Commercial Beers -- Blind Tasting Comments...
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these beers. Visit the pub soon for a fine selection of beer and
pizza and sandwiches.
(next to Five Points Bottle Shop)
1661 S. Lumpkin St.
MDI (City Brewery),
Crosse, WI, USA
Aroma: Malt, mild roast, mild
Appearance: Dark brown in
color. Hints of ruby in the light.
Flavor: Good flavors with a
coffee/roasty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium. This is a
drinkable Porter with subtle hints of caramel, chocolate, roast, and
Scottish Export 80/-
Aroma: Malt aroma with smoke, hints
malt, caramel and butterscotch.
Appearance: Dark amber with an
creamy white head.
Flavor: Malt and lots of peated
Creamy, toasty, malty -- but a bit dry for style. Smoke may
a bit much for some, but most of the tasting panel thought it was
Summits Wayside Cliff
Special or Best Bitter
Rogue Ales, Newport, OR, USA
Aroma: Hoppy with spicy American hops.
caramel notes, slight fruit hints.
Appearance: Dark copper, clear, no haze.
Flavor: Hint of resiny American hops? All
UK hops would be better for style. This is a nice ale with clean, dark
hints and a delicious flavor -- very drinkable. A complex ale with a
depth of hops and malt.
Blue Heron Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
Mendocino Brewing Company,
Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
Aroma: Fruity and grape-like with a very
Appearance: Golden and clear with nice
Flavor: Fruity with low levels of malt.
hops are high -- more flavoring and aroma hops would be nice.
used are a bit medicinal and astringent on some sips. Overall, a
good attempt at the style.
Belgian Red Ale with Cherries
New Glarus Brewing
New Glarus, WI, USA
Aroma: Cherries, fruit, spice
like a cherry pie. Aroma is a bit like soda pop.
Appearance: Slight haze with a nice
Color is attractive and very red.
Flavor: Rich cherry with tart hints.
and cherry dominate the flavor profile -- very intense cherry.
is more cherry here than beer -- a bit out of balance? Very
Lev Lion Pale Double
Metansky Pivovar, Havlickuv
Brod., Czech Republic
Aroma: Malt, sulfur hints, faint alcohol
Appearance: Light gold in color with a
white carbonation. Clear and attractive.
Flavor: Malty, but with too many hops for
this style. This is a bit bitter and Pilsener-like -- needs more
malt, and alcohol to be a true Doppelbock. However, this is a
Old Scratch Amber
California Common Beer
Flying Dog Brewery, Denver,
Aroma: Malty with tea/tannin/wood aromas.
Smells of toast, flowers, and light fruit.
Appearance: Clear and amber in color with
good head retention.
Flavor: Too fruity for style? Needs
to be more woody from the hops. This beer is not very hoppy -- a
beer, but not really a perfect Steam Beer. Rich malt is flavorful.
Widmer Brothers Brewing
Portland, OR, USA
Aroma: Very mild aromas of clove and wheat.
Appearance: Golden and cloudy. Very
appearance with nice head retention.
Flavor: Wheat/cereal flavors dominate.
is very little Barvarian complexity -- needs more phenols and clove.
like an American Wheat Beer. This is a very refreshing, wheaty
that needs more yeast complexity to fit into this style.
Black Sheep Ale
Special or Best Bitter
Black Sheep Brewery,
N. Yorkshire, UK
Aroma: Fruity with hints of plums and
Slightly tart aroma with malt and hints of celery.
Appearance: Nice copper color with good
retention (for this style). Clear and beautiful.
Flavor: Hint of medicinal, starchy grain
Hops are nice (woody and English in character). Good
malt and esters. This bottle could be a bit old -- this style
not age well. Otherwise, this is a good version of a Best Bitter.
Grant's Scottish Ale
Scottish Export 80/-
Yakima Brewing Company,
Aroma: Too hoppy for style. American
hops cover most of the malt aromas.
Appearance: Dark copper / light amber /
Flavor: Again, too hoppy for this style.
more malt and perhaps some peated smoked malt. There are toasty
This is a delicious, creamy ale that is a bit off style -- it is
like an American Amber Ale.
India Pale Ale
Otter Creek Brewing
Middlebury, VT, USA
Aroma: Fruity with a floral, berry-like,
Appearance: Medium gold with attractive
Appearance is perfect for style.
Flavor: A bit too sweet for an IPA.
and malty with not enough hop component. Too smooth and sweet for
-- needs more hops in flavor and bitterness -- lacks hop depth and