee, Vanilla, Malts. Perfect!
5 Rabbit Cerveceria | 5Vulture | 6.4% ABV
Dark Ale (chile beer)
Sweet, bready, creamy, spice is barely present and doesn’t burn. Easy to drink, but in the future
I would go straight to New Belgium’s Cocoa Mole if I wanted a chile beer.
Price: 7.99/6 pack
Half Pints Brewing Co | Little Scrapper IPA | 6% ABV
Half Pints Brewing Co is the local brewery for a GANG of friends I have in the Winnipeg area. For those of you dumb American that might be reading(and I hope you’re not), that’s in Canada. I recently went to Minneapolis to meet them and got a whole shit load of Half Pints beer! This blog is going to have a lot of half pints reviews coming up. Starting with the Little Scrapper IPA! This is a malty IPA or so I hope. Otherwise this is kind of old. Either way it’s not very good. Poor start to a brewery that has been hyped up for me. Booooooooooooooo.
Price: I unno. Usual 6 pack prices?
Avery Brewing | IPA | 6.5% ABV
Just another generic IPA with mild bitterness and not much else. There are better options than this for the price.