Month: April 2012

Beer Review for Phoenix Ale Brewery – Camelback IPA

The Phoenix Ale Brewery

Camelback India Pale Ale (IPA)

This is the first of The Phoeinx Ale Brewery’s ‘phresh brewed ales’ that I tasted and right away noticed their simple yet distinct logo with a familiar feel to another new microbrewery where I grew up, Lake Bluff Brewing Company. Do most city named breweries go for a simple logo to keep the focus on the city name + beer? As far as the Camelback IPA goes, it is really not a true IPA in taste as much as it is a strong ale. It doesn’t have that hoppy, bitter bite that I have grow to love and set as a basis for rating IPAs. Even though it is not a hoppy IPA, it is still a good beer and pretty tasty.

My first tasting of this beer was at The Great Arizona Beer Festival on tap. This testing was in the bottle and after a familiarity with the label beer and the label, I was happy to see a bomber size bottle of Camelback IPA at the Arizona Diamondbacks game. Nice work Phoenix Ale Brewery with your distribution success and leveraging a great AZ landmark and immortalizing it in a beer. It makes me feel good about drinking local beer!

Overall, Camelback IPA is like a pale ale with more kick yet wanted to to have smoother upfront taste and finish, like a scotch ale (think Kiltlifter by Four Peaks). At 6.1% alcohol, it feels closer to an IPA on the buzz-factor. If you venture to sample more beers by PHX Ale Brewery, give their Frenzy a try, an unfiltered Ale. It is a signature ‘unfiltered’ beer for them.

Study Says Drinking Beer Makes Men Smarter

The question has to be asked, “What about women…do women get smarter drinking beer too?”

Article by Corky Siemaszko (New York Daily News)

This is exactly what you want to hear being Friday if you plan on having some adult beverages this weekend. A study from the University of Illinois in Chicago has found that men that have drunk a few beers were better at solving brainteasers than sober counterparts. The researchers invented their own bar game to perform the study.

The game gave each of the 40 men three words and then told them to come up with a fourth word that fits the pattern. One example of the question that might’ve been asked in the game is being offered words such as blue, cottage, Swiss, and then coming up with cheese. In the study, half the players drank 2 pints of beer, and the other half got none.

The study found that those who had drunk the beer solved 40% more of the problems than their sober opponents. The men who drank beer finished the problems quicker than sober players as well with the typical drinker needing 12 seconds and the non-drinker needing 15.5 seconds. The results of the study are interesting because most people think beer slows thinking. Read the full article via NYDailyNews.

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