As I was going to bed last night, I considered getting up early to play golf today. In the end, I decided to skip it since to play before work I need to get up at 5:00am. Well, this morning I popped wide awake (no alarm) at 5:30. Clearly a sign from God: “Go golf Josh!” Done.
9 holes turned into 18. I wasn’t happy with my score on either the the front or the back 9, but whatever; the weather was fantastic and I had a good time.
Tonight I’m watching some UFC and drinking a bottle of Mountain Ale from The Shed brewery (Stowe, VT). The style of the beer is old ale, which is typically “rich dark amber in color to a very dark brown” in color and typically has “a full malt body with plenty of character.”
Going by those guidelines, I would say this beer represents the style well. It’s malttasic, with a ton of caramel and nutty characteristics. It’s smooth on the pallet. The body is medium to heavy and borderline syrupy. There are some earthy hops in the mix, albeit muted. More than anything, the malty-sweetness comes through. On this hot summer evening, this probably shouldn’t have been my selection. I’m not digging it, but I’m going to chalk it up to wrong place, wrong time rather than unfavorable flavors…