Happy Monday LIBA legion! I had a great weekend, which was highlighted by a FANTASTIC turnout for the LIBA Beer Meetup. Thanks to all who came. I hope to have a recap with a ton of pictures up tomorrow.
Today was a great day too. I just got back from the best run (see above). I FINALLY broke a 7 minute pace for 5k. CRUSHED it too!
I started running about 14 months ago because I felt SO out of shape. Years ago I was a serious athlete. I took 15 years off and fell out of shape. It was time to get back to it, but I hated the gym – BOOOORING! Running is low-cost, does not require a trainer and is addictive as all hell. When I started I was running a 10 minute pace. Within 6 months, it was an 8 minute pace. I never thought I would get down to 7, and look at where I am today!
One of my favorite things about running is the extra calories I earn each day. They almost always go toward my beer intake.
In addition to running three times a week, I’m 99% vegan now. I’m the most healthy I have ever been and I feel fantastic. I’ve recently considered dropping alcohol from my diet in order to get to the peak of health perfection. And then I came to my senses.
In other words, the beer is here to stay!
Tonight’s reward for an awesome run is Uinta Dubhe. This is a black IPA, brewed with hemp seeds. Get it…”Dubhe”? The beer pours with a decent head and surprisingly little aroma. For color, it’s dark brown with a red hue. I’m not exactly sure what hemp seed tastes like, or is supposed to add to the beer, but this tastes like a standard black IPA to me. It swings much further over to the hoppy side (citrus) than I like in a black IPA (I prefer an equal mix of roasted malt and hops).
I blind taste tested this brew back in the summer of 2011. I did not like the beer at the time, as it was too hoppy. While my feelings about the balance of hops & malt didn’t change in the last year, my pallet has become more accustomed to hops.
Soooooo…long story short, I don’t think this is a great example of a black IPA due to the mis-balance of hops and malt, but I DO like the beer way more than I did a year ago. Quite delicious if you’re down with “the bitter”.