Hop Rising
Double India Pale Ale
Squatters Craft Beers
Salt Lake City, UT
ABV: 9%

Jon:
4.7
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
10/10
Overall
19/20
Really good double. Not too heavy or malty, but not wussy either. Nice bite on the finish. Cold weather is here, so we must drink strong beer!
Mark:
4.4
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
18/20
Citrus and spice! Quite bitter with lemon and white grapefruit notes at first finishing with herbal, floral and a little peppery spice kick. Very nice.
Jere:
2.9
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
5/10
Overall
13/20
Heavy duty is the phrase that comes to mind for this one. The double part is certainly accurate. The bitterness factor also seems to increase the further down I get, so if there was another available, I'd probably decline.

Oculto
American Lager
Broken Barrel Brewing Co. (Anheuser-Busch InBev)
St. Louis, MO
ABV: 6%

Jon:
1.1
Appearance
1/5
Aroma
3/10
Palate
2/5
Flavor
1/10
Overall
4/20
It's Budweiser with agave and fake lime. I fell for the cool packaging.
Mark:
1.1
Appearance
2/5
Aroma
2/10
Palate
1/5
Flavor
2/10
Overall
4/20
I do slightly taste the tequila barrel residue but it seems to overpowered by some sort of agave sweetener. Kind of tastes like mexican beer that someone dropped a SweeTart in. I think I'd like it a little better without the sugary kick.
Jere:
3.0
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
13/20
Not that Bud with lime is necessarily a bad thing, but I can see where this could be written off as that. If Budweiser made a 6.0% beer.

Mocha IPA
India Pale Ale
Stone Brewing
Escondido, CA
ABV: 9%

Jon:
4.3
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
Sudsy, stout-like head. Sweet, chocolatey, stout-like flavor. Plus hops! I like it but beers like this make categorization hard/pointless. Hoppy Milk Stout, this is. Still solid.
Mark:
2.9
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
2/5
Flavor
5/10
Overall
12/20
This beer is freaking me out...Chocolate ice cream ipa float? Interesting flavor profile but the milk chocolate sweetness comes through a little too much for me. I do like the bitter baker's chocolate and hops that come through along with the little bit of coffee I taste. The coffee is more noticeable in the aroma than the taste. Overall, worth a try just for the weirdness of it.
Jere:
4.0:
Appearance
2/5
Aroma
9/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
16/20
The color makes it seems like it will taste differently than it does, but it's a pleasant surprise. The combination of flavors works, and the multiple disparate ingredients may explain the nine percent. Being a fan of dark chocolate also helps.

Electric Peel
India Pale Ale
Magic Hat Brewing Company
South Burlington, VT
ABV: 6.2%

Jon:
3.5
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
6/10
Overall
14/20
Most fruit IPAs use the fruit as a counterpoint to the bitterness, this one adds to it. My tongue is feeling a tad scratchy already, but this is pretty tasty. Good base brew, I'd be interested to taste it with other ingredients in place of the grapefruit peel.
Mark:
3.9
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
I like this one. Not crazy complex but pretty tasty. LOTS of grapefruit! Mineral carbonation with pink grapefruit and a little herbal lemon at the front fading to white grapefruit with bitter peel coming through in the aftertaste.
Jere:
3.4
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
15/20
Mmmmm, grapefruit... Couldn't remember if we'd done a Magic Hat before, but this one is a nice representation, based on other selections I've tried. It's also apropos that we're continuing the fruit theme, although I'm not sure where to go after this. I'm sure we'll find something.

Modus Mandarina
India Pale Ale
SKA Brewing
Durango, CO
ABV: 6.8%

Jon:
4.3
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
10/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
16/20
Woah, heavy duty. Many of the fruit IPAs we've been trying have been light and easy, but this one has more of a double IPA body and weight. It smells like an orangey strong ale fest.
Mark:
4.0
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
16/20
Wow! Really different. Even the color is orange. I really taste the orange peels in this. Sour orange at first, then a hit of sweet citrus fading to bitter, burnt orange.
Jere:
4.0
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
6/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
It's like orange soda, but the beer version! The color is actually a little deceptive, as it probably influences my tasting experience. We've sampled this brewery before, and the quality level holds up.

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