Big Grove Saturday Morning Drive-Thru: American Wheat w/Pink Guava + Plum Gusher, and Cooler Clean Out!

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Big Grove Brewery will continue their Saturday morning burritos and beers drive-thru and will have a new gusher beer available and also will be cleaning out their cooler with a great deal on some of their drive-thru classic beers! Here’s what’s in store:

BEER RELEASE
*American Wheat w/Pink Guava + Plum Gusher

COOLER CLEAN OUT
*This Saturday from 9-11am we are having a cooler cleanout! Pre-order some of our drive thru classics. We want to say thank you for all of the support you all have shown us during our shut down. To do that, we would like to offer you a free pint token for every $50 spent. For use in the Iowa City and Solon Taprooms. Thank you again, we appreciate you all.

Place your order here!

https://biggrovebrewery.com/product-category/beer/

Abu Nawas drops: Lambics and Evil Twin!

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A nice mix of styles coming from the latest Abu Nawas drop as we will get puckered with some old world lambics but also can grab the latest from Evil Twin! Here we go:

Brouwerij Kerkom

  • Kerkom Reuss 12/750ml – Blend of old Boon Lambic with Belgian Blonde.  6.5% ABV.
  • Kerkom Bink Blond 24/330ml – Delicious and balanced Belgian Blonde. 6.0% ABV.
  • Kerkom Bink Bruin 24/330ml – Mellow dark Belgian. 6.0% ABV
  • Kerkom Bink Bloesem 24/330ml – A unique Belgian Ale brewed with Honey and Pear Syrup. 7.1% ABV.

Brouwerij BOON

  • BOON OUDE GEUZE12/12.7oz (12/375ml). Oude Geuze Boon is one of the finest examples of the traditional 100% spontaneous fermentation Lambic style. To moderate the sourness, Boon Brewery only brews Lambic in the 7 cold months, from early October until April, according to the traditional “turbid mash” system. This Lambic beer is brewed from 40% unmalted wheat, 60% of barley malt, aged hops, and wild yeasts collected from our coolship and is aged for 1, 2 or 3 years in oak casks. The blend, a mild average of 18 months old Lambic (unsweetened, unfiltered, unpasteurized) is refermented in the bottle and can be stored up to 20 years. Brewed in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic its name. Awards at the World Beer Championships: 2008 Gold, 2010 Silver, 2012 Gold Medal. 7% ABV.
  • BOON FRAMBOISE 12/12.7oz (12/375ml). Framboise Boon is a traditional Belgian Lambic fruit-beer. It is brewed according to the traditional Lambic style of spontaneous fermentation. Only fresh raspberries (25%) and wild cherries (5%)are used for this Lambic beer. Framboise Boon is the missing link between beer and wine and is served chilled in flute glasses. NO artificial sweeteners, flavorings, preservatives or coloring agents. Brewed in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic its name. 5% ABV.
  • BOON KRIEK 12/12.7oz (12/375ml). Kriek Boon is a traditional Belgian Lambic fruit-beer. It is brewed according to the traditional Lambic style of spontaneous fermentation. Only fresh cherries (25%) are used. Kriek Boon is slightly sweet, with the surprising natural fragrance of sour cherries and almonds. 4% ABV.
  • Mikkeller / Boon Oude Geuze 12/750 ml – The Mikkeller Oude Gueze lambic is a new unique collaboration between Mikkeller and Boon. Blending lambic from one to three years old, this blend is made in the traditional method of spontaneous fermentation in the Senne valley, Belgium. This special blend has a distinct twist being matured in oak foeders previously used for Calvados. Ideal before a meal or paired with cheese. 6.4% ABV.

