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Jun 20, 2010 01:16 PM

Canned Micro's

Hope this isn't too tired a topic..........Summer is here in full force (NC)...........recently was able to try Ska Brewings Modus Hoperandi..............loved it........along with Dales Pale Ale and Oskar Blues ..."Little Yella Pils" ... am in search of other great canned Micro's.
Not a huge fan of the Old Chub Scottish, and have not gotten around to dropping serious coin on a 4 pack of the the Gubna (100 IBU's).
Other than the above mentioned have not really seen other Micro cans in NC.........prefer IPA's (SN Torpedo, Bells 2 Hearted, Stone IPA...etc).
Any takes, and/or suggestions would be appreciated..........understand the daunting task of assembling a canning line, but for some reason have a fantasy of seeing SN Pale Ale or Torpedo in a beautiful green can on a hot summer day.

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  1. I recently discovered the Oskar Blues at a tasting in a wine shop, and was quite impressed. At first I was a little skeptical but I have enjoyed 3 of the beers they offer.

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      1. re: Saddleoflamb

        I've tried Gubna and wasn't very impressed. Too much alcohol for the style. Ten Fidy is worth a shot if you can find it.

        7 Seas out of Gig Harbor, WA recently started selling beer in 16 oz. cans, including a double IPA. However, you are unlikely to find it more than 10 miles from Puget Sound.

        1. re: lavaca

          I thought Gubna was pretty good!
          As far as 'too much alcohol for the style', besides the fact that I disagree, in the end there are no dictates for such parameters...the interpretation of any "style" is strictly up to the brewer and there is no right or wrong. (well...a 'golden stout' would kind of be "out there", come to think of it. LOL)

          I sure do agree with you about Ten Fidy though...that's a really well made beer.

          1. re: The Professor

            Please refresh my memory.......GUBNA is double IPA

            1. re: The Professor

              From a double or imperial IPA, I generally expect both more hops and more alcohol sweetness than a traditional IPA, but I felt that Gubna's alcohol level overwhelmed the other flavors. At a similar strength, I found Ten Fidy to be much more balanced.

              A relevant disclaimer would be that I find this to be a common problem in stronger beers and now generally avoid anything with "imperial" in the description unless it's an imperial stout.

        2. re: rubicond

          No, I tried the IPA, the Pale Ale, and 1 other one the name escapes me

        3. New Belgium has canned some of their beers, I don't know if they distribute them far and wide though. Sunshine and Fat Tire are the canned mainstays, but they did do some Ranger IPA too.

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          1. re: ticdup

            Tried a New Belgium once...........could not finish it

            1. re: Saddleoflamb

              I cannot finish a FAT TIRE unless it is on tap.

              1. re: rubicond

                Couldn't think of the one i was Fat Tire in a 22oz bottle.......there was a very heavy push on this many months ago when i tried........packaging caught my eye and I figured to give a try........once again could not finish .....maybe a bad bottle , but very leery of attempting again.

                1. re: Saddleoflamb

                  Don't let your experience w/ Fat Tire discourage you from trying other New Belgium beers. I'm no fan of FT but Ranger is an excellent IPA.

                  1. re: Saddleoflamb

                    Do you think it was defective, or just not something you care to drink?

                    1. re: Jim Dorsch

                      Don't think defective.......many i spoke with found FT god least to us.
                      Have u tried, and did you like this offering.......

                      1. re: Saddleoflamb

                        I've tried it. FT is a simple Belgian-style pale ale, solid but not exciting to me. I don't consider it bad.

            2. I have really enjoyed almost all of the U.S. brewed microbrews in a can. The IPA from 21st Amendment and Oskar Blues were particularly good.

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              1. re: Tripeler

                Oskar Blues has a range of brews (Old Chub Scotch Ale, Dale's Pale Ale, Gordon 2IPA, etc.), and all the ones I've tried have been good.

                21st Amendment's IPA is a solid effort.

              2. At around $5.99 a six pack, the beers from Butternut's in Upstate New York are quite good. I have enjoyed each of them.


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                1. re: MGZ

                  I tried the Butternut beers wanting to like them. But there just isn't any finish to them. It leads in strong and then the taste evaporates at the end.

                    1. re: Saddleoflamb

                      oh! sorry i overlooked the region-specific part of your post. well, it's good beer, if you travel this way, or if it ever gets distributed outside of the region-- imo a "great canned micro."

                      1. re: soupkitten

                        "great canned micro"
                        Strangely, that doesn't do it justice.
                        I think I would go with "arguably the best IPA in the country, if not the world".
                        Not trying to start a debate, just sayin.....