Monday, April 19, 2010

No In-N-Out, But Double Doubles Abound

We've got some heavy hitting Double IPAs hitting shelves this week. I usually don't get excited for Widmer's hoppy beers. Broken Halo IPA is a fine drinking beer, but it is nothing remarkable. So when I heard about Deadlift, the new Widmer DIPA, I figured it would be worth a try, but I didn't have high hopes for it. I gotta stop being so negative. And stop using "gotta". I can't get a gig with the New Yorker or Harper's with writing like that. Deadlift has a great citrusy smell and flavor, thanks to the increasingly popular Nelson Sauvin hop from New Zealand. And though this DIPA only has 70 IBUs, it tastes plenty bitter to me. Reasonably priced four-packs for an 8.6% DIPA, at $7.99. Jubilation has it right now.

As surprisingly nice as Deadlift is, it doesn't play in the same league as Avery Maharaja DIPA, finally here in Albuquerque. Maharaja is only brewed twice a year, and is one of the best doubles to drink fresh. Older versions, well, you may as well be drinking from a river in India. So we get this one relatively fresh, as it was brewed in March. Each batch of Maharaja varies slightly in flavor profile and alcohol level, with this one hitting 10.4% ABV. That didn't stop me from drinking the whole thing last night. And more. Seemed like a good idea at the time. The 102 IBUs are quite apparent along with the pine, Simcoe, Chinook, Cascade, Centennial, and my slight hangover. You're paying a premium for this one: $7.99 for 22 oz., but I've paid more for less in the past week (Mikkeller 1000 IBUs) and this is a great one.

1 comment:

bill said...

Thanks for passing the message along. Majaraja is one of my favorite beers and I recall being told it was only brewed for summertime release.. Knowing there is a fresh batch circulating is great news...I am on my way to Kokoman's after work and will look for it... Pleaes keep the great reviews on this blog coming...its very informative...