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Live Blog! Idle Hands featuring Mission Brewery!

Phil Foleen

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Tonight, once again we are coming to you from the great Idle Hands Bar in New York City for the tasting night featuring Mission Brewery and Bushmills Irish Whiskey. We have a couple to get through so check back and see what we think!

Brad's First Mission Amber - Dave, the beer rep, introduced this as a "attempted alt beer that turned out as an amber" - the beer had a nice heavy taste but I would agree with the first attempt... To me this is an alt beer, just not smooth enough for the other Amber styles I've had.

Paul's First Mission Amber - They say amber, and it's close, but this tastes much more like a red. It was described as a beer that was supposed to be something else, as Brad cited, it was introduced to be an alt bier that turned into something else. It is not what they intended, but it certainly is a happy accident. It's a very drinkable brew that I look forward to seeing this one again.

Phil's First Mission Amber - It is amber, when you have an inch left at the bottom of your glass. Its a very mild brew, a little watery on the mouthfeel side of things, but really reminds me of a session ale. Not a lot of hops taste in the beginning, and a bit of a sheath taste at the end that doesn't linger. All in all a good one to start your drinking adventure off with and continue on.

Brad's Second Mission Blonde - I enjoyed this beer a lot, not a huge fan of German beer and the pure-ness of the style, but this is really light and refreshing.

Brad's Bourbon Tasting Bushmills - this was a lot smoother than I remember. As a big fan of bourbons, whiskeys are good but Irish whiskeys I tend to stay away from. this was smooth-ish and enjoyable for the 1 ounce pour (I got Phil's) that I had.

Paul's Second Mission Blonde - Admittedly I don't love blonde ales. I don't hate them, they just don't normally register on my radar. However, in a completely backhanded compliment way, this is a totally acceptable light beer. I actually even like how this beer tastes, I just don't buy this style a lot.

Phil's Second Mission Blonde - I'm with Paul actually, this is an acceptable lighter beer. Let's say your at an afternoon BBQ with the Fam. So far the first two that we have had are a perfect first and second beer for a family reunion picnic. Not too beery so you alienate the in-laws, but enough that you don't feel like your drinking kool-aid. This ones a bit wheats but that's about all I can pick out of it.

Brad's Third Mission Shipwrecked Double IPA - This is a delicious 2xIPA, upon first taste a "friend" said "what is this? 6.5?" which speaks to the smoothness of this 9.25% ABV.

Paul's Third Mission Shipwrecked Double IPA - This is the only Mission brew that I had seen before tonight. I never got one before today and that has proved to be the wrong choice. This is a very smooth 9.2% ABV double IPA that I could drink a couple of in a night. This beer can be described as, the beer friend favorite, "dangerously drinkable." Find and enjoy this beer.

Phil's Third Mission Shipwrecked Double IPA - I've had this one before and I agree with Paul, it's dangerous. Of character for what we've had so far tonight, this one has a very quick and intense hop front that quickly retreats into a sweet overall taste with a small malty finish. Nowhere would this lead you to believe that it's a 9.2 ABV, that's the dangerous part. Or awesome part, really.

Paul's Fourth Mission IPA - This is a very straight forward IPA. It has a good hop flavor and a great malt taste to it. If you want to introduce the style of IPA to someone this is a beer you could grab. I don't mean to call it normal, but it encompasses what I think an American IPA tastes like.

Brad's Fourth Mission IPA - this is going to sound insulting, but it's a good middle of the road IPA. There is a strange bitterness that hits on the front, leaves and returns on the aftertaste which I don't know if I like.

Phil's Fourth Mission IPA - I don't think that's insulting, actually. Tis is a good, taste defining IPA for Mission. If your looking for a beer that is going to set the tone for your brewery I think this one is a pretty good choice. It does trend toward the sweet side of the hop flavor, but you can still tell that it's an IPA. Not a lot of malt flavor so you'll have to stay happy with the sweetness for your glass.

Think as to Idle Hands and Mission Brewery for another great night! Can't wait for the next one!

Beer Friends out!