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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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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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Fireside Chat (21st Amendment Brewery) 3/5

Aroma’s sweet, earthy, and dank. Pours a pleasing dark amber, with respectable head and lacing. Well-carbonated, with a quite malty, but balanced, flavor. The aftertaste lingers a touch too long for me, but I could be tasting the alcohol too … 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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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale (Anderson Valley Brewing Company) 5/5

Recommended by a coworker who knows his beer, so I had to try it. There isn’t much aroma, a sweet, faint coffee. Color is a dark amber, and not much head retention. Taste reminds of a doppelbock or, perhaps, a … Continue reading

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