Quick hits on a few random beers

I’m not going to lie. I don’t always sit down with a bottle or glass of beer with the intention of analyzing every characteristic a brew holds. This might be shocking, but sometimes I enjoy just sitting back and enjoying a cold beer (or sometimes slightly warm, depending on the style).

Still, when I come across something that’s good, bad or just plain interesting, I like to share the experience with anyone who is willing to listen — or read, as the case may be. So here are a few beers I’ve had lately, with just notes off the top of my head.

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of enjoying a few brews with a group of friends. Among them was Wachusett Brewing Company’s Larry, an Imperial IPA. Having had this before, I thought I knew what I was in for. But I think my tastes have changed a bit. While the huge hop presence I remembered was still there, I found it to be a bit more enjoyable than in the past. My aversion to hoppy beers may be a thing of the past.

We also cracked open a bottle of Dogfish Head’s Noble Rot. I had heard mixed reviews about this wine-line concoction and, to be brutally honest, I feared the worst. Would it be a wine masquerading as a beer? The answer, in my opinion, was maybe a little bit, but not in a horrendous way.

Let me clarify. I’m not a wine drinker, generally. I’ve yet to find any that have appealed to me, with some being far worse than others. And while the Noble Rot was closer to a wine than a beer — in my estimation — it wasn’t terrible. In the same way that Samuel Adams stepped into foreign territory with the Infinium, the Noble Rot was something different. More of a white wine with heavy grape must in it, the brew wasn’t terrible or great, yet somehow both memorable and something I wouldn’t seek out again at the same time.

I’ve also been meaning to comment on the four beers that have come in through my beer of the month club. Click the link to see what they were. Not going to lie; I’m too lazy to rehash them all. But the SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale has been a delightful surprise and probably my favorite of the group. It’s hoppy and has a nice amount of bitterness that I’ve enjoyed.

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