So I had planned on splattering this review with thematic references to Breaking Bad, which while potentially entertaining, could have come off as cheap or lazy. And as cheap and lazy as I am, I don’t like displaying it too often in my reviews. Also the difficulty of actually stringing that sort of article out just sort of bored and depressed me a little bit for some inexplicable reason. So the farthest I’ll go is this.
A lesser known scientific fact to beer drinking is known as the Heisenbeerg Uncertainty Principle, which states that a given beer drinker cannot know both their own level of sobriety and attractiveness to the opposite sex at any given time. This stems largely from earlier works by early beer scientists such as Isaac Brewton up through more modern minds such as Albert BeerStein which state that a drinker in motion tends to stay in motions…
…while a drinker at rest, tends to stay at rest.
That all being the case, the same becomes true when applied in such as case as the Heisenbeerg conundrum as in the case of actual moving drunk bodies. This is all very technical and I try to avoid getting too deep into theoretical drunk physics here as there are entire schools of academic thought on the matter. But for right now I’ll simply leave that as my thematic reference and move onto the beer.
Knee Deep Brewing’s Breaking Bud is a damn fine IPA. Golden in color, it has a body which is as smooth as it is crisp. Smelling of a clean, grassy, somewhat fruity hop profile, the sip does everything it can to bring this to life, offering up a beer which in a time of heavier, weightier IPAs and doubles coming out constantly, almost seems like a bold IPL in its own right.
This is by no means an insult, as the suspension of clean and balanced presence of both rich hop and mild, clean malt in such an almost delicate fashion, presents to us a beer that is both very tasty and yet also very easy to drink. At 50 IBU, this sip takes us to just about the point where notable IPA bitterness begins. So while rich in said flavor, with these being what I’m going to venture a guess to be west coast hops, it is not in any real way overbearing and presents its bitterness directly and unfettered. At 6.5% ABV, as it comes to us in the 22 oz. bottles before me here, it is not as intimidating as some imperials may be, as I know that after this bottle is gone, I’ll still be mostly conscious and alert.
Here I am made happy in that I am given almost the perfect amount of alcohol for a light night’s sitting in. Taken as a total package, being a fan as I was of the Simtra IPA, I believe I have found an even better example as to why I’m excited to see Knee Deep Brewing make its way to the deep North East. Thank you lot.
So to Knee Deep Brewing, to those totally legitimate scientists I mentioned before and of course to you, I say as always…
While the brewery may have provided the product mentioned above for free, I was not required to write a positive review, I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the honest opinions I have expressed are my own.
Nicholas Goroff is an actor, writer and craft beer reviewer at EveryJoe.com. Certified as a Cicerone beer server, he is working towards obtaining certification as a beer judge while employed at Bert’s Better Beers in Hooksett, NH. When not reviewing beer, wine and spirits, he is typically writing political essays, screenplays and short fiction. Follow him on Twitter @wizardofcause.
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