EVIL TWIN

  • Evil Twin Even More COCO Jesus 6/4/16oz CAN – Imperial Stout brewed with Maple Syrup and Coconut. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus 6/4/16oz CAN – Jeppe Legendary Imperial Stout. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Brewing I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO MY I-95 6/4/16oz CAN – Hops: Citra, Galaxy, Nelson Double Dry Hopped Triple IPA. 11.3% ABV.
  • Evil Twin I Always Felt Closer to IPAs Than I Did to People 6/4/16oz CAN – Double dry-hopped with tons of tasty Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe and Falconer‘s Flight, Hazy NE-IPA 7.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Everyday, Once A Day IPA 6/4/16oz CAN – Double dry-hopped Imperial IPA brewed with lactose and vanilla beans. 9% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Learn What Is to Be Taken Seriously and Laugh at the Rest 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy NE-IPA. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Mojito 6/4/16oz CAN – Mojito-style Sour DIPA brewed with Lime & Mint. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Negroni 6/4/16oz CAN – Negroni-style Sour IPA brewed with Juniper, Blood Orange, & Rhubarb. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Passionfruit Margarita 6/4/16oz CAN – Margarita-style Sour IPA brewed with Passionfruit, Lime, & Orange Peel. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Tangerine Tonic 6/4/16oz CAN – Gin & Tonic-Inspired Sour DIPA brewed with Tangerine. 8% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Irish-ish Coffee Stout 6/4/16oz CANS – Imperial Stout brewed with Lactose, Demerara Sugar, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Medium Toast Oak Spirals and – of course – a ton of Coffee. 10.3 % ABV.

Lion Bridge releasing “Mallow Gold” BA S’mores Stout + “Me Time” NEIPA next Thursday! (6/18)

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Two new brews coming from Lion Bridge on June 18th and both of these sound like a release you’ll want to plan your day around!

Mallow Gold (9%abv, Barrel-Aged S’mores Stout) – We took bourbon barrel aged stout from our stock that have been aging for over a year, and s’moresified it! Marshmallow, Chocolate, and Graham Cracker meld beautifully in this campfire beer. $17.99 4-pack

Me Time (NEIPA, 7.2%) Heavy on the Citra with a comforting dose of Cashmere hops. It’s ok, have some more Me Time. $12.99 4-pack

Abu Nawas Drops: Grimm, Freethought, Public Access

Another week and another drop of tasty liquids from Abu Nawas distribution. This week, we have beers from Grimm, Freethough, and Public Access! Let’s get to it:

GRIMM

  • Grimm Depth of Field 12/500ml – FLANDERS-INSPIRED DARK SOUR ALE W/ CHERRIES. CRANBERRIES & RASPBERRIES. This Flanders inspired ale is rich and complex without tipping toward heavy. Toasty Vienna and Munich malts build a layered base that provides a sweet warmth that never feels cloying. Dark cherry leads on the nose with quieter notes of leather, tobacco, and oak. A balanced showing of the sweet & tart characteristics from each fruit is found in the flavor — a juicy burst reminiscent of real maraschino cherry, the refreshing pucker tartness, and just-picked sweetness of raspberry, and the tangy punch from the cranberry. 7% ABV.
  • Grimm Double Negative 12/500ml – IMPERIAL STOUT. Double Negative pours jet black with burnt orange highlights. A long-lasting tan head leaves abundant lacing. Aromas bursting from the glass include coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel, black currant and blueberry. Creamy and viscous on the palate, the flavor initially follows the nose. A pop of smooth bitterness comes after, and then a lingering, roasty finish. 10% ABV.
  • Grimm Heliogram 12/500ml – FOEDER-FERMENTED SOUR ALE DRY-HOPPED WITH EL DORADO & NELSON SAUVIN. Heliogram is an easy-drinking, thirst-quenching foeder-fermented dry-hopped sour ale with Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado hops. The aroma is bright but tame–notes of freshly zested grapefruit, lemon verbena, honeydew, orange marmalade, and a touch of cotton candy sweet. A punch of acidity upfront quickly ebbs into gentle flavors of underripe pineapple and mango which is complemented by a pithy bitterness. 5.5% ABV.
  • Grimm I Still Love The Old World 12/500ml – Noble-Hopped Ale w/ Raw Wheat & Brettanomyces. An ode to the brewers and beers that have long inspired the Grimm philosophy. Created in collaboration with the legendary brewer/scholar Yvan De Baets of De La Senne in Brussels, this extra-hoppy old world ale shows off our unique and evolving house ale yeast — serially repitched since Grimm’s opening for favorable genetic drift — in combination with gentle Brettanomyces and noble hops. The result is a thirst-quenching Belgian-style blonde loaded with complex brett-forward fruitiness and a noble hop-driven lingering herbal bitterness. Raw wheat in the grist and a traditional step-mash process provide an elegant malt character to this brewer’s favorite beer. 5.3% ABV.
  • Grimm Patter 12/500ml – This Saison De Coupage — 70% young Saison blended with 30% barrel-aged golden sour — with blackberries and grapefruit zest is a bright and refreshing treat. The Belgian yeast esters are a subtle through line from aroma to flavor — a supporting character to the fruit. Tart and juicy blackberry aromas tickle the nose while the grapefruit comes through more in the flavor with a burst of fresh citrus up front that fades into a zesty bittersweet finish. 6% ABV.
  • Grimm Mango Guava Pop!12/22 oz. Creamsicle-inspired Dessert Berliner with Mango, Guavas, Milk Sugar, and Vanilla. 4.8% ABV.

