Next up, Port City Brewing’s Maniacal Double IPA:
Apologies for my recent absence. I blame Candy Crush. I downloaded it for daughter 1.0 to play, but fell victim to its sick, sweet charms. I’m just like little whacked-out Tiffi following Mr. Toffee’s dubious charges and his trail of candy, which no doubt leads to a creepy, windowless van.
Of course, like any astute crack dealer, Mr. Toffee knows he’s got you hooked. When you run out of lives, your only option is to wait 10-20 minutes, pay for more lives, or reveal your problem to Facebook. Or, if you’re like me, you have descended so far down the deep, dark, spiraling Candy Crush hole, that you shamefully moved the date forward in the settings on your iPad to trick Mr. Toffee into thinking you patiently waited for more lives. And as you smugly admire your self-mastery, looking down your nose at the addicts who fork over money or plead to Facebook, you are missing important dates and family obligations because your iPad thinks it’s 3 days ahead of time. Then when you do remember to reset the date, Mr. Toffee cruelly reminds you just how sick you’ve become.
Maniacal pours a beautiful golden-orange with a classic, fluffy white IPA head that presents more lace than a 16th century assisted living facility. The nose brings bright grapefruit, rich citrus, pine, and a little malt. The CTZ, Chinook, and Simcoe hops bring some seriously rich hop flavor – citrus, resin, pot, passion fruit, and peach – with a sweet malt backbone. It is a sweet IPA up front, but not overly so. And often IPAs with Chinook hops can be brutally bitter, but the finish on Maniacal isn’t at all brutal…in fact, it’s a pretty clean and pleasant bitterness. It has a slightly creamy feel, which I like in my double IPAs, but it avoids being excessively big. It’s a very nice IIPA.
I had Maniacal earlier this year. I very classily took some to the playground in the stroller’s drink holder. Fortunately, as part of DC Beer Week, Port City is trotting it back out at the brewery. As a bonus, Port City will be open all week, with a different event each night. Go get you some.
The Haybag: Ohhh, well look who put down Candy Crush long enough to write a post. How about you be a dear and go grab some Maniacal, too, while you’re at it?