I was watching some World's Strongest Man marathon a few days ago and thinking about how many hours these dudes must workout in the weight room. While I've done my share of weight lifting during high school, college and beyond in preparation for football and wrestling seasons, my regimen obviously had nothing on these dudes. Pulling trucks, squatting carts full of children, and throwing kegs over a beam 20 feet up, well, it's safe to say that I've never done any of those things. But I must say, those competitions always grab my attention.
Our weight room had little drama. The most we had was a fight or two over who was next on a particular piece of equipment, mostly based on ego, and usually squashed immediately by the king of the room, our football coach. The same coach had some interesting rules besides the obvious conduct ones. The most interesting was regarding what music we listened to during the three or so hours we usually spent there. The rule wasn't so much what we listened to but more about when it was our turn. Depending on who showed up on a particular day, we listened to tapes (yes, tapes, younguns) ranging from Def Leopard to Guns N Roses to Ace Frehley. Coach always hated the whistling song Patience from GNR, but dealt with it. But at the same time every day, no matter what song was on, the tape got changed out for either Alabama or Willie Nelson. Exact opposite of what we started out with. This guy was obviously a country fan. Either that or he was trying to make a point and get us in and done early so he could leave. Great guy!
Today, I'm finally drinking. Finally getting started with Rocky Mountain IPA brewed by Fort Collins Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. The bottle cap names the brewery then states "The Official Beer of the Earth". I wonder how much and to whom you need to make out the check for to get that endorsement. Hmmm. Maybe it's not that official, but if this beer is great, I'll jump on the bandwagon.
There are some hoppy and floral scents, but more than those, a much sweeter caramel and malt dominate the aroma. The first sip starts out with a ton of grapefruit and floral, lemony flavors. Lots of pine and a slight spiciness too. There is a tiny bit of malty sweetness, but very little. In fact, the flavors are exactly the opposite of the aroma. Medium carbonation carries the bitterness and astringency through all the way to the end. The alcohol gives a small warming burn as well, which was nice. The finish ends up bitter and piney, as you probably guessed. I wish that I could put the aroma and flavors into a big pot and blend them together. That would be one kick-ass balanced beer, but as it stands, this is not a well-balanced beer.
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