HIGHLIGHT: Fat Head’s/MadTree – Lupulin Effect Imperial IPA

Written by Dean Zarbaugh

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MadTree/Fat Head’s – Lupulin Effect Imperial IPA

This hop-forward imperial IPA is a collaboration between Fat Head’s Brewery in Middleburg Heights and Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewing. It sports an 8.1% ABV and 85 IBUs. Lupulin Effect is everything you’d expect from these two breweries joining forces; hoppy, juicy, and full of flavor. It has a slight sweetness to it and packs a deliciously bitter finish. Crisp and clean. An easy drinker for an 8.1% ABV. Excellent imperial IPA.

RATING
4.5/5

HIGHLIGHT: Sibling Revelry Barrel Aged 2XRED

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Written by Dean Zarbaugh

Sibling Revelry – Barrel Aged 2XRED

This was a special bottle release earlier this year for Sibling Revelry’s Two Year Anniversary. I was fortunate enough to attend and pick up a couple bottles. This was bottle number 28. Bourbon barrel aged beers can scare some people off, but this beer was well balanced in its flavor. Some barrel aged beers tend to overdo it with the bourbon, but Sibling’s barrel aged 2XRED keeps things in check with a nice hop bite, and a rich malt flavor. I’ll be sitting on my other bottle for a while to see how it ages.

RATING
4.5/5

HIGHLIGHT: Masthead Brewing Company – Brute Force Double IPA

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Written by Dean Zarbaugh

Masthead Brewing Company – Brute Force Double IPA

This double IPA is incredibly smooth, and full of flavor, with notes of floral and citrus on the nose. Upon your first sip, your tastebuds are met with a burst of citrus flavor that continues throughout and finishes slightly bitter with notes of resin.  Brute Force is 8.7% ABV with 90 IBU’s.

RATING
4.75/5

HIGHLIGHT: Rhinegeist – Saber Tooth Tiger

Written By Dean Zarbaugh

Rhinegeist – Saber Tooth Tiger Imperial IPA

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I thought I had missed my chance to try this beast. I’m glad I found a 4-pack. This is one of the smoothest imperial IPAs I’ve ever tasted. It’s packing 8.5% ABV, 95 IBUs and is bursting with tropical citrus hop flavor with a slight sweetness and notes of pineapple, mango, peach and papaya. It finishes slightly dry with a nice citrus bitterness rounding everything out. It might be a hunt, but if you can find Saber Tooth Tiger, it’s a must try.

RATING
4.75/5

 

 

HIGHLIGHT: Columbus Brewing Co. – Uncle Rusty

Written By Dean Zarbaugh

Columbus Brewing Company – Uncle Rusty Imperial Red Ale

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This is a full-bodied red ale. Uncle Rusty packs a hefty 9.3% ABV and 90 IBUs. Despite the high alcohol content, Uncle Rusty is a smooth red ale, with nice balance of malt and hops. The hops hit you first, with the malt coming in at the end. The malt gives it notes of toasted bread and a touch of sweetness to compliment the hoppiness. This is every red ale lover’s dream.

RATING
4.75/5

REVIEW: Masthead – Extra! Extra!

Written By Dean Zarbaugh

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Masthead Brewing Company – Extra! Extra! Double NEIPA. I stumbled across my last can of this special edition double New England IPA from Masthead’s last canning release. Bursting with tropical citrus hoppiness, with notes of mango, guava, pineapple and melon, and finishing delightfully smooth. At 8% it can sneak up on you a bit too. You wouldn’t know the ABV is as high as it is just from the taste. It’s deceptively smooth. This was my absolute favorite out of the two releases; Extra! Extra! and Shoot from the Hip. Both are excellent beers, but I think I liked the Extra! Extra! a bit more. If you can find this on draft still, I highly recommend trying it. Masthead knocks it out of the park with their beers, especially NEIPAs.

RATING
4.75/5

Pub Talk: April 12th Edition

Written by Dean Zarbaugh

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I’m currently enjoying a Rhinegeist Knowledge as I type this. Damn, I love this beer. If you like imperial IPA’s, this is a must have.

Things have been pretty busy at Taproom Studios lately. Last week, I traveled up to Port Clinton, Ohio to conduct some interviews with Lou, Matt and Mike at Catawba Island Brewing Company that will be airing in May. The guys were awesome. We talked about four excellent beers and I learned a lot from them.  The Catawba Island taproom is beautiful. You can see where the beer you’re drinking is made, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. I can’t recommend getting up there and checking it out enough. Their beer menu is on point! They offer a wide range of styles, and each of them is as good or better than the last. I recommend the Seiche, personally. Thank you to Lou, Mike and Matt for allowing me to come to the taproom and to check things out. I’ll be hosting a meet and drink at the taproom during the month of June. I hope you’ll join me.

I have also heard back from a couple breweries interested in being featured on the show. I can’t wait to share which ones! Check back soon for updates. In the meantime, thank you to all the listeners who helped make the first two Railroad Brewing Company episodes (which you can listen to here & here respectively) two of the highest rated episodes of The Taproom Exclusive! I’m editing the last two RBC episodes that will be airing throughout April, and writing my script out for this week’s Tasting Glass news segment. I will be hosting a meet and drink at Railroad next week. I will have information on my Facebook page later this week. I hope to see you there.

In other news, you can subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play Music, Blubrry, Stitcher, and hopefully soon; Spotify. If I’m not currently on your podcast listening app of choice, please let me know and I’ll work on getting it on there.

That’s it for now. Be sure to tune in on Tuesday for the third installment of our Railroad Brewing Company feature!

 

 

 

REVIEW: Saucy Brew Works – Love You, Bye

Written by Dean Zarbaugh

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Saucy Brew Works – Love You, Bye. This hazy imperial IPA is bursting with tropical citrus flavor; mango, guava, and pineapple. It finishes with a pungent bitterness that leaves you wanting more. It clocks in at 8% ABV, but you wouldn’t know it from tasting it. Love You, Bye will definitely sneak up on ya if you aren’t careful. This is a limited release from the Cleveland based Saucy, and the first in their new “Hazy Series” so if you’re lucky enough to find a 4-pack, don’t pass it by! I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

RATING
4/5

REVIEW: Jackie O’s – Who Cooks For You

Written by Dean Zarbaugh

 

Jackie O’s – Who Cooks For You New England Pale Ale. Smooth and light but packed full of tropical citrus flavor. Finishes with a crisp bitterness. WCFY is a crushable New England Pale Ale with 5.5% ABV, making this a great beer for spring. The can design is beautiful, and compliments their usual black artwork well. Get yours before they disappear in June!

RATING
4.5/5

 

And if you’re interested in hearing my feature on Jackie O’s, please follow the links below.

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