After moving my rental a little closer to the bar, and throwing another fifty cents into the meter, good for two hours, I wandered into the Blind Pig, and quickly became acquainted with Charlotte, the pretty Dutch woman tending bar. After getting my first beer, Dogfish Head's 90-Minute IPA:
...we talked for a good hour about fun things to do in the Midwest, as she had only recently moved here with her U of I scientist husband, and was frustrated with both the lack of things to do in Central Illinois, and the distances one must travel to get anywhere, compared to in her native Netherlands.
I told her I was originally from Peoria, and she kinda sorta lit up, saying how relieved she was with Peoria, with its expansive river, topographical variety, and vast forests, after seeing nothing but flat land and cornfields for the whole time she's been here. For once, I felt justified in my civic pride, for having come from Illinois' "River City."
The beer was fantastic, and because of our conversation, I didn't get anymore pictures. See below for more information.
Ratings (out of ten):
Aroma: 9 (Awesome. Spicy with only a hint of hops)
Flavor: 9 (A happy marriage of pine(?) and hops)
Body: 7 (The spiciness comes through in the mouthfeel, compensating for a thin feel)
Smoothness: 9 (I could drink this all night but I could never stop noticing the flavor)
Price: 6 (At $4.50 a draw, it's a little expensive for a town as small as Champaign, but if that's the price you have to pay for an excellent tap selection, I'll happily pay it)
Ooh, that sounds wonderful.
10:39 AM, Mar 9, 2005
When I first tried this beer on tap last summer it instantly became the gold standard by which I judge every other beer. It is simply the best beer I have ever tasted.
The higher price may be due to the way it was served. Usually it is in a snifter with a lot more head. You were fortunate to get a true pint.
4:00 PM, Mar 9, 2005