FREETHOUGHT

  • FREETHOUGHT Good Eye 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour Ale dry-hopped with Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic. Notes of passionfruit, Earl Grey tea, kumquat, pine nut, and lime. 7% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Kismet6/4/16oz CAN – Unfiltered IPA double dry-hopped with Cashmere. Aromas of eucalyptus and root beer. Smooth, rich and full-bodied with flavors of white chocolate, coconut, pawpaw, and mint. 7% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Levitate 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour Ale with Pineapple, Tumeric, Lemongrass, and Makrut Lime. Pours bright ocher. Opens with earthy aromas of turmeric countered by tropical fruit and citrus tones. Lively and delicately tart with notes of makrut lime, yellow curry, and fruit loops. Finishes clean, dry, and crisp. 5% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Lucid 6/4/16oz CAN – Unfiltered IPA double dry-hopped with Amarillo flowers, pellets, and lupulin powder. Crisp and focused with aromas of sliced baguette and basil. Canary melon, sea salt and sassafras arise on the palate. Emphatic carbonation carries a finish reminiscent of Watermelon rind. 6% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Madcap 24/16oz Can – Madcap is a smoky sour ale inspired by campfires, S’Mores + Hot Cocoa with the flavor profile of a mezcal sour cocktail. Brewed with raw wheat, flaked + malted oats, lapsang souchong, cocoa + tamarind. Hopped with noble hops + dry-hopped with Simcoe lupulin powder. 6% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Night Vision 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dark Sour Ale with blood orange and drinking chocolate. Brewed with chocolate malt, raw wheat, flaked and malted oats. Notes of citrus, raspberry, and cocoa. Lush mouthfeel with a bright and dynamic finish. 8% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Open 6/4/16oz CAN – Unfiltered IPA brewed with flaked + malted oats, raw + malted wheat, double dry-hopped with Simcoe flower, pellets + lupulin powder. Bubblegum and subtle watermelon aromas sit on top of a soft, fluffy pour that yields delicate notes of floral honey and beeswax. 6% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Shibumi 6/4/16oz CAN – Experimental Cuvée ale. Blended IPA with Golden Sour Ale, with added organic miso in the whirlpool, fermented on organic sweet cherries and finished with a cool steep of chamomile. It pours a sun-faded rose color, with a light, wispy head. Aromatics of honeyed chamomile + tropical punch. On the palate, miso adds a soft, umami texture to counter cherry popsicle, yellow chartreuse + salted plum. It finishes with layered floral tea notes. 5.5% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Temporal 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour Ale with Plum, Cardamom and Rose Water. Pours an opaque, faded rose. Floral nose complemented by flavors of chai and fermented lime. Finishes tart and dry. 5% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Twenty Twenty6/4/16oz CAN – Unfiltered DIPA dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic. Brewed with Maris Otter, flaked and malted oats, raw and malted wheat. Aromas of citrus, vanilla, guava and coconut followed by hints of chive blossom and mint on the palate. Smooth, creamy, and full-bodied. 8.5% ABV.

