Roughtail’s 3rd Anniversary Ale… 3.5/5

Dropped into The Fur Shop to have a beer with a friend (click here to see review on the bar).  I ended up having a few beers from their great regional selection of craft beers.  I sat down at the bar next to my buddy and ordered without looking at the menu:  Craft, IPA, Regional Brewery, Draft. The beer handed to me was Roughtail Brewing Company’s 3rd Anniversary Imperial/Double IPA.

From the Brewery…

3rd-anniversaryLimited Brew/Limited release, April 2016.

3rd Anniversary is a West Coast style Double IPA brewed with Blood Orange and Grapefruit puree, Citra, Galaxy and El Dorado hops. It’s big, dry, and bitter with a refreshing citrusy aroma and flavor.

  • 7.8% ABV
  • 90 IBU
  • 8 SRM
  • Hops: Warrior, Citra, El Dorado & Galaxy

Note:  If you are a home-brewer (all grain) visit their website for a recipe, nice touch.


When I ordered I didn’t realize that I was getting a limited release IPA.  I figured it out when I told the name and felt glad I had a chance to taste it before it was gone.  Appearance it had a cloudy golden/hazy color.  The head was white and dissipated quickly for me.  The carbonation was good throughout the drinking of the beer.  As expected very little malt flavor.  A good bitter for the Double IPA beer and drinkable.  Well hopped with the taste of fruity undertones upfront along with a dry hop bitter finish. Just so you know a Double IPA is an American beer that focuses on ramping up the hops to 11.

I think the fruity undertones is where it fell down for me.  The slight taste of grapefruit is what made it average.  I don’t generally like grapefruit as a flavor.  Don’t get me wrong it didn’t overpower the beer or make it undrinkable to me.  I did enjoy it, but it was more of just an OK beer, nothing markedly special.  That is why I gave it a 3.5 out of 5.  I know a lot of other people give it higher marks.  So if you would like to add your own review comments below please do so.


Nice to have a limited brew/release available on draft at a local bar.  Granted from the regional breweries we should and do have these options when paying attention.  As for Roughtail’s 3rd Anniversary Ale, a Double IPA, I liked it as a good drinkable beer. I am happy that I got to drink it before it is gone. Would I drink something else if two equally rated beers were available, Yes.

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Coop Ale Works’ DNR – Belgian 4/5

Stopped into Rock & Brews (see review here) in “The City”, Oklahoma City, to grab a couple of beers and dinner with a friend.  The first beer I actually got to the table was Black Mesa’ Los Naranjos (Coffee Stout, see review) and the second, and subject of this review, was Coop Ale Works’ DNR.  The DNR is a Belgian Dark Ale.

From the Brewer

Belgian Dark Ale
Coop DNR

Coop-Cans-2“This Belgian-style dark ale is the culmination of central and western European malts, Noble hops, candy sugar and a traditional Trappist yeast.  Notes of dried fruit, cinnamon and vanilla make DNR a very complex experience to be enjoyed in moderation.”

ABV 10.0%
IBU 30
SRM 22  (Color Intensity)



Some things are out of range for a Belgian Dark Ale (ABV specifically) for this beer but overall that sweet, fruity, sweet taste with a touch of sour/tangy finish was there for me.  I know that may not match what many say about how sweet this beer is, but for me the Trappist yeast really came through reminding me a bit of sour/saison taste.  That, to me, was the Belgian style coming through.  The ABV throws off a lot of the traditional classifications of this beer, but that is one thing that makes it unique.  The head/carbonation from the draft unfortunately did not last through the drinking.  The nose was definitely malty with the yeast undertones.  Part of the finish was a strong vanilla taste that did finish sweet.


If you can’t tell yet, I like getting local craft brewery beers when available on tap.  That being said Coop Ale Works is one of the better and more consistent breweries in the area and well worth drinking.  I really like the DNR, perhaps because it was after dinner and a dessert, and I could see drinking it in moderation.  At an ABV of 10% you will need to drink it in moderation. Overall rating of 4 out of 5 for me.  Others may not like it this much because of the sweet with a touch of sour taste.

