I can’t help but stare at the name of this beer and think of all the movies and articles out there warning us of the possibilities of artificial intelligence. For reasons only tangentially related to one of Triple Crossing’s finest, here’s an impromptu countdown of some of the best cinema involving “paranoid androids:”
- Star Wars
- Battlestar Galactica
- The Matrix
- Terminator 2: Judgement Day
- Blade Runner 2049
- Ex Machina
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- I, Robot
- Alien: Covenant*
This isn’t even counting other similar movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron that mostly follow a common theme: robots are smarter than us, they despise humanity for all our traits, and they want to replace/wipe all of us out. And sorta kinda survive the process. Or they’re just like Marvin or C-3PO and are completely resigned to their lot in life. Triple Crossing, thankfully, is none of the above. Yes, they’re clearly out to take over the world with this delicious and avant garde take on a Pale Wheat Ale, but their intentions are pure and genuine…at least, as far as we know…
Paranoid Aledroid, Triple Crossing Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)
Pale Wheat Ale, 5.5% ABV
Presentation: Crowler pour into tulip.
Appearance: Rich goldenrod core with straw edges. The light brings a bit more radiant yellow to it. It’s a super saturated beer with strong lacing and legs.
Taste: A dewy nose also gives off mild citrus that somewhat resembles blood orange. Some early zest in the body reminds you more than a bit of coriander, but this isn’t a Wit and it smooths itself out. The finish is where this brew shines. Lots of stone fruit coats the tongue, with a bit of playful pineapple for good measure. It’s not a juice bomb by any means, and some late esters serve as a hop reminder without leaving behind much bitterness.
Mouth Feel: Some dryness across the roof of the mouth, but the tip of your tongue is fully engaged by the sweet fruit finish.
Overall: This is the beer for those who can’t quite get into either Wheat Ales or New England IPAs. It’s an exceptional middle ground between bready/fresh and fruity/fresh. The hops linger for a long time, but it’s really the essence attached to the oils – full-bodied aroma rather than full-bodied bite. Within only a few samples, Paranoid Aledroid dropped into my “ah screw it, I just want something I know is awesome” list. And that is a VERY short list of mostly super local brews that I can drink on any occasion. This is truly an every occasion beer – it goes with lots of different kinds of food and moods. And as with some other high-scoring regional “imports” that are tearing up tap lists in NoVA these days, this is one that you should just skip the scouring and order. Because you’re only paranoid if they’re not actually watching you…
*if you want to complain that I included the two Alien movies but no other prequels/sequels, clearly you’ve not seen both