Hop Butcher (2020)

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Gambyt20, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. TomFoolery_x

    TomFoolery_x Initiate (195) Oct 4, 2012 Illinois
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    That certainly works! Thank you

    If anyone has other suggestions I’m open to any all all tips!
     
  2. JJH1018

    JJH1018 Initiate (177) Sep 13, 2013 Illinois

    Not sure how close to the south burbs you are but Crafted in Mokena you can bust up 4 packs anyway you like.
     
  3. TomFoolery_x

    TomFoolery_x Initiate (195) Oct 4, 2012 Illinois
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    Mokena is a hike for me but I have a close friend that works at the Meijer out there. Maybe I can have her make a pit stop for me
     
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  4. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (776) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I did not have Beef Dip the first go round, but got some of the 2020 batch and am impressed. Prettt solid beer
     
  5. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Devotee (406) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    This batch of unwind your mind is stellar.
     
  6. TomFoolery_x

    TomFoolery_x Initiate (195) Oct 4, 2012 Illinois
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    See, I thought opposite. It’s good right now but a bit too saturated/green. I did enjoy it, but will undoubtedly enjoy it a bit more in the days/weeks to come.
     
  7. TomFoolery_x

    TomFoolery_x Initiate (195) Oct 4, 2012 Illinois
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    Btw, the website shows Neon Green Relish up next. One of my more liked offerings from them
     
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  8. I_Have_The_Runs

    I_Have_The_Runs Initiate (40) Nov 19, 2018 Illinois

    I had both on Friday and love the fact that both beers got some dankness going on.
     
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  9. vicodin_tears1

    vicodin_tears1 Initiate (55) Jun 22, 2019 Illinois
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    Man, I just could not get into Swans of Lir. The mint just came across as a tic-tac type of cool mint. Glad I found a single...and even that can was a bit too much.
     
  10. TomFoolery_x

    TomFoolery_x Initiate (195) Oct 4, 2012 Illinois
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    See, I didn’t mind it. Thought it was pretty good, albeit a little under-carbed. Maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be?
     
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  11. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Devotee (406) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    It seems you are even more sensitive to “green” than me. And “green” is something I can’t stand. I didn’t have that issue here
     
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  12. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Devotee (406) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    It’s a green beer for the St Patrick’s day holiday. If you know it’s not for you, ignore it. I think it’s pretty good for what it is, but it’s not for anybody but those looking for a St. Patty’s green beer.
    FWIW, the hop utilization reminded me of Blazed Orange milkshake, minus the fruit and mint added. It’s a style I hate but did not suck
     
  13. vicodin_tears1

    vicodin_tears1 Initiate (55) Jun 22, 2019 Illinois
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    How do I ignore it if I’ve never had it? I wanted to try it. I have liked all of their milkshakes, so it was worth a shot.
     
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  14. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Aspirant (205) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois

    I'll take a green bud light. Or just a bud light out of a green aluminum bottle.
     
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  15. I_Have_The_Runs

    I_Have_The_Runs Initiate (40) Nov 19, 2018 Illinois

    Anyone try Neon Green Relish?
     
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  16. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (372) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    as good as any other batch. Go get it,
     
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  17. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Defender (602) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    This week canning mirrorball and megabite.
     
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  18. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (4,497) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    I seem to have missed Mirror Ball in the past, looking forward to trying it!
     
  19. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (372) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I had to look up my Untappd check in from the past. Hazy but with Centennial so it has that old school vs new school tug of war going on.
     
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  20. vicodin_tears1

    vicodin_tears1 Initiate (55) Jun 22, 2019 Illinois
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    Last night I opened my second can of Unwind Your Mind...and WOW. It is drinking SO good right now.
     
  21. Mwils8

    Mwils8 Initiate (41) Dec 1, 2017 Illinois
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    Unwind Your Mind was outstanding this go around. Glad I have one more to crack tonight.

    Neon Green Relish is pretty much a perfect beer in my view. This batch is as good as ever - maybe my favorite HB?
     
  22. dub_shih

    dub_shih Initiate (61) Apr 21, 2016 Illinois

    My faves from them are Unwind Your Mind and Neon Green Relish.

    For those that have tried the new batches, about equal or is one better than the other?
     
