Thursday, November 01, 2007

Breckenridge Small Batch 471 Double IPA

Okay, here's my first real posting of NaBloPoMo.

Bobnoxious brought the whole Noxious family over last night for trick or treating. It was kind of necessary, since his son was Harry Potter and my older daughter was Hermione. And of course, any time Bob and I get together, there will be beer.

Bob was kind enough to swing by Spec's on the way in and bring us some Breckenridge Small Batch 471, a double IPA. Now, I'm trying real hard to think if I've ever met a double IPA I didn't love, and I can't recall any. I have had some mediocre regular IPAs, but the doubles just don't let me down.

My father is an absolute nut for Breckenridge, especially their
Avalanche Ale. I'm a little lukewarm on that, but their Oatmeal Stout has done me fine in the past. But this 471 is doing me more than fine. This is great stuff. A good dose of bitterness, but not too overwhelming — only 70 IBUs — and the high alchohol (9.2%) is having a pleasantly warming effect that is perfect for cutting the mild chill coming in my window this fine fall evening. Most interesting is the definite fruit note coming through — considering that bitterness is the whole point of an IPA, this is oddly sweet, and not in a subtle way.

This beer is a winner. I highly recommend it. Thanks, Bob!

P.S. Bob and I should be doing some more drinking together real soon – the first night of Wurstfest is tomorrow!

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