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Moving to http://www.hopsmalts.com/

http://www.hopsmalts.com/ I am moving to¬†http://www.hopsmalts.com/ In the process of converting to Tumblr, so it’s going to be awhile before all my posts are moved over. Advertisements

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Double Dog Double Pale Ale (Flying Dog Brewery) 4/5

Pours a murky, dark orange. I get ripe cherries, damp earth, and caramel in the aroma. What’s interesting about this beer is that the alcohol hits the chest immediately, but they’ve crafted in such a way that you won’t taste … Continue reading

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.) 4/5

SNPA competes with Widmer’s Hefeweizen and New Belgium’s Fat Tire for the title of Most Popular Beer in Portland. Yet, popularity is not always an indicator of quality. The aforementioned hefeweizien doesn’t taste like a hefeweizen at all (ironic, given … Continue reading

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Inversion IPA (Deschutes Brewery) 3/5

Amber color, sweet citrus aroma. Flavor is slightly metallic and a little grassy. The usual pine and grapefruit aftertaste. Honestly, this isn’t doing much for me. As much as I dislike the overly-hopped IPAs so often found on the west … Continue reading

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Mighty Arrow Pale Ale (New Belgium Brewing) 4/5

The aroma straight after I popped off the cap was a lush, citrus smell, like freshly cut tangerines. Color’s somewhere between a pilsner and an amber; not quite yellow, not quite orange. Just a little bit of head. Extremely crisp … Continue reading

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Spring Reign (Ninkasi Brewing Company) 3/5

Pours a clear, straw color with almost no head. Aroma is sweet, a hint of citrus, and a little caramel. The taste is surprisingly hoppy for the style, including a notable aftertaste. Medium carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. There’s some … Continue reading

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Foodies and beeries

This isn’t to do with beer, but I see a lot of parallels between “foodie” culture and microbrew culture. These days, as the American gourmand becomes increasingly obsessed with the origins and purity of every organic nibble that might appear … Continue reading

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Kingpin Double Red Ale (BridgePort Brewing Co.) 3/5

(I have a cold or allergies, so my tasting and smelling abilities aren’t at their peak right now.) Barely any aroma, maybe slightly metallic and brown sugar. No head. Perfect amber color. Alcohol hits the chest quickly. You know what … Continue reading

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.) 4/5

I have a special treat tonight. This beer is ranked #7 in the world among hefeweizens on beeradvocate.com. I’d been looking for it for well over a year. Even stores with normally great beer selection like Whole Foods haven’t carried … Continue reading

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Describing wine

This has nothing to do with beer. Or does it? There’s a fascinating article in the New York Times about how to best describe a wine. Certainly I’ve seen overly specific adjectives in reviews on sites like beeradvocate.com. For example, … Continue reading

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