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Tis The Season!

Deschutes Jubelale

It’s that time of year, when the leaves are about done changing color, the heat of summer and fall has subsided and my favorite brewery of all time releases their star seasonal: Deschutes Jubelale Festive Winter Ale (6.7% abv).

This wonder in a bottle poured very dark amber in color, with a thick cap of sudsy tan head. Aromas were fruity sweet, with caramel, raisins, plums and a hint of spice. The taste was mild and malty at first. Then the fruitiness kicked in, a bit tart, but the warmth from the alcohol and the malts took over quickly to calm it down. The middle is just as mild, with medium-light body and light carbonation, which carried through to a malty finish, punctuated by some warm spice and dark fruit flavors. Simply put, this is a great beer from my favorite brewery and all I need to get in the mood for the winter holidays. I love this beer.



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Little Abita Mardi Gras

AbitaMardiGrasBock_fullHappy Mardi Gras! Today I have for you a celebratory libation from the good folks at Abita Brewing Company called Mardi Gras Bock. This was an interesting lager with some flavors I would not expect to find in a bock, which usually emphasizes just the malt and caramel flavors.

It poured a slightly hazy golden amber, with characteristic thick-looking head that dissipated quickly. There was a light smell of malts and some caramel at first, but then some very faint sweet fruit aroma, possibly of melon, that really surprised me. The taste was hard to describe at first with a medium mouthfeel, AbitaMardiGrasBock_toplots of carbonation and some roasted malt flavor. This was followed by the sweetness of the malts. Some bitterness came through next to break up all the malt, finishing with the malty sweetness lingering afterward.

Despite what may seem like an overabundance of malts, this was an interesting beer:


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Brew of the Common Man

AnchorSteamCommon_fullToday I have for you what may not be the most exciting beer I have tried, but still one I enjoyed. Anchor Steam makes a good Christmas Ale, but their regular, everyday California Common Beer is a great one that you can enjoy year-round and at only 4.9% abv, you can also enjoy it all night.

It poured a bubbly reddish-golden color with persistent medium white head. The aromas were light, with caramel and vague fruitiness like a mix of berry and some dark plum coming AnchorSteamCommon_topthrough. It was light on taste, too, with heavy carbonation and sweet fruit up front, then some of the caramel coming through. The fruitiness came back and stuck through the rest of the drink, including the finish. The carbonation made it a little like drinking a soda.

Not the most dynamic drink I have had, but still enjoyable.


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Red Dawn

IMG_1735No, not the Patrick Swayze movie from 1984, it’s the India Red Ale (IRA) special release from my favorite brewery Ninkasi Brewing. They released it just this month and are running it only through April.

As you might expect, this is a red ale. I had never heard of an IRA before so this was an interesting experience. This beer is heavy on the hops, with 75 international bitterness units (IBU), which measure the bitterness of a beer. It poured a rich golden red color with bright white, soapy head. The hoppiness was the first thing to hit my nose, followed by some barely identifiable fruit flavors. Tasting it was like a punch in the mouth with the hops completely dominating the first sip. After working through the bitterness, it was followed by very distinct flavors of papaya and mango. The official description of the beer says that pineapple should be apparent, but I couldn’t pick that one out. Maybe my taste buds were fried from the unexpected kick of the hops. The finish was pretty nice, with mellow fruit flavors and a warm maltiness that helped smooth out the whole experience.

A nice beer, if you’re an IPA fan. I am not, but I did appreciate how much more drinkable this beer became as I went along.


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