Somebody help me. I rode my bike to work today, something I’m now doing twice a week. My wife has become a vegan, so that explains our tofu stir fry for dinner. We’ve started a garden in the yard, and now I’m drinking an organic IPA? All those years at Berkeley are finally catching up to me!
In all seriousness, I’ve been meaning to try some of the new organic brews hitting the shelves of late. One that I see quite commonly is Butte Creek’s Organic India Pale Ale. So, while at Whole Foods (of all places) I grabbed myself a 22 ounce bottle, hopped on my bike and brought it home.
This bottle claims to be a delight for hop heads and the aroma of the beer, as it pours with a generous head, is of earthy hops. The first flavor is almost nutty, again very earthy, not too floral and seeringly bitter. This bitterness really hits in the aftertaste, almost causing a recoil. As I said in the intro, I was eating a stir fry and the sweetness in the sauce played a great role in balancing this brew. With the dish, the IPA was very appropriate, highlighting the spiciness, while balancing the sweetness in the sauce, all while quenching the thirsty brought on from the saltiness.
While a perfect beer for the occasion, I wasn’t such a huge fan of this IPA. It wasn’t bad, but with all of the IPA available, this one didn’t stand out as deserving my ever more precious dollar. I haven’t given up on organic beer, but this is one I’ll probably be passing up in the future. I guess this means I can cancel my order for that hemp necklace.