Beer Review: Peekskill Higher Standard Imperial IPA

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About a week back I did a review of Peekskill’s hyped up APA Amaze Balls. In the same trade I did I also got a can of their Imperial IPA Higher Standard, which technically the brewery refers to as a Triple IPA. Higher Standard is packed with Simcoe and Citra hops and comes in at 8.8% ABV.

Appearance: Super hazy glowing orange color with a sudsy 1 finger head. Basic art on the can but its appealing and eye catching.

Nose: Resin, pine, citrus and some sweet bready malt notes up front. Can sense some alcohol in the nose. Oily hops, some orange and some grapefruit can be picked out as well. Pretty big nose as expected from a big beer.

Taste/Mouth: Nicely follows the nose with some resin, citrus fruit, orange and tangerine. Simcoe and citra are definitely on display here. Some nice sweet malt and bready notes with some heat on the backend from the alcohol. Finishes dry and sticky. Definitely has a west coast feel to it.

Price/Availability: Brewery release and at $20/4 pack the price tag is pretty steep.

Overall: A nicely executed east coast take on a west coast style Imperial IPA. The brewery notes call it a triple but it seems more like a double to me. Pine and citrus dominate the aroma and flavor thanks to hefty additions of my friends Simcoe and Citra. I want to like this beer more, I really do, but at $20/4 pack it feels like it should be like Hill Farmstead status and not just a solid DIPA. To put the price in perspective you can buy a 4 pack of Peekskill Higher Standard or 5 bombers of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, I think I will take the latter. Glad I got to try this one but I don’t think I would currently buy it again but I would drink it again if it was more reasonably priced.

Grade: B

Beer Review: Peekskill Amazeballs APA

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It was a nice surprise to find this can of Peekskill’s single hopped Galaxy American Pale Ale Amazeballs in a trade recently. I wasn’t expecting it as my friend let me know it was a bit pricey and he didn’t think he would be getting it. It was one of the beers I requested as it has garnered some hype recently. Amazeballs comes in at 4.7% ABV.

Appearance: Very hazy golden yellow with a pillowy 1 finger head. Super sticky lacing as you drink this one. The can is very aesthetically pleasing.

Nose: Some nice mango and pineapple notes, not surprising as this is a single hopped Galaxy APA. Tropical fruits are on display, pretty dank nose for a 4.7% pale ale, you can smell as soon as you crack the can.

Taste/Mouth: Very fruity and juicy. Pineapple, mango and the tropical fruit carry over from the nose. Feels more like an IPA than an APA. Some orange, lemon and cracker malt flavors are present as well. Easy drinking but definitely big Galaxy hop characters.

Price/Availability: $16/4 pack at the brewery which is kind of ridiculous and insane. If you ask me that price point is way too high especially for a newer brewery and beer. As mentioned earlier I got this in a trade.

Overall: A damn good display of Galaxy in a nice single hopped APA from the Hudson Valley. This is an exciting beer and one I would certainly drink again given the opportunity. The price point though is kind of outrageous, $16 for a 4 pack of 4.7% APAs. I would feel way better about this beer if the price was $10-$12 and would have probably bumped the grade up a bit. That being said if you have the opportunity to grab this one without burning a hole in your pocket do it!

Grade: B+