But why is it called Guillotine, Dave? Doesn’t it have those figures from Rock’em Sock’em Robots on the label art?
The key to understanding the beer is to see who King Fox Brewery collaborated with on said beer.
That is MMA Masters, a massive building seen along the Palmetto Expressway that does exactly what you think it does: train people in the sport of mixed martial arts.
I had my time doing martial arts, I am done with that, but I have nothing but respect for people that put in the amount of time and effort and blood and sweat it takes to get good at it.
I will say this about MMA: Grapplers tend to rule. These are not movie style fights where a endless stream of henchman lineup to be picked off one by one by a hero with a bunch of flashy kicks and punches. This is a grab a hold of your opponent, squeeze for all your worth, and every so often get a punch or two in to wear them down sort of sport.
One of those holds, dear reader, is the guillotine, very clearly evidenced on the label art as one fighter, in red, has the other fighter, in blue, a bent over in a headlock under one arm with the red fighter’s arm itself firmly grasping the blue fighter’s head around the neck.
If you were to go one step further and look at professional wrestling, the sports entertainment kind, they will use a guillotine hold, then jump flat on their back, driving the opponent’s head into the mat.
We’re not going to talk about the reality of MMA versus the showmanship of professional wrestling. Let’s sidestep that issue and go straight into the other Guillotine (IPA, 9.5% ABV), done by King Fox Brewery in Hialeah.
This is advertised as a West Coast IPA, pouring a moderately copper color, beautifully tight lacing on the glass and an aroma that lightly reminisces on lemon, grapefruit, and papaya.
The flavor is a solid IPA that may not be aggressive in the hops, but brings a lot of flavor from both a beautiful hop assortment and a malt bill that is heavy in sweet bready notes.
Actually there’s a lot of caramel in the malt flavor, and it’s a great jumping off point for some of the pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and guava flavors that come in from those hops. It has a bitterness that really shows up a little bit more near the end, strong and resiny, but definitely not overpowering.
The beer isn’t aggressive, it’s like the chokehold. It’s not meant to knock you out, but it keeps you in line and make sure you do what it wants you to do. Which is, of course, drink some more. And to be honest, I’m a lot more likely to drink another one of these beers than I am to study MMA.
It just scares me somehow.
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