Sunday, July 25, 2010
No sooner did I finish the lawn than my wife told me the washing machine stopped mid-cycle for no reason and wasn't working. Great. I turned a few knobs, flicked a few circuits, opened and closed a few doors, checked a few pipes... Then I gave up. What could I do?
When my wife said "that's not good!" I didn't really give a very nice answer--it was like a "nice" Duh! I told her to let me think about it. So a few minutes later I went back into the laundry room, did another battery of clueless-guy tests and voilà, problem solved. I still don't really know what I did, though I have a slight idea, but I told my wife it's because I am a mechanical genius. And she wouldn't even play along. Go figure!
This afternoon I'm drinking XXXX IPA brewed by Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine as part of Pugsley's Signature Series. I have seen this beer around in the past but in big bottles only, and considering I am not a very big fan of Shipyard to date, I had always walked on by. So last week when I saw this beer in a 12 ounce version, I decided it was time. The label is nice: design, colors, lettering; the upper label was very crooked though. Best Enjoyed Before May, 2011.
Hoppy pine aroma, but a sweeter caramel also alternates with that, back and forth. Bitter pine and citrus flavors start things out, not overly bitter but a good bite up front. You will then notice a sweet layer of candy and tropical fruits right on top of those. Pineapple, mango and tangerine, very juicy and sweet. The bitter and sweet are not blended; rather, they are just matched up in a way that accentuates the other. (Think "you got your peanut butter in my chocolate" commercials.) Some spicy black pepper shows its way in toward the end, along with a noticeable 9.25% alcohol warmth. Good carbonation. By the end, you will realize that sweet is the victor in this beer, as the body will be on the chewy, heavy side. Great flavors, slightly too sweet, but I would for sure recommend this beer and will drink it again myself (No, Ed Roberts, not another rerun here any time soon! Just for enjoyment.) I'm pretty sure this is my favorite Shipyard beer by a mile!
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