I didn’t really feel like partying this year on Hallowe’en night, so I decided to stay in and make a cream of radish soup. At about 21 o’clock I ventured out on foot to the grocery store to pick up some milk, and on the way I ended up crossing paths with a friend of mine, identified from other guys of the same name with the affectionate prefix “awkward.” He told me he was going to a house party later and that I was welcome to join him. I told him that I was planning on making some soup, but that I could perhaps stop by for a visit later on. After a successful milk purchase at the store, I headed home and crafted a fine soup.
Around 23 o’clock I put on my jacket, grabbed a hunk of garlic bread, and twisted open a bottle of Okanagan Springs Cloudy Amber; it was time to wander over to this house party. About 15 minutes later, after an encounter with a large stag, two thirds of the way towards my destination, and beer bottle nearly empty, I crossed paths with a cyclist. Nothing unusual about that, but as he went past me he turned his head to look into an adjacent parking lot and in following his gaze I noticed that there was a person lying face first in the middle of the small lot. We both rushed over to see if help was required, and indeed it was. What we found was a young woman passed out on her face wearing a skimpy Hallowe’en costume. She was breathing and her head was tilted at a safe angle, but she didn’t respond to our calls and she had cuts on her limbs from an apparent fall. We obviously couldn’t leave her alone in this lonely parking lot, so the other guy quickly called 911 and we proceeded to act on their instructions until the first responders arrived; the fire department. They quickly took over and managed to get her to respond enough for everyone to know that she would likely be okay; she’d simply had too much alcohol and passed out; nothing nefarious had occurred. After offering up all the information that I could to Campus Security, I continued on to my party.
The house party was a fairly typical drunken Hallowe’en university student affair; I particularly enjoyed the acoustic guitar jam session with hilariously improvised lyrics. The host gave me access to a growler of Lighthouse Numbskull IPA and I drank some of this strong beer for the first time. Unfortunately I failed to record any tasting notes at the time (with unforeseen consequences when I finally found a bottle) but I did have notes from a previous night with the Cloudy Amber.
Okanagan Spring Cloudy Amber
Appearance: Not actually cloudy.
Nose: Quite malty, nice.
Palate: Too fizzy, faint hops.
Finish: Faint malt, then faint hops.
Overall: They boast of a well balanced beer, but it’s a boring balanced beer.
Rating: 2/5 Okay
I left the party at around 1:30, and on my way home I found a pack of nice smelling Export A cigarettes with eight cigarettes remaining! I don’t even smoke cigarettes more than a few times a year, but it was still exciting. Only a couple minutes later I watched a young man get ignored by a cab, and in sympathy I offered him the entire pack. He was pleasantly surprised and insisted I smoke one with him, but neither of us had a lighter, so he bade me keep a couple and we parted ways with six and two cigarettes respectively. A few minutes later, after battling racoons down a narrow pathway, I was safely tucked in to my bed.
Now that should have been the end of my story (a blog post should have been swift following Hallowe’en) but I wanted to provide tasting notes for the Numbskull IPA, which ended up being rather more difficult to procure that I had expected. After a couple weeks of irregular liquor store enquiries into the Numbskull, I had essentially forgotten my quest. Then the other night I wandered into a store on impulse to browse, et voila, a few bottles of the Numbskull were left on the shelf! I couldn’t escape the store that easily though, for I was offered a special deal by an employee: buy a twelve pack of Moosehead Lager and receive six Moosehead glasses for free, instead of the promotions advertised one. Now that employee didn’t know it, but I have a weakness for beer glasses, so now I own six Moosehead beer glasses that I most certainly didn’t need!
Lighthouse Numbskull Imperial IPA
Appearance: Golden orange.
Nose: Quite hoppy, grapefruit, yeasty, similar to a Belgian blonde.
Palate: Hoppy and grapefruit.
Finish: Initially sweet and a bit malty, then a fairly hoppy/piney finish.
Overall: A good IPA; nothing special, other than it doesn’t taste like it’s 9.1%!
Rating: 3/5 Good