Monday, June 22, 2009

Virgin Islands Tropical Mango Pale Ale

My kids come home every day from summer camp looking like they lost the playground battle for that day. Bruises up and down their legs, scratches and scars from past incidents. These two play very hard! Anyone have any good scars with a story to go with it?

For me, I have a few with some weird ways I earned them. Most boringly are the three noticeable ones left from my chicken pox when I was five years old and one on my neck where a mole got removed by dear old dad. But I also have a great one on my arm about 6 inches long where my brother pushed me against a chain-link fence at the little league field while we were waiting to be picked up. And a nice one on my shin I got when melted wax from the plastic knife I was melting in the camp fire at Boy Scout camp dripped on me. Wrestling practice plus an errant elbow also left one on my cheek. And of course, the one from my hot oil incident from last month. The rest are mostly boring, though. I haven't had surgeries or car accidents, thankfully. Anyway...

A friend over at Facebook told me a few days ago about the beer I'm having tonight. I believe she referred to it as a "chick beer" so when I saw it at Total Wine over the weekend I thought to myself "I like chicks" and into the shopping cart it went. I am talking about Virgin Islands Tropical Mango Pale Ale brewed for St. John Brewers in the Virgin Islands by Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine. Those guys have their hands everywhere! So let's see.

There is a very tropical fruity and sweet aroma, mainly ripe mango and passion fruit. The flavors also sport some mango and papaya up front, but surprisingly this is not a super sweet beer. It is a little more sour and acidic and those components have a little fight with their sweet classmates. Not well balanced, and as the beer finishes on your palate, it leaves a lingering medicinal cough-drop-like and dry flavor. Sorry but I don't think I'll come back to this unless there is a chick attached to it.

4 comments:

Bear said...

I'm a chick and I'll stay away from this hot mess. Sounds utterly disgusting. Real women drink real Beer! LOL

Beer Drinker said...

Hey Bear. Thanks for the comment and always nice to meet women that like a great beer. Glad to hear you'll be drinking something else.

Anonymous said...

Hey...no fair! I like real beer too!I tent to gravitate to the fruity beers in the summer. I've got an ice cold Long Trail Blackberry Wheat just waiting for the kids to go to bed, only, what...6 hours...

Beer Drinker said...

That sounds like a beer worth trying, male or female.