Archive for September, 2011

It is Time

For FRESH HOP SEASON!!!!!!!!! Since the pacific northwest grows a huge percentage of the nation’s hops, we are naturally very good at this style because it takes much less time for local breweries to get their hands on the freshly picked hops in comparison to breweries located elsewhere.

Description: This noble, fresh hop version of our classic american pale ale arose from a single plot of heirloom cascade hops. Revived by our brewers from the original rootstock developed at Oregon State University, grown by Goshie Farms in Oregon, this very limited release is just for you.

Beer: Fresh Hop Mirror Pond

Brewery: Deschutes

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.5%

Location: Bend, OR

Appearance: Amber, with a little bit of head that leaves wonderful lacing. Darker than the normal mirror pond i think

Aroma: Pine, citrus, and apricot. Not much malt smell

Taste: Low on hop bitterness, high on hop flavor, with pine, orange peel, and some floral hop notes coming through. I can also taste some sweet malts as well, but I have to look for it to find it.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Very smooth

Drinkability: Super drinkable, you really don’t realize how quickly the bomber goes till it’s gone.

Beer Advocate Grade: A

My Grade: A+

A lot of people think that this is the best fresh hop beer from deschutes if not the best fresh hop beer out there. It’s very good, but I want to try this year’s hop trip before I pass final judgement.


Can’t Get Enough Sour

After my Supplication from Russian River last night, I was craving some more sour. Luckily for me, Cascade Barrel House taps a new barrel of sour beer every week, so it can be guaranteed that there will be a beer I have yet to try there every week. As a result my friend Mark and I went over to see what all the fuss was about.

Description: This live barrel of NW-style sour ale is a one-off from the blenders. This red ale was barrel aged for seven months, then aged an additional month on 150 lbs of fresh blueberries. The aroma of dark, earthy, rich blueberries greets you in the nose. A smooth, rich fresh blueberry presence on the palate leads to a finish of tart berries with a lingering dry finish.

Beer: Blueberry on Red

Brewery: Cascade Brewing

Style: Wild Ale

ABV: 7.5%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Dark red with some blue mixed into it. Very little head and no lacing.

Aroma: Funky, sour, some cherries, and a little wine aroma. Just a tad of blueberries as well

Taste: Tartness, cherries, and funk up front, with a kick of blueberries on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light, moderate carbonation, with a dry finish. Extremely refreshing

Drinkability: Sooo good, I didn’t realize i had finished my glass until i was staring through the bottom of my glass into the table.

Beer Advocate Grade: N/A

My Grade: A

Description: This NW-style sour is what happens to a wit beer after we get ahold of it. Bright lemon and dusty grains greet you in the nose. A blend of sweet wheat and grains rolls across the palate, while hints of spice and lemon zest give way to a tart, lingering finish.

This beer was extremely similar to the Upright Pure Wit I reviewed a little while ago. Less lemon puckering, with more tartness. Don’t know which one I like more though….

I Can Has Sour?

Russian River, one of my favorite breweries, is well known for it’s belgians, IPAs, and sours. I’ve covered their belgians and IPAs so far, so of course I have to finish the set. Also watching the premiere of How I Met Your Mother, which is a great show that everyone should watch.

Beer: Supplication

Brewery: Russian River

Style: Wild Ale

ABV: 7%

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Appearance: Very, very red, with a quarter finger of head that sits around for a while. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma: It smells like sour, and maybe a little vinegar. The smell is not this beer’s strong point.

Taste: Now this is more like it! Sour cherries, funk, and tons of oak are in this beer. Not really complex like Sang Royal or the Dissident, but the 3 flavors it does have are really prominent.

Mouthfeel: Super tingly and light, much lighter than its taste would suggest

Drinkability: I really wish this beer came in bigger bottles….Curse Russian River and their small bottles for sour beer!

Beer Advocate Grade: A+

My Grade: A

Back on Track!

Okay, after writing out the various reviews that I had missed, it’s time to get back to the the beers I’m currently drinking and enjoying while watching various superhero movies! With Iron Man and Iron Man 2 watched, it was time to move on to the Incredible Hulk. And with angry hulk comes tasty beer.

Beer: Life and Limb

Brewery: Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head

Style: American Strong Ale

ABV: 10.2%

Location: Chico, CA/Milton, DE

Appearance: Black with two and a half fingers of off white head

Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, maple syrup, alcohol

Taste: Maple syrup sweetness, some figs, molasses, little bit of coffee, and some alcohol burn

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, dry, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: 1 bomber is perfect before making the switch to something else

Beer Advocate Grade: B+

My Grade: B

I was actually a little disappointed in this beer, I generally like Sierra Nevada beers and there are many tasty Dogfish Head beers as well. I would have thought that this collaboration would have worked out really well, but I think the breweries are better off working on their own.

Last Straggler

Beer: Damnation

Brewery: Russian River

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 7.75%

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Appearance: Golden straw colored with a little bit of white head. I forgot to take the picture for a while so the head isn’t shown in the photo

Aroma: Grassy, yeasty, with a big dollop of citrus (i’ve wanted to use dollop in a sentence for a while)

Taste: Slightly sweet with cloves, yeast, and some citrus thrown in the mix. This is a delicious beer, with nothing overdone in any way, shape, or form.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, dry, and kind of feels “soft” as the carbonation is not very aggressive. Very fine bubbles are probably the reason behind the feeling.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable, and bold enough to be able to drink a lot without getting bored of it

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: A-

Another Leftover

I said that I was going to have more reds, and you know me. I never disappoint.

Beer: Free Range Red

Brewery: Laurelwood

Style: Red Ale

ABV: 6.1%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Extremely red with half a finger or pure white head. I expected more of a brown head from a beer this red

Aroma: Citrusy hops, malt, pepper

Taste: Another great red ale. One of my favorites, but just slightly off the pace of Lucky 13 from Lagunitas in my opinion. It’s more balanced, but I like the aggressive personality of the Lucky 13 more

Mouthfeel: Light and clean, this is a session beer that comes in a big bottle.

Drinkability: It’s a good thing that it comes in big bottles, because if you ever get in trouble from drinking too much of it you can always claim to have only consumed 2 bottles!

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: A-

Oh Hell Yes!

Everyone bow before the AWESOME!