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

Shmaltz She’brew Triple IPA

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Definitely had to make sure I grabbed one of these up when it was released as it is a collaboration between Shmaltz brewery and some of their female friends in the beer industry. One of those friends is also my friend (Hi Nikki!) and helped collaborate on the recipe for this and is also one of the ladies featured on the label, she is on the left side and I did a nice job of barely getting her in the photo. She’brew features┬áCalypso, Citra, Crystal and Amarillo hops and also helps benefit young woman trying to get their feet in the brewing industry through the Pink Boots Society. She’brew comes in at 11% ABV.

Appearance: Amber, almost ruby color with a thick 1 finger head. Super sticky lacing.Has some haze to it. Label obviously rules.

Nose: Sweet malt, caramel, some pine and dark fruits. Lots of alcohol on the nose as well with muted citrus fruits as well. Not a super pronounced nose which I guess is not surprising considering the ABV.

Taste/Mouth: Follows the nose, very sweet and malty. Some pine resin hop notes along with some serious heat coming out in the mouth feel of this one. Calypso is a weird hop man, I can never quite nail down the flavors I pick up from it.

Availability: They have added this to their yearly releases. Decent price considering the ABV, can appreciate the fact a portion is donated to benefit a good cause. Shmaltz has pretty great distribution as well.

Overall: Love the idea of this all women brew collab. It is a nice example of a Triple IPA (on the malty side of the style) and pretty drinkable considering the 11%. Pick one of these up to support a great concept, a great cause and get a solid beer out of the deal as well.

Grade: B+