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Deschutes Swivelhead Picmonkey

Swivelhead Red

 

Deschutes Brewery

Bend, Oregon

Style: India style red ale

Alcohol: 6.5%

IBUs: 70

Serving style: 12-ounce bottles, kegs

Availability: Spring through August of 2017 in nationwide markets

Appearance:   “Deep color, but not really red—at least not a ‘fire engine red’ or ‘lipstick red.’ This seems more of a dark russet color. It has a beautiful, long-lasting creamy head—somewhere between off-white and light tan (ecru?).”

Aroma:   “I don’t pick up much nose at all. Maybe a little hoppy, but it seems fairly faint.”

Taste:   “it’s quite malty and sweet, though not cloyingly so. It reminds me of caramel candies I enjoyed as a kid at the movies. Considering the alcohol level and the IBUs, it goes down surprisingly easily (and quickly).”

Food Affinity:   “I think something spicy would be necessary to offset that sweetness, or at least perceived sweetness. Hot wings? Hot Indian curries?”

 

                   --Guest reviewer Janet Anderson is a retired RN

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