Thursday, October 29, 2009

Deschutes Jubelale

Deschutes Brewery, Jubelale
Spiced Ale
Bend, OR
Rating: 3/5

This was a strong, dark beer. It was flavorful, nutty, and not really that enjoyable to me. Maybe it would have been good if I were eating some meaty stew or something like that.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Deschutes Hop Trip

Deschutes Brewery, Hop Trip
Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Bend, OR
Rating: 4/5

Maybe it's just because it's autumn, and this is a beer only available in autumn, but I think this beer tasted autumnal. The spiel on the bottle suggested that it tasted citrusy and piney. I disagree with citrusy, but piney is dead on. The aftertaste isn't powerful like an IPA, but it lasts in a pleasant, refreshing way.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Port Townsend Golden Ale

The northwest has a lot of beer. So, please don't interpret my notes on beer as a snobby, critical thing (though I do don a monocle before drinking). It's just that I don't have a very good memory, and I can't remember what I liked. Take my numerical rating in the same spirit. It demeans beer to reduce it to a number. But without the number, I'll look back at my by beer description and have no idea if I enjoyed it.

Port Townsend Brewing Company, Golden Ale
Port Townsend, WA
Rating: 3/5

This beer is a little bit tart and cidery, though it doesn't really have a very strong taste. Unlike other golden ales I have enjoyed, it has no citrus taste. It reminds me of what I thought beer tasted like as a child.