You don’t see many Triple IPAs… by the time one achieves the powerful flavor and significant ABV of a Double IPA, most brewers are ready to call it a day. But that’s what makes Hop’Solutely by Fegley’s Brew Works so impressive. Hop’Solutely does deliver the complex intense flavor you’d expect from a TIPA, and it still retains a smooth, well-balanced finish. Of course, at 11.5%, this isn’t a session beer.
We think it goes particularly well with our beer-battered Fish ‘n’ Chips. Hop’Solutely is definitely best suited alongside a meal.
Fans of our Mac & Cheese know that we hand-make our Mac & Cheese with craft beer. It’s a little expensive to do it that way, but the added flavor really helps pair the classic American treat with one of our 21 drafts. Now we took it a little further with a Grilled Mac ‘n’ Beer-Cheese sandwich.
We’re currently obsessed with pairing that sandwich with DuClaw’s Dad Bod, which we posted about yesterday. The creamy texture of Mac & Beer Cheese highlights the citrus, juicy notes in Dad Bod. It’s one hell of a combination, and yet another reason to try this DIPA from DuClaw‘s before it runs out.
We heard about DuClaw’s Dad Bod — the IPA, not the physique — back around Father’s Day. It was a very limited release, and mostly available at the brewery itself. The proceeds went to Pints for Prostates; we’ll admit it was the first time we’d heard of that charity, and we were instantly a fan of the name.
We managed to get a keg of it here in beautiful Braddock Heights, MD, and let us assure you… it is delicious. It’s smooth as a baby’s butt and has a beautiful juicy back-end that’s perfect for the hot summer months.
You won’t find this beer around long, so we suggest you get it in to try it quickly.
We just put this on tap. Stone describes their Mocha IPA as “a style-defying Double IPA with Cacao & Coffee.”
Clearly, style lines have been crossed. Is it half-IPA, half-stout? Not quite. It’s definitely all IPA, but it’s also the best of both styles, making this love child of a beer simply just a beautiful, pleasure-seeking meld of imperial IPA and mocha indulgence. How did we come up with this inexplicably delicious creation? Well, that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that it exists and that it’s here for you now, thanks to our deliberate disregard for brewing norms. Some things are not meant to be known, just enjoyed…thoroughly.
I wasn’t sure what to expect. The nose definitely shares that intoxicating coffee/mocha flavor you’d expect from a porter or a stout, but the Mocha IPA drinks shockingly smooth. It’s so smooth that you can’t miss Mocha IPA’s imperial nature… it’s an IPA, but there’s no hop-punch or zinging tang. I’m a little confused why the beer is called Mocha IPA instead of Mocha IIPA or DIPA, especially since we’re talking about 9% ABV. But that hardly matters.
Ultimately, it’s one hell of a beer, probably one of my favorites from Stone. I wonder if we’re missing the right season for the beer — the coffee/chocolate flavor really begs for cooler weather — but you don’t don’t want to miss out on it.