The Brookeville Beer Farm
The Bull India Pale Ale
When I first started this blog just over a year ago, my review process was pretty straightforward: I’d buy a loose can of beer off the local shelf at Gilly’s or Dawson’s, bring it home, drink it, and then use words like “astringent” and “creamy” to describe what I had drunk.
Much much later, I decided to buy two cans of whatever beer I wanted to try. I wanted to make sure that I had done a thorough review of the beer before I published my post. I was worried that circumstances beyond my control could affect whether or not I liked a beer.
Case in point: The Bull India Pale Ale from Brookeville Beer Farm. I sampled my first can right after recovering from a cold. When I’m sick, I like to have a box of Everlasting Gobstoppers by my bedside, because I believe Blue 2 Lake has medicinal properties. After I had recovered, I still had a few Gobstoppers left. I polished them off at work, then went home and cracked open my beer.
When I tasted The Bull IPA, I wrote down notes about candy shell aftertaste and undertones of buttered popcorn Jelly Bellies and that banana-tasting yeast flavor. A few days later, I had my second can of The Bull, and it tasted completely different. It had a fresh, hoppy flavor with a nice balance of bitter and sweet. I could not find any of those artificial candy flavors I had detected earlier.
This is probably the problem with writing about beer in a casual setting. I suppose if I were to do this right, I would need to create a special pristine beer tasting room in my home where conditions are never changing. I would also need to buy a white lab coat and to make sure I don’t eat a box of Everlasting Gobstoppers within a 48-hour period of tasting.
Thank goodness I didn’t write up The Bull a year ago. The folks at Brookeville Beer Farm would have read this and thought I was insane. (I mean, I did just say Blue 2 Lake has medicinal properties, so the jury is still out.)