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Saturday, 06 September 2014 13:19

September 5, 2014 Beer Pick of the Week

 

Einstok Icelandic Pale Ale Picmonkey 2

Icelandic Pale Ale

 

Einstök Olgerd

Akureyri, Iceland

Style: Pale Ale

Alcohol: 5.6%

IBUs: Unknown

Serving Style: 330ml bottle (11.2 oz)

Availability: Limited distribution in national markets

 

Appearance:  “Dark golden. Amber”

Aroma:  “Malty. Somewhat fruity.

Taste:  “Like the flavor. Not especially hoppy. Nice roundness and malt-hop balance. It's mild, but has good character. It makes its point”

Food Affinity:  “Lamb chops. Summer sausage. Munster and Gouda cheeses.

Ray Thompson Mar 22 2014 Picmonkey

 

 

Reviewer Ray Thompson is a retired attorney in Sacramento

Friday, 18 July 2014 14:07

July 18, 2014 Beer Pick of the Week

Berryessa Double Tap Pint Picmonkey

Foot Path Pale Ale

 

Berryessa Brewing Co.

Winters, California

Alcohol: 4.8 %

Style: American Pale Ale

IBUs: 35

Serving Style: Kegs

Availability: No. California--mostly SF Bay Area east through Sacramento

 

Appearance:  “Golden-amber color. A little cloudy, rather than crystal clear.”

Aroma:  “No discernible aroma”

Taste:  “Mildly hoppy. Surprisingly understated and delicious. Very nice lingering finish. I think it would be pretty easy to drink a lot of these before you realized you shouldn't have.”

Food Affinity:  “Grilled chicken, corn. Would be good with a barbecued picnic lunch.”

Johnnie Beer Picmonkey 2

 

Reviewer Johnnie Beer is a Northern California guitar player.

Sunday, 15 June 2014 10:18

June 13, 2014 Beer Pick of the Week

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Steelhead Extra Pale Ale

 

Mad River Brewing Company

Blue Lake, California

Style: Pale Ale

Alcohol: 5.6%

IBUs: 26.24

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

Availability: All of Northern California. Ltd. dist. elsewhere

 

Appearance:  “Light amber. Good clarity.”

Aroma:  “Mildly hoppy.”

Taste:  “Not quite summery, but it's in that direction. Easy drinking.”

Food Affinity:  “Would be really nice with some German sausages.”

RST at Shack Nose in Glass Picmonkey

 

Reviewer Ray Thompson is a retired attorney in Sacramento

Friday, 28 February 2014 12:26

February 28, 2014 Beer Pick of the Week

 

Two Hop Pale Ale Picmonkey

Two-Hop

 

Berryessa Brewing Co.

Winters, California

Style: American Pale Ale

Alcohol: 5%

IBUs: 41-42

Serving style: Kegs

Availability: This is a seasonal product brewed for San Francisco Beer Week. It is still available at the brewery's tap room in Winters, CA and in a few other locations in Yolo and Sacramento Counties.

 

Appearance:  “Light straw color.”

Aroma:   “Not too much, but there's a very subtle hoppiness.”

Taste:   “Decently bitter, but still balanced. Extremely light. Finishes cleanly with a subtle hint of grapefruit.”

Food Affinity:   “Fish & Chips.”

Chris Moo Feb 27 2014 Picmonkey

 

 

Reviewed by Chris Moo, a food service professional

 

Friday, 27 December 2013 10:58

December 27, 2013 Beer Pick of the Week

 

Red Chair label

Red Chair

 

Deschutes Brewery

Bend, Oregon

Style: Northwest Pale Ale

Alcohol: 6.2%

IBUs: 60

Serving Style: bottles and draft

Availability: Seasonal—January through May in the West

 

Appearance:  “Seems like low carbonation. Nice caramel color.”

Aroma:  “Sweet. Almost a candy-like sweetness.”

Taste:  “Has a wet-hopped feel. Light carbonation and kind of smooth or velvety with a caramely flavor. Easy-to-drink.”

Food Affinity:  “Maybe something salty. Fish & chips or some other fish dish.”

Jennifer Kirkendall Picmonkey

 

reviewed by Jennifer Kirkendall, Princess by trade

 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 19:11

It's Fresh Hop Season

Fresh Hop Descutes beers picmonkey 

TASTE News Service October 29, 2013 - Fall is a beautiful time of year and marks the harvest of many crops, hops being among them. Fresh hoped beers are trendy now, but Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon has been producing beers of this style for nearly a decade.

Taste California Travel recently tried a couple of Deschutes' offerings. Fall of 2013 marks the ninth appearance of their Hop Trip. Our informal tasting panel thought is smelled heaver than it tasted. While not showing the most robust aspects of wet (fresh) hopping, it was a solid performer and reminded one of our panelists of an English Pale Ale. Hop Trip uses freshly harvested Crystal hops from Oregon's Willamette Valley. (5.5% alcohol, 38 IBUs)

Chasin' Freshies, a reference to skiiers reveling in fresh powder, is a bigger beer. Its initial issue last year featured Cascade hops, but the brewer elected to go with Amarillo hops for the 2013 vintage. Chasin' Freshies showed more aroma and seemed a little more vegetal and more grassy. (7.2% alcohol, 65 IBUs)

Both beers are seasonal and available in bottles in 22 states.

Thursday, 17 October 2013 23:47

October 18, 2013 Beer Pick of the Week

 Device Pale Ale Picmonkey

Pale Ale

 

Device Brewing Co.

 Sacramento, CA

Style: Pale Ale

Alcohol: 6.5%

IBUs: 50

Serving Style: kegs

Availability: Greater Sacramento area (to this point)

 

Appearance:  “Dark straw – old gold.”

Aroma:  “A little citrussy. Slightly piney.”

Taste:  “Really well balanced, Has a strong—but not overly strong—hop bitterness. The finish is nice. A very good pale ale, that's for sure. It's a little higher in alcohol, but not out of the realm for pale ale. It's just a really solid beer from a new brewer and I think they're going to do well.”

Food Affinity:  A friend deputized by the reviewer to make a suggestion thinks this beer would be great accompanying lightly battered prawns served with a hot Chinese mustard dipping sauce.

Sean Montgomery Sept 3 2013 Picmonkey

 

 

Reviewer Sean Montgomery brews beer at home.

 

Saturday, 05 October 2013 17:52

October 4, 2013 Beer Pick of the Week

 

Berryessa Freshie  Pint  Picmonkey

 Freshie

 

 Berryessa Brewing Co.

Winters, CA

Style: Pale Ale

Alcohol: 5%

IBUs: 45

Serving Style: kegs

Availability: Seasonal. Available in the fall in Sacramento, Davis and parts of the San Francisco Bay Area

 

Appearance:  “Dark golden in color or maybe amber.”

Aroma:  “Slightly fruity, but subtle.”

Taste:  “This fresh-hopped beer has an underpinning of maltiness. It's crisp, hoppy but not overpowering. It's entirely pleasant.”

Food Affinity:  “Something equally bright and zingy. Maybe spicy deviled eggs or curried meat balls grilled on a skewer.” 

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Reviewer Dan Clarke sips his beer in Sacramento

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