I don’t particularly care for many of the beers that fall under the “red” distinction. Regardless, I tried “Life” a couple of years ago and was happy to see it return again. This doesn’t taste like a typical Irish Red. The malt profile seems to be more complex – slightly toasty, almost earthy. Despite the alcohol content, this beer isn’t “Hot” or strongly alcoholic. Overall very nice.
This was my first Milk Porter and I wish I could evaluate the style but the lingonberry aftertaste was so strong that it really was hard to evaluate. This is a smooth beer with a very sour, but not hoppy, aftertaste making for a unique drinking experience. Rett and I sampled this right after work while sitting at Town Hall’s patio on a beautiful summer day so that may skew my review more positively. I might order this beer again next time they have it but certainly not two in one sitting.
What I remember most about Life was that this close-t0-8% drink gave me a great buzz. With a Lingonberry Milk Porter in my belly, and a Life in my hand everything was perfect. For a while there I think I was talking pretty loud, and not having seen Josh in a while we covered all sorts of ground. From my surprise at the $6.99 video game rental price tag when my young bro-in-law was visiting, to my love and his distaste for Triumph motorcycles. At one point I looked over and saw that there was a table full of young women with a cute little baby, and I realized that I should probably turn the volume down a bit, and lay off of the swear words. Oh well, I guess the little fella will learn them sooner or later.
When Josh and I got to Town Hall on Thursday we were disappointed to see two of the three infusion beers crossed out on the menu. Fortunately, they still had the Lingonberry. It reminded me a bit of Surly 2, but definitely less potent. Where Surly 2 made me scrunch my face like the Sour Patch Kids, this really smooth. More my style. I guess this was the milk porter at work? Anyway, it was enjoyable, but not enough that I wanted two of them. So we moved on to Life Double Red Ale.
I met up with some Brew52’ers on Sunday where we sampled beer out on the patio. I started off with the Milk Porter which was super smooth, super creamy, and a bit too sweet for my taste. Then I had an 1800 IPA and it totally hit the spot. A really nice bite to it, but not too bitter. When the server came with my tab she asked if I had one or two IPA’s and I had to think really hard for a half a minute and I still wasn’t entirely sure. This is either a good sign for the beer or a bad sign for my brain.