Showing posts with label IBA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label IBA. Show all posts

June 7, 2012

Back in the USA!

USA Craft Beer Map from
After about four months of living in Panama, I am back in the USA for a month to visit friends and family.  I intend to take advantage of this time back in the Southeast to check out some cities both new and familiar, to visit as many breweries and brewpubs as I can, and of course enjoy some great beer and food.

Naturally, about the first thing I wanted to do was go to the good old American grocery store and survey the beer aisle.  (Insert songs of heavenly angels here.)  The selection!  The variety!  Renowned beers from American breweries coast to coast!  IPAs!  I restrained myself and did a build-your-own six pack of some more or less regional beers:

  • Red Brick Hoplanta (GA) - "Hoppier than a bullfrog with a stubbed toe!"
  • Sweetwater Georgia Brown (GA) - "Smoother than a Bill Clinton apology!"
  • Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale (DE) - "A cross between a Scotch Ale, an India Pale Ale and an American Brown, Indian Brown Ale is well-hopped and malty at the same time (It's magical!)."
  • Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (DE) - "60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped -- more than 60 hop additions over a 60-minute boil."
  • Sweetwater Exodus Porter (GA) - "First brewed on Bob Marley’s birthday, this Legend-ary porter initially delivers distinct irie hop notes which transcend into rich waves of chocolate, creating a multidimensional taste experience!"
  • Abita Jockamo IPA (LA) - "The flavor is bold like the Mardi Gras Indians who march through New Orleans in suits of feathers and beads."

Let this mark the beginning of an excellent state-side adventure!

Beer, glorious beer!

October 3, 2011

Athens, GA: Terrapin Beer Company

It turned out to be quite the beer-soaked weekend in Georgia. On Saturday, my girlfriend and I visited the Terrapin Beer Company, makers of the tasty Terrapin Rye Pale Ale. I was curious to sample some of their other offerings.

We arrived at the brewery right around sunset, along with about half of UGA's undergrad population dressed in red. Undeterred by the crowd, we picked up our souvenir pint glasses and got to sampling. Terrapin had five beers on tap that day:
  • Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - The flagship beer, Terrapin Rye won 1st Place American Pale Ale at the Great American Beer Festival in 2002 (its first year in production).
  • Hop Karma Brown IPA - A combination Brown Ale and India Pale Ale, Hop Karma had a great balance of hops with caramel malts.
  • Hopsecutioner IPA - Aggressively hopped with a huge dose of citrus flavor.
  • Golden Ale - The most sessionable beer of the bunch, the Golden Ale went down smooth.
  • So Fresh & So Green, Green - This was my favorite. Wet-hopped with locally grown Challenger hops, it had a very unique hops flavor that was far from overpowering.

May 22, 2011

Chattanooga, TN: The Terminal's IBA

The other day my girlfriend and I visited Chattanooga, TN a straight shot down Interstate 24 from Nashville.  We went there to meet with an entrepreneur and gain some insights on starting a business.  He very graciously took us out to lunch afterwards at a brewpub down the road called the Terminal.

Situated in a wedge-shaped building near the center of town, this place just felt good from the moment we walked in.  Despite being shaped like a triangle, the space was organized well, with a bar on the ground floor and additional seating on two floors above and on a terrace out back.  Going upstairs for a seat, we were able to look down onto the brewery's fermenting tanks in the basement.  A nice touch.

I sampled a couple different beers, but decided to get a glass of their IBA, or Indian Brown Ale, because this was a style I hadn't seen before.  IPAs, or India Pale Ales, are pretty common, well-liked among hopheads - people who enjoy beers with heavy hop flavor and smell, usually described as floral or citrusy.  At my first taste I was a bit surprised - this tasted just like an IPA.  What's the point of going brown instead of pale?  I went for a second try, then I noticed the difference.  The hops cleared out to allow for a bit of that malty brown ale flavor right at the end.The IBA turned out to be both interesting and flavorful, the perfect accompaniment for my 'Macho Man' spicy chicken sandwich.  I recommend a visit to the Terminal for anyone passing through Chattanooga.