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Shipyard’s Monkey Fist IPA 3.5/5…

Last Friday it was one of those nights where I did not feel like cooking.  It had been a “week” and I just wanted someone else to bring me a meal.  Did not figured I would get the Kid or House Mate to do it (not that I asked)… So pizza ordered and delivered. I also wanted to have a beer to go with it, so went to the fridge and selected Shipyard’s Monkey Fist IPA. (ABV 6.9% IBUs 67.5)  I had some beers from a local liquor store that has a pick 6 incentive already in the fridge.

From the Brewer

Monkey Fist IPA Beer
Poured and Ready to Drink

“Monkey Fist is the name of a knot tied at the end of a sailor’s rope to serve as a weight and make it easier to throw.”

Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA is edgy, aggressive and unique in style. This beer is brilliant copper in color and exploding with flavorful hop character but able to maintain a beautiful balance.

2-Row British Pale Ale, Malted Wheat, Munich, Crystal, Caramalt

Chinook, Cascade

ABV 6.9% IBUs 67.5


My Tasting

Cracked open the beer and poured it into a no stem wine glass.  I like it for tasting as it is not straight sides.  I found it to have a slight Hoppy Nose from the first sniff, nothing strong or overpowering.

The first taste met the IPA expectations of the beer with a Hop forward profile, little more bitter as it should be.  I did not get much malt or yeast taste out of it until the aftertaste.  Then some of the sweet undertones from the malt came through.  There was a good nose while drinking and carbonation held up through out the glass.  It went well with the pizza too.  The carbonation added to the mouth feel of the beer and gave it a good refreshing feel while drinking.

The color of the beer was copper in look and there was a cold haze to mine.  Sorry the picture is a bit dark.  Overall there was a solid hop forward and bitter aspect to the beer during the tasting.


Tasted as expected for an IPA, nothing overly special. I do like that Shipyard kept with a nautical theme for naming its beers.  Monkey Fist is a great name too.

A beer I would drink again if only large commercial brewer’s beers were available or nothing else new there to try.  Will give it a 3.5 out of 5.  So relax, don’t worry, and have ABigBeer.  Or 2.

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Dead Guy Ale… Maibock (4.5)


I had a bit of time on a Friday afternoon and one of my favorite bars was open for day drinking, Lot 6. (Click here to see my review)  Lot 6 is a great place with great people.  I would suggest you get by and see them ASAP if you are in the area.  One reason I went was because the owner posted that she had some new beers on the menu.  I tried one of those, Abita’s Purple Haze. (click here to see review)  After that I went back to an old standby, Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale.

From the Brewery…

Dead Guy
Rogue, Dead Guy Ale

The following is how Rogue describes the beer they have crafted:

“Tasting Notes: An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.

FOOD PAIRING: Spicy, Pork”

For a beer in Oklahoma an ABV of 6.5% is pretty high.  The IBUs of 40 also adds  good flavor to the mix.  The beer has won many awards over the past 20 years.

My Thoughts…

This is one of my fall back beers when available.  I really like the Ale and could drink many in a night.  I don’t know if it was just my nose this night, but I did not find it to have a strong nose prior to tasting.  There was some subtle hop nose coming from the beer.

Tasting provides the flavor of a robust malt flavor with a great hop finish.  As you breath out after taking a drink the long-lasting hop flavor/smell finally hits home and finishes the taste in a fantastic way.  Not quite the bitter finish of an IPA, more of a well hopped ale.  To me the hoppy finish lasted longer than the time on the tongue and this adds to the enjoyment of the beer.

It has a great mouth feel of a rich tasting beer with good carbonation.  The balance of malt taste with the hop finish makes this one of the better beers I have had in a long time.  As the beer warms up in the mouth more flavor comes out.


I rate this beer 4.5 out of 5.  It is one of my favorite beers and I will drinking it again and again when available, or once I am done tasting something new.

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