Half Moon Bay Brewery is up there for my favorite breweries to visit. It is hard to beat sitting outside on the patio on a sunny day with the dog and wife. In fact, I have been out there 3 times in the last ten days…
Most recently, I had the Tunnel Vision IPA and Princeton-by-the-Sea IPA on draft, at the brewery.
Tunnel Vision IPA
ABV – 6.6%
IBUs – 100+
I first had Tunnel Vision last year, and was very impressed by it. However, it was only a seasonal beer at that time, so it has not been around my last few visits. Now, it sounds as though they are going to keep this around on more of a full time basis, which is a good thing.
Tunnel Vision pours a dark orange/golden color with light head.
Aroma is of piney hops with some citrus. Fairly hop forward flavor, with some tropical fruits notes.
Only complaint is a slight aftertaste.
Overall, 83/100 (I was tempted to add a few bonus points just because I love drinking at the brewery so much, but held back).
ABV – 6.1%
IBUs – 65
Although this is their “regular” IPA, it is not as good as Tunnel Vision.
Clear copper color with an off-white head.
Light hoppy flavor. This may well be why my rating is lower, as I tend to like the hoppier beers. This one has little hop aroma and minimal hop flavor compared to the Tunnel Vision or most West Coast IPAs. To me, it is almost more of a Pale Ale.
Very drinkable, just not the type of IPA I typically crave. 70/100.
Now, here is the kicker. This truly is one of my favorite places to go in Northern California. Sitting on the bay with incredible views, and good food. The artichoke hearts, fish tacos (get them grilled with the achiote rub), and the newly improved crab roll are all bomb.
Can you complain sitting outside like this?
Or when before or after you eat you can be here?
The dog does not seem to mind heading over either…