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Wye Oak – Civilian

I sit here drinking a Requiem’s Rollercoaster and have surfed the Merge Records site for a little while. I was not exactly sure what I was going to order as there’s still a lot that I want from there, but nothing that I had to have this month. In the end, I decided that I wanted to keep trying new artists like I did with last month’s “Mashing with Mergepurchase. I wasn’t feeling the rocking of Let’s Wrestle or Times New Viking, so I went with the quietness of Wye Oak’s Civilian.

Seeing as my wife had my computer for a considerable amount of time tonight, I sat in the study surfing and listening to the full stream of Civilian. This gave me a bit of head start on the recipe and I am kind of thinking about an American Brown Ale. I should be posting a recipe sound as I already have a base brown ale recipe that I’ve been tweaking and could possibly use here.


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Radio Silence

I haven’t posted anything this past week, but I do have a few drafts in the que. It’s not that I wasn’t doing anything beer related, I was on vacation with family consuming beer. Here’s just a few I sampled:

Terrapin Brewery: Hopsecutioner – I was rather disappointed in this beer. I’ve heard good things about it around the intertubes, but I think it was too “well-balanced.” Granted, I love hops, but IPAs, specifically American IPAs, should really be a hop-forward beer. It was a good beer, but felt more like a big pale ale, than an IPA.

Kona Brewing: Fire Rock – This is one of my favorite beers. I had it during a trip to Hawaii in 2004 and was extremely surprised that when we moved to Kentucky in 2006 that Kona distributed to there. Unfortunately, Michigan doesn’t get it, but oddly enough, New Jersey does. Anyway, it’s a great beer that definitely fits the APA profile. It’s well-balanced with a unique malt backbone that really accentuates the hops in this beer. Plus, I love the graphics and really want one of their tap handles.

Bear Republic: Racer 5 – Another excellent beer that I’ve had before during a trip to California in 2007. This beer definitely follows the American IPA standards with hops being at the forefront. There’s a nice hoppy flavor and aroma with a bitterness that doesn’t leave you with “bitter beer face.”

So, look forward to some posts this week, but for now, I’ve got to unpack the beer loot from my car and feed the snakes.

Also, the Recipe Page has been updated with a few, somewhat complete recipes (beer names link to a JPEG of the recipe spreadsheet).

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So, there’s been some significant radio silence here. There’s really no reason for it. I’ve been brewing, just not documenting it here. I’m not sure why, but I’m hoping a new brewing project and some newer technology (a 2 year old laptop and an iPhone) might make me more likely to document Breakpoint’s brewing adventures. Also, the site has been cleaned up and revamped in hopes of being a little more pleasant for me to work with, so that I will document this work.

For now, though, I’ll enjoy my Black IPA.

India Black Citra Ale