Too Stupid To Judge Galaxy Beers Then

Machine Learning HDIPA from Bottle Logic Brewing

Beer Twitter regularly bashes Untappd for everything, especially the people that don’t like the style of a beer and rate it poorly.

While I agree if you REALLY don’t understand the style you are drinking you should refrain from rating it and just leave some comments to your future self like “Don’t drink this again, ya dummy!”

BUT. Untappd is whatever you (and I will die on this virtual hill), whatever you want to use it for. If I want to rate beers on how it actually tastes to me and not what a Cicerone trained geek thinks of it, then I will. I paid zero cents for the app just like you, I’ll do what I want and that doesn’t make me better or worse than Beer Geek Twitter.

While we are here, where does this want for Untappd ratings to be 100% accurate end?

The beer pictured at the top, Bottle Logic “Machine Learning” was a total label-buy. Love the label. Love IPAs and usually Hazzies. The beer? Not really. I won’t get it again.

This is my rating:

Basically if I rate something under a 3.75, I was not into it. Nobody is going to grill me for the mediocre rating. But maybe I don’t know what the hell a HDIPA featuring Galaxy, Idaho 7 & El Dorado is supposed to taste like.

Should I have NOT rated it? Of course not. So leave Untappd ratings alone, yo. Make it how you want. ✌️🍻

Saturday Night Drinking Post: I Have Stayed Home A LOT

It’s nice when staying the hell home gets “rewarded” with a badge.

“Congrats, nerd, you did a lot of drinking at home this year!”

The beer that put me over the top:

Wouldn’t you think this Modern Times & Humble Sea colab would be a Hazy IPA of some sort? Yeah me too.

Except it’s not. It’s a fucking Hazy Pilsner.

I don’t hate it or anything, just not what I was expecting and I think that was on purpose. Sneaky little bastards.

Guess I Only Drink ‘Month-Olds’ From Here On

Love Hazy IPA Pride Beer

This Almanac Beer Co “Love Hazy IPA” is just 68 days old. It tastes way older than that.

It’s normally a good beer (I have had it before), a great brewer, it was stored cold (in the grocery store at least), so, even being a hazy, it should still taste fine.

It doesn’t. It tastes like it’s 6 to 7 months old. I think I am to blame.

I usually don’t have a hazy (or any pale or IPA really, past 30 days). This has ruined me for grocery shelf beer.

Under three months should totally be fine for any beer, but it isn’t for me. I am broke. It’s either start drinking older beers to re-calibrate my palate so I can enjoy beer that isn’t SUPER fresh. Or choose violence and exclusively drink super fresh beers.

I choose violence.

A PLEDGE!: If a hazy is past 31 days, I no longer will buy it.

Ambient Review: Heady Topper

Heady Topper in my driveway

If you have not seen an Ambient Review yet: It’s more about what I’m experiencing during the time it takes to drink the beer than what the actual beer tastes like.

Setup: I had boneless chicken wings (I can’t handle eating it off-the-bone) from Lazy Dog restaurant and a Diet Pepsi – yes I am a health nut.

Drinking Start Time: 10:00 PM

I open the beer and take a sip. On this occasion I am drinking from the can as The Alchemist basically demands. This is more about laziness and not wanting to get a glass than listening to the can’s demands.

First sip is strong. I feel like we forget Heady and Pliny are doubles. Maybe it’s just me that forgets.

I forgot to roll the can. I’m a believer in can rolling to mix a hazy up, I usually forget to do it though.

10:10ish: I am helping my daughter with getting one of our cats from her room to the outside. The cats are newish and our dog wants to eat them so we have to take measures to keep them separated.

Royal Cake Eater, Elaine, reacts

10:15ish: Take another sip of my Heady. Watching Seinfeld. It’s the one where Elaine eats Petterman’s $2,900 cake. I’d buy Elaine any cake she wants – #crush.

This is also the episode with George and the Frogger machine and Jerry dates the Sentence Finisher.

10:30ish: Some more sips of the Heady. Then things get fuzzy as I fall asleep on the floor – sometimes the floor and a pillow is more comfortable than a chair.

11:11: I wake up to another episode of Seinfeld but I am not sure which one. My beer is warm now. I power through some gulps and mostly finish it because I would feel too much shame if I completely wasted a Topper.

Thanks for coming to this Ambient Review, look for more on this blog soon!