I have been going to a local home brew club for the past two years. Unfortunately the club has never gained much steam and the July meeting netted a mere seven guys. Not to slight anyone but the club has never been what I expected from a club. I have heard a year ago or so that a new club was opening up in Plainfield. I had interest but remained loyal.
Last night I finally broke down and went to my first P.A.L.E. (Plainfield Ale and Lager Enthusiasts) meeting. A good forty members had to be on hand. The meeting was run via an very thorough and informative agenda. All of the executive board members had something to add, they have been doing some fun things as a club, are going to be involved in an upcoming festival, and membership is free.
Another cool thing about the club is that they meet at Limestone Brewing Company. Of course I had to try my first American craft beer from Limestone, the closest brewery to my house and I have never been there. Since it was IPA day I had Flying Pig Imperial IPA an American Imperial IPA.
Flying Pig didn’t have the hop profile I was expecting based on 110 IBUs. The aroma was a subdued spice and floral hop profile on sweet malts. The taste followed but added some heat while not leaving much bitterness. A “lighter” end of the spectrum DIPA that I would have again. I would rate this in the 7.5 to 8.0 range. Enjoy!
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