Last week I made fun of Beer Cruncher seemingly being the only one out there trying to make “Cold IPAs” happen. Then I ran across my first one in the wild.
A colab between Central California’s Alvarado Street and Figueroa Mountain Brewing called “Acapulco Cold”.
It is actually pretty good. I enjoyed it.
If I am to use this one example of the style, I do think there is a slight difference between this beer and an India Pale Lager style beer. Small, but there. The Lager side is very hidden, but still present.
Good if I don’t want the Lager feel, bad if I do.
Is it enough of a difference to give it its own style name like Cold IPA? Well, if I didn’t care about the marketing side I would say this is a sub-genre of IPL – definitely in the IPL family but enough of a difference to acknowledge it.
You can’t blame them for trying to attach it to the Ale side instead of the Lager side, but they are cheating a bit.
Hey, this particular CIPA is a nice beer. If they want to keep trying to make this style work, go for it – I definitely recommend trying one out if you see one, especially if you’re into a hoppy Lager. Honestly, I would have rather had this beer with Ale yeast though. 🤷🏼
Last night I was in my local generic grocery store (Yo, what’s happening Save Mart!?), doing my generic shopping for the next couple days. And I needed beer.
I went through the standard section that is 75% Big Beer and the rest Craft Beer. There was nothing interesting to me in the Craft. So I went to the one end-cooler where they have more specialty craft beers.
Sadly, all the interesting ale-based stuff carried a date of four months or older, making it unusable to me.
As I was about to give up and get a six-pack of Sierra, I noticed a new-to-me eight-pack of beer from San Diego’s Belching Beaver. It is a mixed pack of their Deftones beers.
Sweet! This is exactly what I need at this moment. BUT, no date on the box and you can’t see the can dates. Since the rest on the cooler has older beer, it is pretty likely this is old too. But I want it.
Fuck it. I buy it.
I wait till I get home to see if I just wasted $20 on old beer. And when I do, to my surprise, none of the beers are more than five weeks old.
A rare score. I can’t imagine I’ll get so lucky next time.
Beer Two: Liquid Gravity Brewing: Mo Diggity DDH WCIPA. 7%. All Mosaic Hop. 16oz can.
Beer Three: East Brother Brewing : Gold IPA (same as beer one).
Drinking session: 8PM to Midnight.
Setup: Foot long tuna Subway sandwich at 6:00 PM (slightly embarrassing – work dinner). No food afterwards.
Water: 16oz of water during drinking session.
Normally I drink two 16oz beers a session with an occasional 12oz or 16oz beer. And I usually don’t have more than a Level 1 hangover (aware I had beers the previous night but no headache or sluggishness).
Verdict: I think the combo of only one glass of water, not a lot of food for a base and a slight uptick in alcohol consumed all contributed to this morning’s headache heavy hangover.
I want just one of you, ONE OF YOU, to admit that Allagash White is not for everyone.
It is a niche style beer!!
Hello!? McFly!? Think, McFly, think.
Belgian Yeast and Wheat Beer in general, kinda fucking suck… well, suck to a lot of people anyway. Allagash White Fan always fails to mention this when complaining.
And then there is the disconnect of what the upper beer geek crust thinks Untappd is and what it actually is.
I mean really, how long is it going to take you Untappd haters to understand the app? It is not for rating a beer on how well it is made. Nope.
It is an app for rating how a beer tastes to a person. A human beer drinker. Not a brewer, or Beer Twitter, or Beer Instagram.
So when you understand the context, 3.76 is a very good rating for a shit style. Is there a Belgian Yeast inspired Wheat Beer ranking higher? I’m not going to take the time to figure it out but it’s HIGHLY doubtful.
I now present to you the most accurate Allagash White rating on Untappd:
Belgian Yeast is the Brussel Sprout of the beer world. Loved by some, disliked by most.
So Allagash White Dude should be happy with that rating. And maybe shut the hell up, for once.