It is only January and I am already falling behind in my reviews. Below, in no particular order, is a quick round-up of some worthwhile beers from the past month or so:
Mike Hess Brewing's Habitus Ale: Habitus is technically a double IPA, but at 8% abv, it drinks like an IPA. The citrus hop bitterness was not overwhelming, which was good, and this crisp, relatively light double IPA left me wanting more. Habitus is available year-round, and since Mike Hess opened its Ocean Beach tasting room I always seem to have a few in my beer fridge.
Modern Times' City of the Sun: City of the Sun is another IPA on my round up list. I'm so predictable and pedestrian. Well, this bold and aggressive IPA was anything but pedestrian and predictable. Its heavy dose of Simcoe, Mosaic, and Motueka hops imparted flavors of earthiness and heavy citrus, which all the cool kids are calling "dank." I am a big fan of the dank. City of the Sun is only available from December to February, so time is running short on this gem.
Stone's Enjoy After 10.31.15: This was an IPA brewed to cellar, and I waited a whole two months after the "drink after date" to open it. I found it a rough, two dimensional beer: sharp hop bitterness and strong brettanomyces yeast. I should have aged this beer longer - years not months - to smooth out the hops and mellow the yeast, and to coax out other flavors. This beer was the most carbonated beer I think I have ever opened. It came with a cork and cage, and as soon as I undid the metal cage, carbonation pushed out the cork, unaided by me. I didn't finish the bottle initially, and left it uncovered in the fridge for more than a day. The next night I poured a glass and it had just as much carbonation as when first opened. The attached picture is from the second day pour.