All posts by Joshua Dion

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

Mayflower Alden

Mayflower Alden

Here is your home buying update of the day. Inspection has been secured for next week. Mortgage “stuff” is underway and I expect a call from the bank tomorrow. In lousy news, the loan officer told me that the bank won’t let me use my own attorney for closing. Some kind of shit about them having a preferred list of attorneys. Sounds like garbage to me.

Tonight we’re off to trivia for the first time in quite some time. Hopefully I remember what I’m doing, although it shouldn’t be hard; my contribution to the team is less about answering trivia questions and more about throwing back beers and being entertaining.

Before I shoot off tonight, I’m trying out this Mayflower Alden. This is an imperial IPA in the Mayflower limited edition cooper series. This particular beer was bottled in February. It’s brewed with one of my favorite hops, a variety called Citra, which usually brings along tropical citrus flavors. And indeed, Alden packs some of that tropicalness. It also packs a strong, bitter, hoppy finish. It’s an enjoyable beer, albeit very hoppy and not recommended for those who are not hop heads.

-Lost

Night Shift Morph

Night Shift Morph

Last night I talked about our search for a home, how we had found a fantastic place and how we were anxiously awaiting locking in the offer. Well, everything went swimmingly and the offer contract has been signed by both parties. We are excited, even through we have a long way to go between the inspection, the purchase and sales agreement and then closing out into June. If you care to take a peek, you can check the place out while the listing stays up.

After a rough stretch of shitty weather, endless days at work, sickness and basically a miserable winter things are really starting to fall in place. We are back into a rhythm hitting the gym on a regular basis (training for a half marathon), the weather is starting to get nice again and I have managed to relieve a TON of stress at work. Life is good.

After last night’s amazing beer from Night Shift, I am pretty pumped to try this can of Night Shift Morph. Morpth is a beer that the brewers change the recipe on regularly; each batch is quite different. In order to learn about what’s in your can, you have to check out the date stamp and then look up the batch.

The can I’m drinking was canned on 3/26. SUPER fresh, as I sit here drinking it on 3/31. It’s evident how fresh it is from how potent the hops are. The Night Shift website describes this batch as follows:

Batch 3/10/15 – Clean, crisp, tropical IPA with a bright, citrusy, bitter finish (5.7%)

Clean? Yes
Crisp? Yup
Tropical? mmmmm…..not particularly
Citrusy? Yup
Bitter finish? Yes, and too much!

I got a ton of over-the-top citrus, with a harsh finish. I felt like I might have picked up pine flavor somewhere in the middle. The finish was brutal. In a vast world of IPAs, this one gets a pass from me.

-Lost