Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Russian River IPA

Went to Hollingshead's Deli to have lunch and see what they had on tap. A pretty good selection today, the ones I remember being Sierra Nevada Celebration, Alaskan Winter Ale, Avery The Kaiser, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, Victory HopDevil, and Russian River IPA.

I went with the Russian River IPA (pictured right), a great and steady choice of an IPA. Resiny citrus hop oils and a fair bitterness cross the tongue. I usually don't drink beer all that fast, but I was able to get what looked like a 20 oz pour down pretty fast, at 11am no less, giving credit to this beer's incredible "drinkability."

Hollingshead's Firestone delivery guy had also just dropped off their allotment of Firestone 11 so we were able to buy 1 bottle each. A pretty expensive beer at $16.95 for 22 oz's, but it's not the most expensive bottled beer I've paid for per ounce. That designation might have to go to Lost Abbey's Cuvee de Tomme which was $15 for about 12.7 ounces.


Hair of the Dog Dave said...

Damn I gotta get me some of that Firestone 11.

Thank God Russian River just calls their IPA "IPA". I have a hard enough time as it is remembering all those "ations"

Steve said...

At this point, people have like a 24-48 hour window to get that Firestone 11. From what I've seen, it pretty much disappears from each store within that time, and most stores aren't even putting it out on shelves. People are just calling places ahead of time and if the store is expecting to get it they may take reservations...