Summit Brewing - Unchained Series # 18 - Hop Silo DIPA - A First Sampling

28 February 2015

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I’m a huge fan of IPA’s, so when you put a Double IPA in a 16oz can, you’re speaking my language….so it was a wonderful surprise to get an opportunity to taste an early sample of the new Summit Brewing Unchained Series release No 18…..Hop Silo Double IPA.

This beer starts out with a bronze color and aroma that will get your attention.  Hop Silo has a nose loaded with citrus and a really resinous and dank aroma, thanks in part to the Zeus hops extract they used early in the brew.  To say this beer is aromatic is a huge understatement.  After the Zeus hops, Eric Harper follows up with Lemondrop and Azacca hops late in the boil.  If that’s not enough fun, this brew is dry hopped with a double-dose of T45 Cascade, Azacca and Lemondrop in a record setting fermenter-quantity for any Summit brew….so yes this beer is loaded.
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I’ll bet by now you’re asking how does it taste?  Hop Silo DIPA hits 101 IBU and every one of them is on your palate.  The beer starts dry and bitter, with lots of lemon, citrus and pineapple.  It’s sticky, resinous and oily but it has a really drinkable and clean finish.  At 8.3% ABV this one cans sneak up on you, especially in a 16oz can, but along the way, it’s really a pleasant and sneaky 8.3% ABV.  I’d challenge anyone to identify this as a Double IPA after just a few sips, but you’ll soon see that it really IS 8.3% ABV.

Hop Silo is coming March 1st so be sure to try this beer for yourself.  I’m really impressed with Summit Brewing Unchained Series # 18…Hop Silo DIPA.  This is Summit’s first 16oz can, and I can’ think of a better beer to put into it.  Let me know what you think.

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Kühl Kölsch

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Kölsch-style bier uses premium malts and hops from Germany and it will come in at a sessionable 4.9%-AbV.  Look for

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From DC Brau & Oskar Blues:

We are extremely excited to announce our latest collaboration will be hitting the DC market later this month. For the past year, we have been talking with our friends from Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado about working on a collaboration, and the results from this past November's election here in DC gave us the perfect inspiration to brew a great beer with good friends to further underscore our support of DC Home Rule. We hope you'll join us on March 17th at Meridian Pint as we release our latest IPA, Smells Like Freedom. #VotesShouldCount

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Here we have the new packaging for Two Brothers Cane & Ebel.  This red rye ale is brewed with Thai Palm Sugar and rye malt.  Look for Cane And Ebel to remain @ 7%-AbV and 68 IBU and this looks to be a 12oz bottle so stay tuned.
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We’ve seen this beer before, but here we have the 2015 packaging for Lagunitas Brewing Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale.  This is the 12oz bottle label and this beer drops a bit from 9.75% to 9.7%-AbV but it remains at an evil 66.6 IBU….and as Lagunitas explains it, “We brewed this especially bitter ale in remembrance of the 2005 St Patrick’s Day Massacre and in commemoration of our 20-day suspension that followed. The ABC conducted an undercover investigation of our brewery, finding us guilty of operating a “Disorderly House.” We did the crime. We did the time. We got the bragging rights..”
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Here’s a great looking brew coming from Vagabond Brewing in Salem OR.  This is Into The Wild and it is an IPA that uses Willamette hops.  This beer comes in at 6.5%-AbV and this looks like a 16oz can (and 22oz bottle below), so stay tuned. We also have Attack Owl IPA (16oz can and 7.5%-AbV) and On The Road Red (5.4%-AbV).image
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Here’s another great looking new can coming from Destihl Brewery in Bloomington, IL.  This is Weissenheimer and as you would expect it’s South German-style Hefeweizen.  Look for this wheat ale to be packaged in 12oz cans and the beer will come in @ 5.2%-AbV and 16 IBU.
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Scorched Earth Brewing - The Bitter Chocolatier & Hickster

imageHere’s a new big bottle coming from Scorched Earth brewing Co in Algonquin, IL.  This is The Bitter Chocolatier and it is a chocolate oatmeal imperial stout that uses locally produced cocoa nibs.  This beer is packaged in 750ml bottles and it will come in @ 9.1%-AbV.  We also have Hickster American Cream Ale (12oz bottles, 4.8%AbV).image

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Today we get to see three new bottles coming from Coppertail Brewing in Tampa, FL:  Free Dive IPA, Wheat Stroke American wheat ale and Unholy American Trippel ale.  These are all 12oz bottles and stay tuned for release details.
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Once again we have two great new names (and beers) coming from Mob Craft in Madison, WI.  Hook Line and Drinker is a Chocolate Stout brewed with oats and peanuts that was brewed with Fishdidy.com (6%-AbV) and Eggnostic Stout is brewed with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, lactose and vanilla beans (8%-AbV).  These are both 22oz bottles.
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Here’s a new brew coming from Sly Fox for the Pub at Wegmans.  This is Tattle-Tail Lager and this is just the keg label, but I knew you’d want to see it anyway.
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Coming to us from Peconic, NY, this morning we have Greenport Harbor Brewing Co Otherside IPA.  Looks like this beer will turn your world upside down and while there is no word on AbV, Otherside IPA will be packaged in 12oz bottles.  As a bonus we also have Harbor Ale and it is an American Pale Ale that is also packaged in 12oz bottles and Black Duck Porter (also a 12oz bottle) and Summer Ale ale brewed with honey.
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Today we get to see several new bottles coming from Berkshire Brewing Co in South Deerfield, MA:  Hoosac Tunnel Amber Ale (6.3%-AbV), Gold Spike Ale (Kolsch, 4.2%-AbV), Dayman’s Porter (6.3%-AbV), Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale (5.2%-AbV), Cabin fever Ale (6.3%-AbV) and Lost Sailor IPA (5.8%-AbV).  We also have Busker (5%-AbV), Long Daze (4.7%-AbV), Shabadoo Black & Tan (6.3%-AbV), Brewer’s Series Oatmeal IPA (5%-AbV), Ocean Beach Hefeweizen (4.7%-AbV), The Russian Imperial Stout (8.7%-AbV), Drookit Scotch Ale (7.9%-AbV), Farmstand raspberry Barleywine (9%-AbV), River Guide American Wheat (7%-AbV) & Oktoberfest Lager (7.5%-AbV).  These are all 22oz bottles.
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