It’s Friday! I bet you already knew that, but I just like saying it. I don’t have to work today (thank goodness), so I plan to paint cabinets in the guest bathroom, go to spin class at 9:30, pick up and put down some heavy things numerous times, and then return to paint a second coat. I’m pretty pumped, actually.
I’m also still happy thinking about the awesome beer I had last night. I first tried it at a beer festival; then I was never able to find it. Two years ago, I found it at a teeny beer shop in Maryland. Finally! It was delicious. I hadn’t been able to find it since… until now. <– Yeah, that part is best when said in your best movie announcer voice.
It’s Sierra Nevada’s Northern Hemisphere Harvest, and it’s popping up everywhere. Woohoo! The beer scored a 99 on RateBeer.com and received an A- on Beer Advocate. Clearly it gets an A+ in my book! It’s an IPA with 6.7% ABV. Watch out – it’ll getcha if you drink too many. It’s an IPA, but it could probably pass as an APA if it really wanted to do so.
Appearance: It has a beautiful amber color. There is a thin lacy head that lingers like nobody’s business.
Smell: The beer smells of hops and light citrus, but there’s not a huge kick of either grapefruit or clove. It’s a blend of fragrances.
Taste: It’s bitter. It starts bitter and ends bitter. However, the flavor-to-bitter ratio (a useful guide I devised for myself) is perfectly balanced. It’s not like those beers that are bitter for the sake of bitter. No, this dog has bite to match the bark. It is also heavy in both malt and hops flavor. The malt is more caramel – not overly roasted.
Mouthfeel: Ummmm… wonderful? Not descriptive enough? Okay – it is moderate to high in carbonation, but not overdone. It’s also very smooth.
Drinkability: It’s so drinkable that even Kevin and I agree about its greatness. Crazy.
This beer was the perfect appetizer for my dinner – turkey burgers with baked sweet potato fries and a grilled mushroom cap. I was going to have the ‘shroom instead of a bun, but I caved and went for the carbs. At least it was wheat, right? Of course, I also had some ice cream for dessert.
Have a great weekend everyone!