|SHERMAN ON THE MOUNT|
Good news for the big breweries. Bad news for good beer.
Today choice has returned to the world of American beer. Ironically, the country that once was considered to be at the bottom of the beer barrel (so to speak) by the rest of the world has risen to the very top. Try to find the diversity of beer styles anywhere else in the world. Big beers, small beers, light beers, dark beers, IPA's, Porters, Stouts, Bitters, Belgians, Pilsners, Lagers, Ales, Wheats, Ryes, Imperials - and nearly any combination thereof. You name it, we brew it.
Choice is a good thing. It's the American way. Right up there with Truth and Justice and...
Which brings us to...
In general, an Imperial IPA will have a bold hop aroma at the pour. The taste should open with the grapefruit, piney tang of the hops up front. Then, depending on the formula, some will balance that out more than others. But, hops should be at the forefront, with a nice bitterness and a warming finish.
We met to take on the Big Boys at the home of Gerry and Donna on a sunny February 26th. Just another day in the paradise known as Central New York. Being unapologetic hopheads, we had been eagerly anticipating taking on the Imperials - and we were not disappointed. We were down a man as Herb and Pat were wintering in Florida - Herb doing his own bit of recon work down there. Nevertheless we soldiered on without him. We strapped on our helmets and bellied up to the tasting table.
Well done, Saranac, well done!