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Whenever I see a beer from what has become one of my favorite breweries in Deschutes, I have to try it. It was no different when I decided to try the Deschutes Hop Trip Fresh Hop Pale Ale. Even though the hoppy name put me off a bit, I pressed forward.
It poured a deep golden red color with medium white head that stuck around a while and left some nice lacing on the glass (despite the lack of lacing in the picture…) There was a light smell of fresh fruit and malt on the smell, with a nice hoppiness coming through afterward. On the taste, it was medium-bodied with light carbonation. Some fruity berries came through at first. The most surprising bit of this one was the slight watermelon flavor I got after the berry flavors. This was refreshing, if a bit odd for a beer called “Hop Trip.” That refreshing watermelon stayed through to the finish, with a touch of maltiness on the tail end.
…and this wonderful liquid is to blame. Happy Valentine’s, everybody! If you drink this particular brew from AleSmith, it will be extra happy, if not a bit hoppy (sorry…) Anyway, My Bloody Valentine Ale is a beer for all you love-sick beer drinkers out there.
This red ale pours a deep red color with off whitish, soapy head that dissipates quickly. The picture to the left was taken about one minute after pouring. The first whiff brought a floral scent to my nose, quickly followed by a sweet maltiness that excited by taste buds. When my buds finally got their turn, they told me I was tasting a sweet, flowery IPA style beer. At this, I thought, “Uh oh…” The hoppiness subsided quickly and was taken over by the wonderful malty flavors this beer delivers in abundance. I was left with a pleasant malt flavor in my throat, with faint hints of the sweet flowers.
At 6.66% abv (cute, right?), the alcohol is not too much to take, but for me the floral hops may give me some trouble were I to drink more than one in a sitting. Still not a bad beer by any means.
Last night I had the opportunity to go to the Greenflash Brewing Company. I was a little afraid of this one, since I had yet to fully check out their selection. I only knew them as purveyors mainly of IPA style beers, which don’t like me very much (they give me heartburn that feels like a volcano in my chest). Despite having a menu made up mostly of IPAs, turns out they have a few really good brews.
I started out with with a Double Stout Black Ale. This was an excellent place to start, not the least of the reasons being that stout is one of my favorite styles of beer…the nearly 9% abv helped, too. It was served in a 13 oz. tulip glass, which was a little fancy, but a pleasant surprise compared to the 8 oz. glasses I normally find in tasting rooms. The head was a nice rich tan color, hugged the sides of the glass only slightly and didn’t really hang around too long. It had a nice caramel smell, with a little bit of bitterness. The taste was rich and slightly creamy, with not much alcohol taste, but the warmth showed up toward the end. Overall, a very mellow beer that I would definitely recommend.
Next, I decided to go a little lighter and had the East Village Pilsner, a very light and fresh-tasting beer that is very easy to drink. There wasn’t much head on it and it smelled every bit as clean as it looked. At 5.3% it is a nice cool down beer.
Except that I didn’t stop there and had a taster of Hamilton’s 7th Anniversary- Junior IPA– I know, I know, it’s an IPA. This was actually pretty mellow as IPAs go. It had a bright red color with bright white head. It smelled heavily of the hoppy character you would expect from any IPA, but the taste was actually a little malty at first. The hoppiness came immediately after, but dissipated quickly to leave the floral notes I expected at the top.
All in all, it was a great trip to a brewery I had initially expected to not like too much. Surprises are the name of the game. After all, ’tis the season!