After a long week of ice and elevation I finally got the swelling in my ankle to come down. Timing is everything though, and being that we play in the outdoors year round we all know, "ain't nobody got time for that!"
As I sat there on light duty Steve was busy leading a group into Lost Creek Wilderness and I'm sure they had an amazing time. There's one solid way to take my mind off missing this trip and ease the ache in my torn ankle and that's to dive face first into an awesome beer! This week's succulent choice to ease the pain and mend the heart comes all the way from the UK, in the form of BrewDog's Hardcore IPA.
"It's just a helluva shock. Something that gets the adrenalin pumping like a 400 volt shot in a copper bathtub has to be good for the soul."
With a claim like that I wasn't sure if I would be throwing down on an energy drink or an amazing beer, but I had to check it out.
At an awesome IPA of 9.2% this hoppy IPA was able to back the above statement. The Hardcore poured to a dark amber body with a fluffy full off white head. I was surprised for how easy it went down considering it's such a strong IPA. The power was in the follow, that where you get the bitter aftertaste and feel of the alcohol lingering. The aroma was a little deceiving as well. With hints of sweet malts and citrus hops you might think you are drinking something much softer, but don't be fooled. The taste might be a bit sweet on the front but that follow will easily sneak up on you. Considering that BrewDog is also responsible for giving the world Tactical Nuclear Penguin, an Imperial Stout with an ABV of 32%, it really should be no surprise that they have delivered a slap you in the face style beer once again.
I'm not sure if I have the beer to thank for this, the team insisting that I rest, my awesome nurse (GF), and or my fine employers for being so great through this, but the combo of all has helped the healing process.