Archive for the ‘PALE ALES’ Category

Dorado & Pliny the Elder ( Ballast Point & Russian River) | TheBEERSgoneBAD #133

29 Jan

Pliny the Elder

Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler, officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work, Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops, “lupus Salictarius”, meaning wolf among scrubs.” Hops at that time grew wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current botanical name, humulus Lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who continued his uncle’s legacy by documenting much of what he observed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Pliny the Elder, the beer, is brewed with 40% more malt and over twice the amount of hops as compared to our already hoppy IPA.


On a quest to make delicious beers, our brewers have continually sought creative new ways to accentuate the delightfully aromatic and flavorful qualities of hops. Hopheads rejoice! Dorado Double IPA takes hops to a new level. Mash Hopping, First Wort Hopping, Kettle Hopping, and Dry Hopping create an award winning beer that embodies San Diego’s reputation for making world class IPAs. Our bottle Robust Series gives all beer lovers an opportunity to try our most rare beers, previously available only on draft at select tap houses. Enjoy! Get the Point! World Beer Cup 2006 Bronze Award Winner

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Nelson (Alpine Beer Co) | TheBEERSgoneBAD #131

05 Jan

An outstanding hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin, is generously used throughout the brewing and dry-hopping of this unique beer. European rye is added for a smooth, malty addition to flavor.

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Slaters 50/50 (Liberty Station) | TheBEERSgoneBAD #127

07 Jun

This week we decided to go check out the newest edition to Liberty Station, Slaters 50/50. From the outside it may look like any burger joint aside from the fact that it has a 15′ tall bronze hamburger by the front door. The real difference is inside. As you walk towards the bar you see it……the longest tap line you have probably ever encounted. Slaters carries on average 110 beers on tap and any given time!!! It’s insane. We got a tour with there Beer Master and tried everything we could get our hands on. We even did a pairing with one of there amazing burgers. Heres our little video of our night out with Slaters 50/50.

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Raglan Public House (Ocean Beach) | TheBEERSgoneBAD #126

30 May


In a land Down Under… on the preferred and more heavenly blessed, East side of Down Under, a few not so pretty and sophisticated Yanks were tramping about New Zealand jumping into any activity of outdoor fun they could dig up between rounds of pint plunging,  when one evening…

Late one evening, after another accomplished night of touring the local pubs, they stumbled upon a small burger kitchen in a back alley.   After taking their proper place in the generally tipsy “queue” and sharing some laughs, desperately needed burgers were at last ordered.

Upon receiving their burgers, as culturally lacking Yanks, they inquired as to whether the establishment had ketchup for the burger.   Without hesitation and prepared for such ale-induced comments, they replied, “I got ketchup, try the burger, Mate”. Not understanding this new local language, or the change we received, we blurted back, “We’ll try the burger, but you do have ketchup right?”  A final reply was returned with a chuckle and shake of the head “Just try the burger, Mate”.   For which while stubbornly refusing to leave the counter without their all important ketchup, a bite was taken into the monster, and with a mouthful blurted, “F..k, the ketchup!  What’s on the Burger!?  The kiwi with a friendly grin bounced back a “Welcome to Fergburger, Mate”

From that humbling experience, a thought stumbled through the fog of the next morning, “why isn’t there a Burger Joint that has different, actually really unique, great tasting, big juicy burgers – not the same boring burgers with the same sauces and toppings, but something with a whole different taste and twist.   And to really bring in the Kiwi Experience of pure and fresh ingredients; burgers made with fresh ground Grass-Fed Organic Beef and Organic ingredients with homemade, unique sauces and freshly baked buns, in a fun lively casual atmosphere that really embraced the unique culture and friendly attitude found in New Zealand, its people and its love of nature and extreme outdoor activities”

From that less than wise thought grew Bare Back Grill and the Public House brand and experience.

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Hercules Double IPA by The Great Divide

24 Apr

With a name like Hercules Double IPA You would expect a beer that is as strong as it is bold. But, if Kevin Sorbo has taught me anything, it’s that Hercules not only posses chutzpah sand strength but the smoothness of a mythological James Dean. I take a sip. This beer was appropriately named. Strong but seemingly sweet, the hops have more of a grassy note than a bitter one. Just like the beloved son of Zeus, this beer comes off seemingly harmless and smooth. But don’t be too quick to assume this beer as a session style IPA. This is not the kind of beer that you would expect to pack a punch that could send you to the lower end of olympus, but it does. At one point I grabbed the bottle to make sure I was reading the label right, a double IPA? But yes, this smooth tasting demigod of a beer is tilting the scales at around ten percent ABV, nothing to shake a stick, or a three headed dog at. I was as pleased with this beer. It made me feel like I could fight off the armies of Achilles with a bar stool…… I give it an 8.5.

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20th Anniversary IPA (Ipswitch Ale Brewery) | TheBEERSgoneBAD #124

03 Apr

Description: Our 20th Anniversary Limited-Edition brew is a big balanced Imperial Pale Ale with rich malty sweetness and a bold hop character. This hand-crafted ale honors our past, present, and future as an Ipswich MA historic hometown favorite.

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