Sunday, 22 July 2012

Elysian Peste Chocolate Chili Ale

BREWERY:
Elysian Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Seattle, Washington

STYLE:
Strong Ale

COLOR:
Dark Copper

ALCOHOL:
7.5%



I was really intrigued by the design of the bottle.  Really crazy looking worm.  The smell hits you like a freight train.  It's really hard to determine what the smell is.  I had to smell it a few times (about 10 times) and it had a peppery, sweet BBQ sauce smell to it.  When I poured it into a glass it looked like a porter.  But soon as I looked at the glass I noticed that it had flakes in it.  I didn't really think anything of it until I sipped it.  Holy crap was it spicy!! I had to look at the ingredients and this beer is brewed with cocoa, cinnamon and a blend of chipotle, cayenne, ancho, guajillo and pasilla peppers.  If you're not into the spice, then I suggest that you avoid this beer.  After having a few sips, I determined that the flakes in the beer was actually a peppery powder (cayenne?).  I also soon realized that the chocolate part of the beer was only the color.  The chocolate isn't really a factor and I couldn't taste that part at all.

Ok back to the taste.  When you drink it, you think that you're drinking a cayenne pepper sauce.  It's really spicy at first but then the aftertaste is milder but lingers in your throat and not in your mouth.  The aftertaste is a really slow heat.  This beer would be a really, really, good marinade for pork chops, or thinly cut lamb. 

Friday, 20 July 2012

Lighthouse Tasman Ale

BREWERY:
Lighthouse Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Victoria, British Columbia

STYLE:
Amber Ale

COLOR:
Copper

ALCOHOL:
5%



When you first open the bottle, the smell hits you.  At first it smells like an IPA but after a couple more sniffs in the glass (pour the beer into a glass), it starts to smell like a typical Amber Ale.  But don't get me wrong, it tastes great!  It has medium hop flavor and it dissipates quickly leaving a slight but still noticeable aftertaste.  This beer is basically Lighthouse's version of an Amber Ale.  Like a lot of Amber Ales, this beer will go great with a medium rare steak.  Or for a snack pairing, try some unsalted peanuts.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Bacon Maple Ale

BREWERY:
Rogue Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Newport, Oregon

STYLE:
Brown Ale

COLOR:
Light Copper

ALCOHOL:
Not Stated



Well, this has to be the weirdest beer I've ever had.  Rogue Brewing teamed up with a local doughnut shop called Voodoo Doughnut and created a beer called Bacon Maple Ale.  If you like sprinkled doughnuts then this beer is for you.  It has a really sweet taste due to actual maple syrup in the ingredients and then changes to a stronger aftertaste because of the bacon in the ingredients.  This beer is nuts!! Great at first, then, depends on how your sweet tooth is, changes to a more normal but still strange aftertaste.  Bacon isn't really a dominate taste in this beer, it's more for controlling the sweetness.   It only comes in 750 mL bottles which means that you need more people around you while tasting it.  I only had about 6 ounces before I couldn't drink anymore.  This beer is really, really an acquired taste so good luck.  


Big Wave Golden Ale

BREWERY:
Kona Brewing Company

LOCATION:
Kailua-Kona (Big Island of Hawaii)

STYLE:
Golden Ale

COLOR:
Medium Yellow

ALCOHOL:
4.4%




If you look further down to one of my past posts, you'll see a chapter that I did on Kona Brewing Company.  You'll also note that the last thing I said on that post was that I never tried Kona's Big Wave Golden Ale.

WELL, listen up people, I FINALLY tried it.

A few weeks ago (look at the date of this post) I went to Hawaii.  My biggest goal there, besides surfing, swimming, relaxing, drinking, hiking, snorkeling, was to finally hold a bottle of this beer.  I bought a six pack within 20 minutes of landing at the airport.

The taste wasn't what I expected.  Even though it was an "ale" I thought that, based on the color, it was going to taste like a weak-ass lager that you can buy for 4 bucks at the liquor store.  This beer was really refreshing, and very tasty.  It has just enough of a fruity taste that it goes down smooth and no aftertaste.  It's not too hoppy and it actually quenches your thirst.  Great beer to have during the day when the sun is out.  At night however, you may want to switch to a more darker brew like a Pale Ale.  You don't want to have this beer with spicy foods because the taste of beer will actually change to a more bitter taste.  That's how fragile tasting this beer is.  Just have with peanuts or pretzels.  Not a type beer to have a meal with.