Fegley’s Brew Works – Hop’solutely
As Rodney Dangerfield would say, this beer gets no respect. It’s rated something in the mid 80s on Beer Advocate (and conversely it gets some ridiculous 96 on Rate Beer). This falls someone in the 89-91 range for me.
This was the first big DIPA I ever had so there’s definitely some nostalgia mixed in there with the rating. This was a time when I was just coming off my Russian Imperial Stout obsession so this was a huge change in pace. Ton of sweetness (honey), pine, maybe some grapefruit. Caramel as it first hits your tongue that fades into bitterness and a little hint of the 11.5% ABV in the end.
Overall a very good DIPA from a brewery that’s well worth the stop if you’re passing through that part of Pennsylvania (which we were when we went to go visit/pick up Kuma). I still have a couple of bottles from that trip that I’ve been waiting to crack open: An Insidious, and a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Insidious. (These are other beers that have wack-job ratings between BA & RateBeer. 82-84 at BA and 96-98 on RB. C’mooonnn.)
I’m taking the rest of the weekend off. Happy Memorial Day, folks!