Hello beer fanatics, it's Monday and I'm finally posting what I had promised to post three days ago. Better late than never.
First, let's talk about some craft beers. I'll start with a new release from our friends at Sam Adams. Their new beer, a west coast style IPA, is called Rebel. I sampled this beer twice on draft and thought it was quite good. The beer arrived in a Sam signature glass--the color was bright amber, clear, with a fair amount of bubbles, topped nicely by a thick white head. The beer smelled of piney citrus with heavy notes of grapefruit. The taste was bitter and typical of an IPA. At 6.5% ABV this was a solid beer. It's not the best IPA, but I would drink it again.
The second beer was enjoyed during the Super Bowl. Rogue's Yellow Snow IPA is also another example of a quality beer from a great company. The beer was sampled (I drank the whole thing) from a 1/2 gallon growler (their packaging) on that boring Sunday. The beer first, then the Super Dud.
Rogue's Yellow Snow IPA was poured into a SPG and was a cloudy crisp yellow, with a nice off-white billowy head that yielded thick lacing. The smell and taste were both of floral and citrus notes with a mild sweetness in the background. Pleasant beer and easy drinking--I did finish the half gallon. Also, if you check out any of Rogue beers, you'll find out about IBUs, degrees Plato, and Lovibond. It's complicated...Google it.
The Super Bowl. A football fan's best and worst day. If your team is in it and wins it, oh happy days. If not, you still want a good game, with good commercials, and a decent halftime show. If you watched the game, as I did, then maybe you might agree with me. One word, horrific.
Game was a snorefest, halftime sucked, and the commercials were just OK at best. If it wasn't for the company of my wife and brother, great wings and chili, and lots of craft beer, I would've never made it through the day. That's that.
The last beer I want to tell you about is Iron Maiden Trooper ESB English bitter. This is a solid British-style beer. A little thin in smell, taste, and even the finish, but I love Iron Maiden (the band), so I forced myself to give this a decent rating. Bias is a bitch.
My ratings for these three beers...Rebel IPA 3, Yellow Snow IPA 3, and Iron Maiden Trooper a 3. I guess I'm in a generous mood.
Next time, beer snobs, three brews I'm looking forward to, and a writing update.