Drink This! Big Grove Thunderdome Unfiltered Double IPA

big groveAhhh……it sure is nice to have the Hopocalypse back at Big Grove. A new double IPA released every two weeks, the first one being an unfiltered double with Mosaic and Citra and pairing it with some korean chicken wings? Yes please!

Last Friday Big Grove started this year’s Hopocalypse series and the first release was Thunderdome. Here’s the description of this brew courtesy of Big Grove:

This year’s Hopocalypse series starts with a hazy unfiltered inspired recipe for a big fruit forward Double IPA kickoff. Big pineapple, melon, and mandarin orange flavors, full-bodied mouthfeel with a soft bitterness. Welcome to the Thunderdome.

Featured Malts: Flaked Wheat, Red Wheat, Flaked Oats, & C60
Hops: El Dorado, Mosaic Lupulin, & Citra Lupulin


Huge fruit notes and a very well hidden ABV makes this an extremely drinkable IPA. The hops shine with the perfect balance of bitterness and flavor. The hops used are evident as you get citrus, tropical and melon flavors with just enough malt to round it out. Big Grove nailed this one, and like I said above, pairing it was some spicy Korean chicken was the perfect companion. I would love to see this one stick around for a while but from what I hear it’s going fast on the tap lines! A few select places in CR and IC have had it, but I’m not sure what remains. The Hopocalypse concept is brilliant, new double IPA every two weeks, all of which will be different. I’m particularly stoked to see what they have in mind for the “Futuristic Double IPA”.  If you want to see what Big Grove is releasing next just click here.

With Hopocalypse taking over for the next few weeks and Lion Bridge having Dangler on tap, Eastern Iowa hopheads should be in heaven for while as they support their local breweries! Thunderdome won’t be around long, so Drink This! while you still can!

Big Grove Hopocalypse Returns this Friday 8/25! Thunderdome Unfiltered DIPA 1st of 6 releases!

hopocalypse.jpgIf you’re ready for the Hopocalypse you need to get to Big Grove brewpub this Friday, August 25th in Solon! They will be releasing 6 different beers with this series; one every 2 weeks. The first of the releases is called Thunderdome. Here’s the info on this one:

Thunderdome is an unfiltered double ipa with flaked wheat, flaked oats, and red wheat in the grist. Mosaic, Citra, and El Dorado are the featured hops. It’s very fruit forward with light bitterness. 

The schedule following Thunderdome consists of:

9/8: Fury Road (English style DIPA)
9/22: War Rig (Black DIPA)
10/6: V8 Interceptor (Midwest DIPA)
10/20: Wasteland (New Zealand DIPA)
11/3: Tomorrow-Morrow Land (Futuristic DIPA)

Pretty terrific sounding lineup! Hope to see you at Big Grove!