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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Space Rock by Shorts Brewing

I am an Oregonian. With that being said, I did not attend the University of Oregon and I am not a huge college sports fan. I grew up in Oregon with only one professional sports team, the Portland Trailblazers. That is the time I root for and care about. Lats nights lose to Ohio State in the National Championship Game does not bother me. 

When narrowing down colleges to apply to I visited U of O's in state rival, Oregon State University (OSU). That is when my hopes of return to Oregon were dashed. I had moved from Oregon to Pennsylvania at the end of my Freshman year of high school with the foolish dream of one day returning. When I decided that I wanted to be an engineer I knew Oregon State would be one of the only ways to get back to Oregon and receive a decent education. 

The on-campus visit started out great. While the tour guide gave walked my dad and I around campus I ran into one of the girls I knew from high school in Oregon and lets just say, she wasn't ugly. While catching up with Natalie my dad tried to distract the tour guide from staring. It was spring time in Oregon after all, so she wasn't wearing a sweater, if you know what I mean. I was elated, not even 20 minutes on campus and I already ran into someone I knew. I thought for sure this was where I would end up, then came the engineering department interview. The engineering department head is a horrible salesmen. You can't sell your school to someone by telling them to go to another school. That is exactly what he did, "You should go to Penn State, they have an excellent program". After that, I knew OSU wasn't the place for me. 

In hindsight, I am happy that I went to Kettering University. That is where I made some great friends, joined one of the best Fraternities around (PI KAPPA ALPHA) and most importantly, that is where I met my wife. Its hard to think how my life could have turned out any better. Watching U of O lose the national championship brought up some of these memories. 

Whenever nostalgia is in the air, beer can't be far behind.  Without anymore delay, Space Rock by Short's Brewing Company.

Space Rock - Short's Brewing Company

ABV: 5.0%

Look: 3.5
Smell: 3.75
Taste: 3.25
Feel: 3.5
Overall: 3.5

Space Rock by Short's Brewing Company is an American Indian Pale Ale (IPA). Pours out slightly hazy with a pale straw color and about 2 fingers of white head. Good bubbling is observed in the glass. The nose is very hoppy and sweet like a fruit, maybe grapefruit or oranges. I admittedly do not have the best beak in the business when it comes to smelling. I believe its the taste really helps when it comes to the smell. With a mouthful of cold beer the flavors begin to reveal themselves. There is a nice bitter taste coming forward with fruity characteristics of grapefruit and orange along with a floral touch. The finish is dry with light toasted malt and pine. The light carbonation feel accompanies the array of flavors making this IPA very easy to drink. Overall I think Space Rock is an exceptional IPA, almost a session IPA, that I would definitely consider enjoying again. 

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
-Vince Lombardi