So we cracked open a few of the beers we brought home from Pensacola. I had the (justifiably) well reviewed Bell's Brewing Two Hearted Ale, a complex but easy drinking IPA. Tom tried the Southern Tier Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale.
I only had a sip of the Phin & Matt's, but its schtick is that it's brewed with three different hops and three different malts.
The Bell's was awesome. Wonderful hop aroma and flavor- full of citrus and pine and pineapple. Balanced and drinkable and delicious. This bottle was dated June 30, 2011, so it was super fresh and tasty.
Tried the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale. It initially suffered a little being drunk after the Two Hearted, but it is an excellent rye malt beer.
The hops serve to support the spiciness of the rye, and allow the malt flavor to shine, without the characteristic significant malty sweetness. Very enjoyable.
Glad we have six packs of these both- my inclination is to hoard them, but of course these beers won't stay fresh and delicious indefinitely. Regular ABV pale ales and IPAs don't age well. So we'll be drinking these over the next week or so... envy us!