A few days ago, a big motivating factor in getting through the week was stopping at Half Acre and picking up some of their Hot Tropic. Purely by coincidence, my eyes fell upon a Kona Beer display at the grocer's over the weekend, leading to a purchase of their Big Wave golden ale and Koko Brown with toasted coconut. Talk about similar beers worlds apart.
First, the tropic. Not terrible, even if going to Half Acre is increasingly becoming an exercise in patience. At the end of a long day and commute, if I walk into your store I don't have any objectives other than purchasing beer and leaving, which is impossible in their tasting room. My favorite part of the experience was the look another customer gave me when the guy at the taps served someone else who came in after both of us. What can you do?
I can't say no to finding new beers to try from a brewer I like, so the Golden Ale came home too. That one's not terrible either, just not as interesting as the brown. It's fruity as hell, with a hops backbone that keeps it light. They were both a fun discovery on a random grocery trip, one of those things that I'll probably spend the rest of the summer looking to replicate.
Current beer-scale: 7.1