India Pale Ale (Ipa)
This beer was amazing for me. I spent a few nights in Sequoia National Park last week with one of the main goals being to visit General Sherman (the largest living tree in the world, by volume). Upon arrival in the Three Rivers area I stopped at a general store to grab some provisions for the next few days. When I saw the General Sherman IPA sitting there I knew it was a must.
I didn't know CNN was rating beers these days, but I saw Deviant Dale's IPA at one of the local shops today with a top 5 non-girliest beers (or manliest?) sticker next to it. Hmm, since everything I've ever heard from CNN has always been 100% factual I figured I better try this one!
Another wonderful week in the rear view mirror. I headed up to Northern Colorado with some buddies for a little backpacking adventure. One little treasure we picked up on our trip was the Renegade IPA from Estes Park Brewery. The Renegade is a medium bodied IPA that has a lot of hop action at the front, but a very light pine finish taste. This IPA pours to a murky amber with a very small head. It's not a sticky drink and there is pretty much no lacing left on the glass. With an ABV of 5.8% the Renegade is a light IPA that makes for a great night cap.
Jockamo IPA from Abita Brewing Company is a hoppy blast of refreshing IPA goodness! The Jockamo pours to a clear, orange-amber color with a decently frothy off white head. It's a complex beer with a lot of taste and a full body. Some of the stronger flavors are sweet malts, caramel, citrus, and grassy hops that really bring out a nice balance. There is also a distinct earthy-pine taste. Jockamo has a medium body that is moderately carbonated. Random spots of lacing cling to the pint, not too sticky though. For having a 6.5 ABV% it drinks quite easy.
After channeling my inner Edward Abbey in Moab, UT. and Arches National Park last week a good beer is exactly what I needed. Sitting down at the computer now to check my schedule and plan more trips I noticed a lot going on in, and around Buena Vista this Spring and Summer. Which means I'll be visiting the Eddy Line Pub and Brewery a lot this Summer.
Turn on and turn up the Mustard Plug, Reel Big Fish, Gold Finger or whatever SKA you like, because this week's BOTW is Modus Hoperandi from none other than SKA Brewing Company. A goodnight cap to a somewhat weird week. Nothing bad, just different. I guess you could say it was a week of planning and the wheels are turning. We are preparing for next week's hike, and planning a few future events that will be nothing short of AMAZING! Glad I had a good beer to wash it all down with.
Shazam, KaPOW Oh yeah!!!!! That is all I can do to describe this week's beer of the week(end). I want you all to take notice of the Belgo from New Belgium Brewing's Lips of Faith series. Leave it to a Colorado brewery to meld two of my favorite beers into one, namely Belgian Trappist style ales and a hearty kick in the ass IPA(India Pale Ale).