Yesterday was a mess. It was a mess at work, and it was messy weather. The grocer store (had to pick up the turkey) was a mess. There was also a bake-off at work, which meant my eating was a mess. One slice of pumpkin cheesecake and one slice of peppermint torte later, and I was in a bummy mood. Sooo… enough about that.
In the morning, I started the day off with an at-home workout per this mont’s workout schedule. Here are the free online videos I did:
- 10-minute leg slimmer and toner (a good pilates warmup) to wake up the hips before hip opener yoga
- Hip openers and twists from Yoga Journal (not the workout I was going for – I won’t do this one again)
- 10-minute Pilates for Abs from Blogilates
- Top it off with Tracy Anderson’s V for Valentine’s Day YouTube Clip
The yoga was okay, but I wanted something a bit more challenging. (Wow – I never thought I’d say that.) Better luck next week, eh?
If you caught up with my weekend recap post yesterday, you probably noticed a pizza and beer. That’s not such a rare thing around here, but I wanted to reflect a little more about the beer. It was an IPA from Stone Brewing Co. It’s a dry-hopped, all-natural beer with 6.9% ABV.
As a huge fan of Stone’s Arrogant B*st*rd Ale and their Levitation Ale, I knew I had to give this one a shot. I give it an A-, but don’t let the minus fool you. This is a really good beer that I thoroughly recommend.
- Appearance: When poured, it’s a golden color with a bit of amber. I don’t mean yellow like a lager, but almost brassy. There’s a small but lingering lace at the top. The beer is cloudy, but it doesn’t have the particles of other unfiltered beer.
- Smell: It smells as good or better than it tastes. I love the fragrant hops.
- Taste: Like many IPAs, it’s bitter. There’s no bitter-beer-face though, so don’t worry. There’s a hint of grapefruit on the front-end (maybe even some lemon), but there’s a pine aftertaste, which adds to the impression of bitterness. All the flavors balance out fairly well.
- Mouthfeel: This is pretty typical – medium carbonation, medium bodied, and fairly average in feel. I really like that this isn’t overly carbonated, which is the case with some IPAs.
- Overall: This is a very good, well-balanced beer. It’s not my favorite IPA, but it ranks among the best. I thoroughly recommend it, especially to hop-heads.
I had one of these with a basic pizza, but I think it would pair fabulously with a goat cheese and rosemary flatbread, perhaps with a bit of pork and/or butternut squash. By the way, BeerAdvocate gave this beer an A.
- How was your Monday? I hope it wasn’t as messy as mine!
- Had any good beers lately?