Monday, July 26, 2010

Oregon Brewers Festival Reviews and drinking list.

Oregon brewers festival

Here is a list and short review of the beers I tried at the brewfest this year. Again reviews are not how good the beer is, or how well it sticks to style guidelines, just how much I liked them.

Day 1

Laughing dog black IPA - Forgot to rate not off to a great start.

Kona Coco-Loco - Coconut overtones but not overpowering a good, unique beer. B+

Pyramid Outburst- Forgot to rate

Cascade brewing summer Gose - sour bot refreshing B

Upright Reggae Junkie Gruit - terrible no hops F-

Hales Supergoose IPA- good standard Hoppy IPA B+

Summit horizon red ale - Forgot to Rate

My Emily ale house jells canyon IPA- overwhelming bubble gum aroma C+

Ninkasi brewing company maiden the shade amazingly robust hop flavor not overly bitter A+

Oakshire Overcast espresso stout - a very espresso-y beer. Thick B

Terminal Gravity Single Hop Double IPA - I couldn't pick out what its single hop was but definitely a double IPA B

At this point in the evening my taste buds stopped working and I decided my rating was over. Also it was getting late and I was getting really drunk.

Day 2
The second day I decided to try all full glasses instead of any samplers because the lines were so damn long.

Redhook big Ballard imperial ipa - Good and hoppy strong B

Rogue ales 21 - very malty almost a boch C+

Bayern Brewery Dump Truck Extra Pale Ale - Don't remember much about it but it was good. A-

Ram restaurant and brewery barefoot wit - I was really excited to try this one of the only wits at the beerfest but it let me down. Too many earthy undertones C+

Double mountain brewery and taproom the vaporizer - Mildly hoppy light beer refreshing B-

Three creeks brewing co Creekside kolach - Forgot to Rate

Natian brewery Destinatian I had never heard of this brewery so I decided to try it. Hoppy but smooth B-

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Oregon Brewers Festival Preview

Beervana has an excellent preview of the Oregon Brewers Festival at their site. I would recommend checking it out before you go to the festival Today - Sunday. I will be there tomorrow from 3-close and Saturday in the morning. I'll probably end up going on Sunday too.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Portland Internatinal Beer Festival

This weekend I went to the Portland International Beer-fest in preparation for the Oregon Brewers Festival this weekend. Here is a quick list and review of the beers I tried there. Slightly disappointing that you could only have a 4oz. glass of most beers for your tickets. But it was a fun festival all around and I had a good time.

Beers are rated on how much I liked them not quality or accuracy of style

Brewery- name - style
Review GRADE

Cascade - mystery beer 2 - Elixir of Sin (just sex)
very sweet sour light beer not very good on a hot day surprisingly. D+

Spaten - Munich Dunkel - Munich Alt Dunkel
Extremely malty and sweet, very full mouth-feel B-

Double Mountain Brewery- Devils Kriek - Sour Blend
Very red, probably from some fruit added, again not very good on a hot day. Tasted like sweet and sour mix. C

Double Mountain Brewery- Molten Lava- American Double IPA
From what I could taste I believe that it had a very strong Northern Brewers Hops taste. Not overly bitter, refreshing B+

Firestone Walker - Velvet Merkin - Oatmeal Stout
First encountered this treat at the Winter Brewers Festival in Portland last year, and again when I tried to clone it for my own recipe. Not what you would think of as a great summer beer because it is very dark and heavy but to my delight it was very palatable and as good as I remember. B+

Rogue- John John Juniper Pale Ale - "Northwest" Juniper Berry Pale
To be honest I don't really remember drinking this one so well say it was nothing that stood out, not saying it was bad so I am not going to grade since I don't remember. Obviously was not bad but nothing that stuck out.

Urthel - hop-it - Hoppy Belgian Strong Pale
Tried this on recommendation from my brother. Started off very blonde and mellow but the bitterness came after I had finished drinking very unique not quite an IPA in bitterness but still pretty good. B