Saturday, June 15, 2013

Beer of the Week (Vol. CLXXVIII)

A special Father’s Day themed edition of Beer of the Week sponsored as always by the family friendly folks at Glen Lake Wine & Spirits who can help find the wine, whiskey, and beer you need to honor your father the way God intended.

Every year around this time you see articles about Father’s Day gift ideas or ads touting the latest and greatest gadgets for dad. All of this is completely unnecessary. What does really want for Father’s Day? A couple of his favorite beverages, some red meat, and a nap. We’re not complicated creatures.

If your dad’s favorite beverages are craft beers and you haven’t yet procured any to celebrate the big day don’t fret. Our featured beer this week is one that any red-blooded, craft beer loving father would be happy to savor on Father’s Day.

Tallgrass Brewing from Kansas is fast becoming one of my favorites as they continue to crank out quality brews. Ethos IPA:

The beer foretold in legend. Six types of hops are gathered from the corners of the world to make this legendary brew. This is no earthly IPA. They will write ballads, build monuments, paint caves, and sacrifice goats to this beer. They will drink Ethos and dance to shake the heavens. The aroma is the harbinger of the tastes to come. Big, bright, and beautiful, this beer exceeds all expectations and grants wishes. Twice dry-hopped and brewed with the aid of a dark alliance from another realm, this beer bestows upon you all the complexity of the hops' flavors without overwhelming your senses. Ethos IPA is a gift to you, beer mortals. Drink it and fulfill your destiny.

Can features a mystical looking cave drawing with a brown stone background. Four-pack of 16oz cans is now on special at Glen Lake Wine & Spirits for $7.49. And two other top notch Tallgrass offerings Halcyon Wheat and 8 Bit Pale Ale are a mere $6.49 for a four-pack.



COLOR (0-2): Golden brown and cloudy. 2

AROMA (0-2): Grapefruit, pine, and honey to give you a little sumthin’ sweet. 2

HEAD (0-2): Bright white color, dense and thick. Good retention. 2

TASTE (0-5): Much like the aroma with a big wallop of assertive hop flavors with grapefruit, pine, and mango followed by caramel malt sweetness and a bit of spice. You can feel the heat-it seems boozier than 6.8%-, but it doesn’t distract from the taste. Well carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel and dry finish. Medium-bodied and drinkable. 4

AFTERTASTE (0-2): Flavors transform and slowly fade out in a delicious manner. 2

OVERALL (0-6): This is an excellent beer. It gives you the big hop flavors that you would expect, but they aren’t overdone and there’s a solid malt component which makes for a far more balanced and complex beer. And at $7.49 for a four pack it delivers a lot of bang for your buck. We know that you can’t put a price on how much you appreciate your dad, but he’d be happy to know that you got a good deal along the way. 5

TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 17