Today is a sad and sobering day for myself. I attended a funeral of a man who was taken away from us much to early. Funerals always put life into perspective for me, “Too much, there’s too much fucking perspective now.” as David St. Hubbins would say…look him up. Life truly is fleeting and much too short not to go out and enjoy it as much as is humanly possible. Not that it will mean much, but today I will dedicate my daily brew to Ken or “Keek” as he was known as. I truly wish I had gotten to know him better than I did but as it has the way of doing, the daily grind always seems to get in the way.
Beer #221 is HopDevil Ale by Victory Brewing Company. This American India Pale Ale with an ABV of 6.7% is brewed and bottled in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.
Into my Victory Brewing Company pint glass went this brew which had a clear amber color with reddish hues. Topping off this beer was an off-white head. The nose was heavy with hops (pine resin and grapefruit) and had a nice caramel malt aroma. It tasted wonderful to a hop head such as myself with lots of white grapefruit and pine flavors. Mix in a bigger than average caramel malt sweetness and a slight toasted bread flavor with a nice biting bitterness and the King was one happy subject. It finished off quite dry and had a lingering bitterness that lasted long after the sip was swallowed. It had a medium body, wasn’t overly carbonated, almost creamy, and a bit sticky. It was highly drinkable for myself in that I could easily drink a six-pack of this if I wanted to.
To me, this was absolutely wonderful. I love hoppy, bitter brews with a nice maltiness and this fits the bill perfectly.
Take the time to enjoy everything life has to offer. Drink good beer, eat good food, and let the ones close to you know how much they mean to you.
Ken…I raise my glass to you today…