Beer – #434 – Epic – Lupulingus


Beer with the oddest name for a while – Epic Lupulingus.

Buying this today put me in a quandary as there seems to be a raft of new beers available ‘on tap’ that are tempting, but I made a choice and so here we are.

Lupulin = resinous compound from hops. Lingus = reference to tongue

For  Epic Brewing Company (NZ) – Epic Lupulingus – brewed at Steam Brewing Company, this one in the style that is Imperial/Double IPA

I have 1 litre growler/bomber of a 9% ABV beer, with 101 IBU things, making this 7.1 standard drinks, in total this would be around 800 calories in the bottle, a lot of exercise to work that off.

Selfie, trying not to grimace with sore ribs.

Selfie, trying not to grimace with sore ribs.

An intergalactic tangerine colour. The hop intensity is so great you continue to get the flavours developing in your mouth long after you have swallowed. It is full-on ripe summer stonefruit – like baked caramalized peaches, drizzled with apricot syrup – the hop resin character is fresh and piney but leaves an oily and gum numbing finish as your tongue is pounded by the chronic bitterness that feels like it will last forever.

This should go ok with the curry that has been waiting to be eaten and is wafting around the house.

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Beer – #433 – Rogue – New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta


Beer with the longest name – Rogue New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta -

“Dedicated to Crustaceans”

Brewed by Rogue Ales  and this one is in the style that is best described as Barley Wine, and they are still in NewportOregon USA

750ml bottle, or 1 Pint 9.4 Fl Oz, (wine bottle size) of a beer that is 11.6% ABV and 384 calories a serve, and that makes it  6.86 standard drinks, and this is 88 IBU, so bitterish.

Beer with a long name

Beer with a long name

The name sort of says it all.

John Maier, our Brewmaster, wanted to create a beer that defied traditional style definitions. The result was a remarkably hoppy yet balanced and malty ale that quickly became a cult favorite in our Newport brewpub.

But what was it? It was not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Who really cares about putting beers into narrow categories? Great beer is great beer – just drink it and enjoy!

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Beer – #432 – Baylands – Woodrows Veto IPA


Another beer in a can. Two in a row!, this one Baylands Brewery and their Woodrows Veto IPA

Brewed by Baylands Brewery this on in the style that is  American Pale Ale or IPA as it says on the tin. They are in Wellington, New Zealand

Baylands - Woodrews Veto IPA330ml can of 7% ABV beer, which makes it 1.96 standard drink units,  210 calories in this,

A big hoppy IPA packed with American hops as recognition of Wilson Woodrow’s hard work

Beer in cans are becoming more common, and a few more are appearing as the way brewers want to deliver their beer.

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Beer – #431 – Garage Project – Beer


It’s called simply “Beer”. In a can.

Brewed by Garage Project this one in the style that is Pale Lager and they are in Wellington, New Zealand

330ml can, 4.8% ABV and 1.25 standard drink units in NZ. around 140 calories in this.

Garage Project - BeerIt couldn’t be simpler.

Pilsner malt, Saaz hops and Czech yeast. That’s it.

Sometimes simple is exactly what you want.

Why bother dressing it up?

It is what it is.

Beer.

Garage Project are good at the edges and not so flash in the middle, so not a lot of hope  in this, but I’m sure it’ll be passable.

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Beer – #430 – Pelican – Imperial Pelican Ale


I stopped by a new (to me) place Brothers Beer in town today and brought me some “Pelican Imperial Pelican Ale” that was in tap to take home in a growler.

“Huge Cascade hop aroma, the subtle malty sweetness, and the spicy, citrusy flavor of this robust, gold colored ale.”

This is brewed by Pelican Pub & Brewery in that well travelled style that is India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are in Pacific CityOregon USA

I have to drink this evening a beer that is at 8% ABV, and that is of  85 IBU things (which is low end for a dIPA, but high for an IPA), this has 240 calories a serve, or about 850 in the bottle I have, and works out to be that I brought 7.89  standard drink units worth in the 1250 ml growler I brought  (42 fl oz).

 Our mascot, Phil the Pelican, has recreated the flavor of the British Empire with his own

Imperial Pelican Ale - which is an Indian Pale Ale, why quibble..

Imperial Pelican Ale – which is an Indian Pale Ale, why quibble..

American twist. Enjoy the huge Cascade and Centennial hop aroma, the subtle malty sweetness, and the floral, citrusy flavor of this robust, gold colored ale. This brew began life as a seasonal beer during our first year and was so popular while we had it, and so frequently requested when it was gone, that we turned it into our fifth regular beer style our second year.

or… .

Our mascot, Phil the Pelican, got this Imperial IPA recipe from his long-lost Indian cousin, and has recreated the flavor of the British Empire with his own American twist. Enjoy the huge Cascade hop aroma, the subtle malty sweetness, and the spicy, citrusy flavor of this robust, gold colored ale.

