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What the Ale?

Back at Rough Draft Brewing again and I tried some of their more experimental offerings. First, I had the Rough Draft What the Ale? pale aged in Pinot noir barrels. This one poured a deep golden orange color with tiny head that dissipated quickly. Grapes and malts predominated the smell. The taste was malty sweet and slightly sour. Grapey wine flavors carried through the middle. Medium-light body with light carbonation, it finished with a moderate light wine flavor. It was an interesting beer.

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Then I tried the Grapefruit Weekday IPA. It poured bright golden, similar to the regular Weekday IPA, with tiny bubbles and small loose head. The aroma was slightly sour and citrusy. The taste was tart up front, with some grapefruit and mild hoppiness. The middle was somewhat malty and sour. Medium bodied, it finished tart and citrusy. Not quite dynamic enough for me.

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Sorry about not having photos. For some reason Apple iCloud hides certain ones from upload…

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Spring is in the air…and my glass!

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I will admit that I don’t drink Karl Straus beer much, as it tends to be a bit pricey and many times I am unable to find anything but IPAs (though this second reason is not unique to Karl), but when I heard about the special at Karl Strauss for a $10 growler that included a fill… well, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Plus, I recently discovered that mosaic hops in a beer make for a great flavor profile.

This one comes from Karl’s Coastal Reserve series, which currently includes three others: Big Barrel Double IPA, Blackball Belgian IPA, and Boardwalk Black Rye. The one I tried was the Mosaic Session Ale. Session ales are essentially lower alcohol beers (no higher than 5%) that define themselves by their drinkability and allow the consumer to have multiple of them without putting them on the floor or knocking out their taste buds.

Much like its counterpart at Ninkasi, this one pours a clean, golden color with not much head. The aroma is grassy and a bit flowery, with some tart fruit like grapefruit, that can’t help but make me think of springtime. The taste quickly shows off the grassiness that shortly after it gives way to strong tart grapefruit flavors. At first I was reminded of a really hoppy IPA, but there was none of the hoppy bite, so it went down easily. The finish leaves mostly tart, slightly sour grapefruit. The only downside to this beer is a slightly sticky, sugary cotton mouth feeling; not tremendously off-putting, but just a little unexpected from so mild a beer.

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   I’m giving this beer a:

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