Unless a beer is simply out of this world with powerful features, it’s challenging to remember all the unique tastes and facets I noticed about it without writing anything down. So I try to mentally note at least one unique feature or reaction I had such as…
Left Hand Milk Stout = smooth, amazing label. go-to beer.
Hopslam = so hopped up I saw stars
Thomas Creek Vanilla Cream Ale = pheeewww (that’s my interpretation of a balloon deflating)
Stone Ruination IPA = I want to take you home tonight
5 AM Saint = you sir, get waffles in the morning
Most of those are reactions, but I personally find it is a more effective way of recalling and conveying how I felt about a beer. Plus, if I’m out and my friend asks me what I thought about a certain beer, I’d rather say “hellsyes. I wanted to run out in the streets and tell everyone how amazing it was,” than “hellsyes. It had a light and airy note of pencil shavings.” Okay okay please call me out if I ever say anything like that, but I hope you see what I mean. Of course if I had to choose between two similar beers I’d hope that I would have enough sensory memory to compare the two in more depth than with one immediate reaction, but my beer brain capacity has some developing to do.
I’ll remember that the smell of this Osiris was like stepping into a greenhouse.
Back to the basics
Sun King Brewery – Indianapolis, Indiana
American Pale Ale
Bought at Friendly Package Liquors, Muncie
All in all
Clear, yellow-orange color (a pretty orange, not Philadelphia Flyers orange…sorry dudes, that is not a good color), with a soft white head that disappeared quickly, but left a thin layer until about ¼ of the beer was gone. The hops & tart grapefruit taste were satisfying and hit square on the center of my tongue…It felt very clear, but was equally dry, leaving me wanting something more quenching-perhaps a glass of water or that juicy grapefruit? Overall it was very sharp, and worked until the end when it left a bitter penny taste at the back of my mouth. Did anyone else try to use pennies as a way to make your temperature read higher when you wanted to stay home from school “sick?” Just me? It didn’t work at all. But using a heating blanket did. Shhhh…
Recommend to a friend?
I would tell them about the great aroma, but the aftertaste & dryness makes me hesitate in recommending it to someone who isn’t a fan of pale ales.
Safe for lightweights?
5.6% ABV – yay!
And look out for my next cookie recipe on Sunday!