Beer Samizdat's been seriously missing in action this past month. Sorry it's been so long since I rapped at ya. At times I'll vacillate between the all-documenting beer obsessive who ticks and catalogs every beer-related jot and titter, and the guy who pops open whatever's in his garage craft beer fridge without really thinking about it much. This last month tilted toward the latter. That certainly doesn't make for interesting blogging - nor reading.
I have a backlog of reviews where I did pay attention that I'll get to in due time. I'll start with this BREAKSIDE BREWERY "India Golden Ale" that my pal Chris picked up for me on a recent Oregon trip. Now that was a delicious malt-forward double IPA. Yes, it is indeed a true 2xIPA, but with a much yeastier golden ale profile, with some serious Belgian action sneaking in - much like the Houblon Chouffe I remember (which, granted, I don't think I've had in over five years). Breakside's is fruity, floral and like I said, malty. If there's a fruit to be plucked from the flavor profile it's probably mango, so we're talking almost a tropical/golden/yeasty DIPA here. Good on ya, Breakside. 8/10.
As for the rest of Beer Samizdat's lost November? I can remember the most recent beer to also dazzle me - the one I drank two nights ago - and funny enough, it was from MODERN TIMES, who've always been just good-enough in my book and nothing particularly noteworthy. Well, that was until "ONEIDA", their "hoppy, sessionable pale ale". First one from them that's really nailed it - a dry and hops-laden easy sipper that would make a nice go-to every Tuesday night. Looks like it may be a seasonal and that that season's already passed. Next year!
I know I had a CALICRAFT "The City" in there somewhere. That's a great friggin' beer. I wrote about it before here. You know what was really special, folks? The SANTE ADAIRIUS RUSTIC ALES "Jose Pimiento" one-off that I grabbed a couple of bottle of last month when I was down there. I shipped one off to Mark at Kaedrin Beer Blog, so let's let his "A" review do the talking for both of us, OK?
I'll start to pay better attention, starting right now, and will be back in this space before you know it.