But first: a quiz! What's your Beer IQ, courtesey of MSN? I got about half right, and learned a thing or two! It's interesting, so I don't want to give away any of the facts...So just take it already!
So I picked up this growler, which I had never gotten before. It's a half-gallon (64 ounces - a bit over 5 beers) and it was a very reasonable price, I believe $6.99. Opa Opa is a MA brewery. There are lots of rules about growlers - keep them cold, still, and drink within 2 days of opening. That's not gonna happen, however, a few days after first opening and it is still in decent shape. The Opa Opa Kix Ale is an American Blonde Ale, which is a malty, fruity, lager-like beer.
A) Pale straw. Clear. Sudsy head quickly disappears. S) Not strong, light malts, lemon. T) Watery, but also somewhat sweet and lemony with a slight bitter aftertaste. MF) Thin, decent carbonation. D) Definitely high - it's a light and refreshing beverage, easy to drink and would be refreshing on a hot summer day.
It's not bad, and I enjoy the novelty (for me) of a growler, but overall it's boring and watery. I like the name Opa Opa though (my grandfather was called Opa) so I'd give another one of their beers a shot for sure. Their Warthog Double IPA sounds particularly delicious.
I've always enjoyed a beverage or two. But beer is something I have never really understood. Oh, I have drunk it. And I have enjoyed it. But to understand it...that is something else all together. See my "intro" entry from 10/17/08 for details.
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