Once again, general impressions about the fest from my Outboard Brain. Extras in bold.
The festival itself seemed to be well run and I thank everyone who served, worked, and gave me a touch of bonuses as a blogger to write about it.
It’s just so cool to be a part of neat stuff. Thanks to everyone who made it possible!
Hollister, Altered State:
Bready nose just a ping of hop bitterness in a clean ale
White IPA? Nose is a touch strange as though a hint of I don’t know what, however beer has a nice mouthfeel; smooth with hop bite
Full Sail, bohemian pilsner
Corn nose and finish and it’s not quite refreshing enough
3 Creeks, Fivepine porter
Nice but maybe served a touch cold and settled like a weight in my belly. Flavors seemed a bit muted and I think if I hadn’t been in a hurry to taste as much as I could have, this beer might’ve impressed me more.
New Holland, Golden Cap saison
Very light and crisp as hell. Post porter this is a real treat.
Elysian, Idiot Sauvin ipa
Very tangerine. Reminded me a bit of Widmer’s Drifter, which is a good thing.
Blue Frog, Ginger and Meyer Ann
Ugh the finish tastes like feet.
Goose Island, Pepe Nero
Farmhousey but no it just doesn’t appeal kinda icky at the finish. This beer did improve after being allowed to warm up; both the farmhouse qualities and the finish changed for the better.
Mt Emily, imperial red
Tasty but a touch watery. That said; I enjoyed the beer.
I was tempted to try Rogue’s offering but was told by a friend that it may have been the worst beer he’d ever had. While that is something that piques my curiosity, I’m not sure that ‘I should try it because it’s bad’ is really a philosophy I want to start following.
I also had to start volunteering at the OBC booth and while I was able to sample more brews, the day became more about chatting up than taking notes. However I would be remiss in my duties if I did not mention that I had an chance to try Rock Bottom’s Zombie Flanders which I suggested people should avoid and you know, I actually liked it. My evaluation of that beer wasn’t wrong the first time I had it but I have to admit that when I tried it at the OBF, I would have unhesitatingly recommended it to anyone who enjoys sour ales.
Final note: I’m going to be away for a few days, so no post on Friday. Back for Monday.