Tag Archives: 4/5

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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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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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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Skookum Creek Ale (Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.) 4/5

Not much aroma, a little sweet and caramel-like, which nicely matches the honey color. Tastes mostly of sweet malts, with a fair amount of hoppy aftertaste. Light carbonation makes it highly drinkable. Don’t drink it too fast, though: the 6.80% … Continue reading

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Velvet Merlin (Firestone Walker Brewing Co.) 4/5

Aroma is a little smoke and a lot of coffee. The head’s not especially thick, but microbubbles do persist. Presents an almost impentetrable, dark red color. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy, from the added oats. Low bitterness, a malty … Continue reading

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Drifter Pale Ale (Widmer Brothers Brewing Company) 4/5

Sweet, tangerine hop aroma smells delicious. Taste is likewise fruity. Color a dark orange. Aftertaste is considerably clean — no lingering hop bitterness, only a touch of pine — making it highly drinkable. I find it hard to detect the … Continue reading

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Pilsner Urquell (Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.) 4/5

Aroma is grassy and fresh, slightly metallic. Pours a deep straw color with hardly any head retention. Strong carbonation and well-hopped taste with a clean mouthfeel. Very little malts present, perhaps a slight woody taste on the finish. Quite possibly … Continue reading

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Hibernation Ale (Great Divide Brewing Company) 4/5

Deeply sweet coffee, gingerbread, and chocolate aromatics. Little head, but that which does form is thick with micro-bubbles. Aftertaste is alcohol, with some hop bitterness. The warming effect of the alcohol in the throat and chest is immediate. I’m disappointed … Continue reading

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Believer (Ninkasi Brewing Company) 4/5

This Eugene treat pours a thick head with a damp earth aroma of cherries and caramel. Color presents as dark red, bordering on dark orange, with flavors of tart cherries, subtle woody sweetness, and grapefruit finish. It could almost be … Continue reading

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