Between the two of us, E and I tasted over 20 beers at last weekend’s Brewer’s Festival. I didn’t take notes on all of them, but I did on most. Here are my notes:
Anderson Valley Brewing
Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema
Amber cream ale
Lives up to its name. Smokey, sweet, full-bodied with a lovely mouth feel.
Bayern Trout Slayer Ale
Very nice, subtle. A good balance, not overbearing. Lingers on the palate, fading gradually.
Big Time Brewing
Flat, uninspired taste. Comes to life with a salty snack to become a decent summer beer.
Eugene City Brewery
Eugene City Saison
Refreshing light flavor, a good summer beer, lightly spicy.
Flying Fish Brewing
Cherry Hill NJ
Belgian-style abbey dubbel
Fizzy, but not too much so. Not a big beer. Multi-flavored, complex, interesting, orangey, fades gradually. Good mouth feel.
Salt Lake City UT
Belgian-style pale ale
Interesting, lightly bitter, slightly fruity.
Manny’s Pale Ale
Very bright, a good balance, lingers on the palate.
Golden Valley Brewery
French Prairie Blanche
Biere blanche (wit)
A classic wit, spicy, fruity, light with just enough hops. Holds on to the sides of the tongue.
Lilikoi Wheat Ale
American style wheat ale, fruited
Fizzy, fruity. A good hot weather beer but otherwise not much to it.
Imperial red ale
Complex, flavorful and rich. Lingers on the palate.
Lost Coast Brewery
Lost Coast Indica IPA
India pale ale
Not bad. Middle of the road, undemanding. A good summer beer.
Old Market Pub & Brewery
Imperial Hop On
Imperial amber ale
Tasty! Hoppy! Bright. Great flavor that is not overhopped.
Oregon Trail Brewery
Oregon Trail Wit
Light, bright, spicy, slightly bitter.
Pleasant. Malty without being cloying. Light. Lingers a short time on the palate.
Roots Organic Brewing
Many flavored, light, flowery. Primitive in a good way.
Russian River Brewing
Santa Rosa CA
Pliny the Elder
Sharp and hoppy, refreshing. Lingers a long time on the palate. Grabs hold of the tongue and won’t let go.
Sunny, flavorful, lightly floral. A good balance.
Very hoppy with a strong finish.
Terminal Gravity Brewing
Craft malt liquor
Smooth and malty, not complex.