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Beer – #429 – Thornbridge – Saint Petersburg


I’ve had a Thornbridge Saint Petersburg in the fridge for a while, and tonight seems a good night to get to drinking it.

Brewed by Thornbridge done in the style that is of Imperial Stout and they are in Bakewell, England

“Saint Petersburg is a fabulously full bodied – chocolatey, malt flavours with coffee finish combine to produce a great Imperial Stout.”

Selfie - in which I look incredibly old and squinty

Selfie – in which I look incredibly old and squinty

500ml bottle, with a great label art, 7.4% ABV, 2.92 standard drinks that would be in NZ, and as it’s bottle conditioned may have yeast, This pops in at 222 calories a serve.

Rich and dark with smoke, subtle peatiness and the power of the dark malts. Molasses and liquorice and chocolate goodness all wrapped up in a smooth, warming liquid.

Finishes with a distinct humming bitterness carried well by the hop and malt combo.

So something dark, a bit sweet and enjoyable by the way it reads.

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Beer – #428 – Garage Project – Pils ‘n’ Thrills


This is a more mainstream beer from Garage Project, and usually that means a bit ‘meh’ , but hey ho – Garage Project – Pils ‘n’ Thrills it is, for my sins, of which that are but two, everything I say, everything I do.

Brewed by possibly the brewer with the most beers I’ve drunk so far  Garage Project and they’re having a crack at the style that is  Pilsener and no surprises they are in Wellington, New Zealand

Garage Project - Pils 'n' ThrillsA standard for them 650 ml bottle (22 fl oz) of a beer that should be 5.5% aBV and 3.1 Standard Drink Units in NZ,  and that would be 165 calories a serve in this beer. Important to know these things.

An American hopped pilsener, with a bright golden colour and a crisp, clean, bitter citrus character. Like all Garage beers it is also vegan and unfiltered.

Pils’N’Thrills is the Garage’s irreverent take on a classic European Pilsner, given extra kick with high-citrus American hops.

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Beer – #427 – Speakeasy – Scarlett Red Rye


About to be drinking a Speakeasy beer – this one is the  Scarlett Red Rye

The is Brewed by Speakeasy Ales and Lagers and take you pick of a style that is : Specialty Grain or  Amber Ale and they are in San FranciscoCalifornia USA

Scarlett Red Rye Ale captivates with an act that ranges from sweet hop highs to spicy rye tones. Sacrlett hits the notes that will set your heart on fire.

330ml bottle that is 5.5% ABV and 38 IBU on the scale,  165 calories a serve, and this is 1.43 standard drink units in NZ.

Scarlett Red RyeWith a creamy body and rich roasty flavors, Scarlett is the perfect complement to the cooler months of Fall & Winter. This rye ale pours a deep red with a sticky off-white layer of foam and medium levels of carbonation. Note the aromas of fresh rye bread, caramel malt and earthy hops. Sweet malts are accented by subtle flavors of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Notes of toasted grain, leather, and a mild peppery spice lead to a medium-dry finish.

The Hops in this are  – Columbus, Cascade, Chinook

SRRI’m not sure that “Amber Ale” is the best of beers though.

I’m always open though. To be honest it was the “Limited Release” that got my attention.

Stand by….

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Beer – #426 – Ballast Point – Indra Kunindra


I’ve had strange beers in the past, notably the Rogue Donut ones, but this Ballast Point- Indra Kunindra might set a new mark.

Brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company in the style that is described either as a Foreign Stout or you might see it as Spice/Herb/Vegetable and they are in the lovely San DiegoCalifornia USA

“Brewed with madras curry, caynne pepper, cumin, toasted coconut, and kaffir lime leaf, Indra Kunindra is a 9% ABV stout brewed in collaboration with homebrewer Alex Tweet. It was brewed for Holiday Wine Cellar’s 46th Anniversary Homebrewers Competition. First batch at 9%, others at 7%.”

This is a 650 ml bottle (22 fl oz) of a beer that is 50IBU things, and 7% ABV. Also calories in this beer are 210 a serve size.  oh this is 3.5 standard drink units in NZ.

Indra KunindraOur India-style Export Stout is a unique collaboration with award-winning homebrewer Alex Tweet. Released in limited quantities, this explosion of South Asian flavors is reason enough to kneel down and thank the heavens. It’s further proof of San Diego’s status as a brewer’s playground, and a beer lover’s utopia.

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4:05 am and the clock goes tick-tick-tick Musings


Having, sort of, got my head around the speed of light thing, but perhaps not, the next part is the travelling to a new planet or star, somehow.

These are the current questions I muse on as I meditate myself to sleep.

How many of you are there on this journey?

If speed of light travel, or near to s-o-l travel is  possible that would still mean that something 2 light years away would take 2 years to get to? Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf about 4.24 light-years from the Sun, that’s a 9 year round trip?

Could be nothing there when you got there. Continue reading