Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Indica India Pale Ale

I was chatting with a few coworkers today about music and the topic of first purchased album came up. My first choice got a few chuckles around the office conversation, not sure why--she's hot and a great singer. When I was the age of first purchase, choices included record, cassette and usually 8-tracks. I couldn't find out which album it was after a thorough search, but around 11 years old I got an Olivia Newton-John greatest hits cassette, which came with a poster of Olivia. Guess what? I NEVER got to even see the poster as my mother threw it away before I even got a glimpse. I was told that it was inappropriate for a boy my age. But I did get Physical, Xanadu and Hopelessly Devoted. What was your first album, or CD for some?

I'm drinking Indica India Pale Ale brewed by Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe in Eureka, California, my second from this brewery after enjoying an Eight Ball Stout a few weeks ago.

One of the first things I noticed on the bottle (after the royally dressed elephant, of course) was its self-proclaimed "intense spiritual aroma" description; sorry, Hop Stoopid has that kind of aroma, the kind you can't get enough of. Indica IPA does have a sweet caramel and light hops aroma, which is nice though. I must say that my first flavor impressions are not great. This beer is way overly carbonated, sour, too earthy, with a hint of lemon and spice. The grapefruit and hops and bite do show up after that initial flavor goes away, but they are like those friends you have that never show up on time. Indica flavors then transform into a bitter and unpleasant aftertaste. The middle was the best, but I can't say I liked this beer in the slightest. I don't think I've ever asked this question (of course correct me if I am wrong), but do all bottles of this beer taste like this or is it possible I got a bad one? I hate to put the old skunked excuse out there, but this was really bad.


Anonymous said...

I'm going to date myself big time here, but my first vinyl album was "Mardi Gras" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Yikes. I may still have it... somewhere.
Great analogy: ...but they are like those friends you have that never show up on time.
Thanks for taking one for the team, think I'll give this IPA a miss

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hi Groucho-Wan. CCR is great, makes me want to go dig up my greatest hits CD of theirs now. Too bad about the beer. There's always today.

Renee said...

I would never judge your love of Olivia. Mine was a Partridge Family album.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Renee. Thanks for stopping by. I know we're talking over on Twitter now too, but yeah, I'm actually just glad I got the tape and not the record! And also glad you're sucked in now. :)