Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Granite Grrrrrowler

Guess what I did with this growler?  I gave the empty to the beer store.
Alright, next time I'll keep it.  This one was pretty sweet, and it was a birthday gift.

It's fitting that I post this tonight, as I drank this Granite Brewing American Pale Ale "Hopping Mad" out of my Leafs stein [see photo].

So, without further adieu, here is my review:

It's called Hopping Mad.
Most Leafs fans at the ACC tonight were Hopping Mad.  You could hear it in the chorus of boo's as they were eliminated from the playoffs in a shutout.  But that was a long time coming.

It was in a growler.
Grumbles and growls were seen all over Twitter tonight, as Carolina made it 3-0, and the game brought yet another hockey-less post season for Toronto.

There was an expiry date of February 20th.
That's about when things started to go downhill.  They've only won 4 games since February 20th.  Four.

It was fantastic. It was 6%, had an absolutely gorgeous citrus taste to it, and the aroma was filled with orange, a subtle floral scent, and hoppy wonders.  It was very flavourful, which isn't always a good thing.  This time, it definitely was.
I prefer the taste Granite's Hopping Mad left in my mouth.

My Recco's
Food: I was originally thinking of a Chicken Club, but Granite's Brewpub at Eglinton and Mount Pleasant in Toronto has this on the menu, and it would be oh so good together with this pale ale: "Chipotle Chicken Sandwich Grilled chicken, bacon, sautéed onions, melted jack cheese and chipotle mayo on a sub bun."
Music: Granite started out in one of my favourite cities, Halifax, so here's April Wine, from Halifax, with "I Wouldn't Want To Lose Your Love"... which is exactly what the Leafs management should be thinking about the fans right about now.

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