Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 01 – Star Struck Rye IPA by Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers
We are back in Beermas my friends. Kicking off Beermas 2013-2014 on Day 01 is Star Struck IPA by Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers.
First and foremost, thanks to my lovely wife for gifting me this brew.
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Let’s get started!
The Bottle: It has got some cool artwork – a groovy looking cat with long hair, glasses and a ‘stache… Reminds me of…. well ME many moons ago. I feel a kinship with this fellow on the bottle. Speaking of the bottle it’s the usual 650 ML Bottle and weighs in at 7% alc./vol.
The Star Struck Moment: I actually had a memory trigger at the title of the brew. I had my own Star struck moment. I was at a guitar clinic where on of my favorite musicians, Canadian blues/rock/reggae master singer songwriter guitarist Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar, he had wrapped up and was signing autographs. Well, all I had with me was my cool brown leather coat, so I took it off and placed it on the table. I was so Star Struck, all I could say to him was – Can you please sign my coat…<pause> I just got it at a church rummage sale.
Sigh – he looked at me and smiled graciously and said after a pause, “Cool Man”… He signed it and off I went, sauntering away feeling foolish but stoked I got my coat signed. Actually – I kinda dig that though – I feel like the spirit of rock and roll is with me whenever I put that coat on so it didn’t work out too badly.
Ok, let’s get back to our focus here.
The Beer: Here’s what it looks like. Now let’s crack it open.
The Pour: Let’s giver a pour. Nothing unexpected – looks like an IPA. Thumb and a half full of head. Colouring is golden. Smells delicious – citrusy but a sweetness is also in there.
Quoting from the bottle “Let the incredible tangerine, candied apricot and tropical aroma take you deep into a lasting citrus bitterness with toasty rye undertones”… Interesting, perhaps that sweetness I detected in the aroma was the candied apricot they are referring to.
Let’s taste: Smooth, drinkable, digging deep I am getting the candied apricot and you don’t have to dig for the bitter smack of the hops on the aftertaste. Very nice indeed – Another solid local IPA to add to the list.
Would I buy it again? Yes.
I should mention that they propose some food pairings on the bottle, to quote: “Suggested Food Pairing Ideas: Smoked Gouda, Jerk Chicken, Genoa Salami, Walnut and Tangerine Salad, STicky Toffee Pudding” .
Hmm. Too bad all I have to pair with this tasty brew is the nasty food of the cast – Kralfredo Dinner. Yup – it’s what it sounds like – leftover Kraft Dinner with leftover Alfredo Sauce… Why am I eating this… I’m not sure – it was in the fridge and it’s Friday and I didn’t want to cook. I’m sure you’re wondering – was it tasty?
NO. But I’m hungry so I’ll eat it. 😉
Cheers everyone. See you on Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 02!
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