PUBLIC ACCESS

  • Public Access Entranced 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour Ale brewed with Passion Fruit & Guava. 5% ABV.
  • Public Access Omniscient Signal 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Galaxy, Citra, and Simcoe. 8% ABV.
  • Public Access Psychic Mirror 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA with Galaxy, Motueka, Citra & Cashmere hops. 8% ABV.
  • Public Access Transitional Nature 6/4/16oz CAN – Imperial Sour Wheat Ale Conditioned With Raspberry and Passionfruit. 10% ABV.
  • Public Access Triumphant Intermission 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped IPA with Citra, El Dorado, and Comet. 7% ABV.

Drink This! Marto Brewing Coco Mo

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I was pretty stoked to see Marto Brewing crowlers make their way from Sioux City over to Eastern Iowa. I’ve been wanting to try these guys for a long time and hopefully within the next few weeks I’ll get to visit the brewery itself.

This beer is reminiscent of SingleSpeed’s Coconut Migration so just like with that one, you have to be a Pina Colada or pineapple/coconut combo fan to dig on this. On the flip side, this is could be a gateway beer for those Pina Colada lovers out there as well. Seeing this in Cedar Rapids goes to show the lengths these Iowa breweries will go and the time/travel/and hard work that they put in to get their beers into our hands.

POUR

Orange/yellow pour. Huge white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of the tropics: coconut/pineapple sweetness. Almost a creamy mouthfeel to this beer. Very enjoyable on this hot and humid early Iowa Summer day!

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TASTE

I pretty much covered this already. It’s a pina colada lovers dream in beer form really. This is your perfect poolside companion except in crowler form!

OVERALL

There’s a time and place for every beer and the time and place for this one is right now. The heat is rolling in, the humidity is making your shirt cling to your sweaty back, it’s time for you to finish mowing your lawn, pulling your weeds, playing whiffle ball with your kids, and grab a chair, plop your sweaty ass down and crack one of these in your driveway and soak the day in! The perfect time to Drink This!

Abu Nawas drops this week: To Øl, Stillwater, Omnipollo, Evil Twin

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A plethora of beers coming to our shelves this week thanks to Abu Nawas! Here’s this weeks drop:

To Øl

  • To Øl Tool Babushka 12/375 ml. Barley Wine aged in Port Barrels with Prunes and Dates. 13.5% ABV.
  • To Øl Tool Black Baal 12/375ml. Black Triple IPA brewed with coffee. Weighing in at a mighty 14% ABV.
  • To Øl tool Black Ball Imperial Porter 24/330ml bottles. Delicious potent Porter with a well-balanced mouthfeel and a healthy dose of Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade Hops. 8% ABV.
  • To Øl tool Black Bauble 24/330 ml. Delicious Black Ales with Cardamom and Orange Peel. 8% ABV.
  • To Øl Brettxit IPA 24/330 ml. Brett IPA with Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin fermented with both British Ale yeast and Brettanomyces. 3.6% ABV
  • To Øl By Udder Means (Milk Stout) 24/330ml bottles. The wonderful Milk Stout from our Danish friends makes a return. 7% ABV.
  • To Øl D’s Nuts 12/375 ml. Rich Oatmeal Stout with Hazelnuts. 12% ABV.
  • To Øl Mine Is Bigger Than Yours 12/375ml. Bigger than your Barley Wine. 12.5% ABV.
  • To Øl Pineapple Express 12/375ml. Stout brewed with Pineapples & Coffee. 10% ABV.
  • To Øl You Shall Nut Pass 24/330 ml. Stout brewed with hazelnuts. Deep complexity and nuttiness from hazelnuts and dark malts. Gandalf Anyone? 7.2% ABV.

