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By The Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
I am sure you all know a great and wonderful man had a birthday last weekend. Yes, the one you have come to know and love as COED’s Professor of Beerology celebrated outlasting Cirrhosis of the Liver by one more year and did so as any soon-to-be Hall of Fame Beer Drinker would – by discovering and drinking beer! I spent the weekend visiting one of the best big beer cities in the United States, and home to yours truly, Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic mix of taprooms, pubs, and breweries, Philly is becoming the go-to beer city of the northeast. As I battled both my inebriated walking abilities and the cobblestone streets of Philly’s Old City, I stumbled my way into Triumph Brewery. While there, I sampled every beer they had on tap, and the one that stood out was a very good crisp IPA. This weekend Triumph Brewery’s Bengal Gold IPA is What’s On Tap.
In 1995, Triumph Brewery opened their first location in Princeton, New Jersey. Then in 2003 and 2007, Triumph opened two other breweries in New Hope, PA and in Old City Philly. But do not let the idea of a “brewery chain” fool you into thinking Triumph makes bad beer. From 2004 – 2006, Triumph Brewery medaled at least twice at the Great American Beer Fest; basically since the early 2000s, this brewery has been gettin’ it.
Some hoppy beer lovers only like the outrageously high ABV and over-powering IPA. While those beers are undeniably awesome, and many of which I love, there is something to be said about an IPA that has subtle yet very noticeable, good flavors. Bengal Gold is such an IPA. Bengal is a beer that continues to grow on you after each sip. As you drink, you notice Bengal’s citrusy hop flavors first, but then you get the taste of the beer’s caramel flavor and slight bitterness, all of which combine to make a crisp, drinkable IPA.
While at Triumph Brewery, I picked up a growler of Bengal so I could enjoy it while I grilled chicken and ribs the following night. And what makes for a better summer meal than a great seasonal IPA and chicken and ribs on the grill? So, as you try to block the idea summer is ending from your mind, enjoy one of the last weekends before school starts and vacation ends by grabbing a pint of Bengal Gold IPA, raising a glass and toasting to another triumphant summer (Ah! See what I did there?).
Alcohol by Volume: 6.6%
Color: Hazy Light Amber