Saturday, January 9, 2010

duganA IPA

Rainy and just a miserably cold day here in Miami. Family at circus all afternoon. Christmas decorations and tree all got put away today. I took pics of like 100 bottles of beer I've had in the past year--stay tuned.

Publix, ugh. I LOVE Publix, but I wanted to buy a rotisserie chicken for lunch and they were not ready for me. Now I am not a grocery planner, and probably every day has a different routine, but Jesus, call me if you guys need some help with real people... If I ask at 10:50 am when one will be ready and you say 30 minutes, and I do everything else including pay and come back at 11:25 am, make sure you fucking have one ready for me. BTW, you idiots should have them ready MUCH earlier anyway for people that are planning their lunches and buying a bunch of other stuff too. Just because I am there early doesn't mean I am not planning my noon-time lunch. Fuckers (today)!

This afternoon I am drinking duganA IPA brewed by Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado. This one has been calling me to drink it for around a month or so. The label has some goddess on it, hair flowing perfectly to cover her breasts just enough to piss you off. There is also a story on the quest to develop this beer. It starts with, "Lupulin Rapture Incarnate!" and goes on to use that "lupulin" word again. Don't ANY of you (except you, Charlie Papazian, who used that word in one of your book titles, below) pretend to understand what the hell these guys are talking about! I know better. Merriam-Webster should've had the honor of being on the label illustration for this "transcendental IPA".

Main Entry: lu·pu·lin
Pronunciation: \ˈlü-pyə-lən\
Function: noun
: a fine yellow resinous substance of the female catkin of the hop (Humulus lupulus of the mulberry family) from which humulon and lupulon are obtained."

The aroma is awesome! Grapefruit but also lusciously sweet with some fruity pears and pine as well. The flavor profile is vast and complex, much like having a humming bird in your mouth, or so I imagine. Sweet to start for 1/2 second, then grapefruit bitter for 1/2 second, then caramel for 1/2 second, then spicy black pepper for 1/2 second. After a few sips those main components start to dance together and overlap one another and give a really terrific experience. Carbonation is on the high side and is very prickly--it works with the pine and spicy pepper flavors to give a sharp bite and burn. In the background, other citrus and lemon flavors say hello. Also, the 8.5% alcohol in big 22 makes an appearance, although it is mostly masked by the rest of the flavors. Dry finish with spice and bitter left behind. Go find this beer and drink it now!

Microbrewed Adventures: A Lupulin Filled Journey to the Heart and Flavor of the World's Great Craft Beers -- Charlie Papazian

Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Sunburst

Kodak Easyshare M341 12.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD (Orchid)


Ed Roberts said...

It's like the slightly smaller relative to Maharaja!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yes, they are cousins, and I have my suspicions that they are kissing (sleeping together) cousins. I'm not sure why Avery made another double IPA but if that's their expertise, they need to go for it!