Long ago I feel in love with Victory’s Golden Monkey (my review of it) and I’ve tried most of their brews though never given any others full reviews. I intend to change that starting now with their IPA HopDevil. The artwork is awesome though the name is a bit much. This is a very hoppy beer, but not quite “devil”worthy. Here is what they have to say about it:
The mythical HopDevil® resides in the lore of farmers. Our HopDevil is the real deal. Bold, spicy and menacingly delicious. He’s the product of distinctive American hops and meticulous craftsmanship. Arising from the heady wilds of our hopback and gently tamed with time, this Devil makes a great companion.
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Beer Advocate has this at a 95 (off 2,516 reviews), rate beer puts it at 100 (based off 2,837 reviews), finally untappd knocks it down to 4 stars which I guess compares to an 80 (from a whopping 10,861 ratings). That gives me a pretty solid feeling that this will be a fantastic beer. Basically 14,000 people gave this beer an average of an A-. This beer gets a lot of hype as being some crazy bitter uber hard core beer that is not for wussies and needs some kind of beer pedigree to drink. That whole mindset doesn’t sit too well with me. It’s that type of thing that prevents people from getting into craft beer in the first place. Sure it’s safe to recommend a friend to stay away from this for a bit and steer them toward something else first. But by hyping this beer up so high in the end puts your friend down saying they aren’t good enough for this beer. Anyway, rant over time to drink!
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If you recall from my New Belgium review roundup I failed to write, or more likely failed to save, my notes regarding my tasting of their Ranger IPA. You may also recall that I freaking loved their beers. So when I made a pit stop in Nashville last week I was sure to pick up some more Ranger. You can get New Belgium in Indiana as well, but still no distribution in Ohio or KY.
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Here’s the notes from the first day of Beer Bloggers Conference 2012 in Indy. Not sure if I’ll stick to this format for the next 2 days but time will tell. So far there has been lots of interesting stuff to share that I hope everyone enjoys reading!
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