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Mispillion River Reach Around IPA

Mispillion River Reach Around IPA

This past Friday I took part in judging the IPA category for the Great International Beer Festival in Providence, RI. I judged 15 beers in the first round, and another 11 or so in the finals. The winners for this category were:

  1. Battle Axe IPA, Kelsen Brewing, Derry, NH
  2. Juggernaut IPA, Northampton Brewing, Northampton, MA
  3. Greyhound IPA, Northampton Brewing, Northampton, MA

Congrats to Northhampton Brewing. Gotta get me some of their stuff!!! A full list of all winners from all categories can be found here.

Tonight I’m recovering from watching the latest episode of The Walking Dead with a can of Mispillion River Reach Around IPA. This is the first beer I’ve had from this Delaware-based brewery. My buddy Greg brought this back for me, following a business trip he made to the area a couple months back.

The beer is reasonably drinkable; it’s light in body, even with a 6% ABV. For an American IPA, it’s mildly hoppy. I do get a bit of a funky aftertaste, which is difficult to describe, but I’m not a fan of. The label boasts “huge hop flavor”, which led me to check the can for a canned-on date. May 12, 2015….five months ago. It took 6 years of blogging, but I’ve learned that 5 months is a LONG time for an IPA to sit around. File this review under: shit, I should have checked the label before I started typing 20 minutes ago.

-Lost

Wachusett Triple Larry

Wachusett Triple Larry

Howdy folks. The past week sure has been an eventful one. At work, I helped host a training event, which featured a prominent industry figure. Mid-week, I tweaked my back (yet again) and ended up missing some time at work. This time it was the upper back and neck. The back pain halted the little running that I had managed to get back into. Today, there were snow flurries in the air – a signal that my outdoor running days are now numbered. After a mostly lazy weekend, tonight we’re headed to Greg & Heather’s house to watch the Patriots beat up on the Colts.

Before we head out, I’m making spaghetti squash for dinner, pairing it with this Wachusett Triple Larry. This is a “Belgianized” version of Larry, and I believe is made especially for the City of Champions mixed 12-pack. The pack also includes Green Monsta IPA and two other new beers: Brewin and Bella Czech Pils. Since it debuted a few months back, I’ve purchased a couple of 12-packs. I like the variety and how easy-drinking everything from the pack is.

The Triple Larry is OK. It brings relatively light Belgian spiciness (a little banana, a little clove) and medium citrusy hoppiness. I definitely prefer standard Larry, but then again, they are two entirely different beer styles.

-Lost