 

STILLWATER

  • Stillwater Whipped Nitro Mango IPA 6/4/16oz CAN – Stillwater Artisanal 8.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater Gin Fizz 6/4/16oz CAN – Cocktail Series: A nitro sour ale inspired by Gin Fizz, brewed with orange blossom, juniper berries, lemon, lime, and lactose. 5.5%
  • Stillwater MICRO 6/4/16oz CANS – Citra-focused Pale Ale. 4.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater World Famous Pilsner 6/4/16oz CAN – This one speaks to our Hearts. German-style Pilsner. German malt & hops. The most popular style on earth. 5% ABV.
  • Stillwater / AZ Wilderness Big Bunny is Everything6/4/12oz CAN – Strong Milk Stout collaboration with AZ Wilderness. Big Bunny IS everything. 8.0% ABV.
  • Stillwater On Fleek 6/4/12oz CAN – A 13 percent ABV imperial stout brewed with dark sugars and molasses. 13.0% ABV.
  • Stillwater Double Nothing6/4/16oz CANS – Nitro Doppelbock Style Lager. 8% ABV.
  • Stillwater Double Mocha Affogato Nitro Stout 6/4/16oz CAN – Double mocha affogato stout with cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, coffee & lactose on NITRO! 6.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater Critical Thinking 6/4/16oz CANS – Imperial Stout with tastes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, a hint of vanilla, molasses, a little bit of marshmallow 11% ABV.

OMNIPOLLO

  • Omnipollo Oaxaca 6/4/16oz CANS – Mango Margarita Slush IPA brewed with lactose, mango, lime, grapefruit & vanilla. 6.5% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Bianca Blueberry Maple Pancake Lassi Gose 6/4/16oz CANS – Blueberry maple pancake Lassi Gose ale brewed with blueberries, lactose sugar & maple syrup. 6% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Bianca Lemon Coconut Tart Lassi Gose 6/4/16oz CAN – Lemon Coconut Tart Lassi Gose ale brewed with lemon, coconut & lactose sugar. 6% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Double Raspberry Bianca 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Raspberry Lassi Gose Ale Brewed with 2x Raspberries & Lactose Sugar. 6% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Henosis 6/4/16oz CAN – IPA brewed with Nelson, Sauvin, Citra, Mosaic & Galaxy hops. 7.2% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Zodiak Multiverse 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy Citra Double IPA. 8% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Hypnopompa 6/4/16oz CAN – Imperial Stout brewed with Marshmallow and Madagascan Vanilla Beans. 11% ABV.

EVIL TWIN

  • Evil Twin Kiwi Coconut Fizz 6/4/16oz CAN – Berliner Style Weisse Ale with Kiwi and Coconut. 5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Brewing H is for Hops 6/4/16oz CANS – Dry-hopped Gose-style ale brewed with Salt. 4.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin I Don’t Know How to Put This but This IPA Is Kind of a Big Deal6/4/16oz CANS – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Raw Wildflower Honey. 10% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Learn What Is to Be Taken Seriously and Laugh at the Rest 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy NE-IPA. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Citra Sunshine 6/4/16oz CANS – Citra packed IPA. 4.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Evil Twin Imperial Simcoe Slacker 6/4/16oz CANS – Simcoe packed IPA. 7.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Hot Toddy-ish 6/4/16oz CANS – Blonde barley wine-style ale 10% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Irish-ish Coffee Stout 6/4/16oz CANS – Imperial Stout brewed with Lactose, Demerara Sugar, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Medium Toast Oak Spirals and – of course – a ton of Coffee. 10.3 % ABV.

