Beer Run 009 - Blood Orange IPA / Barrel Aged Stout and some IPA's!

The Beer Run this week aligns with where Evan and Grace are in their year long craft brewery journey.

Cheers to Texas beer!

Blog written by JC Holsapple


Austin Beerworks Bloodwork Blood Orange IPA (Austin, TX) - 7.0%

"As part of our ABW Pilot Program, every Beerworker gets the chance to pilot our private bi-plane. Whaaat? No. We have robots for that. Actually they get to make their own beer on our seven-barrel pilot system. That’s how Bloodwork began - with Nick Pratt and a citrusy dream. It was only available in our taproom but was in such high demand it has become our first year-round seasonal. It’s the Sicilain blood oranges added during fermentation that make this a citric symphony of the senses."

Amber pour with minimal head. Very hoppy on the nose with some citrus as well. Very bitter finish on the can that I had. Very hop heavy and the citrus seemed to be non-existent. Not a big fan of this one. 

Lakewood Brewing Co. Lakewood Lager (Garland, TX) - 4.6%

"Lakewood is more than a place. It's a state of mind. Old blends with new. Traditions hook up with fresh ideas. It's the same with our Lakewood Lager. We've taken old world Vienna-Style lager and reintroduced it to beer lovers. Subtle caramel aromas, a coppery pour and a light malty sweetness paired with noble hop bitterness set this beer apart. In with the old, in with the new."

Nice copper pour. Unlike some others that say they have caramel notes this one does have it. This is a really good drinkable lager. There is nothing basic about this lager. 

Karbach Brewing Co. Good Golly Miss Molly Imperial Stout Aged in Tennessee Whiskey Barrels (Houston, TX) - 11.5%

"Imperial stout aged in Jack Daniels barrels"

A stout named after a 3-legged dog and then aged on Jack Daniels barrels. You know I love me some barrel aged beers so lets see what we got here! Deep black pour with a nice brown head. Nose is bourbon and malty sweetness with a bit of cocoa as well. Flavor is nice. Has a bit of carbonation in it but the bourbon flavor is perfect. Very good and well rounded Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout.

Elysian BiFrost Winter Ale (Seattle, WA) - 8.3%

"Pours golden with orange highlights. Smells alluringly sweet like caramel apples with a little spice and orange zest. Taste is bold and balanced with a good amount of citrus and earthy hop bitters to offset the malt character. Finishes dry with a bit of fruit."

Nice dark copper pour. Nose is hoppy with a bit of citrus. Has a dry finish to it and more characteristics of an IPA than anything. The orange comes out more in the nose than it does in the taste. 

Ballast Point Fathom IPA (San Diego, CA) - 6%

"Fathom IPA highlights our favorite characteristics of the west-coast IPA style. This crisp and clean brew features a touch of malt on the surface with an ocean of zesty orange and piney hops below. The result is a refreshing, easy drinking IPA with just the right amount of depth."

Nice hazy brown to it. Nose has a bit of fruit to it but more hops than anything. To me it's just another IPA. Not as bitter as some IPAs but overall a pretty solid IPA. I feel like sometimes with IPA's it is just drinking the same thing over and over again even though they say they add things to them, most of them are still just an IPA that taste like any other IPA. 

Clear winners are Karbach Good Golly Miss Molly and the Lakewood Lager. These weeks IPA's aren't the best.



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