Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Great Divide Titan IPA

In the liquor store tonight I was looking for a new local beer to try, when I stumbled on this 6 pack of Great Divide Brewing CO's Titan IPA. Great Divide Brewing CO [GDBC] is located just a few blocks down from Coors Field in the LoDo district of Denver, CO. GDBC is a fairly young brewery being established in 1994, but they have already established an impressive trophy case. Great Divide beers have earned twelve Great American Beer Festival medals and 4 World Beer Cup awards. Not bad for a young, small brewery out of Denver, CO. They are a brewery which describe themselves as, "brewing some of the globe's most balanced yet assertive and flavorful beers."
Titan IPA

Monday, February 27, 2012

Rush River Double Bubble

Shout out to McChain and his roommate Andy for hooking my up with a 6-pack of Rush River Double Bubble. I hope you guys are enjoying the sampler I brought over last week!

Rush River Brew Company Double Bubble



Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mendocino Imperial IPA Review

Mendocino Imperial IPA
In a recent drinking session with Flop and Adam, we tried out this California-born IPA. The Mendocino Brewery was founded in 1983. I found this beer on the specialty shelf at MGM in Mankato and bought it just to try something new. Mendocino Brewery describes this beer as such - Imperial IPA - This full bodied Imperial IPA is brewed with massive amounts of premium varieties of hops such as Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe and Crystal and paired with a rich blend of luscious Munich, caramel and 2-row pale malts. The result is a perfect balance of luxuriant malt and heady, exhilarating hop flavor. After primary fermentation is finished, we dry hop our Imperial IPA with copious quantities of the above mentioned hops. It is then cold conditioned for a few weeks. The result is an outstanding and unforgettable hop aroma. Starting with an original gravity of 20 Plato and finishing at 8.0% alcohol by volume, this Imperial India Pale is a hop tour de force!

Nice carbonation and head

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pliny the Elder Review

Pliny the Elder Bottle
In a recent beer trade conducted over with rlhvegas of No Limit Brewing out of Las Vegas, Nevada, I acquired myself a bottle of Russian River Brewing Company's Pliny the Elder!!!  This American Double IPA is considered to be the best of the best!  Take it for what it's worth, Pliny the Elder has a score of 100 out of 100 on with over 2,570 reviews.  I have wanted to try this beer ever since I first heard about it.  Three and half years later I finally have obtained myself a bottle of the highly sought after Pliny the Elder.  Again, thank you rlhvegas for contacting me.  First brewed in 1999 by Russian River Brewing Co. of Santa Rosa, California, Pliny the Elder is brewed in small batches and is supposed to be drank fresh.  Highly hoppy beers do not store well.  The hop aroma and flavor diminish over time, thus the reason for the small batches.  With supply low and demand high, an urban legend originated around this beer.  It was not until 2004 until Russian River starting brewing Pliny the Elder year round, and in 2012 I finally get to taste the legend! 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hopslam Ale Review

During a recent brew session, I was able to sample a bottle of the coveted Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc. located in Galesburg, Michigan. The reason Hopslam is such a sought-after beer is in part due to the fact that it's a winter seasonal only released once each year around the months of January or February and also because stores have a limited supply for customers. It can be found on draft or in bottles at select locations in select Midwest and Eastern states. Hopslam is classified as an Imperial IPA because of its relatively high ABV (10%) as well as its hoppy aromas and flavors.

Bell's Hopslam Ale

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Firestone Walker Double Jack

Recently I participated in a beer trade conducted over with rlhvegas of No Limit Brewing out of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Over the exchange of numerous private messages and emails, we settled on a trade consisting of Russian River Brew Company's Pliny the Elder and Double Jack by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in exchange for a variety of Surly beers.  I want to thank rlhvegas for initially contacting me about a trade. Firestone Walker's Double Jack is a highly acclaimed Double India Pale Ale big brother to Union Jack.  Firestone Walker's Union Jack won gold medal in the category of IPA at the Great American Beer Festival two years in a row.  Double Jack is brewed with the same malt bill and hopping schedule as Union Jack but instead of collecting 50 barrels of wort, only 35 barrels are collected.  This condenses the sugar content in the pre-fermented beer (called wort) making it a Double IPA.  The Brewmaster at Firestone Walker is Matt Brynildson and he is known globally in the brewing industry.  His previous work at Goose Island Brewing Company located in Chicago, Illinois helped him gain his reputation.

Firestone Walker Double Jack

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dry Hopping Octane Wayne V1.1

Update:  It was been 7 days since we brewed version 1.1 of the Octane Wayne IIPA.  I took a gravity reading this morning and it was within 0.5ยบ Plato of it's final gravity.  After listening to an interview with Matt Brynildson, I learned that hops will help your yeast flocculate in high gravity beers.  In the interview he stated that at Firestone Walker Brewing Company they will dry hop up to three different times to get the aroma and hop flavor into their high alcohol beers.  The hop oils are dissolved by alcohol and it takes a more vigorous hopping schedule to get the aroma and flavor.

Overview of Dry Hops

Friday, February 10, 2012

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

Stone Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard
Stone Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard
American IPA

Type: All Grain Date: 2/18/2012
Batch Size (fermenter): 6.00 gal Brewer: Fluke Brewing
Boil Size: 8.00 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 90 min Equipment: Fluke Brew Co. 5 Gal All Grain
End of Boil Volume 6.50 gal Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Final Bottling Volume: 5.75 gal Est Mash Efficiency 72.9 %
Fermentation: My Aging Profile Taste Rating(out of 50): 0.0
Taste Notes:

Octane Wayne Double India Pale Ale

Double Octane Wayne IPA
Imperial IPA

Type: All Grain Date: 1/7/2012
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal Brewer: Fluke Brew Co.
Boil Size: 7.13 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 69 min Equipment: Fluke Brew Co. 5 Gal All Grain
End of Boil Volume 5.98 gal Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Final Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal Est Mash Efficiency 63.6 %
Fermentation: Ale, Single Stage Taste Rating(out of 50): 30.0
Taste Notes:

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Recent Brew: Imperial IPA Octane Wayne v1.1

This past Friday we brewed up a second round of an Imperial IPA we call Octane Wayne. Currently waiting while it ferments, can't wait to taste it!

Boiling away


The Beginnings

Well, here is the first blog post for Fluke Brewing!

I'm getting really excited to try one of those Myrcenary Clones! And the Oak-Aged Arrogant Bastard brew is coming up next weekend!