Stillwater Nu-tropic

Stillwater Nu-tropic

This week I got out and played basketball with my buddy Dale and his friends again. I don’t recall if I talked about the last time I was out with them, but the short version is: I hurt myself (my back) pretending I was 10 years younger than I am. And then yesterday, two short weeks later, with my back still aching, I went out and played again. Good news: back was golden, and actually felt light years BETTER after playing. Bad news: One of the guys accidentally knee-ed me so damn hard that I can barely walk today. I almost went to urgent care today to see if it was more than a bad muscle bruise. Tomorrow I’ll have to go if it hasn’t improved.

In the meantime, I’m trying out some beer from my recent Julio’s beer run, starting with Stillwater Nu-tropic.

The beer is 6% ABV American IPA brewed with mango and passion fruit. These fruit-infused IPAs seem to be all the rage right now. I picked this one up, because I’m a sucker for passion fruit. And the beer doesn’t disappoint! I don’t know about mango, but I get a ton of passion fruit flavors. In the mix are some bitter, fruity hops. Furthermore, the beer drinks more like a 4% session, and is quite crush-able. Highly recommended summer brew, for those who like tropic fruit infused beer!

-Lost

Stillwater Nu-tropic

Black Hog Easy Rye’ Da

Black Hog Easy Rye' Da

Hi folks. Hope you’re all having a great week. For me, the week is flying by yet again. Right now I’m kind of giddy, as my year-long addiction to Elder Scrolls Online is about to get significantly worse, courtesy a huge update coming out for the game today. My Xbox is downloading the update as I type! It’s going to be a sleepless night, methinks.

Tonight I’m headed off to church for our normal Tuesday routine. I wanted to bang out a review first, without getting trashed.

Enter Black Hog Easy Rye’ Da, an session-able 4.8% ABV American IPA. This is my first ever beer from the Black Hog brewery. I’m a huge fan of session IPAs, and this one brings an extra interesting twist, leveraging rye. The beer is REALLY light in body and flavor, perhaps too much. Everything is muted, making it difficult to pick up much in the way of any flavor. Honestly, besides a little malt up front, followed by a twinge of hops in the finish, the beer is super boring. But hold the phone, as I’m about to blow your mind….I like this beer. I would file this one under: “mindlessly crushable”. In other words, I could see drinking a bunch of these at a cookout, hanging with friends at the beach, etc. Perhaps even a good “introductory” beer for the average Budweiser drinker.

-Lost