The name of this beer reminds me of the Muse song of the same name. I do not watch music videos any more. I really haven’t since the early 90′s. I do have fond memories of watching MTV all summer long with my babysitter in the late 80′s though. Did the Wild, Wild West video by Escape Club freak you out too? Those arms and legs are so gross. It came on the radio the other day and I still get that terrible picture in my head 24 years later. If you don’t know what I am talking about you are young. Google it. Any way, the Muse video has this weird, scary, Godzilla-like teddy bear in it. Although since it is a teddy bear, maybe I should have referenced the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man…So when this beer was chosen for tonight, the first picture that came into my mind was of a ransacking teddy bear. Huh?
Also, what comes to mind is our December trip to Columbus. While drinking in our hotel room, we sampled the Resistance by Iron Fist. The video says it all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCXfboQ7zmE
Iron Fist Uprising
This beer is described as a Tripel IPA. Those two styles don’t necessarily go together. When you think of a Tripel, you think of the Belgian yeast funk with a sweet malty character. When you picture an IPA, it is the fresh, crisp, clean hoppiness that you picture. Iron Fist attempted to put them together into one beer. I still can’t figure out whether it works or not. Some sips don’t and some kind of do. This is very strange.
The Belgian tripel is the most forward flavor. There is also a boozy quality due to the 12% alcohol level of this beer. Every once in a while, the hops come through. But they don’t take over the malt, nor do they linger. They sort of appear and then disappear. So, I like some sips better than others. As it warms, it becomes more cloyingly sweet. I would suggest drinking it quickly, but the alcohol doesn’t allow you to do so. So, don’t do that. I would also suggest trying one. It is unique in its concept and it is worth buying for that reason alone.