Yesterday we were hanging out at my sister-in-law’s house. The wife wanted to go see our nephew. I was in a pissy mood due to a $200 speeding ticket I got earlier in the morning (speed trap). My day started to turn around when my brother-in-law broke out the beers. Normally I expect Bud Light when I’m over there, but yesterday was a different story. He had excellent craft brew in the fridge. Furthermore, it had come from other parts of the country (primarily various places on the east coast).
Usually when I drink with friends I’m “off duty”. I like to drink without having to analyze the beer. Given the situation, I had to do a micro-review of the Clay Pipe Pursuit of Happiness I was provided.
Clay Pipe Brewing is out of Westminster, MD. This is the first I’ve heard of them.
At 8.5% ABV, this definitely meets the “winter warmer” classification. I got a lot of strong hoppiness in the flavor. So much that I made a guess that it had 90 IBUs. I was WAAAAAY off, as it really clocks in at 46. A typical strong winter ale. It reminded me of Long Trail Doublebag. I should mention that I haven’t had a Doublebag in well over a year, so how I’m reminded of it, I have no idea.
That was the extent of the notes that I took. The beer was decent.