This week I'm blogging live from Jupiter in Berkeley, California. We're on our way up to Oregon for Thanksgiving and decided to stop, see some family and friends, and catch a Warriors game. Very excited to hit up some Caldera, Ninkasi and other great local Oregon brews, but the Bay has its own fantastic brewing legacy. Unfortunately, there's no time to head over the bridge into the city to try some of the great bars like Toranado over there, but trying to make the best of our time.
I've been to Jupiter before, and as I've stated before, I have a real weakness for pizza and beer, still not sure why there's no place in LA, but hopefully someone will read this and fix that. Jupiter selection is nothing to go wild about, but their house brews are all brewed by Drake's, which has been churning out some fantastic brews of late. The 1500 in my opinion is one of the finest Pale's you can buy. Today I decided to have the Denogginizer, a seriously hopped up double that I meant to review last month, but ended up just drinking it instead.
The color is a pretty deep orange, almost approaching an amber. I'm having a little bit of allergies after a long walk, so my nose isn't as sharp as usual, but the aroma is a light lemony/citrus hops with a sweet backbone. Last time I had this I remember the aroma being much more in your face with serious dry hop flavors, so perhaps this keg has been sitting around. The taste opens a mouthful of grains, maybe carafa, certainly on the darker side for an IPA, but just enough lightness to distinguish it from an Amber. As it opens up a huge wheelbarrow of apples gets dumped on your tongue, almost to the point that you start thinking about cider. However, before the double heads down a truly tragic path, it's rescued by a strong swing of beta hop acids that lend dark bitters and hints of black pepper. The body is smooth but with substance, perhaps the most attractive quality of this beer.
It's a well rounded double, which is what you look for in this style, and the reliance on beta acids and apples reminds me a lot of Avery's Maharaja, which is an excellent beer. I only wish this would push a little harder in the hops department, balancing those strong low end acids with some brighter high acids. Considering how hopped up their 1500 is, you would think their double would knock your socks off. Socks are still on, but still enjoying the hell out of this beer.