May 19th

My second day of vacation was spent doing a lot of touristy things in D.C. and so the drinking was saved for the evening. First up was a bottle of Highland Gaelic Ale from nearby Asheville, North Carolina. An amber ale, the Gaelic had a nice reddish-copper colour, with a strong nose of caramel malts and a bit of port. The oomph of caramel continues through the first taste, with a nice backing of nuts, orange and plums. The Gaelic ends with a quick blast of bitterness that quickly fades away. The body is a little weak and the beer lacks the depth to make it great, but it is enjoyable to drink. And when you’re on vacation, what more can you ask for?

Then I brought out the big gun – a bottle of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. My goal for this trip was to try new breweries, but I had to complete the Dogfish Head series of IPA. This one is continuously hopped for ninety minutes, then dry-hopped afterwards. The 90 poured a clear burnt-orange. Lovely aromas of pine and some grapefruit wafted up from the glass. Lots of citrus, brandy and dried fruit, giving way to a strong pine and bitterness. I was expecting this to be a hops monster, but it also remarkably well balanced with a strong caramel sweetness. Medium bodied and a little slick on the tongue. All this makes a really easy drinking 9% ABV beer and one that I could buy a whole case of.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA on Ratebeer

Highland Gaelic Ale on Ratebeer

Today: 600mL. Year-to-date: 103.08L.

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