Founders Dirty Bastard
Shimmy shimmy ya, shimmy yam, shimmy yay. Give me a beer, my work is done for the day. Yeah, that’s a play on some Ol’ Dirty Bastard lyrics, but I’m ready to celebrate. It’s the weekend, and I got the grass cut without problem. The sun is setting, and it’s starting to cool off. While an IPA or a Wheat would be wonderful in this situation, I want something a little different. With ODB already on my mind, I know the perfect brew to choose. Dirty Bastard is a Scotch Ale with attitude. Founders Brewing out of Grand Rapids did it right with this one. Believe it or not, this a beer we almost didn’t get in Alabama. I’m sure you could guess why, our backwards ABC board didn’t care for the name too much. Good thing for us, they finally came around. As with all things the ABC doesn’t like when it comes to craft beer, a little persistence will eventually get them to change their mind. With all that being said, this dirty bastard isn't dirty or stinky, let’s enjoy some beer.
Look at the bottle, the angry Scotsman urges you to drink. So I did. This cool colored beer looks almost like a dark iced tea. The intense garnet brew has little to no head, but that is quite alright. Slightly hazy, it lets just enough light through to see the little dancing bubbles race to the top of the glass. The nose of this creation is equally as pretty. I smell just the slightest amount of hops followed by a generous helping of honey and fruit. Raisins are the first thing to come to mind, that or prunes. Now we’re onto the most important part, the taste. Heavy caramel malts, have a fitting cola-ish presence. Nice and round, but not overly sweet, was obviously the goal for this one. There is more of that fruity stuff in here too. A little banana, a little raisin, blends well together. The more I drink, I notice that little bit of hops that I smelled originally, which helps balance those dessert like flavors. This beer is not heavy like a stout, but it definitely carries a nice body, like most Scots right? No lingering sticky mouthfeel makes this one a good finish up beer on a summer night. I really like the style, and I really like this particular take on it. This brew gets an 8.5 out of 10 in my book. Vegans and more traditional eaters alike can partake in this gem. Be careful though, it’s not huge, but the 8.5% abv will easily sneek up on you.
Finish this six pack and you too will be quoting some ODB lyrics. You’ll probably be feeling good enough to sing them in front of your mom, I know I did. Fortunately for me, she knows Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nuttin’ ta fuck wit. So, until next time guys, cut your lights down low, turn your music up loud, and open up a new beer.