I've got nothing to say except I need a little liquor to go with my beer this Christmas season, and that's gonna require a Total Wine expedition. I'm thinking that I'll leave my three year old home as we've been identified as regulars, and he as a "loyal customer starting on his 21st birthday." All I could say was, "I hope not" but that was just a reflex.
Anyway, I'll probably get some Grand Marnier, Absolut, Gentleman Jack, and a few others, if I find the price is right. And of course some beers, hopefully a couple of new stars.
Right now I'm drinking Mendocino Imperial IPA brewed by Mendocino Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, New York. This winter seasonal is a "Limited Edition" and an "award winning brew" according to the label.
The aroma is hoppy with light citrus, followed by some sweet malts as well. Sweet caramel starts out the flavor profile, but just for an instant. Bitter grapefruit and some lemon and orange citrus whip their way in and attack that sweetness, leaving a nice bitterness that lasts the rest of the way. Decent bite, although not nearly the killer that I was expecting from this Imperial IPA. Some spicy black pepper and a nudge from the 7.5% alcohol make their way into the mix by the end of your experience. Good, just slightly less hoppy and bitey than I believe I was lead to expect. I mean, Hondas are great cars, but when you're expecting to be driving a BMW, it's a bit of a letdown. Rename this beer and people will flock to it as a tasty choice.
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OK people, if you're reading the comments, here is the bottle that says Saratoga Springs, NY. I know the picture is small and not that great, but deal with it. Click it and you can read it. These guys have two (or perhaps more) breweries. Mine is a NY beer!