I am the proud new owner of Hoptopia‘s I Believe in IPA! badge on Untapped. I had to have three IPAs off their list.
1. 21st Amendment Hop Crisis. This was from a can. I had this one on tap years ago at The Gate at a 21A event there. It was fantastic. Just an awesome Double IPA. The cans I’ve been having of it I am not loving as much. Tastes very different than I remember, unless my tastes have change. A lot more boozy than I remember.
2. Green Flash Le Freak. I’ve been becoming a huge fan of Green Flash lately. Pretty much everything I’ve had from them has been excellent. First time I had the Le Freak was on cask at Beer Table, probably four or five years ago. It kicked my ass. Very strong, but very delicious. They describe it was a cross between an IPA and a Belgian ale. Sounds about right. This time I had it on tap at my new favorite bar, The Double Windsor.
3. Southern Tier 2XIPA. I have mixed feelings about Southern Tier. I found their IPA boring the one time I had it, and haven’t been thrilled about their heavier IPAs. Their Gemini, however, a blend of two of their heavier IPAs, is one of my absolute favorite beers. Last night was the first time I tried the 2XIPA. It’s very good, but didn’t quite taste like a double IPA. My feelings were justified when I looked at their site and they said just that, sort of in between an IPA and a double IPA. Sounds about right, though I’ve had IPAs stronger than this, at lower ABVs. 2XIPA is 8.2%.
I’m having fun with the badges on Untappd. It’s not that I’m badge chasing, it’s that it’s forcing me to try new beers I haven’t had before. That’s fun.