Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas NightTime Ale

Beer by the Grill: Lagunitas NightTime Ale
Lagunitas NightTime Black IPA

After what seemed like weeks of brutally hot weather, it's finally nice enough for me to set out some viands and a cerveza at the grill.

This is an adjunct article to my recipe for a beer marinated chicken breast. Hey, look! Here's a link to the recipe. It's tasty!

I got the marinade made about 4:00 Sunday afternoon. It's 9pm as I put the meat on the grill, because I didn't want to leave raw chicken in the fridge overnight.

So it seems appropriate that I open a bomber bottle of NightTime Ale, sent to me by the folks at Lagunitas Brewing Co. for me to discuss.

This beer is best described as a "Black IPA," usually with the big hops of an American Pale, and with darker malts, though they should not be too "roasty" like a stout. This NightTime is kind of a counterpoint to Lagunitas' DayTime session IPA. It's also a big beer, at 8% abv, usually available in 22 oz. bottles at around $6. In fact, I already had one three years back, that was $4.49 at Trader Joe's.

Poured in a tulip that goes with high-gravity beers, this looks kind of like a strong dark Belgian beer, with a deep brown to black body, and a leggy tan head. But the smell puts me right back in the Pacific Northwest, with plenty of pine needles, resin, and a little citrus thrown in.

The taste is fully hopped, as one would expect of the guys from Petaluma (and the West Side). Malt is pretty light and seems to be in no rush to fight the APA levels of hops. As I said, the dark malts are minus roastiness, instead there's a bit of husk and spice, which makes this brew pretty drinkable. The higher alcohol is present only in a slightly thicker texture when I sip it. That could make this a little dangerous, as the ethanol might sneak up on you after you've finished it.

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