Tasting: April 29, 2016
A lot of beer described as having a dank, pot resin flavor. As it turns out it isn’t surprising as a 2002 study confirmed that Humulus (hops) and Cannabis (pot) were closely related and part of the same family – Cannabinaceae. Some great pot references in beer names as well. First one that comes to mind is Square Grouper (Pipeworks & 4 Hands) – 96 points. A square grouper is the term is used by the Coast Guard to describe wayward bales of pot floating in the ocean. Dark Horse gives us Smells Like a Safety Meeting – 92 points which I came to learn is slang for taking a pot smoking break at work. Lagunitas reminds me that they give us an annual release called Undercover Investigation Shut Down Ale – 90 Points. That name describes the humorous real-life story of a pot smoking investigation of Lagunitas brewery tours that temporarily shut down the brewery.
Once again, Lagunitas gives us a pot reference with The Waldos’. While attending high school in the early 1970’s a group of four boys known as The Waldos created the pot-related term “420” or “time to get high”. There was some debate on the origin of the phrase but Lagunitas sets the record straight by providing a video featuring the original quartet. Video: The Waldos and the origin of “420”.
In short, the group would meet at 4:20 each day by the Louis Pasteur statue on their school grounds. They were in search of a hidden field of pot they were told existed. They repeated their meeting time to the point it spread all the way into pot culture.
Another beer and pot connection? Pasteur was the first to study the fermentation of beer and his likeness played a role in the start of 420. Hmmm.
Anyway, on to the beer. Massive 11.1% alcohol by volume. Dank as dank gets. smokey resin, sticky wonderfully balanced with big helping of pepper, grapefruit. Has rich mouthfeel and some stiff alcohol heat. Really nice 92 points.
Tasting: April 28, 2016
From the brewery:
We took some fresh Sanguinello Blood oranges, juiced ’em, concentrated that juice (without heat) and threw it into a wheatier version of our New Dogtown Pale Ale. The end result? A refreshingly hopped pale-ish ale with a huge citrus burst!
Wheat base is flat, beer is a tad fizzy and citrus is lemony but certainly demure. Not a fan 83 points.