Usually an apricot flavored beer is exactly like its fruit ingredients dried counterpart: It tastes like what it produces. It’s the masochistic beer snobs answer to bud mud. Don’t believe me? An experiment: I’m thinking of a number. Now take a sip of a Magic Hat No. 9. What’s magic is that after that sip, you will know exactly what number I have in my head. Still, not wanting to be close minded, I tried one of Samuel Adams latest offerings: Whitewater IPA. The idea of a belgian white ale mixed with an IPA is odd to a lot of people, but if you are an IPA drinker, have a Valeir Extra and you will know why I gave Jim Koch’s new brew a chance. The beer did not disappoint. It’s refreshing all the way through and while I started it because I felt I had to, once begun I didn’t want it to end. Finally, its’ 5.8% ABV leaves you sitting comforted and satisfied. I seem to be back where I started. Only this time, it’s good.
- Founding Farmers, DC
- Sushi Naru, Old Town Alexandria, VA