Hop Butcher (2019)

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by ShawnoftheD3ad, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,447) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    I totally agree. Strawberries with lime and the hoppy flavors were really well done and so balanced.
     
  2. brantstheman

    brantstheman Initiate (20) May 22, 2017 Illinois

    I still have one in the back of the fridge, you know...for science?
     
  3. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (350) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I wasn’t wild about Ribbit but we are probably due for a milkshake, right?
     
  4. dbresson

    dbresson Disciple (386) Nov 25, 2007 Illinois
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    I hope so - been bummed about it ever since I ran out of Galaxy Bowl Riff.
     
  5. ECCS

    ECCS Initiate (191) Oct 28, 2015 Illinois
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    You want 3 more? Be got some left that I’m not gonna drink
     
  6. Jangoon24

    Jangoon24 Disciple (308) Jul 25, 2015 Illinois
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    I loved the first two iterations of Unwind Your Mind, but I poured this one down the drain. I do not remember that beer being as sweet as this batch is - it was a complete lactose fest this time around for me :nauseated_face:

    Even my girlfriend, who enjoys sweeter NE IPAs and despises bitter ones, thought it was awful.
     
  7. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (390) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    I am not certain, but I think this beer was lower in ABV% one of its first iterations
     
  8. BeerDes

    BeerDes Initiate (56) Dec 8, 2016 Illinois
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    This past August was the last release of original Galaxy Bowl, will history repeat itself?!
     
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  9. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (350) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    A year ago, Unwind was marked a 6.5% DIPA on the can. So it was a misprint one way or the other. I personally find motueka to be very sweet as a hop so I can imagine it would be sweet combined with their typical profile now
     
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  10. Jangoon24

    Jangoon24 Disciple (308) Jul 25, 2015 Illinois
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    I definitely agree on the Motueka profile. I got nothing besides off-putting sweetness with the 5-6 sips that I took from this though. No bitterness whatsoever, and none of the grassy, stone fruit I usually get out of Mosaic. It tasted like an overly-sweet, lactose-y, mess to me - but different strokes for different folks.
     
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  11. Bburns87

    Bburns87 Initiate (132) Jun 11, 2013 Illinois
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    They could just be dropping whirfloc into one to clump up all the proteins and take away the haze.
     
  12. BLA1R

    BLA1R Initiate (57) Sep 1, 2015 Illinois

    Its probably okay. I can't believe how well these HB milkshakes hold up. Friends popped a year old can of the Hawaiian vibes like two weeks ago. It was totally fine.
     
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  13. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,064) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    Well shit, if I'd have known that I'd have bought another 4-pack or two; my wife and sister were both obsessed with that beer, and I liked it a lot too (despite preferring non-milkshakes).
     
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  14. Bburns87

    Bburns87 Initiate (132) Jun 11, 2013 Illinois
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    All their beers hold up very well. It's unfortunate that a lot of people don't understand this and think any ipa needs to be drank within a week.
     
  15. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,064) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    The problem is that their initial hazy batches famously didn't hold up well at all, so ever since then I've been in the "drink within a month or so" mindset just to be sure.
     
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  16. Bburns87

    Bburns87 Initiate (132) Jun 11, 2013 Illinois
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    Yeah no need to worry about that now. The only hazy ipas that I've had an absolute terrible time with going bad within a couple weeks is narrow gauge. Tasted like cardboard after 3 weeks.
     
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  17. Jplachy

    Jplachy Disciple (367) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    There's still plenty of Hazy IPAs that crash after 2-3 weeks.
     
  18. Bburns87

    Bburns87 Initiate (132) Jun 11, 2013 Illinois
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    There probably is, but I haven't been drinkin them!
     
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  19. flat_lander

    flat_lander Zealot (591) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Huh. I've drank a lot of NG stuff over the last 2+ years - crowlers and cans. Never had that issue. Now, I've had a few from them that I flat out didn't like, but nothing that went bad in a few weeks. Then again, they probably never last 3 weeks in my fridge anyways...
     
  20. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (711) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Some of the Hop Butcher stuff gets better 2 weeks to 2 months later. Really depends how much of the harsh bite/rindy hop edge you want. Wait for that to fade and the "juicey" hop flavors become more pronounced...as does the lactose...
     
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  21. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (596) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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  22. BLA1R

    BLA1R Initiate (57) Sep 1, 2015 Illinois

    I really love the artwork on Hop Butcher cans.
     
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  23. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (4,216) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    Anyone seen new cans this week? Website isn't showing anything...
     
  24. Gambyt20

    Gambyt20 Crusader (787) Jan 14, 2016 Illinois
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    Twitter post mentioned no cans this week.
     
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  25. TheLoadedOne

    TheLoadedOne Initiate (25) May 22, 2018 Illinois

    They also hinted that Hawaii Vibes might be returning next week.
     
  26. galos11

    galos11 Disciple (375) Jan 21, 2015 Illinois
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    He
    heard Tavern Cut is coming back next week!
     
  27. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (596) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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  28. ShawnoftheD3ad

    ShawnoftheD3ad Initiate (189) Mar 20, 2016 Illinois
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    You are correct sir! All we need now is Hawaii Vibes to be confirmed.
     
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  29. BLA1R

    BLA1R Initiate (57) Sep 1, 2015 Illinois

    Smoke filled room is excellent. Super smooth and tropical, minimal sweetness.
     
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  30. dukeandduke

    dukeandduke Meyvn (1,241) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    I know this beer was release in the past, but picked up my first Unwind Your Mind and it was an excellent pour. I hope these guys (and Pipeworks) open up a brewpub soon!

    Back to binge reading Josh Noel's Goose Island book.
     
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  31. core42

    core42 Zealot (529) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    Confirmed
    [​IMG]
     
  32. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,064) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    Well, scheiße.
     
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  33. weirdalchy

    weirdalchy Initiate (103) Jan 23, 2015 Illinois
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    Oh yay!

     
  34. flat_lander

    flat_lander Zealot (591) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    It's a milkshake IIPA that almost certainly has lactose. I don't understand why they don't just say it on the can.
     
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  35. diamdiam

    diamdiam Initiate (41) Jan 18, 2016 Illinois
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    Tavern cut just tapped at miskatonic.
     
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  36. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Devotee (402) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois
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    My experience at Binnys today...

    Walk in, grab a 4pack of tavern cut and then continue checking out the other selection...

    Guy walks up, and asks a worker what these hop butcher cans are bc he’s been hearing so much about their beer...

    Worker looks at me and says, “Sir, can you please tell us about this beer?”

    No, I didn’t earn any commission from that sale either.
     
  37. TheLoadedOne

    TheLoadedOne Initiate (25) May 22, 2018 Illinois

    No signs of Hawaii Vibes?
     
  38. whatruDOINdragic

    whatruDOINdragic Initiate (153) Aug 22, 2013 Illinois
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    But did you mention the lactose?
     
  39. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Devotee (402) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois
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    No Sir, just about 4 cases of TV sitting on the floor
     
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  40. BLA1R

    BLA1R Initiate (57) Sep 1, 2015 Illinois

    you guys seeing these Dark Hedges posts on facebook? the can looks super dope