Pour Decisions Maroon & Bold Double Infuriating Passive Aggressive Ale. 9.0% ABV.
Appearance: dense and opaque, cast in a magenta hue, tight off-white ring atop.
Aroma: …getting some hoppiness, here, rather indistinct, though, and swiftly swallowed up by malt. Fruit notes. Not much else. hm.
Taste: A crashing wave of big hoppiness splashes the palate, matched at once with massive malt. This is that kind of "DIPA", then, the one that doubles up doubly, giving us twice the hops and twice the malt, making for one fierce and formidable brew. Nearing barley-wine territory.
Lots of fruit notes bouncing around in this, blueberry, raspberry, cherries galore. Not your typical DIPA profile. It lacks the bitterness you'd yearn for in a DIPA, but provides plenty of other hoppy delights. Citrus notes are smothered by the massive malt.
Sweet malt kept well in check, leaves a tasty playing field. Hmm, mmm…not bad.
What's the label tell us? "Expertly crafted from Minnesota-grown hops and Minnesota-malted barley, the 2012 edition of this Infuriatingly Passive Aggressive ale nearly didn't happen. Wind storms. Severe drought. Grasshopper hordes. Mother Nature really wanted to keep us from you your M & B. Toasty malt, spicy citrus and piney hops, with a tannic pithiness running right through the end. Crisp, hoppy, and entirely Minnesotan!" Brewed and bottled by Pour Decision Brewing Company, Roseville, MN.
I don't think it's all that, but it's not bad. But, once again, I don't like when the craftsmen tell me how expertly they crafted it.
|The name of this beer suggests that the brewers are alumni of the University of Minnesota, whose colors are maroon and gold. The recommended glassware implies that they are still nostalgic for frat parties.|