“The generous addition of hops both during and at the end of the fermentation process (dry-hopping) gives our India Pale Ale its characteristic bitterness and piney citrus aroma and flavor. The medium body, crisp finish, and moderate alcohol and IBU levels makes this one of America’s most drinkable and best-selling IPAs.” (more…)
A 400 Pound Monkey? First off yay monkey, but a 400 pound one. Whew that is a lot of monkey poo to fling. @(^_^)@
Enough about poo, and onto the beer…
This beer has a nice clean smell, which means this monkey seperates business with pleasure. Wouldn’t want poo hands making the beer now would we. OK so I can’t really separate the two, so fling me.
Now I know a lot of casual beerers aren’t IPA fans. They are hoppy and have a bite to them. They let you know you are drinking a beer, and I like that about them. The problem? Left Hand Brewing realized that IPA’s are becoming more fashionable so when they decided to make their version of an IPA they wanted to do it with a twist.
I poured off a nice golden color into my chilled glass, one of the first things I noticed was that there wasn’t much lacing head. A nice lacing to the glass is said to be a good indicator of the quality of beer.
So what did it taste like? It has a nice malty and hoppy balance. It’s an IPA and it let’s you know that but on the other hand it still has a sweetness to it that gives it a well balanced taste. This isn’t an overly hoppy IPA, so if you are looking for a beer that bites back hard then this isn’t it. However it isn’t exactly a sissy beer either. There is a nice citrus taste that goes with this beer. So in the world of IPAs this is different, but it was what Left Hand Brewing set out to do, and I say they succeeded.
Because this one ain’t like them others.
I give this beer 4 and 1/2 out of 5 bananas and not just it has monkey in the name. It is a good beer and at a good price, you can’t help but like that. To even further prove it I got caught up watching a movie and left the last sip sitting there to warm up, and you know what? Still delicious! And while you are off enjoying a few of these delicious beers why don’t you sign up for my free Contest to win a Zaca recovery patch and save yourself from a hangover.
“For more than two centuries, tribes of singing, chanting “Mardi Gras Indians” have appeared on the streets of New Orleans wearing elaborate, handcrafted “suits” of beads and feathers. The celebrate traditions and cultures as bold and beautiful as their costumes. Abita Jockamo is crafted the traditional way to create a bold and flavorful Indian Pale Ale that stops and shouts. When you hear the drums, join in the song. Iko! Iko! Jochamo fen an e’.”
I’ve been to New Orleans before, and that was a party. It wasn’t even during Mardi Gras, it was in the middle of December a year after Katrina devastated the area, and you know what Bourbon St. looked like on that Sunday afternoon? A party that’s what, so if the average Joe gets down on a Sunday, I’m all about these Jockamo Indians boogieing down during Mardi Gras.
But enough about partying Mardi Gras Indians, on to the beer…
Type: Beer – Double IPA
Name: Victory Brewing Company – Hop Wallop
Made: Downington, Pennsylvania
The Legend of ‘Hop’ Wallop
“So Horace ‘Hop’ Wallop headed west a broken man. For in the city of Blues a Miss LuLu Bell Lager had left him thirty for more. Drawn by wild tales of riches to be had in the gold mines, Hop pressed on westward. His last nickle spent on a prospecting pan Hop’s hunger got the best of him. Two fist fulls of barely and three of some wild and Wayward hops tossed in a pan with some clear water was to be his meal but sleep overcame him and he later awoke to a bubbling cacophonous concoction overjoyed with the beautiful ale he had made, Hop realized the secret of the green gold he had discovered in those fresh hops. Celebrated far and wide Hop Wallop lives on this vivid ale with his words, ‘Hoppyness is Happiness’. Enjoy!”