Friday, October 2, 2009

Longwood IPA and beer does a prostate good

Any male drink that can help a male problem is a welcome change. In this study, greater consumption of alcohol lead to a reduced rate of developing an enlarged prostate. This is also called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH. What makes this even better was the more you drank, the greater your reduction of risk for developing BPH. Compared to abstainers, those who drank more than 36gm of alcohol daily had a 35% lower chance of developing an enlarged prostate. That works out to about 3 macro lagers a day. Sounds great so far, but it doesn't end so rosy. With increasing alcohol intake, there was a direct increase in lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). These LUTS could be difficulty voiding, waking up in night to pee or excessive urgency of urination (aka. gotta pee NOW). So it is not very hopeful, you might have a smaller prostate but you are still complaining about the waterworks. The authors felt it made no difference which alcoholic beverage was consumed beer, wine or spirits.
Source: The Journal of Urology, Oct 2009

Longwood IPA

Ratebeer 3.2 58th percentile
Beer Advocate A-

This one comes from the highly recommended brewpub in Nanaimo, BC.

Taste +3

The nose is right away sweet grapefruit. Your taste is a very simple sweet caramel followed by a floral, grapefruit hops sweetness. This was a very refreshing and drinkable pint, you must like the hops though.

Aftertaste +1

It was almost a +2, but the slight astringent and earth ruined a perfect sweet ruby, red grapefruit finish.
Alcohol Content +1 6.5%

Very well hidden.

Value +1

I liked it. A solid IPA, but not exceptional.

Ingame Enhancement +1

My only weakness is driving games. This week it is Need for Speed:Shift on the PS3. It does not concern me if people think it is a ripoff of GRID and Gran Turismo; Shift is just a lot of fun. All driving games are rip offs of each other. Yes it is a little arcadish, but so what.

Overall 7/10

This is a great, true to the style, IPA.

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