Due to my "real job" schedule, I get very few chances to join in on a happy hour. Recently, a meeting ran shorter than anticipated (!) and I found myself near Marie Callender's. I strolled in to see if they could make this newfound hour a happy one. They did.
Hopping onto a seat at the bar, I watch a football game on television between two college teams I don't care anything about - Northern Something University vs Eastern Something State.
Beers are $5 - that's happy - and I spy the magic letters on one of the tap handles: I.P.A. It's called Point The Way IPA, from Golden Road Brewing of Los Angeles. Turns out it's an IPA lover's version of a light beer.
The brew registers an abv number of 5.2%, fairly low when you know that IPAs generally run well over 6%. Master brewer Jon Carpenter says this is the beer for which the brewery was founded. They're a new kid on the beer block, with doors open just a
couple of months at the time I am writing this.
Point The Way IPA has a beautiful and rich amber color with an off-white head, shows citrus and flowers on the nose and tastes quite hoppy with a strong lemon note. It's nice and creamy and a slightly bitter nuttiness flows into an extremely lengthy finish. It's very refreshing and makes me wish I were having it in the backyard while barbecuing - even though it's dark out and quite chilly.
I'm sure it will still be around when summer comes back.