Monday, October 25, 2010

tasting notes

yet more tasting notes from the last beernesday at st. augustine's...

this time its all the bottles that we tried!
and between three of us, we tried quite a few:

elysian brewing co. avatar jasmine ipa:  6.3%  has a very floral nose while the taste is an elegant balance allowing the subtle flavor of jasmine to prevail through essential hoppiness.
southern tier unearthly imperial ipa:  10%  vigorously hopped high abv beer that is still eminently drinkable.
kiuchi brewery hitachino nest real ginger ale:  7%  a dose of fresh ginger root added to the brew kettle creates an intriguing mix of ginger, malt-sweetness, and citrus-like aromas.
flying dog classic pale ale:  5.5%  brilliant amber in color and dry hopped for an unrivaled hop flavor.

jasmine ipa:  good head, clear, floral, light hops, pale, malty yet still crispy and hoppy.  big floral nose.  delicious at first, almost too sweet as i get further down the glass.  perhaps not a session beer for me.

unearthly imperial ipa:  i am a big fan of this beer!  i find it really delightful and delicious and that 10% sneaks up on me every time!  everyone else was a fan of it as well.  i will continue to drink this beer wherever and whenever it is on the menu (and at home too of course)!!

ginger ale:  i love it!  reminds me of all that i found delightful in the steamworks ginger with none of what i found too cloying in the granville island attempt.  its crisp and clean and so very drinkable.  bridget says "i like it i REALLY like it" (and insisted that i put the emphasis in)!

classic pale ale:  another fabulous beer!  hoppy goodness that tickled everyone's fancy.  i would definitely have this beer again (and if i'm not mistaken, they sell six packs of it at firefly and i will be there tomorrow night... survey says i shall have six more soon!), well balanced, delicious and a great way to end my night!

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