This month we gathered at the Harrington Estate on a pleasant summer evening. All charter members were present. As befits such a night, the main course would be grilled and a repast o
Aroma - "A bit fruity; blooming flowers, flowery scent, earthy, light."
Mouthfeel - "Light; over-carbonated; dry; soda-like."
Taste - "Thin, light - but drinkable; pale ale - didn't make it to India; undertones of b
Overall Impressions - "A good session beer; a hummingbird would love it; thin; wouldn't buy; not my favorite; doesn't really hit what I think of as IPA; little substance; not overly impressive; drinkable for guests!"
Aroma - "Very little; big head but not a strong nose; complex; not distinctive."
Mouthfeel - "Velvety; bubbly; light; smooth; soft."
Taste - "Smooth, clean, thin; not enough hops; leans toward the malty side, hops comes forward toward the end; easy to drink; sweetish."
Overall Impressions - "Good head, balanced brew with more of a leaning towards malt - some coffee notes even; tasty, drinkable beer."
As I mentioned earlier, Redhook Brewery is located in Seattle, Washington. However they do have a brewery in NH and I would assume that any of their beers which we get around here are produced there. It weighs in at 6.5% ABV.
Aroma - "A bit hoppy, not much; citrus hops with bready undertones; yeasty."
Mouthfeel - "Hoppy taste on side of tongue; slightly over-carbonated; smooth mildly
Taste - "A little bitter; good balance; middle-of-the-road hoppiness for an IPA; small back end flavor; sweetly refreshing."
Overall Impressions - "Nothing to write home about; good, pleasing - nice bitter aftertaste; smooth; nice bitter finish; light with a slightly hoppy kick, very drinkable."
Mouthfeel - "Initial citrus taste, Blue Moon-like; nothing to dislike here; flavorf
Taste - "Balanced between bitter and citrus; like a Blue Moon but not balanced; good-hoppy; nice bitterness with a grapefruit-citrusy hops kick; flavorful with a clean finish."
Overall Impressions - "Very easy to drink; I like it; would buy; nice balance again - very noticeable hops, nice citrus hops; a keeper; great flavor, satisfying fullness; good for friends."
Aroma - "Hoppy, smells of hops; spicy; nice nose; hopalicious."
Mouthfeel - "Oh, so good; smooth; warming; Yes! Tongue pleasing."Taste - "Maybe a little spicy; nice residual taste; good balance; hoppy with more of an alcohol presence; nice solid bitterness; big early flavor, clean finish; delightfully heavy."
Overall Impressions - "Hammer time! I like it - would buy; the boldest so far, a real full-bodied beer; strong alcohol comes through - almost overpowering at times but in general very satisfying; nice bitter, nice beer, great drink."
Aroma - "Hearty, definitely; earthy, nice earthy bitterness; fresh, firm smell."
Taste - "Hearty, heavy, Yes!; Good balance, possibly not IPA; strong - deep full, earthy bitterness; yummy, very flavorful."
Overall Impressions - "Taste hangs on, stays with you; I like it; nice color; another really bold, full bodied brew; malty, complex; flavorful and delightful - could drink this all day."
Aroma - "Flowery; malty."
Taste - "Malty with hops; nice malty taste; thin; balanced; malty taste up front with a bitter aftertaste; nice balance; fir (?) flavor." Not really sure what that last one means.
Overall Impressions - Very balanced; capital beer; okay; balanced and drinkable - maltie
Here's what we thought of it...
Aroma - "Herbal, citrus; good, not too aromatic; malt."
Mouthfeel - "Smooth, lively; Okay, but not really smooth."
Taste - "Hoppy; strong citrus hops presence; nice bitterness; grapefruit hops flavor."
Overall Impressions - "Tada! Would buy; very good beer; a definite IPA; bold, tasty: not for the faint of heart; big beer; satisfying - need a cigarette."
American Pilsner - I found this to be light golden in color with a full head and good lacing. It was a pretty typical Pilsner in that it was light with a hint of Saaz hops. Somewhat balanced, though it tended toward a lighter malt. A decent beer, though it would not be my first choice.
Sunset Amber Ale - Again a nice head and good lacing. A nice creamy malty taste. Not real strong on the hops. A nice session beer.
Horseshoe Bend Pale Ale - Ditto on the head and lacing. This one had a nice flowery hops aroma that jumped out at you right away. There was a very distinct hoppy bite right off, though the hop presence was not overpowering by any stretch. Again, a balanced brew. This was the best of the three in my opinion.
Four Peaks is out of Tempe. I had the opportunity to try their Hop Knot, Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale, and their Oatmeal Stout. They produce quite an array of beers. Unfortunately, once out of Tempe it was difficult to find them.
Hop Knot IPA - Really good beer. Nice strong hops kick to it. I liked this a lot. 6.5% ABV.
Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale - 6% ABV. Another good one. More malt that hops as you would imagine, but it was a tasty brew just the same.
Oatmeal Stout - This was very much like a typical Irish Stout - low carbonation, pitch black in color. Had definite coffee and chocolate notes in there. Very smooth.
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