Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale (review)

Beer Review #147

Its only late August, but as the kiddies head back to school, so too do the autumn themed beers return to their shelves. Today I'm sinking my teeth into a bottle of Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Company, a coven of alcohol alchemists I've been warming up to more and more in recent months.

Don’t be afraid of things that go hop in the night! Rich roasted malt flavors haunt the shadows of our Imperial Red Ale’s bitter teeth.

This 8%ABV Imperial Ale will certainly warm your blood after a few bottles, even if you find the old school vampire on the label a bit chilling.

This unclouded vaguely red ale doesn't quite scream 'blood,' though certainly leaves its viscose, coagulated legs trailing down the sides of your glass long after the subs subside.

At and advertised 70IBU's, Nosferatu actually smells and tastes a bit sweeter than the IBU count suggests. I immediately detected cinnamon and rich raw honey on the nose. The taste has a big, bready malt presence replete with raisins. Only when the beer passes over the pack of the pallet does a firm pine hop rush reveal itself.

Hiking With Jeff & Gina

A combined 6 miles of running and hiking to to get my body back in the swing of things after a 28 mile Saturday long run.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

3 Mile Training Run

Got a short run in with one respectable climb this afternoon before the skies opened up over Mt. Pisgah State Park. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

5 Mile Training Run

After a solid week of training the previous week it was time to kick off the new week with a mellow 5 miler.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

10 Mile Training Run

Laced up a pair of Merrell Trail Gloves late morning for a ten miler on the Catharine Valley Trail, which will play host to the Catharine Valley Half this weekend. I have not run the race since 2014, when I paced my sister to a 2 hour finish just 24 hours after completing the Call of the Wilds Mountain Marathon. I will not be in attendance this time...but good luck to all of my friends who plan to be there.

Speaking of Call of the Wilds, its Eastern States 100 weekend. Run safe and happy trails to all the crazies taking on the toughest ultra in the East again this year!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

RuinTen Triple IPA (review)

Beer Review #146

When you drink a lot of different beers sometimes, after awhile, many of them seem to taste the same. Sure, there are always nuanced differences, but all the while you're searching for the "breed apart," the brew that blows you out of the water and makes the beer drinking experience feel new again. RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing Company, seems (for me) to be one of those rare beers.

We first released this decidedly indelicate beer in 2012 as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our beloved bitter Stone Ruination IPA. Stone RuinTen Triple IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has been changed to include “Triple,” which helps describe the over-the-top hop profile and elevated alcohol by volume. We packed a whopping five pounds of hops into each barrel, and cranked up the ABV to stand up to the hop onslaught. The results are glorious, and we know you’ll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor. You’re welcome. Again.
The "Hop Profile" of RuinTen is certainly 'over the top' but 'over the top hop profile' should not be confused with 'bitter.' We are indeed talking about a strong IPA here, but this beer is all about the orange peel and mango. This is a citrusy, tropical IPA turned up to ten. These days lots of IPA's are big on tropical, but what separates this one from the pack is the brilliant addition of vanilla bean. I've had several stouts that included vanilla, a flavor you often also get from oak aging, but never an IPA. Here, the union of orange and vanilla call to mind a cream-cicle float (vanilla ice cream and orange soada), but with a healthy bitter back end of orange peel and hops to keep things feeling 'adult.'

Buy this beer.

Musical Pairing: Trees, Clouds and Silence

Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club (Sayre)
I-86 Beer Trail
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly (Waverly)
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
The Grille at the Train Station (Sayre)
River Rat Brew Trail (Central Pa)