Sean’s Sips – Odell/Thornbridge Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale

Odell/Thornbridge Pond Hopper

SCIENCE: Style:  American Double/Imperial IPA ABV:  8.9% SRM:  6.3 IBU:  20 Hops:  Simcoe, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Perle, and Galaxy Malt:  Pilsen, Golden Promise, and Munich HISTORY: The follow-up to a collaboration brew done at Thornbridge Brewery’s place close to 2 years ago, Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale is meant to showcase ingredients from both […]

Sean’s Sips – New Belgium/The Lost Abbey Brett Beer

New Belgium/The Lost Abbey Brett Beer

SCIENCE: Style:  American Wild Ale ABV:  7.5% OG:  21 TG:  4.7 IBU:  23 SRM:  5.5 Hops:  Target, Sorachi Ace, Nelson Sauvin Malt:  Pale Yeast:  Brettanomyces HISTORY: This beer is actually an indirect product of a beer brewed back in 2004.  That year, Peter Bouckaert of New Belgium and Tomme Arthur of The Lost Abbey got […]

Sean’s Sips – Breckenridge Brewery Well Built ESB

Breckenridge Brewery Well Built ESB

SCIENCE: Style:  Other Strong Ale ABV:  7.8% IBU:  55 Color:  Copper Hops:  Target, Fuggle, and Northern Brewer Malt:  English Pale, Amber, Crystal, and Roasted Barley Yeast:  Scottish Ale HISTORY: Originally brewed as TWENTY, Breckenridge Brewery’s 20th Anniversary beer, in 2010, Well Built ESB is now released about every 3 months and only available in Colorado. […]

Sean’s Sips – Oskar Blues/Sun King CHAKA

Oskar Blues/Sun King Chaka

SCIENCE: Style:  Belgian Pale Ale ABV:  8.0% IBU:  30 SRM:  24 Hops:  Liberty, Czech Saaz Malt:  Belgian Pale Malt from Colorado Malting Co. Yeast:  Special 3-Yeast Belgian Blend from Brewing Science Institute Additives: Shagbark Hickory syrup from Hickoryworks in Trafalgar, Indiana HISTORY: This CAN-laboration (their term, not mine) began as most do, with a friendship […]

Sean’s Sips – New Belgium Tart Lychee

New Belgium Tart Lychee

SCIENCE: Style:  American Wild Ale ABV:  7.50% IBU:  20 SRM:  7.5 OG:  16.5 (wood-aged) and 24 (non-wood-aged) TG:  2.57 Blend:  56% Wood-Aged Sour Beer, 44% Non-Wood-Aged Ale Malts:  Pale, Malted Wheat, Caramel-80, Carapils, Oats Hops:  Target Additives:  Lychee Fruit, Cinnamon HISTORY: When this beer arrived on my doorstep (thanks New Belgium!) the first thing I […]

Sean’s Sips – Crazy Mountain Amber Ale

Crazy Mountain Amber Ale

SCIENCE: Style:  American Amber/Red Ale ABV:  5.25% IBU:  25 SRM:  18 OG:  1.052 Hops:  Centennial, Cascade HISTORY: Owners Kevin and Marissa Selvy say that the beer (and thus the brewery) is named after a mountain on their family’s ranch in Central Colorado.  Said mountain is known as ‘Loco Mountain’, which pretty much anyone, regardless of […]

Sean’s Sips – Odell Shenanigans

Odell Shenanigans

SCIENCE: Style:  American Wild Ale ABV:  9.1% SRM:  31 (Standard Reference Method measures beer color intensity) Hops:  Blend of Cascade and Chinook Barrels:  4 months in 2nd use toasted oak (80%) and 2nd use bourbon (20%) barrels History: Shenanigans has been marketed as a “happy accident” from the days when Odell was first playing around with […]

Sean’s Sips – River North Hypothesis

River North Hypothesis

SCIENCE: Style:  Double IPA ABV:  9.0% IBU:  130 Color:  Pale Amber Boil Hops:  American bittering hops (River North secret) Dry Hops:  Cascade History: River North is one of Denver’s newest breweries (they opened two months ago) and they’ve already released two of their beers in bombers, the second being J. Marie Saison.  As a brewery […]

Sean’s Sips – Ska Brewing Co. Modus Hoperandi

Ska Modus Hoperandi

Science: ABV: 6.8% IBU: 65 SRM: 7 (Standard Reference Method measures beer color intensity; a 7 falls between deep gold and pale amber) Boil Hops: Centennial, Cascade, Columbus Dry Hops: Cascade, Columbus History: Referred to as the ‘Old-Man Bitter’, Modus began as a collaborative effort of the entire Ska Brewing Co. staff.  As they were […]

Sean’s Sips – Avery Brewing Co. Uncle Jacob’s Stout

Avery Uncle Jacob's Stout

Science: ABV: 17.42% Brewed with: water, malted barley, flaked oats, hops, and English Ale yeast Barrels: 1st use Marker’s Mark for 6 months Production: 2nd in Annual Barrel Series, 694 cases Bottle Date: March 27, 2012 Release Date: April 7, 2012 History: If you haven’t already heard how this beer got it’s name, here’s the […]