Tasting: September 25, 2011
What a great day. First, I wrapped up a fantasy baseball championship — nice. As if that wasn’t enough, it was supposed to be a cloudy rainy day — but the weathermen were wrong and it turned out to be a warm fall day. For a day that we were planning indoor and low-key activities, it was like we were given a bonus day. So, we took advantage and spent a somewhat relaxing day at the Warwick Valley Winery picking apples, sipping wine and listening to some live music. Now, we’re home warming up some some leftover kielbasa soup.
Hopefully this beer will be a nice cap to the day. The name translates to “horn of the devil”. They describe this beer as an English-style pale ale with an American twist. Sounds a lot like how Stone brews their beers — start with an English base and jack it up. The ABV sounds a little light for an IPA at 6.5%. Pours a dark rust color — very cloudy with an off white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is quite sweet — like caramel. Quite fizzy at first and the caramel is tainted with some off flavor and then some burnt tea like bitterness hits then some raisins roll in. It ends with some potent hop bitterness. This one is totally disjointed — I’m not liking this at all. Looks like I’ll need to find another beer to cap my day. I’ll put this at 70 points.