Please forgive me for my absenteeism, we had a baby on November 7, 2011, and she is my overall priority. I will continue to try to get posts up and hopefully I will stop neglecting the fabulous blog. Thanks!
I am just trying to enjoy beer responsibly, and hope others enjoy the same that I do.
I went from living in Central PA, to downtown Baltimore, and now I moved back to Central PA/bought a house/got married. I still work in Baltimore, which allows me to be open to obtaining the precious beer that I love, but it introduces me to others that cannot be found in Baltimore. I am now in search of my new home bar and perfecting my new hobby- homebrewing.
If I get told good things about a certain beer, I try to stay away from expectations. Expectations can hurt your experience with any beer, and the experience is what I look forward to the most.
Sometimes when I drink a beer, I just don't know what to think about it. This Ayinger was one of those beers. I started drinking the Jahrhundert Bier with high expectations. I was told that it was a great beer, something that I would enjoy. I was hoping for a nice balanced beer, that would combine a nice sweet malt with a good hop backbone. What I got was just sweet, bready malt. A little too much. It was smooth and not over carbonated, but I needed the hops to crash it at the end and it never came. Maybe I was expecting too much.
The other side of the expectation story comes to Bear Republic Racer X. This was a beer that I had been looking for ever since I knew it existed. Racer 5 is one of my favorite beers available. The beer is a very easy drinking West Coast IPA that feature the citrus characteristics of the hop, instead of the bitterness. Racer X is a Imperial IPA, that is the spawn of Racer 5. The major difference in the two beers is the factor of a bit more bitterness in the X (but it doesn't overpower the beer). The beer was well balanced, with the malt pushing through after the initial hop citrus and bitterness. Overall, this was a very drinkable beer, but one that you should watch out for due to the alcohol content.
Whenever a person has expectations, it is hard to hit it right on the nose. Typically, the outcome is better or worse than expected. In these two beers, I was able to get one that was better than expected, and another which was lower.
Have you had your expectations reached/fallen short lately?