In honor of National Beer Day yesterday, Jim brought home some new (and old favorite) beers to try! He's such a good hubby!
21st Amendment Brewery (SF) Back in Black, Black IPA
Mad River Brewing Double Dread Imperial Red
YAY!! I love Double Dread! As a seasonal beer in Mad River's rotation, I only get the chance to drink it once a year. I didn't get to drink one last night (had a PranQster and tasted the Back in Black instead), but I can't wait to have one tonight. Since this is an old favorite, I can conjure the tasting notes from memory (ah, sweet memory...) This is a hopped up, unfiltered red ale with a slightly cloudy brown-red color. Don't let the yeast sediment scare you! The citrusy hops are perfectly balanced with a sweet caramely malt finish. Though I do like it fresh from the brewery, I'm not a huge hophead like Jim is, so I prefer my Double Dread when it has aged for a few months so the hops mellow a little, which really lets the sweet malt base shine. This means at least one bottle is going into our beer cellar for Fall tasting. YAY! Man, I love this beer.
La Trappe Quadrupel Ale & La Trappe Oak Aged Quadrupel Ale
I hope you had some great beers on National Beer Day!