Weekend Releases: Big Grove + Pulpit Rock – Sours, IPAs, Stouts, + more

The Beer Gods continue to smile upon us even in this trying time as our wonderful brewers, brewery employees continue to get us great beer every damn week! Big Grove has been releasing 4 beers, many of them new, every week for the past how many weeks for their drive thru weekend operation and Pulpit has been pushing at least two releases every Friday! So, what do these breweries have for us this weekend?

PULPIT ROCK

JACUZZI MOVES

This beer has the moves, dancing with 600lbs of fresh strawberries and lemonade mix to give it that refreshing summer taste. Jacuzzi Moves – a strawberry and lemonade mix kettle pastry sour, $6.50/16oz. can, no limits

BLUSTERY

Blueberries, marshmallows, golden sandwich cookies oh my! Who could ask for a better combination? This blueberry sour will blow you away. Blustery is available this Friday. $6.50/16oz.can, no limits

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BIG GROVE

TAILWIND

 The official beer of RAGBRAI is back! This light and crisp golden ale rolls into town with a hot, new look and four new pals.⁣

PEACH MOSH PIT

Gose featuring peaches, apricots, and plums. Sweet, tart, and the perfect patio beer.⁣

ALL NEW EVERYTHING

Hazy double IPA delivers bright, juicy, and fruity greatness by way of the all-new experimental cryo hop blend and pilsner malt. Get ready… this one shines!⁣

BOSTON CREAM PIE

Is a pie that’s actually a cake that’s actually a beer! Chocolate, vanilla, and lactose come together for decadent dessert in a can.⁣

TROPICAL FREAK OUT

Is our latest Gusher. Highlighted by a Snowbird sour ale base, we added heaps of pineapple and tangerine to take you straight to the tropical paradise of your dreams.

If you have a release coming up and would like me to post just shoot me an email! Cheers everyone!

Drink This! Reunion DDH Dr. Dank!

Another first time to can release (I think anyway) of a wonderful Iowa brewed IPA is double dry hopped Dr. Dank from Reunion brewery in Coralville. Reunion has been very strong in their pale ale/IPA game as their Juice Factory and Tank Puncher grace our shelves and our beer fridges regularly. Yes, it is available in cans right now but….if you go to my favorite place in the area to have a beer, Mr. Jeremy Freerks has a keg he is going to tap at Club 76 in North Libery, so you can fill a growler with this goodness…so stay tuned for that tapping! TBA!

I remember the first time I had Dr. Dank on tap and it was at Need Pizza in downtown CR and thought to myself, if they can this beer up I’d be all over it….well, here we are! Another example of our amazing Iowa breweries continuing to meet the need of the beer drinkers during this pandemic. Let’s get to the details of this beer courtesy of Reunion before we delve too deep:

It’s madness!!! He can’t be serious?!?! Sheer lunacy! He’ll destroy us all!!! Double dry hopped with Columbus, Citra and Mosaic, DDH Dr. Dank reeks of dank resiny goodness and heady, musky, tropical, juicy fruit. Oh, the humanity!!!

POUR
Clean pour, no floaties, dark yellow with some orange hue. Nice thin head and as your pouring you get the waft of the hops. Citrus and resin galore! Just what your looking for in this beer.

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TASTE
With the haze craze upon us, which I do enjoy, I love the bitterness that comes with this beer. Yes, you get the fruit and you get the dank, but the wonderful old school IPA bitterness also shines. The combo is terrific and makes 7.5% ABV beer seem like you need another…and then maybe 1 more…

OVERALL
Reunion had me sold with Tank Puncher and now Dr. Dank has me ready to head back to the store for a few more 4 packs, unless they are already sold out. If you are a hop head and like the dank stickiness that Mosaic and Citra bring and mix that with the resinous from Columbus than you need to Drink This!