THE BEER: Live A Rich Life from Three Floyds Brewing.
THE PLACE: Dexter’s Pub, which I visited specifically in order to gaze upon the soon-to-be-replaced carpeting.
EXCITING. Totally. There’s going to be bamboo floors! Bamboo!
WHAT IS IT? A Belgian double IPA, so it’s a hoppy bugger.
THE OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION: “A collaboration/dedication ale brewed with our friend Urbain from the Belgian brewery De Struise, this intense Belgian-style double IPA was fermented with Urbain’s special yeast and then an amazing amount of hops were added. This beer was brewed in loving memory of a former employee, Rich Sheppard, who passed away on 4.11.11. Art by Tommy Borst. Try this beer and enjoy the Rich life.”
HOW’S THAT LINE UP WITH YOUR EXPERIENCE? Pretty well. I mean, I’m not really sure what “intense” is supposed to mean in this context, but then I drink a lot of hop-heavy beers. This has a nice citrus thing going on. You can taste that it’s strong (booze-wise) but it’s definitely drinkable.
DEEP THOUGHTS: I don’t know how Belgian-y this is, really. More serious hop character than the spicy/fruity flavors than one expects from Belgian styles. By no means is this a complaint; I prefer the angry, bitter beers anyway. Call it a personality flaw.