How did you celebrate World IPA Day? The Secret Agent and I sampled dozens cups of homebrew in Samuel Adams Longshot Finals event that took place in Herzliya Marine. We drank some IPA’s – I think but I cannot remember – and on Friday joined the local beer fans to celebrate Israel’s humble-yet-fun hoppy party that took place at Porter & Sons in Tel Aviv. I think that every IPA that is commercially available here was poured on Friday. We focused on new locals, Og Ale Kayzi (Og Summer Ale) by Golan Brewery and 2 new HaDubim and overlooked the small selection of imported beer. Friends who mentioned the so-so taste of the Worthington White Shield reminded us of the bottle we bought a couple of months ago, suck in the back of the fridge and pretty much forgot about. Later in the evening, at home, in front of one of the final chapters of Boardwalk Empire Season II we opened it. It poured murky nutty reddish amber with a tan head and bore flowery aroma with hints of honey. Taste was very bitter and sharp so we let it warm a little; beer was in the back of the fridge. After a while drinking became more pleasant. The bitterness remained but fruitiness came along. Medium body, bitter finish and and overall sense of mediocrity. It felt more like PA than IPA.
The following day, still at home, we opened a bottle of Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA. We followed The Actuary’s advice, who said we’d better drink it as fresh as possible. This is a generally good advice, that becomes more acute with IPA’s. Torpedo smelled of tropical fruit and a little like candy and tasted bitter and somewhat dry. Its texture was sleek and the finish was dry and long. A great beer but not something I could drink on a daily basis, had I drank anything except for water and malt beverage on a daily basis. Despite its rather light body and despite drinking only half a bottle, the sensation of 7.2% abv. appeared rather quickly.
another IPA we drank recently was Rouge Imperial India Pale Ale that Midi Bear brought from his travels. It smelled OK but not as awesome as other Rouge brews we have tasted; butter, candy, honey and ripe fruit and tasted sharp, bitter and alcoholic. OK but not the Greatest Rouge Ever (have you seen their Voodoo Bacon Maple Ale? The bottle and the combination almost made me regret being vegan. Almost).
Those who follow this blog may remember that we already drank Brewdog’s Punk IPA. Drank and loved it. A couple of weeks ago we got to sample a milder, 5.6% version of the beer (as opposed to the original 6%), from a can that The Actuary brought from a city getaway in Amsterdam. Well, as much as I like lighter beers or at least the idea of lighter beer, the reduction did not improve this one. Quite the contrary: bitterness was softer, carbonation was softer, aroma is flowery. I liked the old school version better, but beggars can’t be choosers, right?
White Shield, Torpedo and Imperial IPA are Beers #92, #93 and #94 I Must Try Before I Die.