9% ABV from a bomber
Almost any time I saunter into a typical BYOB party, a six pack of craft under my arm, some wiseguy sipping a Stella always has to look me up and down, a sneer on his face. “So, what are you? One of them beer snobs?”
How is this something to mock? And why does drinking good beer make one a “beer snob”?
If I’d walked into the party with an attractive women on my arm would the same chap have queried me:
“So, what are you? One of them pussy snobs? Can’t be content just fucking boring, average women? Need to get your dick wet on something a little more sexy, huh? Yeah, I see. Snob.”
Luckily, last weekend’s July 4th party was hosted by a beer “snob” just like me and further luckily he’d just returned from Chicago with one more suitcase than he’d flown into town with. That new suitcase packed to the gills with Three Floyds bombers.
I’m embarrassed to admit I’d never even heard of Blackheart, but an employee at the (what I understand) is amazing Binny’s, had all but shoved a bomber of this in my friend’s cart and said it was a must buy. So glad that man did, because this beer was silly good. Named after their parlor and with a sick label by San Fran tattoo artists Tim Lehi and Jeff Rassier, this is one aromatically robust IPA. English IPA for that matter which I, honestly, can’t really differentiate from our Yankee IPAs. This is probably the most flawlessly balanced IPA I’ve ever had. The perfect amount of pine, grapefuit, hops, and malt. It’s not a “bomb” of any sort, just dangerously easy drinking deliciousness. I almost wept when the split bomber was finished. We were slurping it back like Gatorade after five sets of tennis.
Why is this beer not more “famous”? I honestly think its better than Three Floyds’ much more regarded Dreadnaught. Hell, I think this is one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. Exquisite and not to be missed. Stock up.
Three Floyds Broodoo
5.5% ABV from a bomber
Next we went with Three Floyds’ “harvest ale” Broodoo which is actually just a typically hoppy IPA. Solid, no question, but it quite frankly pales in comparison to the Blackheart. It almost felt unfair to drink anything after the glory of Blackheart but Broodoo had to be the sacrificial lamb. Though I did like this beer, I could see myself enjoying it scads more if it were my first or only beer of the night. A tasty biting and spicy hops bitterness that tickles your tongue, this beer still remains remarkably drinkable (seems to be a theme with 3F stuff and I’m not complaining!) Then again, at a mere 5.5%, this one felt a ton more boozy than the Blackheart. A little too over-carbonated as well. But these are minor quibbles and this is a nice, expertly-crafted brew.
10% ABV from a bomber
My final brew from my impromptu Three Floyds Weekend troika was actually a collaboration beer with Dogfish Head. Doesn’t your dick get hard just hearing those words? Two of my favorite brewers, two of America’s finest brewers. I’m such a sucker for collaboration beers even though these gimmicky brews are usually nothing special, and in fact, with rare exception–off the top of my head I’m thinking of Collaboration Not Litigation and Stone’s collabs with Mikeller, Nogne O, et al–most are just mediocre. And, I hate to admit it, but such is the case (somewhat) here as this “Threeheaded Floyddog Production” is nothing special. It’s a flavorful but not really mindblowing brown. With less hype and fanfare, I’d call this a very solid example of an (imperial?) brown ale. It’s very drinkable, has a nice little sweetness, tastes of roasted and sweet malts, a hint of vanilla. It didn’t really taste that complex to me despite the wood aging. Which, speaking of, makes me just realize that I would much prefer to simply have Dogfish Head’s own Palo Santa Marron, a truly exceptional brown ale. Seems that in the beer collaboration world, too many cooks spoil the broth. Eh, but I’ll keep on buying them nevertheless. A sucker may not be born every minute, but I’m unable to control myself when it comes to over-priced, over-hyped collaborations. (Now when are Miller and Coors going to team up for their special collaboration beer???? AMERICA IS WAITING!)
(And, yet another hat tip to The Captain for grabbing me one of these bottles on Dark Lord Day.)
So what did I learn over the weekend?:
1. “Snobbiness” is very sexy.
2. Adults that still ooh and ahh fireworks are fucking morons.
3. And Three Floyds is clearly one of the best brewers in America.