For one day it was gorgeous and I spent it inside tasting beer and cheese at the Spring Wine & Beer Festival. Oh, and the Blazers won.
Can beer without hops still be beer? Apparently yes. Brewed with tangerine and black tea, this unique brew has a curious, almost soapy flat flavor.
A Finnish twist on the traditional Belgian Witbier, flavored with lemongrass instead of orange peel. Heartier than the usual wit as well, but still refreshing.
Gold Rush Lager
Dark in color for a lager, meatier than the run of the mill lager, almost like an ale. I don’t usually care for lagers, but this is good.
Nice and dark with a velvety mouthfeel. Definitively a lager but with chocolatey overtones.
Sinistor Black Ale
More bourbon than beer, black as night, aged for what? Six months? Sip it, don’t chug it. If you like a beer and a belt, this is premixed for you.
Nelson Imperial IPA
A little malty for an IPA, plenty of body, almost chewy. Pretty shallow flavor profile as IPAs go.
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A classic, well-balanced IPA. Not overly aggressive, but with an aftertaste that lingers like a fond memory. Grips the sides and bottom of the tongue.
Hood River OR
Light and sunny in color, bright in taste, flowery as an IPA. Add to that the sparkle of carbonation and this may be my favorite beer of the Spring Beer Festival. Very good for a summer refresher.
Flowery, but a bit sharp, which is just fine for an IPA. Drops off quickly, but very refreshing.
The Pike – Seattle Brewing Co.
Bright and refreshing, with plenty of hoppy flavor. Very tasty, very fun.
Southern Oregon Brewing
Tastes, well, woody. Mostly malt with a little hops and a little tang. A long, lingering aftertaste. Very flavorful.