Hop Butcher (2019)

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  1. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Aspirant (266) Dec 24, 2011 Illinois
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    I thought about picking up Galaxy Bowl Riff even though I'm not a big IPA fan and then I was like, wait, would I buy this if it didn't have Galaxy Bowl in the name? So I passed.

    Milkshake IPAs... I am just over them.
     
  2. Chris_H_2

    Chris_H_2 Zealot (531) Jan 3, 2013 Illinois
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    Watch HB put out a west coast IPA w/out lactose as one of their next offerings.
     
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  3. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Aspirant (266) Dec 24, 2011 Illinois
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    The west coat one they did a couple months back was great.

    I wish HB did more non-hazy IPAs because they generally make really good beers.
     
  4. weirdalchy

    weirdalchy Initiate (110) Jan 23, 2015 Illinois
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    Who's charging $18 for GBR?
     
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  5. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (358) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    After tax but I was probably rounding up.
     
  6. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (358) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    All the Marbles was solid but pretty boozy/syrupy. Not on the level of Steel Cage Match. So don’t let your fomo get you down
     
  7. dcgunman

    dcgunman Champion (842) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Flying to Chicago first week of June (Mon-Wed) for training. I’ll have Monday afternoon to hit up Chicago area. The other days not so much. I’ll be checking out spots around the Des Plaines and Schaumburg area. HB puts out cans end of the week. So getting any cans from HB is slim to none? If slim then whereabouts? Capone’s? The Beer Temple? Online? Or anyplace I can call and buy over phone and hope it’s there when I get there? Or it’s not worth the hassle? Thanks.
     
  8. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Aspirant (266) Dec 24, 2011 Illinois
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    Personally thought Steel Cage Match was gross.
     
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  9. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (598) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    I got you!!
     
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  10. Chris_H_2

    Chris_H_2 Zealot (531) Jan 3, 2013 Illinois
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    picked up a 4-pack of the galaxy bowl and without even trying it i'm already regretting it.
     
  11. croush

    croush Crusader (755) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    Ah yes, I know that feeling. You then just feel dead inside after drinking it. Buckle up.
     
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  12. JJH1018

    JJH1018 Initiate (175) Sep 13, 2013 Illinois

    I'll echo what others have said. Im over the milkshake trend. I don't mind them, but I've had enough.
     
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  13. Jangoon24

    Jangoon24 Disciple (320) Jul 25, 2015 Illinois
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    My face when I saw that Galaxy Bowl was being released again:
    [​IMG]


    vs my face when I saw it was a milkshake version:

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. JJH1018

    JJH1018 Initiate (175) Sep 13, 2013 Illinois

    You hit the nail on the head.
     
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  15. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,073) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    I like it as a change of pace, although in general I go for non-milkshake IPAs before milkshake ones. HB release enough beers now that I think it's fine if they do these every few weeks (since they're also usually one of the better versions I've run into in Chicago).

    With that said, 1) I've yet to try Riff and 2) I'd really like them to hop into Sour NE IPAs like FR.
     
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  16. JJH1018

    JJH1018 Initiate (175) Sep 13, 2013 Illinois

    Maybe I'm just burnt out on hazy's in general.
     
  17. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,073) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    I'm half in, half out. I've been jumping back and forth because neither hazy nor non-hazy is always doing it for me lately (I've been drinking a lot of lagers, too, so that isn't helping).

    I agree with the consensus about GB being a waste, though; that was the first thing I said when someone on this thread mentioned it was going to be a milkshake. It's too good of a beer to waste on adjuncts and shit, unless the regular one is also coming soon.
     
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  18. Jangoon24

    Jangoon24 Disciple (320) Jul 25, 2015 Illinois
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    I see what you did there. Pun of the day goes to you
     
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  19. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,073) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    I love getting credit for things I didn't mean
     
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  20. KidGalaga

    KidGalaga Initiate (75) Apr 21, 2014 Illinois
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    let's be honest, HB is the only game in town who is putting out haze on the regular, and their stuff, while very good to great, does tend to taste similar.

    of course, why wouldn't they replicate a successful model? the rest of the market seems to be falling behind, leaving us with fewer and fewer options
     
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  21. Jangoon24

    Jangoon24 Disciple (320) Jul 25, 2015 Illinois
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    Mostly because all of the "different" offerings are essentially the same beer. All of the double IPAs are 7.5%, and all of the Pale Ales are 5.75% - leading you to believe that they just re-use the same mash bill over and over, and just hop the beer differently.

    It's not a knock on them by any means, I happen to love their beers. With all the negative feedback they received a few years ago with consistency, I see no reason why they should stray away from the recipe that they've dialed in, since it still flies off the shelves.

