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Monday, 03 April 2017 20:52

Karl Strauss Teams With Sierra Nevada

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TASTE News Service, April 4, 2017 - Karl Strauss Brewing Company is releasing a collaboration brew with Sierra Nevada.

Sunday, 03 January 2016 00:10

January 1, 2016 Beer Pick of the Week

Rodenbach original and grand cru Picmonkey

Rodenbach Grand Cru

 

Brouweriji Rodenbach N.V.

Roeselare (Belgium)

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol: 6%

IBUs: Unknown

Serving Style: Bottles and kegs. (Our sample from draft)

Availability: Year-round, world-wide (though you may have to search a bit)

Saturday, 24 October 2015 17:39

October 23, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

Laurelwood Fresh Hop Free Range Red Picmonkey

Fresh Hop Free Range Red

 

Laurelwood Brewing Co.

Portland, Oregon

Style: Red Ale

Alcohol: 6.1%

IBUs: 69

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

Availability: Throughout the Northwest, also Alaska and Pennsylvania

 

Appearance:   “Like a cloudy amber-orange color.”

Aroma:   “There’s really not much aroma. I can’t pick up any definable smell.”

Taste:   “A nice mildly hoppy flavor. It’s well-balanced. The flavor lasts through the swallow, from front-to-back. Laurelwood does their regular Free Range Red, but this one is slightly different. The (addition of) fresh hops adds just a little bit of bitterness, which gives this a really nice flavor. People who don’t like the sometimes overwhelming hoppiness of an IPA might find this a good alternative.”

Food Affinity:   “Food with some flavor or spice would be best, but you can drink it with whatever you want to eat. It doesn’t really matter

 

Bruce H Oct 23 2015 Picmonkey

 

 

--Guest reviewer Bruce Huddleston is in health care management

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 11:22

September 12, 2014 Beer Pick of the Week

Ruhstaller 1881 Picmonkey 2

1881 California Red Ale

 

Ruhstaller

Sacramento, California

Style: American red ale

Alcohol: 5.6%

IBUs: 35

Serving Style: Cans, bottles, keg (our sample from draft)

Availability: Year-around in much of California and a few other states.

 

Appearance:  “Dark coppery shade. Almost mahogany colored. Ivory head.”

Aroma:  “Sweet and malty. Somewhat floral.”

Taste:  “Hops are there, but malt predominates. Heavy caramel and toffee presence. There's a fullness, a richness that seems to make this a better choice for fall drinking than as a summer quaff.”

Food Affinity:  “We enjoyed this beer at Roxy in Sacramento with a beef rib appetizer served with sauce incorporating the 1881. We think the beer would also do well if paired with home-made chili or beef stew.”

DanClarke Good Mug Shot Picmonkey

 

Reviewer Dan Clarke was not around when the original Ruhstaller brewery opened in 1881.

Sunday, 24 August 2014 20:33

August 22, 2014 Beer Pick of the Week

Dust Bowl Red IPA pint Picmonkey

Red IPA

 

Dust Bowl Brewing Co.

Turlock, CA

Style: Red IPA

Alcohol: 6.8%

IBUs: 70

Serving Style: Kegs

Availability: Produced intermittently throughout the year. Good distribution in Northern California.

 

Appearance:  “An amber or reddish shade. Appealing and really a seductive color.”

Aroma:  “Definitely draws your attention. Not like a conventional, mass-produced ale. A unique aroma that draws you in.”

Taste:  “Delicious. Like a good steak. A beer that stays with you, but doesn't overwhelm the tasting experience.”

Food Affinity:  “Would work with a wide range of foods—from tacos to a good American hamburger.”

Phil Pantages Picmonkey

 

 

Reviewer Phil Pantages, though not yet retired, says he's someone “who is old and in the way.”

Saturday, 21 December 2013 23:07

December 20, 2013 Beer Pick of the Week

Mission Carrack Red Ale glass Picmonkey 2

Carrack Imperial Red Ale

 

Mission Brewery

San Diego

Style: (Imperial) red ale

Alcohol: 10.2%

IBUs: 71

Serving Style: Draft and 22-ounce bottles

Availability: Distribution in California and parts of the western U.S.

 

Appearance:  “Dark chestnut brown. Nearly opaque.”

Aroma:  “Some, but hard to define.”

Taste:  “Some carbonation evident, but there's an overall viscosity in the mouth. Tastes like a red ale—a big one, but not overly/unpleasantly so.”

Food Affinity:  “Chicken curry with chutney. Pepper Pot soup. Dark, moist fruitcake.”

D Clarke Piatti Bar Xmas 2013 Picmonkey

 

 

Reviewed by Dan Clarke

 

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