This is a beer that I probably NEVER would have bought on my own. Lesson learned – this is simply awesome, while not being simple. If you can find it (it’s a very limited release), buy it.
As I alluded to a few weeks ago, I’m talking today about Uinta Cahoots Double Rye IPA (pronounced You-Enta, just like it looks). I am not super into IPAs usually. And I find that I don’t tend to like those that have a bitter taste – just not my thing. I have learned to appreciate them more and more through the years, particularly the high-quality stuff that Dogfish Head puts out. That being said, I was a bit nervous about trying something that was a “Double Rye IPA.” This was a 40 Days of Beer Delivery (thank you, WWK) and was something that I was honestly avoiding.
I had had a rough day (aka ‘week’) at work and finally thought, “It’s time. Even if I hate it, it’s 9.4% ABV and will help salve the wounds of the work week.” I got out my trusty frozen mug and poured the elixir into the awaiting receptacle. I can only describe the color as a deep amber, almost like a copper. I steeled myself and dove in with my first sip. Surprise does not begin to describe my emotions. Elation is probably closer. I had been avoiding this 750 mL delight for what reason? My own trepidation. Where I was expecting a harsh, bitter flavor, I had sharpness. Hard to describe what I mean by that – it wasn’t necessarily a smooth texture. But by sharp, I don’t not mean harsh or bitter at all. It had a caramel-type flavor to it and I was completely floored. And the alcohol almost gave a warmth to the beer. Quoting Frank the Tank, “Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!” Expecting the worst and receiving the best. I’m now just disappointed that I didn’t try it sooner!
Lesson learned. I tell my kids all the time, “How do you know you don’t like Broccoli-Walnut-Cranberry Casserole Surprise*? You’ve never even tried it before!” Hey, self, how do you know you won’t like Uinta Cahoots Double Rye IPA? You’ve never even tried it before! If someone offers you a beer that sounds way out there or like something you would hate, give it a try … WITH AN OPEN MIND. You never know what you may discover.
* I have never served anything like a Broccoli-Walnut-Cranberry Casserole Surprise to my children. I doubt that such a dish exists. No children were harmed in the filming of this episode.