We wanted to review 4:59 Little IPA for two reasons. Not only did it mark the debut of Mike Hess Brewing’s new 12 ounce cans, but it’s also a new beer to join their core lineup — now expanded to 7 beers.Read more
IPA – India Pale Ales
IPA stands for India Pale Ale. Yes, its technically a “pale ale“ but we gave IPA its own category due to its popularity, and our love for the style.
The name India Pale Ale was originated back in the early-mid 1800s, since beer brewed in England was exported to their colony in India. Some contest that more hops were added to the beer to survive the long journey by sea, but this may also be a myth.
You can find American or English style IPAs, and Imperial IPAs (aka Double IPAs) designate an ABV above 7.5%. Session and Triple IPAs are two more emerging variations.
Highland Park Brewery is brewing some of the best hop forward offerings in California, especially their West Coast style beers like this aptly named Good Green.Read more
How did we arrive at this choice? Not only is Second Chance Beer Company our closest local brewery, but that word “hoppy” in the title caught our attention.Read more
In recent years, we always wanted to try this beer called Hop Shovel. Whether it was a seasonal offering or limited release, we never knew — since we always kept missing it on tap at Bear Republic.Read more
Kern River Citra Double IPA is one of the most sought after special release beers brewed in California. It used to be sold in a lottery system by the six pack, but with a recent brewery expansion, Kern opened up the sale to a case of bombers.Read more
This release, Chasin’ Freshies is more in the single hop vein, since it features a different variety of fresh hops each season. Recent standouts include Mosaic, Amarillo, and Lemondrop.Read more
In the last few weeks, many breweries around San Diego have been brewing up their fresh hop releases. Mike Hess Brewing’s foray into the harvest scene, Forty Acre IPA, kicked things up a notch by using an experimental hop variety code named X-331.Read more
We don’t review every Enjoy By bottle, but want to be sure to check out each of their new variation releases when they drop, like the debut of this Enjoy by 05.30.16 Tangerine IPA.Read more
This week marks the release of Mission Brewery’s new flavor bomb, Plunder IPA – “A bounty of 9 bold hops.” Their delicious new ale hits shelves in 22oz bombers and kegs. Look for 6 pack bottles by summertime.Read more
A few weeks back we got in a discussion with the guys from The Brew Review Crew on Twitter. One thing led to another, and they proposed both our blogs do some kind of a collaboration. That sounded like a great idea — but what?Read more
When we learned about El Segundo’s release of The Pine Tar Incident, we immediately considered this beer to be a potential triple play in the making. “An undisputed hops home run” for sure.Read more
Based out of Vista, Mother Earth Brew Co is one of the OG, pioneering breweries in North County. Although their Hop Diggity is one of our favorite DIPAs in the greater San Diego area, they also brew some impeccable lesser hopped ales.Read more