Whatever You Say 6\Second Pint Donate Ayuda

 27802699729_680364c0bb_cThere was no space on the rail when I went to dear at Bridgetown Beerhouse, as everyone had crowded up to watch the football game. So I didn’t get to sit down and chat with the bloke who was drinking the Pfriem CDA-as was his buddy-but I thanked him all the same and let them alone to enjoy their beer.

This CDA has a strong pine nose, with the barest whiff of coffee underneath it. I take this as a good sign, as most CDAs forget that they are only supposed to look like porters but not taste like them.
I am not disappointed. This beer has the color of a porter, but the finish is all hops. And they aren’t burning and scouring hops; they’re more intense than your average bear-so appropriate for style-but not so far that it turns people off from IPAs. The middle of the CDA is where things get complicated; a-
As I’m writing this up, the man I queried bout his beer comes up to offer me a taste of a La Fleur sour ale with black currants that he’d brought back from Chicago. I accept, because hey, a taste of sour ale? Why not! It’s a beautiful, juicy purple color and by golly it tastes like unripened blackberries. Definitely a beer for friends of mine who like sour ales. Me…well, I think I’d like to get back to this CDA…
Now, as I was saying, the middle of this CDA is where things get a little complicated. The roast malt makes an appearance, but because it isn’t sweet there isn’t as much to compensate for the pine and bitter flavors. Because the finish isn’t too bitter, there is some sweetness, so the medley of flavors is interesting.
I think this is the first Pfriem beer I’ve had that I’ve had something good to say about and I hope that’s a good sign for the new year.

Today’s second pint goes to Donate Ayuda: Puerto Rico because they still don’t have power and we shouldn’t forget those Americans.

Common Ales: Bridgeport Ebenezer Ale

Continuing with the review of the winter ales: Bridgeport’s Ebenezer Ale. Sweet nose, very subtle brown sugar note happe27238611539_c91d754dde_cning. Again, another beautiful deep red color with some near translucence when I hold it up to the light.

The flavors aren’t too bold: there’s a little cinnamon finish, but there’s also a little bit of a red wine in the mouth with some drying effects. It doesn’t feel heavy or dense, but I get the sensation that there are more flavors that I am just missing: there’s a definite warmth coming from this beer that I’m trying to pinpoint. I almost get a hint of cherry coming from this beer; it’s got some nice flavors going on and I think I like this beer a bit more than Deschutes’ Jubelale.

To Look For In 2018

From the mouths of experts. There’s some wisdom, a little fortune telling, a little business moxie going on there. Mostly a fun read.

But I’m just going to get ahead of things and say no to lactose imbued IPAs and Sour/IPA concoctions. They might be for someone else and I’ll certainly taste one, but I ain’t paying for that. Those flavors just don’t seem like they mesh together.

As for me, I’m looking forward to continuing this blog, hopefully improving the writing here and elsewhere, and hitting the ten year mark this April!