wild west

While out on vacation in Arizona I got to try several beers not normally available in the Chicago area.   Due to the heat I was really craving IPAs, so while browsing the aisles of the local BevMo I picked up a few to try…

Dechutes Inversion IPA

Left Coast Hop Juice Double IPA

Great Divide Fresh Hop

Alaskan IPA

Additionally, I picked up the delicious Alaskan Amber, New Belgium’s Mighty Arrow Pale Ale, Kona Longboard Island Lager.  My favorites, of course, were the Alaskan brews…AK breweries can do no wrong in my book.   Hop juice was a nice, sweet yet bitter double IPA, but not as good as Hopslam, Maximus, or Dreadnaught.  Dechutes was less impressive yet.  The Mighty arrow was my least favorite as it had a strange aftertaste, and wasn’t as hoppy as it smelled.  The Fresh Hop by great divide on the other hand was hops, hops, hops.  (that means GOOD)  Very tasty and not so bitter that you couldn’t have a few.   The Kona was a nice “lawnmower beer” better than MGD or Bud, but nothing to write home about.  So, while it was fun to try new things, I really should have stuck with what I know….Alaskan breweries make GREAT beer and I should have just got a 12er of each the IPA and Amber.

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