Friday, January 16, 2009

The Best Hoppy Beer From The East Coast

So good, so fresh, so much pine. This is a great beer. They call it an imperial amber ale but thankfully they don't overload it with malt. The hops shine perfectly in this.

6 comments:

Brian P said...

I could easily drink Nugget all night and at some point probably will. Once I get my hands on Hop Slam I'll put it up against Nugget in a tasting. Either one could be considered the best hoppy beer from the East.

Steve said...

Oh yeah HopSlam is Goooood. So is Two Hearted. I wasn't really thinking about those as East Coast though.

Nugget did seem quite average after consuming some O'Brien's IPA, Sculpin IPA and Pliny though.

stagalicious said...

Different beers, though. The amber personality the NN has makes it unique, IMO.

I picked up a case of super fresh HopSlam and after three, my tongue had enough. I was going to rate it higher than PtE, but decided Pliny is still king of the IIPAs in my house.

stagalicious said...

OK... I've had two fresh bottles of NN so far. What are we thinking? My only experience prior to this was an 8-month old bottle I got in a BIF last year.

This batch is only 3 weeks old and tastes much better. I have to remind myself that this is an amber and not an IPA, even though there is a considerable amount of hops here. Easily the best in the style I've ever had... but I'd MUCH rather enjoy an IPA any day of the week.

Steve said...

Yeah it doesn't come close to a Pure Hoppiness, Pliny, or even Blind Pig or Stone IPA for instance. But as a fresh east coast beer it's pretty good. I found last year's to be hoppier on the nose, but this one still has a nice hop flavor and resin to it.

matt said...

The only thing I have found remotely close to Pure Hoppiness, Exponential Hoppines, Hop Rod, Pliny elder or younger....is Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA.