The featured beer painting of the day is of F5 IPA from COOP Ale Works located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! Thanks, Amy, for bringing this beer home in your luggage all the way from Oklahoma! This project has been such a learning experience for me, and not just about beer. I never knew about the scale for measuring the strength of tornadoes — the F Scale named for Theodore Fujita who developed the rating at Chicago University in 1971. The F5 IPA is named after the strongest of all the twisters, so strong that it levels houses off foundations, sends automobile-sized missiles flying through the air, and debarks trees. It is a truly incredible phenomenon. I guess when wind speeds reach over 300 mph the universe starts to work in unexpected ways.
This beer was unexpected, showing up from a client who ordered a painting of her favorite bicycle, and she chose very well. This beer has a rating of 91 on Beer Advocate! Nice and bitter, not like the IPAs you sometimes get that are too malty, because the brewers try to get the balance right, but fail on the first hop addition, resulting in a nice smelling, but entirely too sweet IPA. This one had an unusual hop bill with Columbus and Falconer’s Flight. I don’t think I have ever used them in a home brew before. The beer was piney, with notes of spicy citrus. If you can get your hands on the F5 IPA, buy it and enjoy!
Cheers to Oklahoma beer! Great job COOP Ale Works on your F5 IPA, a nice addition to the Year of Beer Paintings series!