Thursday, April 30, 2009

Rye Squared Imperial Pale Ale

My wife and I have had our run-ins with the police, but almost always was because she accidentally dialed 9-1-1. We weren't married a week when she was calling her mother in Colombia--for you internationally dialing handicapped, you start those calls with 0-1-1. But my wife accidentally dialed 9-1-1, didn't get a ring, so she hung up. I was at work, so wasn't around. But 2 minutes later the Yonkers NY police were around, and knocking on the door. She finally got off the phone call she did finally make to her mother before they knocked down the door. Since she was not prompt and was stumbling on her why she dialed 9-1-1 answer, they asked if they could come in, and she said yes. Great! We were moving and packing and it looked like she was ransacking the place. But it turned out fine... until we moved to another apartment a few miles away and she did it all over again. Today this guy in my office was 2 seconds from having our local police department checking in on us. You see, he actually knows someone with a 9-1-5 area code in El Paso. I know, I couldn't believe it either. So he called, but apparently doubled up on the 1. He hung up, made the right call and then checked his voice mail to hear the 9-1-1 operator saying call now or the police will be dispatched. Just in time, he saved them the trip. Good stuff, I'll tell you other cop stories another time. Today I'm drinking a beer I picked up on the way home at Total Wine. Rye Squared Imperial Pale Ale "built" by Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Georgia, but brewed for them by Frederick Brewing Company in Frederick, Maryland. Wow, you can outsource? And apparently, they are now owned by Flying Dog and operate under Wild Goose Brewery now. Complicated. So this beer has a malty, sweet and light citrus aroma. I initially taste a spicy and hoppy flavor, and something unique, maybe the rye. A good amount of bitterness and lemony and orange citrus flavors too. There are some sweet balancing flavors, like caramel but just a hint, and the 8.5% alcohol is completely unnoticeable except for its warming presence. Some pine and ginger and maybe black pepper take you through a decent progression of this beer. The aftertaste is nice but doesn't last forever. I really like the beer and recommend that you give it a try, just don't try to find out about it from the brewery as you may need a private eye (Magnum hated that label).

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