365 Iowa Beers 291-299: Court Ave., Boone Valley & Madhouse

How am I starting this list of beers? With a ranking of animated TV dads, based on how much they love their kids (most to least).

Bob Belcher

Homer Simpson

Stan Marsh

Stu Pickles

Peter Griffin

Rusty Venture

Fred Flinstone (did he ever interact with Pebbles?)

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Beer 291: West O 10 Foot 10

ABV: 10.1%

Notes: A double India Pale Ale, very strong but drinkable.

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Beer 292: Boone Valley IPA

ABV: 6.8%

Notes: I really enjoy what I’ve tried from this brewery, but I still need to make it out to the tap room. As of this writing, I’m down to about 15 beers left to try, so I’m running out of time. This is a fine IPA, but not especially standout.

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Beer 293: Madhouse Pastime

ABV: 5.2%

Notes: I was surprised this wasn’t on my list already. I guess I avoided some of the more flagship beers because I knew they’d be around longer. A pale ale, drinkable, but not one to go out of your way for.

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Beer 294: Madhouse Black & Blue

ABV: 9%

Notes: A sour stout, made with blackberries and blueberries. Everything about that had me skeptical, but it all really works. The sour, the sweet, the bitterness, it’s a great combo.

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Beer 295: Boone Valley Roxie Irish Red

ABV: 5.5%

Notes: An easily drinkable red with some nice caramel flavor. It’s a good introduction beer for Boone Valley beers.

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Beer 296: Court Avenue Brewery Vanilla Irish Red

ABV: 5.2%

Notes: I stopped down to Court Ave. on the day after St. Patrick’s Day to try this red that had been tapped the day before. I understand this is the first beer produced by CabCo assistant brewer Alex Janssen. The kid’s got promise! This will make a great seasonal addition to the brewery’s roster.

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Beer 297: CabCo Bee Brew

ABV: 5.4%

Notes: A honey amber ale. A little sweet, but not in an offputting way. This seems like a perfect summer beer.

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Beer 298: CabCo Bear Cub Common

ABV: 3.5%

Notes: A very low-alcohol beer. Not a lot of bite to it, but it tasted good, with some caramel and maltiness. When you need to be able to drink a dozen or so beers in an evening (kidding, don’t try that), this is your best bet.

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Beer 299: Exile Rise of Ziggy Sourdust

ABV: 5.1%

Notes: My first experience getting a crowler from the new Hy-Vee downtown. That was frustrating, but the beer was not. Surprisingly dark, with some subtle sourness with some cherry aftertaste.

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