Fat Ten-er # 11 (Three-hop blend IPA)
Procured by my man Jay, 6.8% ABV
True story: I first met my wife in a bar and after a couple months of her ignoring me, we happened to bump into each other again at another bar. I asked her out for real that time and we did the whole dinner and a movie thing and I was head over heels. (Still am, but that’s not the point here.) After our second date, I got her back to my place, and… We watched “This is Spinal Tap.”
She had never seen it (for shame), but loved it almost as much as I (still) do. It certainly wasn’t a test of any sort, but in retrospect, it sure elevated her to previously unattained heights.
I know you don’t care, but that little memory of mine leads me to this:
Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don’t know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.
God, I still love it – if you’ve seen it, and please tell me you have, Nigel’s pause and deep thought before his, “These go to eleven,” is just so comedicaly perfect.
You know what else is perfect? New England Brewing Company IPA’s.
IPA with Amarillo, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops
NEBCO: …What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
CTMQ: Put it up to eleven.
NEBCO: Eleven. Exactly. One better.
CTMQ: Why don’t you just make ten better and make ten be the top number and make that a little better?
NEBCO: [pause] These go to eleven.
And thank goodness for that. The Fat Ten-Er series of beers coming out of the heralded Woodbridge brewery have all be phenomenal. The 11 was yet another perfect NEBCO IPA with the perfect ratio of all the flavors and aromas IPA’s can give. Floral, citrus, pine, bitter. Sure, lesser brewers can screw that all up, but not NEBCO.
They go to eleven every time.
Overall Rating: A+
Rating vs. Similar style: A+