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Afterglow IPA Beer Review

Afterglow IPA Beer Review

Afterglow IPA Beer Review

Championship Sunday is a day for drinking. The NFL purposely backs up the start times for their games so we can get everything we need to get done for the day out of the way. Since it is 3 pm by the time they kick off the first game, it is completely acceptable for me to go with a 7+% ABV beer. It is a special occasion so I can remind myself of that when I can’t think straight the next day.

I felt like the appropriate beer for this game was the Afterglow IPA by the Foundation Brewing Company in Portland, Maine. It comes in right at 7% ABV so it is a bit on the stronger side but as I mentioned before, it’s Championship Sunday so it’s fine. It comes in a tall boy can which is why I bought it in the first place. That and the can is pretty cool looking. Sleek, sophisticated and hangs out of the koozie like a boss. I’m all in on that.

As far as the tasting notes, I got about as far as the smell. It smelled hoppy and even a little floral which was weird because I didn’t expect it. If I would have poured it into a glass, I bet it would have had a pretty thick head but I drink it straight out of the can so it will remain a mystery to me. The thing is, I had a few Fireball shots before I had my first one so I had a hard time with what exactly I was tasting. Normally I would not go for Fireball that early in the day, but I had to snow blow the driveway so my hands were tied. I wrote down that it had some fruit that was not citrus (maybe peach) and then tangerine or something along those lines. It felt like I was drinking a NEIPA but the company calls it an American IPA. Either way, I had six so that should tell you what I thought about them.

The luck rating for this beer is through the roof because I had the Titans TTO 22.5 and it won it pretty dramatic fashion. I know the Titans had 17 at halftime so if they didn’t cover then this beer would have been rated unlucky but I have my reasons. Tennessee scored their covering touchdown with 3:15 left in the game and that drive was kept alive by a fake punt. That’s pretty damn lucky if you ask me and I was drinking an Afterglow IPA when it happened. I didn’t even mention that Tennessee’s last touchdown covered a teaser too. I’ll put it like this, if you are ever in a must win situation, maybe consider some Afterglows.

Overall, this beer is being added to the rotation and being classified as a “must-win” beer. Be warned that Monday was incredibly unproductive for me so drinking six in one sitting could be considered a bad idea. I had to find out the next day what happened in the NFC Championship Game. It was worth it though.

Afterglow IPA Beer Review

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