Bent Hill Valencia Lemon Ginger Imperial IPA

Bent Hill Valencia Lemon Ginger Imperial IPA

Today was “interesting”. Things were going quite normal, until Melissa called me at work – something she rarely does, and something that almost certainly means bad news. And indeed, it wasn’t good news – a flat tire. Rather than have her call AAA and wait 2 hours, I canceled the meetings on my calendar and drove 20 minutes to come to the rescue. We got the tire changed out and were able to get a new tire the same day. Tonight we’re watching The Hateful 8, a Quentin Tarantino movie. Although his movies are far too violent, we both enjoy them. He’s probably my favorite director, after Ridley Scott, of course.

Tonight I’m drinking Bent Hill Valencia Lemon Ginger Imperial IPA. Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to trying this one. I mean, ginger AND lemon? In an imperial IPA? Sounds like someone is trying too hard. HOWEVER, after a few sips, my opinion has completely changed. The brew comes across as delightfully citrusy and the ginger flavor is barely noticeable. Citrusy hops come bursting through, with a nice malty balance to boot. Color me shocked. Very good beer.

-Lost

Queen City Yorkshire Porter

Queen City Yorkshire Porter

Last night I got out for another training run. Once again, it went kinda lousy. After about 4 miles, I simply got bored. Not tired. Not sore. Bored. Long distance running can get that way. Sometimes it’s because the music on the cell phone isn’t inspiring. Sometimes it’s because the weather stinks, or the scenery along the run is drab. And sometimes, like last night, you’re just not feeling it. It’s also easy to get inside your own head when training isn’t going as planned. This time last year I was easily banging out 8 and 10 mile runs. This year, I can barely push 5. And while I’m fairly sure I have the endurance to go drop a longer run, I don’t have the will power to make it happen. I’m hoping to get out again tomorrow evening, hopefully with more enthusiasm.

Keeping in theme with Vermont beers, tonight I’m reviewing Queen City Yorkshire Porter. This was a birthday gift from my mom. Thanks Mom! The beer is a 5.0% ABV English porter. Like last night’s beer from Queen City, this porter is quick drinking and light bodied. I tend to be a sucker for porters like this – malty, but not over sweet, roasty, but not over bitter. Also like last night’s brew, there’s no hint of hoppiness or bitterness. Some may say it’s a boring beer, due to lack of complexity. I think it’s the lack of complexity that makes it simply delicious. And, if I recall correctly, my buddy Greg tried this at the brewery and also enjoyed it.

-Lost