Bar Car: Great South Bay Brewery Massive IPA

Great South Bay Massive IPA

Where I bought it:  Taste NY Store in Grand Central

How much:  Five and change

Review: Ok. I gave the Taste NY store another try. And, I was happy to find a $12 bottle of Pinot Noir from a winery on Long Island. I didn’t buy it, but I was happy to find it.  What I was happier to find was a Great South Bay Massive IPA.

I am an IPA fan to begin with; but aren’t most yuppie 30-somethings, that drive a Subaru and live in one of those “up-and-coming” towns in the Hudson Valley?  You know, the ones that get featured once a year in the New York Times.  Umm.  Beacon, anyone?

Oh, the charm of the pre-war factories converted to condos. It almost reminds us of Brooklyn or the Village. And, the commmute! Just an scosch over an hour and change to the City.  Please.

Anyway, back to the beer. As someone who has been searching for an IPA geared towards my tastes – lots of hops on the floral side – this is my favorite so far. Very balanced.  And, if you let it get a little warmer than when you pull it out of the cooler, it is worth it.

Grade: Five Happy Beer Guys!

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The Bar Car: Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

20141008_163753_resized_1The beer selection at the Grand Central Rite-Aid is like a high school reunion; a lot of familiar faces but very few people you’d really want to hang out with for any extended period of time. But, sitting in the ballroom corner of this romp down memory lane is that girl who moved from the city to your town the middle of junior year. You never talked to her until well after college. You were too busy chasing the ones who seemed exciting because they rode clydesdales or came from the Rockies. A few years after college, you would occasionally bump into her at a bar and when you were finished chatting with Sam (because that’s what adults drink) you might get brave and actually say hello.

Ok, there was no exotic city girl.  There were never any girls. Right, Olaf?

It was Brooklyn’s East India Pale Ale.

Now, years later, IPA’s are everywhere. Everywhere. Even the cooler at the Rite Aid is home to an IPA. Is Brooklyn’s perfect? No, but that is the beauty of it. It does not have to be. It is an honest to goodness IPA dropped off in a strange flourcently lit land. A land with a plethora of slightly-beer-flavored beverages with names that may remind you of ladies you may encounter at a bachelor party, like Ultra, High Life, Blue Ribbon or Light Lime. You eye them; their price point is tempting at less than two bucks for a tall boy. But you know better. Olaf knows the answer.

But, you should say yes to the Brooklyn East India Pale Ale. It is solid, but not outstanding. It is not as hoppy as I prefer but better than the rest in the Rite-Aid fridge. I mean, if you think you can get the high life from a can of $2 beer, listen to Olaf again.


Type: IPA

Where I got it: The Rite Aid inside Grand Central near the main entrance ramp

What I paid: Less than $3

Grade: Four happy beer guys