Goes to Eleven Hazy Double IPA

Review Date 6/21/2021 By John Staradumsky

Father’s Day 2021! And what a great one it was. I had had my grandson, Neil, over since Friday night (he’s 7, will be 8 next month), and we had a ball together. My son Nathan was working, but he was off at 2 on Father’s Day proper and came by so we could go on a pub crawl. A mini pub crawl if you will (a brewery and then Taco Mac), but I was excited all the same! A few stops are all you need when you are with family.

The first stop on our agenda was RockSolid Brewing Company in downtown Ball Ground, Georgia. RockSolid opened its doors in December of 2020, while Covid was raging across the country. I became fully vaccinated as of April 30th, and they went on my list of breweries to try. Ball Ground is only about 12 miles north of me, so they were now a local.

RockSolid is a brewery, not a brewpub, and they do not serve food, although there are plenty of restaurants around including a German deli across the street. They serve beer for on premises drinking and in crowlers to go, as well as soft drinks. They are family and pet friendly, and have games to keep the kids occupied. Neil definitely recommends the games here.

I went with a sampler to start out, then ordered a pint, and got a crowler to go. The first beer that I tried here was Goes to Eleven, a Hazy Double IPA. Here’s what RockSolid says about the beer:

Hazy Double IPA 8.2% ABV 72 IBU A smooth, full bodied base of Golden Promise Barley, flaked and malted oats supports our biggest hop load ever! Combining Amarillo, Simcoe, Motueka, and Mosaic Cryo hops gives a big burst of orange, apricot and pine with a pleasantly bitter finish. The Hazy DIPA for people looking to take it to eleven!

My 4-ounce sample was $2.50 (I got a flight of four beers for $10 you see), a 10-ounce pour will run you $5, a pint $7, and a crowler $14.

My sample arrived a hazy yellow in color with a head appropriate to the sampler serving mug (these are very cool by the way) and an Explosion of  citrus in the nos. Taking a sip, I got a body about right for the style, then grapefruit pith and peel, lemon zest, resin, and an herbal minty, very bitter finish.

Just how I like these hazy double New England IPAs! I will be back here for sure, my friends.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, canned