Random fact: this is post #1500 on LIBA. I should celebrate with a beer, but unfortunately I’m heavily medicated. Earlier today I finally went to the doctor to see about my back, which has been freaking out for the last two weeks. The prognosis: my back sucks. They gave me muscle relaxers and heavy duty pain meds and sent me on my way. If I’m still in pain in a week, I’m supposed to get an MRI.
Although I’m forbidden from drinking alcohol while jacked-up on these relaxers, I’m pulling out a review I wrote down last week: Thomas Creek Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA. I had this brew while our friend and Ecolissa model, Michelle. The beer came from my mom, who picked it up in New Jersey. Note: you can’t find this beer in New England.
I like the uniqueness of the idea behind this beer; I’ve never see a chocolate IPA. I was expecting it to be nothing more than a novelty beer, but I was happily surprised to find that this is not so. Michelle picked up coffee flavors, while I was able to distinctly pick up orange and a hint of dark fruit. Chocolate was muted and only detectable in the aftertaste. Both of us thought it was a decent beer.
Is it bad that I honestly can’t remember when the last time I posted was? I’m fairly sure it was sometime late last week; time all blends together.
Over the weekend I was in Mystic Connecticut with my in-laws. Confession time: I had low expectations, as there is very little to do in Mystic. Turned out that we had a really good time. We did some shopping in the small downtown area, went to the seaport, had some great food and of course threw back some drinks. The seaport was WAY more interesting than I expected it to be. It is set up like kind of like Colonial Williamsburg, but for shipping, and in New England. There are many buildings that have been preserved and you can visit shops from the 1800′s and learn about the era. There are also tall ships that you can board and check out. If you’re from New England, I’d recommend it for a day trip.
After working a 12 hour shift today, I’m settling in at home with a bottle of , which I picked up in Martha’s Vineyard.
The beer is a Belgian IPA and is one of my favorite beers from this brewery thus far. It has what I consider to be a perfect mix of Belgian and IPA, very well balanced. On the nose I get a bunch of spice, followed by just a hint of dark fruit (e.g. raisin). None of said dark fruit comes through in the flavor. Rather, I get an initial shot of malty sweetness, followed by solid spice and ending in an steadily increasing aftertaste of hops, which are mostly citrusy. For me, it’s a yummy rollercoaster in my mouth. Bravo!