jordan’s top 5

This year was a great year for craft beer overall, but some brews are real standouts and deserve special recognition. Here are my Top 5 Beer Picks for the 2012

Flat 12 Half Cycle IPAFlat 12 does an American style IPA with the same IBU rating as a double IPA, but with a potency of a single.  Flat 12 has not only blown me away as a brewery, but their Half Cycle IPA is one of the best IPA’s to hit the market this year. It’s a single IPA, hopped like a double, with an over-the-top hop character that’s a bit  spicy, citrusy, piney. Light in color, but not on flavor, this big boy is dry hopped with a pound of high alpha  American hops in every barrel.

B.O.R.I.S The CrusherTalk about a huge stout that has everything from those big chocolate and coffee notes down to the subtle oatmeal. Boris stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout and it will crush you like no other stout! Named for its intensely deep roasted and full bodied flavor and extreme weight of barley used to  make it, Boris The Crusher will crush your taste buds.

Boulevard Sixth GlassMy favorite Belgian Quad is the Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Company.  This is a symphony of flavors that most anyone can appreciate and enjoy. This quadrupel ale is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied with a deceptive sweetness.

New Albanian JaxonJaxon is an amazingly underrated barley wine from New Albanian Brewing Company.  It has sweet malts with a complex mild hop flavor that makes this barley wine a treat not only for the colder months, but year round.  Malty and slightly sweet. This is one of the most underrated Indiana barley wines to be found.

Goose Island Pepe NeroGoose Islands Pepe Nero is my favorite from their line of Belgian ales; it is aged with peppercorns to give it a twist at the end with some mild spiciness to tickle the back of your throat and keeps you coming back for more. With an aroma of roasted chestnuts and a mysteriously dark, mahogany hue, Pepe Nero is a farmhouse ale brewed with black peppercorns. The roasty sweetness melds into a lingering, earthy, black pepper finish that is ideal for pairing with grilled meats and roasted vegetables.

 

Jordan

About Jordan

Born and raised here in Carmel, Indiana, I am finishing up my degree in Natural Resources. I began my beer career drinking big-name brands but soon realized that this was not the life for me. I moved onto American craft brews finding a love for hops and anything hoppy. I have since progressed into not only IPAs and double (imperial) IPAs but have found a love for barley wines, stouts (all styles), and Belgians. Although I have tried just about every popular style at least once, I am looking forward to discovering all the styles of beer this world has to offer. I’m interested in hearing what you like to drink and learning a thing or two from you as well. I’d also like to help you delve deeper into the ever-growing world of beer and perhaps discover a new style to try. So the next time you are driving by, stop in and say “Hi” over a beer then let’s find a new brew or an old-time favorite for you to enjoy.
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