All posts by Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

Two Roads Route of All Evil

Two Roads Route of All Evil

One more day to go before a long weekend! Tomorrow should be a relatively light day at work, and with any luck I’ll get out a little early. Of course, “early” for me means working a 9 hour day instead of 11, but it’s all good! Our plans for the upcoming holiday are pretty simple – hang with family and friends each day, and cap the weekend off with a Sunday full of football.

Tonight I took a trip to Julio’s for a much needed beer run. I picked up a slew of brews that I’m looking forward to trying out. Maybe tomorrow I’ll haul them all out of the fridge and take a picture to share.

From my loot, I’m enjoying Two Roads Route of All Evil this evening. When it comes to American black ales, I’m a bit of a stickler for good balance. That is, I want my black ale to bring a solid roasted malt flavor, which is balanced out by hops also. The beer can’t bee too malty, and shouldn’t be too hoppy. Two Roads Route of All Evil is borderline too hoppy for my liking. There is significant citrus hops in play, and it overpowers the roasted malt just a wee too much.

This is still a solid beer, which I would recommend you try. Just call me finicky about this style.

-Lost

Long Trail Sick Day IPA

Long Trail Sick Day IPA

Happy Thanksgiving to me! Tonight Melissa and I are making our Thanksgiving dinner, including Tofurkey, roasted garlic/onions/carrots, stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas, and cranberry sauce (the tube of over-sweetened canned jelly, none of that chunky real crap). As we wait for dinner to cook, we’re taking in a movie – 22 Jump Street. Sadly, as a kid I never watched 21 Jump Street, so I know there is a lot lost on me. It’s still a hilarious movie.

The beer of choice tonight is Long Trail Sick Day IPA. This is an American IPA with a 6.8% ABV. On the pour, I find it to be quite dark colored, a deep mahogany with one finger of head which dissipated quickly. As far as flavors, it’s a relatively mild IPA. In a blind test, I might go as far as classifying it as an English IPA. Malt dominates up front, and melts into a subtle flowery finish.

If you’re a hop head looking for a beer that smacks you in the face, Long Trail Sick Day IPA is not a good choice. If you’re looking for something on the more mild side (perhaps a hopped-up pale ale), then this might be worth a try.

-Lost