I always love the stories about scientists and breweries doing something together. The research this scientist gets to do just makes me happy-that people are doing it and people are interested in it.
I can smell the Definitely Is IPA from a foot and a half away. So, I’ve ordered a hazy…
I might not have, if my initial exchange with the barkeep had gone a little different:
“I’m not sure about the IPA or the Amber ale. Have you had either?” I asked.
“Well, they’re very specific. It just depends on which you’re in the mood for.”
Well. Thanks for that illuminating comment. I take a risk on the beer, because it’s a collaboration between Breakside and Wayfinder and they’re usually pretty solid.
The nose on this fades rapidly, and that’s…both bad, since I don’t get those flavors now, and a little good, since a radius of 18 inches is a strong initial olfactory broadcast.
It tastes like grapefruit soda with a champagne finish. Sweet, especially in the middle, a little rind-pithy near the end with a very dry finish to complete the cycle.
Barely a third of the way into the drink though, and that pith quality starts to amplify. It’s a good thing that this beer wants to finish dry, because that keeps the bitterness from sticking to my tongue for long.
It’s a bit of a shame, since the glass this has been served to me in is adorable. I feel as though a better beverage is due for this glass.
The second pour: Fuck Nazis.
I’m sorry. I’m distracted: Portland was subject to ‘protests’ by white nationalist groups today, and while there was a healthy showing by people who recognize that this is all terrible, there was also the Portland Police closing the Hawthorne bridge and escorting the white nationalists across it. The media got their panties in a bunch by people breaking the windows on a bus of fascists leaving the city (said fascists had started attacking people with hammers), and the racists got a great photo op and a police escort.
Because the racists and fascists are who we should be giving consideration to.
The description of what is, honestly, an adequate hazy IPA, fades in relevance to the fact that in 2019, I have to publicly say: fuck Nazis, because the Powers That Be have decided that making money is far more important than stopping fascism.
That’s weird, right? It’s certainly weird enough to put me off this beer.
Today’s second pint goes to Point of Pride.
When asked by people who are neophytes to craft brewing, I always tell them that one of, if not the most difficult style of beer to brew is a light lager. Simply because; you cannot mess it up. If that beer is flawed in any way, everyone will know it.
This article goes into some cool history and science on the subject.
A friend sent me this story about a brewery which had some logo redesigns, undergoing backlash from the community.
Which is just so weird to me. These people are more upset about a logo change than they are about, say, what macro brewery business practices do to their drinking culture.
I don’t know if they’re willfully missing the problem or are just so afraid of change that everything is upsetting…
Today I picked up Oakshire’s Reclaim the Fame IPA. I wasn’t certain but I was guessing that this would be a “throwback” IPA, or what they’re calling (sigh) West Coast IPAs. I suppose I’m just being a little curmudgeonly; West/East Coast IPA is an easy way for people to make the distinction between the styles, and I shouldn’t be so uptight about it. The bigger point, however, is that I was right: This is a clear IPA with a bitter finish.
I like the pine nose that I can pick up but it’s not strong. The flavors aren’t too forest-y either; a little bit but the middle has a nice malt backbone-honey seems to be the standout flavor here- and a bitter quality on the finish that appears with a little ‘sup and fades. The hops are prominent, and even forward in this beer, but they are not the be all end all, and I like that.
I get to taste the second pour a little quicker. but the head evaporates almost remarkably fast as the first pour. That is a small bummer, but it does explain why I can’t seem to get a lot out of smelling this beer.
The bitterness has settled in though; while not oppressive the foundation for some proper bitterness has been laid and now I’m picking up a palate cleanse with this quality. I wish the Reclaim was a little more effervescent, since that would help temper the hop finish, but on the other hand; this is a back to basics IPA that is there to remind people why this style rose to popularity in the first place. I’m recommending it.
Today’s second pint goes to the ACLU.
I was shooting for a brown and it’s…almost there? The flavor profile might be a little strong and the beer might be a touch dark. I just can’t quite seem to hold back on the dark malts, I suppose. Maybe next time half of each.
Nose has a pleasant chocolate quality and while it doesn’t fade out completely, it doesn’t come on too strong, either.
Still, this makes a decent enough porter wannabe. On the sweeter side, with the chocolate flavors but a tiny bit of roasted malt on the finish to shore it up. And it finishes drier than I’d expect, too. Quite drinkable, definitely a candidate for drinking another.
Brew date: 5/12/19
1 lb Chocolate
1 lb Red X
1 Lb Carabrown
Fermentables: 7 lb ExLME
1 oz Saaz @ 60
.5 oz Saaz @ 30
.5 oz Saaz @5
Yeast: Imperial Tartarn (2nd use)