Friday, June 26, 2009

Warrior IPA

Wow! What a week! Started slow with the AWOL South Carolina Governor emerging from his disappearance and fessing up. Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and then most unexpectedly Michael Jackson? Not to be confused with the great beer guy Michael "The Beer Hunter" Jackson who is a beer icon. Before I ever even knew who he was, back in 1993 or so, I saw him give a lecture. His opening line was that he wasn't "that" Michael Jackson, and that he didn't sleep with children either. Got a bunch of "bad joke" moans. But despite the erratic behavior and lifestyle of singer MJ, he made some great music back in the day. I'm not shedding a tear or anything, but it's still too bad. Who knew so many people loved this guy?

I was listening to about 50 Michael Jackson songs in a row on the radio this morning, when I almost crashed the car. Get this... I saw a sign on a pole that said RAGE ALE with an arrow pointing to a building with a decent sized parking lot. I'm not kidding! Could it be a bar? No such luck. The sign was broken in half perfectly to confuse me. Glad I didn't go to that GARAGE SALE. Too funny! Wish I had my camera. But Rage Ale would fit in great here in Miami, despite recently losing our "Angriest Drivers" crown to New York. Oh well.

Yesterday at Total Wine, I got the big 22 oz bottle of Warrior IPA brewed by Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado. I don't know where I saw it, but a few days ago one guy was criticizing someone else for calling the big 22 ouncer just that. He insisted that it's a Bomber. Whatever. The bottle says this is brewed only once a year, so let's hope it's great. No mulligans, which makes it the improper beer to pair with my golf game.

Nice aroma, mainly consisting of grapefruit, grass and a touch of caramel sweetness. The first sip gave a very bitter introduction to the beer. Lots of grapefruit, lemony citrus, grass and also a bit sour. Those flavors were then eased somewhat by some sweeter malts. Finally, a long one-dimensional progression to a bone-dry finish, which was slightly unpleasant. This beer was just an OK IPA. Not wonderfully balanced, a little sour and the astringency just left something to be desired. I did drink the whole big bottle though, so figure it out for yourself if you're interested.

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