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August 7, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

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Port Brewing Summer Pale Ale Picmonkey

Summer Pale Ale/SPA


Port Brewing

San Marcos, California

Style: American Pale Ale

Alcohol: 6%

IBUs: Unknown

Serving style: Bottles and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Seasonal, but widely distributed on the West Coast, less so nationally


Appearance:   “I’d say it was a deep gold or maybe copper color. Medium depth white head. Good lacing.”

Aroma:   “Quite fruity. Big hop presence here (brewery website says Amarillo, Cacade, Chinook, Columbus and Simcoe are the hops), evidenced by pine and citrus notes.”

Taste:   “Nice balance of malt, followed by the hops. Crisp and refreshing, rather than heavy. Nothing cloying here. First pint might invite the second.”

Food Affinity:   “Something with personality. I imagine drinking this sitting on a deck close to the sea. Smoked salmon chunks with home-made tartar sauce. Garlic sausages with whole-grain mustard.”


  --Reviewer Dawn Thurston teaches music when she’s not enjoying a beer.

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