  23. BLA1R

    BLA1R Initiate (61) Sep 1, 2015 Illinois

    It's all the same man. I mean that in a good way.. you should expect what you remember because they honestly haven't changed.
     
  24. VinHalen54

    VinHalen54 Initiate (129) Jun 4, 2014 Illinois

    If anything, I am detecting more lactose in this version of Neon Green Relish. Not overwhelming or "milkshake IPA" territory, but more than I remember. Anyone else?
     
  25. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (776) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I tried to grab a 4 pack on Monday and it was gone at my local place. Not happy with HB this year. The last couple of months of 2019 and you could be assured they had sufficient quantity of HB stuff to last another week. This year HB must have spread out the distro more because if I'm not scooping these up within two days they are gone.
     
  26. BLA1R

    BLA1R Initiate (61) Sep 1, 2015 Illinois

    So funny you said that. I originally had something along the lines of, "if anything they're using even more lactose" at the end of my post but deleted it before hitting reply.
     
  27. Beer_Pizza_Beer

    Beer_Pizza_Beer Initiate (1) Jan 8, 2020

    With everyone working from home cans are being scooped up much quicker. I hit a couple places the day after it was released like I normally do and it was gone. Usually both places have it for a couple days. The last batch of Saint Errant was also gone pretty quick and that never happens.
     
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  28. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Devotee (406) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    I disagree with the notion that HB is using more lactose. I have had at least 3 beers since Christmas I expected to be very sweet and surprised me. Unwind your Mind being the most recent. I rarely drink multiple hazy beers in a night. But I ended up drinking 3 unwinds the night I bought it, and paid for in the next day. I’ve also thought this about all off the hazy beers less than 7.5% since they collaborated with Perennial a year ago
     
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  29. I_Have_The_Runs

    I_Have_The_Runs Initiate (40) Nov 19, 2018 Illinois

    I had Unwind Your Mind a couple of weeks ago and I did not think it had a bunch of lactose. When my nephew tasted it, he said UYM was full of lactose so I thought it was one of those days when my palate was off.
     
  30. Johnnyniii

    Johnnyniii Initiate (37) Apr 23, 2015 Illinois

    anyone else have issues with under carbonated cans? My Tavern Cut and Double Grid both seemed under carbed. barely any pressure release when i crack the cans. and you can squeeze the 16 oz can prior to opening way more than i would expect (a lot of flex in the unopened beer). head is minimal even with a strong pour. Tasty beer but i have been seeing this on occasion from their cans.
     
  31. ECCS

    ECCS Aspirant (203) Oct 28, 2015 Illinois
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    Mirror ball > mega bite > pixel density > ddh citra creme


    Just this idiot’s opinion
     
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  32. Gambyt20

    Gambyt20 Champion (858) Jan 14, 2016 Illinois
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    New beer Presto Change-o on deck. Mosaic & Simcoe DIPA
     
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  33. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (372) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Just took the 4 pack topper off of my Megabite and a can opened/exploded. Not fun times in my kitchen lol
     
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  34. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (776) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    That mega-bites.
     
  35. vikingpillager

    vikingpillager Disciple (337) Jan 9, 2017 Illinois
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  36. flat_lander

    flat_lander Defender (635) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I've had this happen 3 or 4 times in my life. All with different breweries. Most of the time when I'm not planning to drink a beer. I'm always afraid it will happen to a can I have a single of that I'm holding on to for some reason. It's definitely annoying.

    EDIT: And definitely pre-pandemic, appropriately prepared, first world problems.
     
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  37. Nbrock24

    Nbrock24 Disciple (372) Mar 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Yeah i wasn’t planning on having a beer today but why not in the quarantine haha. I ended up drinking it a few hours later and it probably worked out well that HB beers are undercarbed as it was a normal drinking experience.
     
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  38. TomFoolery_x

    TomFoolery_x Initiate (195) Oct 4, 2012 Illinois
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    Any early reviews on presto change-o??
     
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  39. vicodin_tears1

    vicodin_tears1 Initiate (55) Jun 22, 2019 Illinois
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    I can’t say much beyond that I thought it was fantastic!
     
  40. Gambyt20

    Gambyt20 Champion (858) Jan 14, 2016 Illinois
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    Agreed, pretty darn delicious!