Posts Tagged piney

Mystery Year End

Alpine HFS IPANothing like a glass full of mystery to finish the year off right! Alpine Brewing recently opened a tasting room not too far from their old location, thanks to their acquisition by Green Flash. This allowed the addition of a rather nice tasting room with a back-woodsy lodge feel to it. Lots of open space on the patio, with a pretty standard tasting room and restaurant inside. I got no pictures, but I’ll be back.

Instead of touring the place, I ordered a beer that had just come out and was not described anywhere on the menu as a result. Mysteriously called Alpine HFS IPA (6.5% abv), I knew only that it would likely be hoppy. With Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe hops, hoppy it was, according to our server. “Mosaic” was all I needed to hear and I was in.

It poured a rich golden color with small bubbles and light thin white head. It smelled fruity and fresh, with a touch of bitter hoppiness. It tasted piney and reminded me of being in nature at the first sip. Some of the hop bitterness followed, with pine flavors returning toward the middle and a slight maltiness. Light body and medium carbonation kept it fresh into a somewhat malty finish, with the same piney flavor lingering.

Just a bit too much nature in a glass for me:

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                 MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Drink and be Jolly!

Green Flash Jolly FlashIf I haven’t mentioned it before, the cold weather holidays are my favorite time of year- if not for the pageantry, cooler temperatures and the time with family and friends, then for the seasonal beers released by breweries everywhere. Green Flash Brewing Company has come out with a beer that could not fail to get me into the holiday spirit: Green Flash Jolly Folly IPA (7.7% abv).

It poured deep golden with sudsy head sitting on top. Hoppy, spicy and piney aromas joined some fruity sweetness to remind me that the holiday season is upon us. As I moved my nose around the glass (something I have been experimenting with to get different aromas), the smell became somewhat malty. It tasted hoppy up front, with a hefty dose of strong floral flavors. A tropical frutiness came next, with a little spiciness. Moderate hoppiness took the drink into a middle that was medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. It finished happy, with only a little spice and some malts to smooth things out.

Overall a pretty dynamic holiday drink.

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Two Kids & Some Beer

In the same parking lot as Pacific Brewing, there is another small brewery called 2 Kids Brewing Co. This is a funky little place, with yellow and lime green on the walls, eclectic art on those walls, including a clock, which is unusual for a brewery to want you to know how long you have been drinking. Three patio tables are all that fits right in front of the tasting counter, which is manned by a very quirky, but nice bartender who was more than happy to talk about their beer with me. There are three brew tanks to the left and a walk-in freezer right behind the bar. That’s about it in this very utilitarian space. They have a delivery deal with the neighboring sushi place, same as Pacific Brewing.

Hulk SmashSearching their board for my tasting selection for this visit, I settled on one made with my very favorite hop variety: Hulk Smash Single Hop IPA w/Chinook. They don’t mess around at this brewery: they pour imperial pints! For $5! Why am I yelling?! Unfiltered, this one poured cloudy and golden with sudsy head that slid down the glass. Mild and malty aromas combined with very light fruity hops to make me excited to taste it. The taste was just as mild as the aroma. Malty flavors came through first and some very light hoppiness followed. The middle was a little sour and bitter, but was nothing to take away from the great piney Chinook hop flavor. The finish was a little dry and only very slightly hoppy with some malts trailing. This was a great, dynamic beer.

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