Brightside IPA Beer Review
Saturday’s are ridiculously busy when you have three daughters who all play sports. As a parent, you are literally an Uber driver because it is on you to get everyone where they need to be. Here’s the kicker, you don’t even get paid. It actually cost you money when you factor in gas and your loss of sanity. Don’t even get me started on what happens when you coach the teams in sports like soccer that you never played and don’t even bet on because of how little you know about it. For all those reasons, you need a “real” beer to drink when the dusts settles and you are looking to watch your bets. Nothing below 7% on Saturdays unless you are expecting some type of emergency.
For this particular Saturday, I went with the Brightside IPA by the Lone Pine Brewing Company in Portland, Maine. It comes in at 7.1% ABV so it is drinkable on Saturdays even though it is barely over the 7% threshold that I am very strict about maintaining. I am getting old so every Saturday should be awesome from here on out and following ABV guidelines helps with that. It also comes in the tall boy cans which makes you feel like a man even if you just got done coaching a 10U girls soccer team. Hats off to Lone Pine for that.
As far as the tasting notes, the first thing I always notice is the smell and this one mostly smelled like fruit and hops. I wish I knew what color this was but I drink it straight out of the can so I have no idea. I imagine it looks awesome because the beer was amazing. It should actually come with a warning label letting you know how awesome it is because I finished my first one and still had more than 15 minutes left in the first half of the USF/UCF game. It was light for an IPA but very hoppy and had hints of citrus. Almost like orange or tangerine. Definitely a NEIPA though and a damn good one too.
The luck rating for this beer is pretty high even though USF and UCF did not go over 56 in the first half like my wallet and I had hoped for. They both started fast and then couldn’t throw it in the ocean which is tough to watch but I was smart enough to have a second bet going at 7 pm that night. That second bet was Monmouth/Manhattan over 60 *1st half and it ended at 61 with a buzzer beater so you can’t get better than that. I actually had to look it up the next morning to make sure I won because I was having a hard time remembering and the bet ended at 8:00. Hats off the the Lone Pine people for that. That is certainly the sign of a good beer.
Overall, this beer is being added to the rotation and being classified as a Saturday or Sunday beer. I am not sure if I can condone busting out your first one while the sun is still out because you are going to be a mess by the end of the night. If you have extreme discipline, then you can day drink this but I am not trying it. It goes down way too easy so I will only use it for night games when I don’t have an early morning the next day. Recovery time on these is longer than most.
Brightside IPA Beer Review