I’m happy to tell you that my heart surgery went well. It’s been almost a month since my surgery, and I’m finally starting to feel a little bit back to normal. I had a little bit of nerve damage, but other than that, it was pretty smooth.
It’s also been a month since I’ve had a sip of beer, and I’ve been craving some. Tonight we went to one of our favorite local pizza spots – Flinger’s Pizza Pub. From Thurs. – Sat. you get a free slice of pizza with a beer, so it works out perfectly… my wife and I order a beer and give a slice to each of the kids. Since this was my first beer after surgery, I thought I’d go with something light, since my sense of smell and taste seems to be a bit hightened.
Location: On tap and served in a regular pint glass at Flinger’s Pizza Pub in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.5% ABV, ~150 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s slightly hazy and is bright gold in color with a big, bright white, foamy head. The head thinned out a bit after a few minutes, revealing a bready, buscuity, slightly yeasty and grainy aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is a bit watery. The flavor up front was lightly sweet and honey-bready, which was followed by a blander bready-yeasty flavor in the middle. In the finish, there were hints of floral-citrusy hop flavors and bitterness, but the bready-yeasty flavors were predominant. These flavors lasted briefly in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This beer was mostly bready and yeasty, giving it a fairly bland flavor. Therefore, I’d have this beer with something spicy, like mexican food or spicy chili, so this beer could be used to help quench thirst and knock down the spiciness a bit.
Overall Impression: This was my first beer after a month without beer, and I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, it was pretty bland, with mostly bready-yeasty flavors and very little hop character. I’ll admit, my tastebuds may have been affected by the surgery or drugs I’m on, but this one didn’t do it for me.