Friday, July 27, 2012
Oregon Brewers Festival 2012 Day 1
It's beerfest season again, so here is my annual review of the beers I have tried. Ratings are just a review of how much I like the beer, not a comment on the quality of the beer (well sometimes it is) but mostly just how much I like it.
Ballast Point Brewing Co. -Sculpin IPA - B+ Light in color and body, tastes piney and resiny, hop flavor smells with strong pine notes. I got a full cup which was a huge mistake because this beer wrecked my pallet.
Bison Brewing - Bison Honey Basil Ale - D Definitely get the honey and basil, just not a great combo, not terrible but I wouldn't drink again. Light reddish color, light basil aroma followed by the sweet basil taste and an average light body.
Coalition Brewing - Roosters Cream Ale - C Light, almost no aroma, good for a hot day, it tasted like a really full bodied blonde ale. Really thick body for how light it is.
Boundary Bay Brewery - Double Dry Hopped Delta Pale Ale - C Does not taste double, or even single dry hopped. A real disappointment when I was expecting a double super floral hop aroma coming from the beer. Light color, the cream ale was more bitter than this beer. Had a really sweet aroma, not hoppy. That being said, not a bad beer just poorly named. Minus points for misleading naming.
Colombia River Brewing - Rye Not IPA - B Red color, definite rye aroma and flavor not too bitter, good body for an IPA (or "not IPA"). Great rye flavor and mouth-feel. Would drink this beer again, definitely would recommend if you are into rye beers, still a good drink even if your not.
Prodigal Son Brewery -Splendor in the Grass V: Under the Stairs - F Not a good bitter but not hoppy, tart puckering flavor, almost astringent, light color. Great marketing campaign, get a bunch of drunk people to see the beer name and think "Wow, long name must be good"
Natian Brewery - Elephants Red Ale - A- I liked this beer and my writing was starting to suffer because this is verbatim how I chose to describe this beer. "Sweet fruity aroma, light brown color, really sweet nose incredibly sweet, holy shit sweet smelling." Great flavor, liked this beer, hoppy tounge and finish. It did have a very pleasant sweet aroma that I enjoyed. Will definitely drink this beer again given the chance.
Rock Bottom Brewery - Teddy's Sunburn Red Kolsch - C Reddish Brown color, smells slightly nutty, good taste and flavor. Not really what I was expecting from a Kolsch, but it was very crisp.
This is the point everyone is always excited to read. I am now getting pretty drink because my social barriers are breaking down. The previous night my friend Evan came into town and we watched "Snatch" so I had snatch on the mind. I went up and talked to a guy with a Boston terrier shirt asking if he liked " dags" I can only assume I was slurring pretty badly because he repeated what he thought I said. Curiously he replied, "You like dicks?" and this is how the really awkward next couple minutes started. This guy was not actually interested in Boston Terriers, he didn't own one or know anyone with one, he was just another hipster with gem of a thrift store find on his back. I explained to him how I was being clever and witty (Read: Drunk) and continued to try to find a common ground we could both converse on. I was wearing a transformers shirt and thought since I had an interest in his shirt perhaps he might be interested in what was on my shirt. He was not. We finally settled on both being beaver fans and I parted ways awkwardly. In my struggle to find a common talking point I completely missed out on the finger shoes he was wearing which Evan pointed out after our awkward departure. Worst. Conversation. Ever.
Fort George - Quick Wit - C Ton of coriander, almost bubble gum in aroma. Good other than the over powering coriander flavor and aroma. Light color, cloudy.
Golden Valley Brewery - Rose de Vale - C Sweet fruity, red candy colored. Raspberry flavor and aroma, great beer for people that don't like beer. Like a less bitter sweeter Ruby.
Alameda Brewery - Huckleberry Hound IPA - B+ Light red color, malty grapefruit aroma, tastes like a red ale, medium mouth-feel, slight berry flavor, not noticeable till I finished.
Fire Mountain Brew House - Tan Line - Light beer, straw colored, minty aroma weird... I forgot to review this beer.
Omission - Omission Pale Ale - A This Gluten free beer that actually tastes like a beer. Great for no other reason that it tastes like beer. But on top of that it is actually a great pale ale. I would say better than a lot of the other pale ales I have had. Of course this isn't a true gluten free beer, it is gluten reduced by using the clarex enzyme that I have used in the past on low gluten malted barley.
I am reaching critical mass for alcohol consumption at this point, while trying to stay hydrated and be a responsible drinker. I poured beer all over myself. I achieved this by drinking from a water bottle while holding my mug in the same hand. Idiot.
Dunedin Brewery IPA - Chronicle FL-Oregon Trail - C Super big hop aroma, defiantly not 125 IBU though. Aromatic but not overly bitter, hoppy in the smell and flavor but not the back end. Lighter, red medium mouth-feel overpowering in its initial piney hop presentation. I wanted to try the allegedly hippest beer here. Disappointment. Not a bad beer but definitely disappointing for its 125 IBU claim.
Ninkasi Brewing Co. - Lady Avalon C- dark dark beer. Pilsner style dark toasty, not traditional pils. Light like pilsner in body. Not that great, I was really hoping I would like this beer because I am a huge fan of Ninkasi.
At this point I am far to drunk to operate my notepad on the phone or give any beer a fair review so I bid adieu until tomorrow to the OBF.