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Love beer? Me too.

A friend from MillerCoors asked if I would be interested in tasting a few beers - seeing that beer makes an appearance in more than a few of my photos. Of course I am interested. While the selection included an amazing array of beer types, I decided to kick off the sampling session with my favorite, IPA.

St. Louis Beer Review
St. Louis Beer Review
St. Louis Beer Review
St. Louis Beer Review

What better way to sample beer than to invite a few friends to join? Some of our nearest and dearest buds came over to

meet our new puppy Sofie

and taste brews with us.

St. Louis Beer Review
St. Louis Beer Review
St. Louis Beer Review leinenkugel
St. Louis Beer Review leinenkugel

I know you're curious... so I'll cut to the chase.

An avid IPA drinker, I was surprised by some, impressed by a couple and let down by none.

leinenkugel's newest beer
leinenkugel's newest beer

THE BEER.

  1. Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Imperial IPA: This beer stole the show, although unexpectedly. Sweeter than your average IPA at first scent, I though it would be too malty for my taste. The truer attribute of hops showed up later in the first sip and balanced out the sweetness. Not overly hoppy - not overly anything. Just a good beer you can drink all night.
  2. Henry Weinhard's Woodland Pass IPA: The next time I do any day drinking, I'll be sure to ask the bartender if this brew made the list. Light - very light for an IPA - with a hint of citrus and a slightly caramel malt, Woodland Pass is perfect for a Summer day. High drinkability.
  3. Worthington's White Shield IPA: Definitely not an American IPA, which explains a lot of the characteristics I'm not used to (Funny, because in some of the reviews you can tell who is used to a good American IPA). True to its heritage, this is lighter than the IPAs I usually drink, almost like a hoppy white ale. Bitter for an English IPA, but light on hops for an American. It's extremely drinkable and full bodied. I would drink again.
  4. Leinenkugel's Hoppin' Helles: Hoppin' Helles is actually a lager due out in September. Its hoppy nature landed it in the IPA category (but really I just wanted to try it). Kind of like a Peroni, but with a Leinenkugel twist. The hops balance out the sweetness for which Leinenkugel is known, and the slight bitterness perfects.

MY FAVORITE?

leinenkugel's big eddy ipa review
leinenkugel's big eddy ipa review

Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Imperial IPA gets my vote. Are you a beer person? Lend your thoughts on the brews I sampled in the comments below! What's your favorite IPA?

Thanks again to Brian Nale for inviting me to try these great beers! I can't wait to post on the lagers. Stay tuned, all.