Starting the evening with a Saranac Red IPA.
Red is right. Rather than the usual IPA color, this pours a deep red due to the use of caramel malts. Head is a nice white with plenty of staying power and leaves a lot of lacing as you drink it.
Aroma is surprisingly fruity rather than the overpowering floral notes you get from some IPAs.
There is some malt up front but the hops come on strong afterward. The malt is there but the hops dominate. Make no mistake, this is an IPA. There are some IPAs that I think are better balanced but this one at least doesn't make the mistake of being nothing but hops.
The mouthfeel is clean and crisp with some bitter aftertaste.
This is a typical Saranac offering; competent but nothing to knock your socks off.
Short term goal: 17:59 5K
Mid term goal: 2:54:59 marathon
Long term goal: To say I've been a runner half my life. (I started running at age 45).
I had a Blue Moon post run and I'm about to serve myself a martini.
Damaris, Marathon Maniac, Ultra Runner
Next: San Francisco Marathon
"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."
I'm gonna drink a longboard lager later. My description is simply "the shit tastes good".
Just sat down to a full glass of pinot. Long day at work. I'm on vacation for the next 10 days, and DH cooked me dinner. You can't beat that. Cheers.
Edited to fix beat. I originally spelled it beet. LOL. I'm beat.. hahahahah
Running is my mental-Ctrl-Alt-Del.
Nøgne Ø Two Captains double IPA. Hops, yum
Smaller By The Day
Just leftover Guinness.
Weight 100 pounds lost
5K 31:02 Sept. 2012 / 23:36 Sept. 2013 (Same Course)
10K 48:59 April 2013
HM 2:03:56 Nov. 2012 / 1:46:50 March 2013
MARATHON 3:57:33 Nov. 2013
Having a Brooklyn IPA, then a few Dogfish 60 min IPA's.. Tomorrow night it's Dogfish 90 min IPA.
Victory Hop Wallop.
Guessing Columbus and/or Centennial with some Amarillo. Lots of them.
Fear is a Liar
A local medium-dry red wine. Nicely balanced flavor that lingers on your lips, delights the tongue, and has a smooth finish. Cheers!
I'm so vegetarian I don't even eat animal crackers!
Next up: Rogue Brewing Santa's Private Reserve.
This is Rogue's winter warmer but, unlike most winter warmers, it's not spiced.
The beer pours an absolutely beautiful red color. An aggressive pour yields a substantial off white head that lingers and lingers and lingers.
Aroma is all hops. This is nearly like an IPA on the nose.
Taste is initially hops and you're thinking, "why didn't they just call this an IPA for Pete's sake?" Yet, just when you think that, you catch some malt sweetness in the background. It's not a roasted malt either, it's honest to goodness sweetness. As the beer warms a bit, the malt asserts itself just a tad more but the hops bitterness still dominates.
Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with a clean finish.
Overall, this beer showcases again why the guys at Rogue Ales know exactly what the hell they are doing. Unlike Saranac who brews competent, if nothing stellar, brews, Rogue brews are all delightful. One of the things that makes a great beer is that you get something a bit different every time you taste it and you never quite get a handle on it. That describes this beer perfectly. This being a winter warmer, I'd have like to seen some spices but, just as an beautiful amber ale, this beer rocks.
I had some Port Brewing Hot Rocks Lager - nicely malty but not as complex as I like. Now I'm drinking some Avery Old Jubilation Ale which alas is too hoppy for my taste.
Ilana is awesome. She lives in a cool place, drinks good beer, and runs hard. She should start a fucking lifestyle blog for chicks. - NC Runner
PRs: 5K 21:03 (4/2012) 10K 43:06 (12/2011) 13.1 1:35:55 (10/2013) 26.2 3:23:31 (12/2013)
Next up: Steamworks Half 6/7 | bloggy stuff at http://ilanarama.dreamwidth.org
I decided to stay in tonight and just clean my place... so onto 2nd beer: Nøgne Ø Porter. It's a great representation of everything you'd want in a porter - great roasty chocolate/coffee flavour with some bitterness, plus 7% abv to keep you warm. Several Nøgne Ø beers just made their way from Norway to Ontario so I'm working through them now, having only had their exceptional #100 barley wine and Imperial Stout before.
Nøgne Ø Two Captains double IPA. Hops, yum
I'll have to keep my eyes out for this... not too many Norwegian brews are distributed in the states.
2013 Goals: (1) Sub-30 5k; (2) first marathon; (3) 1500 miles logged; and (4) 14 races total.
Upcoming Races: (1) 5/18- Viola Valley Half Marathon; (2) 6/9- Ann Arbor Half Marathon; (3) 7/4- Music City 10k; (4) 8/10- Granville Irish Half Marathon; (5) 9/22- Bluegrass Half Marathon; (6) 10/6- Music City Half Marathon; and (7) 10/20- Detroit Free Press Marathon.