It’s hump day. I finished my audio book on Churchill, which was awesome. I highly suggest it. It’s called Churchill and is the 2009 edition. It was absolutely fantastic and had lots of little fun facts, which I love. I also had a great workout. I left my lifting gloves at home, so I thought that I wasn’t going to lift well (I know, it’s all a mental thing) and ended up tearing the gym up. I went for an hour-long walk in the park with my buddy and had some great discussions with him. I came home to have a wonderful dinner of jambalaya. Now, it’s brew time. This will be my first Bear Republic beer and I’ve heard some great things about the brewery, so I’m excited to try this one.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: This is considered to be a high gravity IPA. According to wikipedia.com, a high gravity beer “refers to specialty craft beers with an increased specific gravity. High alcohol content is not the intended consequence of high gravity beer, however, the concentration of sugar and flavor-enhancing ingredients at the beginning of the brewing process results in a brew with a higher percentage of alcohol compared to other beers. High gravity beers are traditional in Europe, but only a small percentage of microbreweries in the United States produce them. They are more expensive than mass-produced beer. They are also more flavorful, intended to be sipped and savored, and are often paired with foods.”
Random: Nicole is really good at COD:MW2. She had 25 kills last night in Hardcore Team Deathmatch.
First of all, as I poured the beer, I noticed “stuff.” Now, any time that I say “stuff,” I mean sediment. On the bottle, it says that this is caused by the fact that it’s been “loaded with hops” and is unfiltered. I always love when there is an explanation. Anyways, this beer pours with two fingers of fluffy tan-colored head which leaves some crazy lacing on the glass. The body itself is a reddish-brown. This certainly does not fit my idea of an IPA, but I’m assuming this is due to the rye used in the brew. Hey, I’m all about trying new things. The nose is all IPA though. I get the usual suspects: pine and grapefruit. But, I get another characteristic of maltiness, like a caramel nuttiness. Could this be due to the rye? I assume so. Carbonation is difficult to assess due to the “stuff” floating and the color of the body. On the taste, I don’t get a lot of bitterness. It seems like the maltiness is taking the front seat with the pine making an appearance on the finish and not lingering long. On the second sip, it seems like the hops finally come out to play. Maybe this is a result of warming up a bit? The sweetness is still there and it’s a pretty well-balanced beer. For being 80 IBUs, I would think that the hops would hit me in the face a little more. This is a very interesting concept for an IPA. It’s not only well-balanced, but a little thicker than the normal IPA, without being syrupy. Definitely get your hands on a bottle if you want to expand your horizons a bit. Definitely enjoyable, but a little too high in ABV to session.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0