I’ve got a bunch of beer reviews from my trip to Seattle last year I never wrote up for http://www.koehlerbeer.com, so I figure I’ll put them up now in one big post. I have no recollection of drinking some of these beers, and my notes aren’t always great since I was making them on my iPhone in the dark while drinking. I’m just going to copy down what I wrote and leave it up to history to decide what I was thinking. Special thanks to Stuart and Naked City for making all this possible. Sorry for not posting nearer the actual event.
Full Sail Session Premium Lager
Golden color with a light head. Aroma of berry concentrate, perhaps cranberries and apples. Opens with a lot of carbonation, followed by an apple/berry flavor. Light finish. Very fruity.
Russian River Consecration
Deep black color, appears red and purple in the light. Thin head around the edges. Smells of sour cherries and sweetness. Very sour on the front of the tongue and the lips, but has a soft body and finishes dry.
Russian River Pliny the Elder
<I didn’t write down anything because I fawned over the pint the whole time. It was great.>
Redhook Long Hammer IPA
Tan/orange. Lots of foamy and persistent head. Very carbonated. Floral aroma with perhaps some light malt or corn aroma that is not pleasant. Floral hop flavor up front, not particularly bitter, a mildly bitter mid-taste and a barely bitter finish. Perhaps some corny aftertaste. Not great.
Kona Wailua Wheat
Yellow. Aroma of sweet tropical fruit. Flavor of passion fruit. Strange.
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
<Again I didn’t actually write anything down. I rather enjoyed this beer.>
Hales Cream Ale
Orange/tan with a hint of amber color in the right light. Served on nitrogen at the brewery with a large creamy head. Lightly sweet aroma, with a hint of wheat. Creamy, lingering light sweetness. Slightly spicy or bitter at the tip of the tongue with a very clean aftertaste.
Russian River Blind Pig IPA
Caramel color with spicy/floral hop aroma. Biting bitterness. A grassy hop flavor, especially in the aftertaste. Flatter hop flavor that Pliny the Elder and a way more bitter aftertaste. Harsher bitterness. <This is not what I expected from reading reviews. Perhaps my palette was done for the evening.>
21st Amendment Hell of High Watermelon Wheat
Hazy yellow straw color. Aroma is fruity and sweet with a hint of watermelon. Flavor is entirely sweet tangy watermelon. A bright watermelon flavor that tastes like watermelon candy. More watermelon the aftertaste. Only lightly carbonated, contributing to the smooth watermelon. Interesting, but not something I’d want to drink regularly.
Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
Amber red color with ample head. Aroma of citrus and C hops. Lots of citrus-y, C hop taste. Vegetal aftertaste.
Schooner Exact Union <This doesn’t appear to actually be the name of a beer they make, so I really don’t know what it was apart from my comments.>
Tan honey color. Smells like salted, cured fish. Flavor is very salty, lightly bitter, and a little funky like old fish at a fish market. Also, salt.
Port Brewing Hop 15
Hazy and tan. Persistent head. Floral and fruity hop aroma of dried apricots and peaches. Yeasty bread aroma. Creamy. Bitter creamy hops followed by bitter creamy and acidic/peppery alcohol. Alcoholic aftertaste with an acidic finish.