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.

Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 001
India Pale Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing
Paso Robles, CA
ABV: 5.9%

Jon:
4.5
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
18/20
Heavy on the citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors. Just on the edge of too much orangey sweetness, but it's still bright enough to really pop. All sorts of yum.
Mark:
4.2
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
8/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
17/20
Pretty straight forward hoppyness. Mostly citrus (lemon/lime/grapefruit) with a touch of pineapple acidity aftertaste. Not amazingly complex but delicious just the same.
Jere:
3.6
Appearance
3/5
Aroma
7/10
Palate
3/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
16/20
The name makes me think of something different, but I don't know if that's coloring my perception. I'm usually a fan of the brewery too, so perhaps I'm just having an off tasting night.

Pulp Fusion
India Pale Ale
Boulder Beer Company
Boulder, CO
ABV: 6.5%

Jon:
3.6
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
8/10
Overall
14/20
This one is more on the sweet side of citrus, quite tasty all the same. I only wish there were more though: more nose, more hops, more dimension. Great hot weather IPA.
Mark:
3.5
Appearance
4/5
Aroma
5/10
Palate
4/5
Flavor
7/10
Overall
15/20
I've always loved Boulder Beer. Great beer and a great place to hang out if you're ever driving through! This is on the lighter side for an IPA. Crisp and refreshing with a bit of lemony citrus and effervescence on the front end fading quickly to sweet orange. Not a lot of aftertaste. Pretty clean. Nice summer beer.
Jere:
4.8
Appearance
5/5
Aroma
10/10
Palate
5/5
Flavor
9/10
Overall
19/20
Boulder Beer never disappoints, although it seems like they should have come up with this idea a while ago. But better late than never. And I'm impressed with the availability so soon after the launch.

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