I stopped by the QFC store this evening after Karate looking for some Gatorade, as I was a bit dehydrated. What did I find in the Beverage aisle but a six-pack (just one on the shelf) of Sierra Nevada India Pale Ale. For those of you not so into beer, know that Sierra Nevada is a truly first-rate large brewery that makes several of my favorite beers (celebration ale, and the best large-brew porter around) and the IPA is my favorite style of beer. I didn't even know that Sierra Nevada made an IPA. Oh joy.
For the record, I found it excellent, creamy and smooth, malty and a little fruity, well-hopped but not overpoweringly so. My perception on this may be skewed since I am used to some local IPAs which are so hoppy that they will sear your palate clean off.
I also picked up a regular favorite of mine, the Smoked Porter out of Stone Brewing in San Diego (pictured). Really full-bodied and robust -- very rich, almost like a stout. Hints of chocolate and coffee, smoky but not heavily so. I could drink this all night.
"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Benjamin Franklin
14 March 2006
Posted by shadowfax at 10:01 PM