Quick Take: For me, Alien Church really captures the essence of Tired Hands IPAs in a simple, very drinkable form. This isn’t the best IPA they do, but it’s the perfect starting place to get a sense of what their beer is about. It’s on the upper end of sessionable, but a growler of this is sure to make any IPA drinker’s day.
During an evening among friends, I finally broke out my 2012 aged Dark Lord, one of the first “big beers” I ever acquired, and we taste if it was worth the time and expense. I also happened to have a 2012 Mephistopheles chilled for that evening, so we pop it to compare these two big Russian Imperials and get a better perspective on the Dark Lord hype.
I’m joined on this 20 minute odyssey by my brother, Ryan, and our friend Tom from Pints of Interest fame, a beer novice Josh, and regular DBRcast member Chris.
Warning: This here podcast contains the salty language, so delicate ears need not apply.
Brewery: Allagash Brewing Co.
Style: Wild Ale
My Cost: $25 (12.7oz)
Actual Cost: $12.99 (12.7oz)
Glassware: Flute, Tulip
Availability: One Off
Purchased@: Good Dog Bar
Quick Take: This is a wine drinker’s beer. A gap filler to build the bridge between grape and hop, possibly bringing the non-tart beer drinkers into the fold as well. A contender and probable victor of my favorite Allagash beer ever. There really isn’t much else to say other than buy it on sight.
My how time flies. A fluff piece I started back in sunnier times as a way to have a little fun with some two-week-old, hopped-up beers finally comes to roost in the dreary, wet weeks of fall. The dust’s been blow off, the final keyboard keys have been pecked, and this experiment in blind public opinion is done.
So, just what will the general public think of some of Vermont’s finest when they don’t know they’re drinking it? Read on to find out.