Now Drinking – Getting hopped up for the Holidays

The awaited triumphant (so says me) return of Now Drinking featuring a Holiday extravagant selection of good, better, best IPAs.

Abita Jockamo IPA
This Abita IPA has been in and out of my rotation all year. It is a nice IPA, featuring a 6.5% ABV, and it is just under $9 for a six pack, which makes it a decent offering for an everyday IPA. Is this the perfect IPA? Not really, which is the reason it is not a mainstay in my rotation, but it does make the occasional appearance. Beer and Cigars gives this IPA an R+; not sure WTF that means, so let’s call it good, just not a true classic.

Lagunitas Maximus IPA
I am always on the lookout for different IPAs; call it a slutty little guilty pleasure. I enjoy traditional India Pale Ale, and Lagunitas Maximus IPA is a nice little addition to my rotation. At 7.2% ABV, it is probably a little intense for a tailgate, and the price, $11 for a six pack, makes it a little high for a mainstay in my rotation. Call me a cheap ass beer drinker. Sometimes you have to pay for quality, but I tend to say around under the $8.99 mark for my drinking pleasures.

I think Liquid Diets sums this IPA up best:

Overall, this is a pretty enjoyable beer, but it didn’t blow me away. I have had some other IPA’s this summer (Caldera, Torpedo, Anderson Valley) that I have liked quite a bit more, but it’s a solid contender and for hops lovers, the bitterness does build about 50% through the glass, but there’s nothing separating this from leagues of other good IPA’s out there.

I’ll call Maximus IPA better than average, but there are other IPAs that I will probably reach for first.

Dogfish 90 Minute Imperial IPA
Saving the best for last, 90 Minute IPA is something of a treat; dare I say delicious on the taste buds, and it damn well better be for something around a Hamilton for a four pack. No matter, I think Courtney paints a pretty picture, and we all know the ‘Bin loves some green!

A bottle of 90 Minute IPA offers up a relaxing 9% ABV, which is absolutely perfect for a nightcap on a cold winter night. This has to be my current favorite non-tailgating, non-everyday IPA. Top shelf beer? You betcha!


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