So what notes did he pull from the beer? "Black pepper. Like the pepper you put on your eggs."
You should know that when I visit my parents, I will grind black pepper onto my eggs.
"I also get a bit of citrus, but it took me until the third sip to taste it. During the first sip, my taste buds weren't adjusted to anything. They just sat there. The second sip, they said, 'We know this taste.' The third one brought the citrus into the aftertaste.”
For the record, commenters on Beer Advocate say there are notes of "coffee, chocolate, and grains", though after telling my dad this, he became suspicious of those reviews, and thought they might have "padded" them with unnecessary adjectives. My dad has discovered the secret behind all food criticism.
Food pairing possibilities
"Based on the picture, you're talking about a beer for your dad... I'd like to have it with a steak. The guy on the bottle, he could also have a construction hard hat. If you're an inspector on a construction site, they have a tie and a hard hat.”
Five minutes later, he made a discovery.
"I just noticed two pictures: one of a bull and one of a pig, which makes me think that it's meant to be consumed with steak and pork. So I was right on the money. I didn't even see it before! I was right on the money, I didn't cheat. I honestly gave you my opinion."
His excitement was palpable. I think this was his favorite part of the entire taste-test experience.
Conclusion Would he recommend the beer to others?
"I would. I think it's an interesting beer. I don't know if I'd go with a purple shirt [like the guy on the label]. I think they put a purple shirt on him because you have a hard time judging the character of the guy -- if he's wearing a flannel shirt, he's a hillbilly. A guy with a purple shirt is harder to judge.”
To all the dads out there, we salute you.
Lee Breslouer writes about food and drink for Thrillist, and thinks everyone should force their dad to drink craft beer. Follow him at @LeeBreslouer, because you can't make up a name that good.