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Quick Pour: Lickinghole Creek Nuclear Nugget

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Producer: Lickinghole Creek Brewery; Goochland, VA Style: Imperial IPA Price Range: $15 / bottle (25.4 oz) ABV: 10.5% Appearance: Deep golden, foamy white head Aroma: Pine, earthy, honey, citrus Virginia Pour House Review: Lickinghole Creek Brewery in southern Virginia releases a hop bomb every summer called Nuclear Nugget. I picked up a bottle at my local beer shop a couple weeks back and thought it would be perfect to drink this beast on National IPA Day. This thing checks in at a hefty 10.5% and 105 IBU, and is brewed with tons of Centennial and Nugget hops, along with local clover honey to attempt to take the bite off the hops a bit. The beer pours a deep golden color with a healthy, foamy, white head. The aroma is earthy and piney, with a hint of sweetness from the honey. The big earthy notes of the Nugget hops burst forth immediately upon ...

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Sierra Nevada: An East Coast Compound with a NorCal Feel


Sierra Nevada officially opened the doors to its North Carolina brewery/restaurant/bar in March of 2015 after a phased approach starting last summer. While I’m not the biggest fan of their beers overall, I still thought I had to visit while I was in the Asheville area. I made the long trek from the cabin outside of Canton through Asheville to Fletcher, about an hour drive. I have to admit that I was under the impression that the brewery was closer to Asheville proper, but it actually lies about 17 miles south of the city, which is about a half hour drive. As we pulled through the gate, I quickly realized why it was located so far from the city. It seems to be by design. After winding through a half mile of forest and over a small stone bridge, we pulled up to the parking lot, which was appointed with ...

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Quick Pour: Adroit Theory Don’t Believe the Hype (Ghost 241)

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Producer: Adroit Theory Brewing Company; Purcellville, VA Style: IPA/Double IPA Price Range: $12.99 / bottle (12.7 oz) ABV: 10.6% Appearance: Aroma: Virginia Pour House Review: The other Adroit Theory beer I picked up at Crafted is a new one that even the owner of the store hadn’t had a chance to try yet. This is bottle #110 out of 450, so I’m guessing this particular batch is pretty limited. It pours a deep amber with red and orange hues and very little head. The aroma is sweet and malty, with hints of maple syrup and earthy notes. The first sip is heavy and malty, with a big boozy middle and finish. The hop character is pretty well balanced with the malt, but the malt backbone is huge on this beer. It’s almost a cross between an IPA and a barleywine. The beer coats the palate with sweet syrupy notes and ...

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Quick Pour: Adroit Theory Angel’s Trumpet (Ghost 164)

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Producer: Adroit Theory Brewing Company; Purcellville, VA Style: IPA w/ mangos Price Range: $14.99 / bottle (12.7 oz) ABV: 7.0% Appearance: Pale cloudy straw, small foamy white head Aroma: Grass, straw, hint of mango Virginia Pour House Review: I stopped in at a craft beer store down in Haymarket, VA called Crafted to pick up some beer for my trip to Asheville, NC. The owner told me they had been open for about a year and a half but I just recently found out about them from a neighbor. It’s a cool little store and they had a great selection of hard-to-find beers. While I was there, I picked up a couple beers from Adroit Theory, including Angel’s Trumpet. This is a beer that I have been coveting for a while now so of course I was excited to finally try it. It pours a hazy pale straw color with ...

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Quick Pour: Lost Rhino My Imaginary Girlfriend (MIG)

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Producer: Lost Rhino; Ashburn, VA Style: India Pale Ale Price Range: $8-10 / bottle (22 oz) ABV: 6.1% Appearance: Cloudy straw color, small foamy white head Aroma: Grass, straw, orange, grapefruit, mango Virginia Pour House Review: Lost Rhino recently released this year’s batch of My Imaginary Girlfriend, or MIG for short. The beer pours a cloudy straw color with a small foamy white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma contains hints of citrus in the form of orange, grapefruit, and maybe mango. There is also an earthiness with some grass and straw coming through. The citrus notes pop out right at the beginning of the first sip but there is an earthy middle and finish, with a lingering bitterness. I love this beer because it presents a perfect balance of hops with a strong malt backbone while remaining pretty light at 6.1%. Lost Rhino makes some great seasonal IPA’s and ...

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