Category Archives: IPA

“Spotless IPA” from Full Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River)

Why is it once-small breweries who’ve outgrown the “craft” moniker insist on merely dressing up their standard ales with skunky hops and calling them “special releases”? Well, this one’s “special” alright – but not in the way they intended. Essentially, … Continue reading

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“IPA” from Caldera Brewing Company (Ashland)

This is the beer equivalent to a paperback novel about a homicidal clown. Let me explain. As an IPA, I’m obligated to compare it with its hops-rich, tongue-stupefying namesakes. But this doesn’t seem appropriate here. Imagine a Stephen King novel … Continue reading

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“Hop Czar Imperial India Pale Ale” from Bridgeport Brewing Company (Portland)

Not known for earth-shatteringly audacious brews, Bridgeport tends to produce consistent, refined selections for the steak and lobster crowd. Their simple yet classy labels mirror this fact. That said, this is quality beer – and really it’s nothing more than … Continue reading

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“Apocalypse IPA” from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. (Bend)

Trying a new beer is always a gamble. Yet, something about Oregon beer makes it a safer bet. This end-of-the-world IPA would be a welcome comfort if the warmongering greed-freaks have their way and it all ends in a mushroom … Continue reading

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“W ’10 Pitch Black IPA” from Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. (Portland)

Widmer may be my least favorite Oregon brewery (their hefeweizen is to wheat beer what Strawberry Kwik is to fruit smoothies) – but I feel an overriding need to give everyone a second chance. Black, or dark, IPA is nothing … Continue reading

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“Workhorse India Pale Ale” from Laurelwood Brewing Co. (Portland)

When an IPA has an ABV of 7.5% you know, at the very least, that it won’t taste watery—or worse, like something Anheuser-Busch excreted from its piss barrels to satisfy the tastebudless masses. Now, I’ve had, say, more than 100 … Continue reading

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