Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Victory Hopdevil Ale - Beer Review

IPAs don't always go over well with the Better Beer Authority panel. Can Hopdevil overcome this bias and win over the team. Tune in and find out.

Partial Transcript: "On Tap -- Hopdevil Ale

Hi. I'm James Knott and today we are drinking Hopdevil Ale from the Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The brewery was founded in 1996 by childhood friends Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski -- who both studied brewing in Munich, Germany. Their beers are currently available in 29 states.

Hopdevil Ale is an American IPA with 6.7% ABV. It is a good example of Victory likes to combine German and American brewing styles. They use German 2-row barley and American whole flower hops, which they claim have a higher flavor to bitter ratio than hop pellets. This is a year-round offering that is available in bottles and on tap. The brewery describes Hopdevil as "menacingly delicious".

Q&A Does the malt backbone help offset the ample amount of hops? Does this taste like an IPA to you?

Hopdevil gets a (???) on the BBA scale. How does this compare to your favorite IPAs? Let us know in the comment section.

Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority"

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale - Beer Review

This is one of Sierra Nevada's oldest recipes, but does it evoke the holiday spirit? Find out whether this American IPA is the one you should take to your holiday party.

Partial Transcript: "On tap -- Celebration Ale

Hi. I'm James Knott and today we are talking about Celebration Ale from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. The founder, Ken Grossman, is an AVID hiker and named the company after his favorite place to hike -- the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The brewery brewed it's first beer in 1980 and the following year, 1981, they started brewing Celebration Ale. This is Sierra Nevada's winter seasonal beer. It is an American IPA with 6.8 % ABV and 65 bitterness units.

This ale is brewed with fresh hops from the first hop harvest of the season and they use whole cone hops, rather than hop pellets, to achieve more subtle flavors.

They don't add any spices to this holiday beer. Any perceived spiciness is derived from fermenting the malt and sugars.

Q&A -- Do you think of an IPA as a traditional holiday beer? Does this beer warm the soul on a cold day?

Celebration Ale gets a (???) on the BBA scale. Which beer is going to get you through the holiday season? Let us know in the comment section.

Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."