    It's like if a bakery keeps pumping out "different" cakes every day with the same cake recipe. If the only thing they do differently between cakes is change up what fruit is used in the frosting, all of the cakes, while different, are still going to taste quite similar to each other.
     
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  22. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,073) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    Yeah, I think it's a good call by them. This way I basically know that if I see a hop combo I want, it's probably worth grabbing. And it also means that I'm that much more curious when they stray from their usual suspects.
     
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  23. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Devotee (407) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois
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    It borrowed the galaxy bowl name, but wasn’t similar at all
     
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  24. CaptainFleeker

    CaptainFleeker Defender (698) Aug 27, 2012 Illinois
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    Do you think this was suppose to be regular Galaxy Bowl and it didn't turn out the way they wanted so they gave it the milkshake treatment?
     
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  25. ShawnoftheD3ad

    ShawnoftheD3ad Initiate (196) Mar 20, 2016 Illinois
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    Some places wanna be hypey for their stouts, some places wanna be hypey for their ipas.
    Mikerphone just wants to blow shit up.
     
  26. Quilentro

    Quilentro Aspirant (286) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    I like this theory
     
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  27. JJH1018

    JJH1018 Initiate (175) Sep 13, 2013 Illinois

    All the Marbles is excellent, not sure if I'd have more than one in a sitting at 10%. Probably a good thing I only got one can.
     
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  28. flat_lander

    flat_lander Defender (610) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Sips a Bodem. I'm not sure I care about any of this...
     
  29. Chris_H_2

    Chris_H_2 Zealot (531) Jan 3, 2013 Illinois
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    I hope I like Galaxy Bowl.

    I hope I like Galaxy Bowl.

    I hope I like Galaxy Bowl.

    [tries Galaxy Bowl]

    [​IMG]
     
  30. JJH1018

    JJH1018 Initiate (175) Sep 13, 2013 Illinois

    Fucking a right Jack. I'm sitting on the rest and drinking Bodem the rest of the long weekend. Well that and Dovetail Vienna lager.
     
  31. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,073) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    Okay, I'll be the one guy on this thread that likes Riff, but it somewhat ironically fills the place that a sour NE IPA would take up (so I guess they anticipated I'd ask them to make one).

    Also ironically, I feel like this is one HB beer that would benefit from more lactose. It's absolutely not a standard HB beer, and not even a standard milkshake.
     
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  32. Jsimansk

    Jsimansk Initiate (140) Jul 10, 2012 Illinois
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    I could see that happening for sure, but i believe there were rumors of this awhile ago, before the beer would have even been brewed and in the tank. Plus there’s the time needed for new art and label approval.
     
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  33. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (358) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Yeah it’s odd that sour IPA’s haven’t taken off more in Chicagoland besides at FR (and Brian loves Hudson Valley). I liked the one from Corridor made by Roger a lot.

    On another note, I’m over milkshakes like @PhilBallins but if theyre going to be around most of them are begging to be put in those little 8 ounce cans. It’s a chore for me to get through 16 ounces of something that sweet
     
  34. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,073) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    When NE IPAs hit Chicago, people said we were like a year behind the curve; maybe that's true of the sour ones as well.

    8 oz milkshakes would be good. Honestly, I'd be on board for 6 oz cans like Hopewell does for Lil Buddy.
     
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  35. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (358) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Yeah it almost feels like Chicagoland bypassed the sour ipa and instead took ownership of the massively fruited beers that are neither hoppy nor particularly sour. More, Mikerphone, Riverlands, Penrose, etc have all made these and they vary what the fall them style-wise (ale, fruit beer, Berliner, sour). I haven’t had enough Florida-Weisses to know if they’re the same thing
     
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  36. Chuckdiesel24

    Chuckdiesel24 Meyvn (1,182) Jul 6, 2016 Illinois
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    Really wish if they were gonna do the milkshake version they’d have also released it alongside regular GB. They’ve done that with 2 others - would have been a good time to do a mixed 4 pack.

    My opinion is that they overdid the passionfruit portion. The first batch of GB was a peach hop revelation.

    Sort of the Tree house model. Which is how they get suckers like me to buy more beers...

    Some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.
     
  37. croush

    croush Crusader (755) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    What explains the other couple of batches of GB that didn’t turn out good? :scream:
     
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  38. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,073) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    ONE BATCH!!! :angry:
     
  39. dbresson

    dbresson Disciple (386) Nov 25, 2007 Illinois
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    Solemn Oath has put out a couple sour milkshake IPAs at this point, what they're calling "tartshake" IPA. Unholy Water, it's called. Pretty good from when I've had it.
     
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  40. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (733) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I'll wait until they put out a black sour milkshake IPA....
     
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