It’s 4/20 so naturally tonight’s Beer-of-the-game is going to be SMOKEY. See what I did there? The name of this beer is Smoke Jumper Smoked Porter and it’s brewed by the Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado. I wondered how they got the name Smoke Jumper so I used this web search engine called Google and did some research. As it turns out, Left Hand’s own website has some helpful info about this beer:
Here in Colorado we are blessed with abundant natural beauty.
Smokejumpers are those fearless wildland firefighters who specialize in parachuting into the wilderness so that we can continue to enjoy it. Smokejumper Imperial Porter is a tribute to them – a twenty-one degree plato porter made with barley malt hand- smoked by our brewers. Roasty brown in color, the long lingering smokiness wraps around flavors of molasses, toasted malt and an earthy hoppiness. Here’s to smoke in your glass, not in the woods. Smokejumper is the official beer of The National Smokejumper Association. www.smokejumpers.com.
Full disclosure: Before tasting this beer my palate may have been ruined by tasting 3 dry hopped casks of Stone Ruination on my trip to Petrol Station earlier in the night. I will try this beer again, but for now I’ve got to review it based on my tasting tonight.
Smoke Jumper pours up a thick, dark chocolate color perfect for this style. It’s so dark that it’s nearly black. My pour resulted in a finger width head that was tan colored and surprisingly bubbly. I like the look of this beer.
We nearly had to evacuate our house while tasting this beer, because the kids thought there was a fire. That’s how smokey smelling this beer is. Smells of smoke, smoke, more smoke, and a bit of dark chocolate malt. I was hoping for a smokey beer on 4/20, and this beer did not disappoint.
However, I was disappointed in the taste. Come on though, how important is taste anyway? Important enough that I was not able to finish my glass. I just couldn’t think of anything to say about this beer while I was drinking it besides, “It tastes like a stale campfire.” A stale campfire is when the fire has been smoldering for hours, and you finally have to pour water on it to make it go out. That smell of wet, smokey ashes is exactly what kept popping into my head with every sip. Perhaps that makes sense considering the beer was named after a parachuting fire fighter. There is probably no greater smell to them than a fire that’s been put out.
Smoke Jumper has some pretty great reviews on Beer Advocate so I am really wondering if my taste buds were just destroyed by the Stone DDHR. I enjoyed the look and smell of this beer, but just couldn’t enjoy the taste. I’m going to make sure I try this beer again, and please don’t let my review keep you from trying it. All indications are that this is a pretty decent example of the smoked porter style, but tonight I’m going to have to give it a Bloop Single.
I’m very unhappy with tonight’s results. How do you let Matt Kemp beat you? He’s arguably the best hitter in baseball, and he’s been absolutely on fire so far this season. Kemp already had 100 HRs in the first 13 games, and something like 400 RBI. I didn’t look those numbers up, but they seem close.
Other than the decision to actually pitch to Kemp, I don’t think Happ pitched too badly. I set the line for hits allowed at 6.5, and he was over with 8. Happ also walked 4, so it’s surprising that he only allowed the three earned runs. We did make some pretty stellar defensive plays behind him, and he made good pitches when he needed to (other than to Kemp).
The real reason we lost this game was our anemic offense against the flamethrower Ted Lilly. What’s that? He’s NOT a flamethrower? You mean he’s just another guy who walked 6 of our batters and still we scored only 1 run? Oh. That’s cool. Maybe we’ll do better against the reigning NL Cy Young award winner we are facing tonight. Jeez.