Beer Review: Barrier Hop Damn! Double Rye IPA

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I have been dying to get my hands on this beer for so long! Barrier Brewing’s collaboration with one of my favorite bands of all time in Every Time I Die. They teamed up to create a Double Rye IPA and named it in honor of the bands seminal albumĀ Hot Damn! A lot of breweries have been doing collabs with bands, some are pretty forgettable. Hop Damn! comes in at 7.5% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy glowing amber color, really a nice looking beer. 1 finger head with a soapy head and decent lacing. Great art.

Nose: Spicy, peppery, rye, caramel malt and grapefruit up front with the spicy and peppery notes being the most pungent. Citrus, pineapple and onion come through as well.

Taste/Mouth: Spicy rye bite right off the bat with a juicy citrus and tropical fruit hoppiness coming through as well. Somewhat sweet with moderate bitterness and carbonation. Not really an IPA more of a hoppy rye amber I would say. I am very partial to rye beers and the rye in this is nice and lends some nice flavor to the overall product.

Price/Availability: It is a rotating beer and a bottle is around $9.

Overall: I obviously just needed this beer and I needed to do a review on it as Barrier collaborated with one of my favorite bands of all time in Every Time I Die. I am also a huge fan of rye beers in general, so all that being said the beer was good, not great but it was a well put together beer. The rye and spicy hop notes are pleasant on the nose and are responsible for some nice flavors coming through as well. I would grab it again at some point if the opportunity arises, hopefully it will be at an Every Time I Die show, that would be ideal. Shinfo.

Grade: B

Beer Review: Mikerphone I Want My IPA

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Mike Pallen, the head brewer at Mikerphone, has finally managed to really launch Mikerphone into a full blown brewery teaming up with Slapshot Brewing in Chicago as their head brewer. This was my first Mikerphone beer I got to try after seeing there beers at the store quite a bit (they are hard to miss in the big cans). An IPA with Mosaic and Citra hops, okay you have my interest Mikerphone. I Want My IPA comes in at 6.5% ABV.

Appearance: Pretty dark for an IPA, deep copper color with a nice 1 finger head. I will be honest this is usually darker than I like to see for an IPA. Really liking the can design, throwback to early MTV.

Nose: Mosaic and Citra’s usual aromas coming through. Mosaic dominates though with juicy tropical and melon notes as the primary aroma. Some citrus, fruit punch notes coming through as well. Pretty dank and delicious nose on this one.

Taste/Mouth: Nice juicy flavors which follow the nose pretty closely. Lots of tropical fruit and some earthy notes as well. Finishes pretty bitter and dry. It has a pretty balanced feel through the whole experience, the mouth feels a little thin but the flavors are really great.

Price/Availability: Pretty new brewery and beer, I believe as of now most of their beers are rotating availability.

Overall: An awesome new Citra and Mosaic IPA from a relatively new brewery. Would definitely buy this again if I saw it and hope to explore some future releases from this brewery. I would say potential is the key word here, I can see this brewery doing big things in the future.

Grade: A-