12 January 2019

First World Problems Beer (Sainsburys) By @SpectreUK


First World Problems Beer


As you can see from the photographs of this 'First World Problems' beer that this lady is having car trouble. No Taxis available followed by the awkward silence and meaningless conversation that can arise from cadging a lift from a work colleague. I'm experiencing something of the same problem too. Well, car trouble rather than having to beg for a lift from a workmate. My seventeen year old car seems to have naturally come to the end of its life. I say 'naturally', because whilst I've not been driving it due to being on crutches for so long after an operation on my knee, the Autumn and Winter dampness has got into the electrics. My car is in the garage at the moment awaiting a verdict from a specialist car electrician, but the outlook right now does not look good…

Why am I telling you this? Well, I'm going to miss the old guy and its playing on mind. There's been good times and bad times over the years and my faithful reliable car has always taken us to them and brought us back again. If you're a regular reader or someone just stopping by, I appreciate your company at this time and any other time of course.

So, First World Problems is a Belgian India Pale Ale (IPA), produced by Stewart Brewing. At 6.2% volume it may help to drown some sorrows a little. I noted that the ingredients state that this IPA contains Barley, wheat, oats and rye. So is this a predominately malted barley beer; a red spicy rye beer; or a traditional Belgian wheat beer? There's only one way to find out, I guess… On opening the bottle there was a jumble of aromas. The malted barley comes first falling over a stack of spicy rye and then the wheat merges with some herbal hops. The one thing I couldn't really detect from these aromas was the pale malt. I'm sure it's there otherwise how could it be an IPA?

On taste the pale malt is much more in your face, which is good, because that's what I was hoping for. The rye has turned this ale a darker brownish tone and with no small amount of spice once my palate has got used to the pale malt. There is wheat and perhaps a little oats just before and merging with the light bitterness from the herbal hops and then into the aftertaste. This is a really tasty craft IPA, and a little warming with the spice from the rye, which is ideal for this time of year for chasing away some of that dampness, which… and I'll try not to swear… has messed up my poor old car!

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