Black Hog Ginga Ninja

Black Hog Ginga Ninja

This week has been damn busy. Monday evening we were in Providence getting Melissa’s new tattoo, a mermaid running down the upper side of her leg. Tuesday night we were out playing trivia. Wednesday night I was out getting my new bull tattoo started (see video below). And Thursday night was “take a breather” night, where we sat and watched a couple episodes the Netflix series Stranger Things, a must-watch for anyone who grew up in the 80s.

Tonight I committed myself to banging out a review of Block Hog Ginga Ninja. The beer is an American IPA brewed with ginger. It’s 6.5% ABV. Honestly, it’s not really up my alley. On one hand it’s pretty hoppy, but on the other hand, it’s not bringing a hop flavor that is wowing me. Lots of malt up front, with piney hops following. For the first half of the can, I couldn’t taste ginger, although as it warms, it becomes more prominent. I’m not a huge fan of ginger either, so I suppose it’s good that it’s not more intense. Overall, a solid “meh” from me. If you’re into ginger, maltier beers, and piney hops, give this one a go.

-Lost

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