Stone Enjoy By 04.20.22 Hazy IPA

The 2022 version of Stone’s 4/20 Enjoy By IPA

Stone has many different kinds of Enjoy By beers, but the “4/20” is the flagship of the line.

ABV: 9% | Hops: They are not saying | 12oz cans

Bought At: Madera Ranchos Market. $12 for the six-pack.

Was it any good this year? Well, yes.

Session: Drank two during game two of Phoenix Suns playoff game against New Orleans. Drank a third after the Suns lost.

Did I catch a buzz? Not really. I may have paced them out too far apart.

I didn’t mean to but it turns out I had it during its final hours of freshness:

Stone Brewing’s “Enjoy By” clock

Still , even in its final moments, it tasted fresh enough – but I guess that’s the purpose of the whole Enjoy By line of beers, ain’t it?

Oh and, I like the can art this year – I am built in to like it as it’s an old Oakland A’s color scheme, but still cool.

It says it’s a hazy IPA but in this modern era of hazy beer, I get no hazy thoughts about this beer. It’s more like an old-school WCIPA.

Albeit a little bit on the sweet and malty side, I am giving this year’s Enjoy By 4/20 a thumbs up. I’ll try to remember it for a more accurate comparison when next year’s comes around.

🍻✌️🤘

I Had A “Cold IPA“ And…

Cold IPA colab beer “Acapulco Cold” from Alvarado Street and Figueroa Mountion Brewing

Last week I made fun of Beer Cruncher seemingly being the only one out there trying to make “Cold IPAs” happen. Then I ran across my first one in the wild.

A colab between Central California’s Alvarado Street and Figueroa Mountain Brewing called “Acapulco Cold”.

It is actually pretty good. I enjoyed it.

If I am to use this one example of the style, I do think there is a slight difference between this beer and an India Pale Lager style beer. Small, but there. The Lager side is very hidden, but still present.

Good if I don’t want the Lager feel, bad if I do.

Is it enough of a difference to give it its own style name like Cold IPA? Well, if I didn’t care about the marketing side I would say this is a sub-genre of IPL – definitely in the IPL family but enough of a difference to acknowledge it.

You can’t blame them for trying to attach it to the Ale side instead of the Lager side, but they are cheating a bit.

Hey, this particular CIPA is a nice beer. If they want to keep trying to make this style work, go for it – I definitely recommend trying one out if you see one, especially if you’re into a hoppy Lager. Honestly, I would have rather had this beer with Ale yeast though. 🤷🏼

I Got Through It: ‘Brutal Noodle’ Fruited West Coast IPA

I did not think it was going to go down like this. It’s red.

When I saw “fruited” West Coast IPA, my mind went to tropical; orange and pineapple. Turns out it’s cranberry and orange.

I am not too big into cranberry in beer. So it was a shock. Not expecting a beer billed as a West Coast to be like that. Not here to say it’s wrong to bring WC into it, just here to say it’s weird, dude.

But hey, I got through it. Not mad. Maybe even glad, as I would have never tried if if I had known about the berry action, so I guess I am expanding my palate and junk.

That said, I am making sure my next beer is not red.

Hello Friend, Glad You’re Brewing

Hello Friend beers

I went to my neighborhood bottleshop today and noticed some new beers from a brewery I had never heard of called Hello Friend.

Normally I am too tight with my beer budget to risk trying something from new breweries, but today I had some rare cash to take chances with.

I look for beers with Mosaic hops first off and this brewery had several with Mosaic – if you’re a brewery that uses a lot of Mosaic you are already pulling me in, brother.

Over the past few days I have had four of their beers. One I forgot 🤷🏻‍♂️, but the other three were:

  • I’ll At Ease.
  • Nothing’s Never Forever.
  • Till I Crumble.

If I had to choose my favorite of the four three… Till I Crumble. But they are all nice beers.

Come to find out this is a brewery operating out of Berkeley’s the Rare Barrel. They are on the property but have their own “area” I suppose.

I think it’s a good idea to make a separate brewery in your own brewery, if you want to make a different style beer with its own marketing.

If you are interested and in California, you can get their beer here.

Ambiant Review: Tioga Sequoia “Bridalveil Lager”

The beer subject: Bridalveil Lager

I am not okay with giving straight reviews of beers. Either reviewing beer bores me or I simply suck at it, or both.

So this is the closest I can come to a beer review. In the roughly 20 minutes it took to drink this, these are some thoughts and things.

BEER DETAILS:

  • Name: Bridalveil Lager.
  • Brewer: Tioga Sequoia (Fresno,CA).
  • Style: American Lager.
  • ABV: 4.5%

THOUGHTS & SETTING:

  • 3:50PM. Fresno. On my patio at a table in my backyard. 94 degrees.
  • Music: “Citizen Erased” by Muse plays in the background.
  • Woah. This beer is easy to drink – I mean that in a good way.
  • I wonder how many people know that Bridalveil Falls is in Yosemite – that can be a very dangerous hike up that trail, super slick.
  • Oh hey, a little breeze. Maybe a 10mph gust.
  • Is Muse an underrated band or are they rated properly and I just haven’t paid attention?
  • Someone odd parked across the street. [inspects]. It appears to be someone looking at the house to rent it.
  • A neighbor with their patio on the other side of the fence from my patio, has come outside. She is arguing with her boyfriend whom is still inside. She is yelling back at him things, I can’t help but overhear. The fight seems to be about a friend of his who is a woman and he was defending her. My neighbor is not okay with the amount of positive talking he is doing about this friend.
  • This is a solid Lager. As crisp as the sky is blue right now.

Thanks for coming to my first Ambient Review of a beer. Here is some Muse for you: