Love beer? Me too.
A friend from MillerCoors asked if I would be interested in tasting a few beers - seeing that beer makes an appearance in more than a few of my photos. Of course I am interested. While the selection included an amazing array of beer types, I decided to kick off the sampling session with my favorite, IPA.
What better way to sample beer than to invite a few friends to join? Some of our nearest and dearest buds came over to
and taste brews with us.
I know you're curious... so I'll cut to the chase.
An avid IPA drinker, I was surprised by some, impressed by a couple and let down by none.
- Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Imperial IPA: This beer stole the show, although unexpectedly. Sweeter than your average IPA at first scent, I though it would be too malty for my taste. The truer attribute of hops showed up later in the first sip and balanced out the sweetness. Not overly hoppy - not overly anything. Just a good beer you can drink all night.
- Henry Weinhard's Woodland Pass IPA: The next time I do any day drinking, I'll be sure to ask the bartender if this brew made the list. Light - very light for an IPA - with a hint of citrus and a slightly caramel malt, Woodland Pass is perfect for a Summer day. High drinkability.
- Worthington's White Shield IPA: Definitely not an American IPA, which explains a lot of the characteristics I'm not used to (Funny, because in some of the reviews you can tell who is used to a good American IPA). True to its heritage, this is lighter than the IPAs I usually drink, almost like a hoppy white ale. Bitter for an English IPA, but light on hops for an American. It's extremely drinkable and full bodied. I would drink again.
- Leinenkugel's Hoppin' Helles: Hoppin' Helles is actually a lager due out in September. Its hoppy nature landed it in the IPA category (but really I just wanted to try it). Kind of like a Peroni, but with a Leinenkugel twist. The hops balance out the sweetness for which Leinenkugel is known, and the slight bitterness perfects.
Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Imperial IPA gets my vote. Are you a beer person? Lend your thoughts on the brews I sampled in the comments below! What's your favorite IPA?
Thanks again to Brian Nale for inviting me to try these great beers! I can't wait to post on the lagers. Stay tuned, all.