Once upon a time, man dreamt of drinking the perfect beer.
At Jack, we used to have this dream every night… but last night, against all odds, we found it. The perfect beer. It was beautiful, delicious, satisfying, frothy, and refreshing. We were so excited, we bought more to celebrate our victory. Then we bought more to celebrate our drunkenness. Then we bought more to celebrate the beer coasters, the free peanuts, and maybe even the track lighting.
We had a couple too many.
Needless to say, when we woke up we couldn’t remember a damn thing about that flawless brew.
So now we seek to rediscover what we drank that fateful, grateful night. We’ll continue to try beer after beer after beer until we can find that “forgotten beer” once again. We’ll rate whatever we drink in the meantime… however, we can’t guarantee that we’ll remember posting any of this…
Bear Republic – Racer 5 IPA
Brewery – Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Style – India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.0%
Verdict – We’d heard a lot of buzz from our IPA loving friends about Bear Republic’s Racer 5, so we were eager to get our hands on this. Pouring it into a glass we saw a nice even head that settled quickly. It has a fruity, citrusy aroma with some sweetness. We expected a much more bitter flavor, but were pleasantly surprised to find that Bear Republic had opted to use milder hops and had balanced the flavor well with a smooth lemony aftertaste.
It’s great, but is it our beer? Unfortunately, no.
Dogfish Head – Palo Santo Marron
Brewery – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style – American Brown Ale
ABV – 12%
Verdict – The high alcohol percentage is what endeared us to this beer initially, but we’ve heard good things about the Dogfish Head brewery so we expected more from this beer than a quick buzz.
The Palo Santo Marron pours an opaque brown color, it has a half finger head and smells malty and woody – with a hint of vanilla. This beer has a complicated aroma that is absolutely enticing. It has a dense fruity flavor and you can certainly taste the woodiness. It’s bitter, but goes down smooth leaving an earthy aftertaste.
It’s delicious, but is it our beer? No, not this time.
Free State – Copperhead Pale Ale
Brewery: Free State Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
We were lucky enough to get our hands on a rare Copperhead Pale Ale from the famous Free State Brewery in Lawrence, KS. If you happen to come across any beers from this brewery, we suggest picking them up since they don’t often make their way this far from their home.
Verdict – Pours a clear copper color (imagine that) and has only a bit of crisp white head despite our piss-poor pour job. It has a mild aroma, citrusy and hoppy with hints of caramel and brown sugar. With a grapefruit-inspired opening followed by wave of hoppiness, this beer is the most drinkable of the ones we’ve tried today. It goes down smooth and leaves a little bitter hop flavor in your mouth that just begs you to take another drink.
It’s a solid beer, but is it our beer? Unfortunately, it isn’t.
Someday we’ll find our perfect beer. Someday…