Archive for February, 2012

Oatmeal in a non-stout beer?!

Sure. Fuck it. Why not?

Also, watching Moneyball as I write this review. Really, really good movie.

Unfiltered. Good start.

Description: Burnside Oatmeal Pale Ale is brewed with copious amounts of Crystal, Galena, and Fuggle hop varietals. This is a clean dry Pale Ale with low bitterness and lots of hop flavor. We have chosen to add 75 pounds of locally rolled oats to increase body and give our Pale a sweet creamy finish.

Beer: Oatmeal Pale Ale

Brewery: Burnside Brewing

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.6%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Reddish amber with a half finger of head. Opaque due to the unfiltered nature of the beer.

Aroma: nice and piney. Little bit of citrus as well, but I don’t really notice it unless I think about it really hard while I smell it.

Taste: Really tasty. Nice hop profile, with some sweetness and roasted flavors provided by the malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The oats used in the brewing process really give this beer a smoothness not typically seen in a pale ale.

Drinkability: Almost a perfect session beer in my opinion. Lots of flavor to keep things interesting, but not too much that it would destroy your taste buds. Refreshing and moderate alcohol content make it easy to drain a few bombers. I can’t wait to have this during the summer.

Beer Advocate Grade: N/A

My Grade: A-


So many variations of Seven!

I love how Upright Brewing has been doing so many one-offs using Seven as the base beer. Seven is my favorite year-round offering from Upright, so things can only get better from there right?

Description: Barrel aged 14 months with brettanomyces

Beer: Barrel aged Seven

Brewery: Upright Brewing

Style: Saison

ABV: 8.8%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Bright gold with no head, does have large bubbles that appear at the surface every now and then though

Aroma: Lots of fruit, some earthy funk from the brett, and a little bit of yeast. This beer smells absolutely fantastic!

Taste: Some nice tartness up front, with a lot of peach following up? It reminds me of a very light version of Fantasia, which is my favorite offering from Upright to date. I also get some oak from the barrel aging as well as a little bit of grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light with medium carbonation. Feels nice and refreshing. I might have to save my last bottle for a hot day in the summer.

Drinkability: I’m very glad I have a bomber to finish, but I’m very sad that I only have one more bomber before it’s all gone. I could drink this all day.

Beer Advocate Grade: N/A

My Grade: A

Note: I thought Rose City Seven was my favorite iteration of Seven. I now stand corrected.

Barrel Haus!

Took my friend to the Barrel House the other day, right before he moves back to Australia. It’s a little sad that I didn’t get to take him there earlier, because he’s a lover of anything sour. Makes for a good fit for a place with a big sign that says, “house of sour”.

Another glass of Blueberry! I can’t wait for bottles to come out.

Vintage Sour Pie

I’ve never had this variety of sour pie before, so I’ll just tell you that while I like it a lot, it’s just not as good as blueberry.

Here’s the description for the beer:

This NW style sour ale is a singular vintage project that started as a strong blond that was barrel aged for nearly three years on over 120 pounds of fresh sour pie cherries. Rich, bright cherries, sweet cinnamon, and hints of cranberries greet you in the nose. Sweet and tart cherries combine on the palate with an assertive flavor of cherry tones and peppery cinnamon notes. Tart, dank notes of aged cherries and oak linger and finish with a sweet cherry burn.

Lounging around with some beer

Beer: La Folie

Brewery: New Belgium Brewery

Style: Flanders Red Ale

ABV: 6%

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Appearance: Deep red/brown, half a finger of off-white head that quickly fades

Aroma: Smells like sour. After the funk you can smell some cherries

Taste: Sour, sour, sour. Very funky with some earthy and cherry notes thrown into the mix. Mostly sour and funk though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Finishes very dry, but maybe it’s because this beer makes me pucker up.

Drinkability: Really tasty, but I could not finish a bottle on my own. It’s just too sour

Beer Advocate Grade: A (94)

My Grade: A-

Homebrew V.3.0: Harder Better Faster Stronger

A few days ago my brewing buddy and I popped the first bottles of our third homebrew. This time we brewed a Russian Imperial Stout, and I’m happy to say that it turned out incredible! We adapted a clone recipe for Victory Storm King, and in my opinion, our version is tastier. It’s thicker, heavier, and more alcoholic! What’s not to love!

Do not worry: cat food was not used in our recipe!

I’m still not allowed to review my own homebrew under punishment of death by my brewing buddy. I will say this, it is definitely the tastiest brew we’ve made so far. I like this upward trend of improvement.

Next up: Zombie Dust/Gumballhead hybrid!

Turns out there is a Valentine’s Day beer

Somehow Valentine’s Day beer works? Seems kind of like an oxymoron considering the holiday that it is made for celebrates a day where all men in relationships are turned into spineless romantics!

First off, something about Alameda’s bottle wax makes it really difficult to open the bottle cap that hides beneath it. The wax is pretty soft and pliable, so no amount of cutting, ripping, or tearing can get this sonofabitch off. I actually partially tore bits of the bottle cap off with pliers in an attempt to open the god damn thing.

I was so frustrated I almost dumped it. I was 2 seconds away before taking a dremel to the stupid thing.

I’m still bitter about the whole bottle cap mess.

Beer: My Bloody Valentine

Brewery: Alameda Brewery

Style: Saison

ABV: 5.5%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: A light rust color with 2 fingers of really bubbly head. The foam had a bit of a pink tinge to it

Aroma: Smells like yeast, spices, and some slightly bitter orange

Taste: Yeast, clove, orange, and dark fruit, dates/raisins perhaps?

Mouthfeel: Light with high carbonation, suits the sweetness of the beer well.

Drinkability: Really, really easy to drink. Maybe this beer was designed for men to chug in between offering back massages and boxes of chocolates to his significant other.

Beer Advocate Grade: N/A

My Grade: B+

Is it bad if my beer smells like the ocean?

After snowboarding yesterday, I was pretty beat, but decided to enjoy a tasty brew that I got the other day.

Beer: Oyster Stout

Brewery: Upright Brewing

Style: Stout

ABV: 5.25%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Inky black, with no head. All you get is a little ring of roam around the glass.

Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, and the smell of ocean.

Taste: It tastes pretty sharp, with notes of coffee, caramel, and a inkling of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with strong carbonation. I really don’t know why such a carbonated beer failed to form a head. I don’t understand…

Drinkability: I finished a bomber with no issues, but I was ready to drink something else afterwards.

Beer Advocate Grade: B+ (88)

My Grade: B+