Beer Review: Spiteful God Damn Pigeon Porter

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Finally got around to trying this beer out from Chicago’s own, Spiteful Brewing. Always see Spiteful beers at the store just never got around to trying them but I am getting around to it. Figured I would start out with their God Damn Pigeon Porter, partly due to the fact I like the name so much. God Damn Pigeon Porter comes in at 8.2% ABV.

Appearance: Pretty pitch black with a 1 and 1/2 finger dark frothy head and some really nice lacing. Love the can art.

Nose: Roasted malt, smoky balanced out nicely by some earthy hop notes coming through, this one gets a nice treatment of Simcoe late in the boil from what I’ve read. Big on roasted malt notes and chocolate as well. Pretty nice deep nose.

Taste/Mouth: Follows the nose closely with big roasty malt and smoky flavors coming through first. Nice amount of hop bitterness in there to balance it out. Good full mouthfeel with a nice chocolate finish.

Price/Availability: 4 pack runs about $10 and its very available in Chicago.

Overall: A great drinkable go to local porter, would definitely buy it again or order it on draft if I saw it. Definitely would grab a 4 pack of this if I was craving a crushable dark beer.

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Revolution Local-Hero IPA

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Next is another beer from Chicago’s Revolution brewing, this is their fresh hop IPA brewed with all local hops.┬áThis IPA is brewed with Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, and Nugget hops, all from Hop Heads Farms in Hickory Corners, MI. I was definitely excited to see this one as I love the hop lineup, fresh hop IPAs and they even took the fresh hop a step further by getting local hops. Local Hero comes in at 6.5% ABV and 65 IBUs.

Appearance: Pretty clear golden yellow with the slightest haze and a 1/2 finger head that leaves some good sticky lacing down the glass. Great artwork as usual from Revolution.

Nose: Fruit, pine and mango hit your nose first. Deeper into the nose is a lot of sticky fruit juice aroma, like a fresh fruit punch with lots of citrus fruits as well. Not a huge in your face hop aroma but really nice.

Taste/Mouth: Follows suit with some big juicy fruit flavors and some pine carrying over as well. Nice bite of bitterness and finishes sticky with some lingering bitterness. Good carbonation and mouth-feel as well. A very fresh tasting and feeling IPA that is easy to drink. Could definitely session this.

Price/Availability: $8 a bomber and seasonal with availability of local fresh hops.

Overall: I would assume this is a similar base recipe to that of Anti-Hero judging by the name and the similarity between the two. Nice concept for a fresh hop beer using local hops. Very drinkable and I will definitely purchase it again next year.

Grade: B+