A day game on the West Coast means that Jeffrey can’t #rootrootdrink during the game. That would seriously shorten my career with my current employer. Therefore, I drove home as fast I could, listening to KTRH the whole way, to pop open a BOTG.
Today’s BOTG is from Jester King Brewery out of Austin, TX. I chose one of their year-round beers, a golden ale, called Noble King. You know the drill. According to Jester King, Noble King is a…
Medium strength, dry, golden ale brewed with our farmhouse yeast, and, as its name suggests, an abundance of noble, European hops. Thoroughly hoppy, yet elegant, dry, balanced, and drinkable.
Package: 750ml bottles, limited draught
OG: 1.047 FG: 1.007 ABV: 5.3%
Water: Filtered Hill Country Well Water
Malts: Organic Pilsner, Organic Two Row, Organic Wheat, Organic Caramunich
Hops: Czech Saaz, East Kent Goldings
Yeast: Farmhouse Yeast
I love that so many breweries are describing their beers as “drinkable.” Shoot, I think I’ve even used that adjective a time or two on this blog. Since Jester King doesn’t use that word in every description, I can only assume that the others are NOT drinkable. How sad.
Some of the Jester King beers that I have tried have been extremely carbonated so I started pouring this one slowly. I began pouring more aggressively when it became obvious that this one had the carbonation under control. I ended up with a white head consisting of tiny bubbles that was about 2 fingers tall. The beer is slightly hazy and a golden-orange color.
Noble King has a really pleasant, sorta crisp scent. I get notes of citrus, fresh cut grass, and an earthy sour aroma. I love the smell. If I got really in to it I might be able to pick out more specific aromas, but I had a long day at work. I want to drink this beer not stick my nose in it!
Thank god the taste doesn’t disappoint! Up front I got a bit of sour tartness from the farmhouse yeast. This beer is well-hopped and they impart a citrusy, lemon rind flavor that is most refreshing. Noble King also has a cool peppery, earthy flavor that kinda makes me want to go mow the yard. Is that weird? This is a wonderful beer for our hot Texas summers. It has a crisp, clean finish that makes me want to jump in my truck and head to Rowdy’s Liquid Express to get another few bottles.
At only 5.3% this beer is very drinkable. Haha! I get it now. I really, really enjoyed this one, and it will be a regular occupant in my beer fridge. If you haven’t tried this one, do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle or two. You won’t be disappointed. I give this beer a Triple!
Like I said at the top, I had to hurry home to get my BOTG cracked open, but I didn’t make it home before the game ended. But that’s ok. I got to hear Brett and Dave call another Myers save and an Astros 6-3 victory!
Obviously the highlight of the game was J.D. Martinez’s grand slam that he hit in the 3rd inning to push the score to 5-0. It’s great to see him attack the ball again. He looked so tentative a few weeks ago that I was starting to wonder if he was ever going to recover. There’s still a lot of baseball left to be played, but he’s not pressing and guessing at the plate anymore.
The other wonderful thing about this victory is that it shows that this young team has heart. A few years ago I would have bet my paycheck that the Astros would have been easily beat the game after getting no-hit. Heck, they might not even have shown up at the park after having a PERFECT GAME pitched against them. Instead, they came out swinging and quickly jumped out to a nice lead against a pretty good pitcher. It just goes to show you that this team doesn’t have any quit in them. I think the future looks bright, and I am proud to be an Astros fan!