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Draft at Mcmenamins Pub & Tavern, Mill Creek
Draft at Mcmenamins Pub & Tavern, Mill Creek
Draft at Indigo Kitchen and Alehouse, Lynnwood
Draft at Stack 571 Burger & Whiskey Bar; Bothell, WA
Draft at Stack 571 Burger & Whiskey Bar; Bothell, WA
Draft at Mcmenamins Anderson School, Bothell
Tasty, on the sweet side Belgian.
Draft at Old Town Pour House
It's okay. Pale wheat flavor with Pineapple. I'm not sure I like the bitterness with the other flavors.
Draft at Old Town Pour House
Well, they're not lying. This is sour, and it tastes like cucumber and lemongrass. It's only mildly sour, but since the other flavors are not sweet at all, it'll pucker you a little bit. It at least will not make you think of savory Vietnamese food. It's not bad at all.
A profound stout. Starts thick and malty, a combination that very often turns to overwhelming sweetness (see: Skookum). This one, though, turns a bit bitter, almost savory. A very nice way to finish. Yum!
Bottle at Odin Lounge
Don't smell or taste bergamot, which is most disappointing. Honey-like sweetness, some bready, tripel-like Belgian body. Pleasant but forgettable. And not Earl Grey! For that, try Breakside.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
Thick, milshakey stout. Not an overwhelming finish, but still dessert-like, with a creamy marshmallow flavor. Directly in this flight, I liked the Holy Mountain a lot better than this.
A creamy, roasty porter, medium-bodied. Smooth finish. Hints at an English-like yeasty tartness but doesn't actually go there. Still, it's comparable to a Samuel Smith... a quintessential oatmeal stout.
This beer seriously tastes like someone took half a glass of dry white wine and blended it with have a glass of pithy IPA. Starts wine, finishes beer, and never really feels like the two halves combined into a single drink.
Not a big fans of nitrous but I like this one.
Bottle at Home
Not as cherry as other cherry red beers but good otherwise.
Bottle at Home
I like the joke in the name, but I don't much like this beer. It's a pithy, boozy IPA like you'd expect from Stone, but the peach (it doesn't really read as peach) gives this kind of a straight-through insipid sweetness that takes this to a new level of displeasure.
It's not exactly a beer. It's like a pomegranate juice cocktail, maybe some apple or peach. Just a hint of cereal to remind you is a beer. Sometimes this is a ding on the rating. Today I'm feeling kind.
Medicinal bitterness, like a licorice candy. Interesting, not bad, though not exactly purely enjoyable to drink.
Don't taste Pineapple at all. Pithy/grassy bitterness but otherwise mild.
Loaded with mango and jasmine. Solid on the bitterness. Very good.
Just a splash, picking crowlers. Smooth, lightly sweet, definitely not as intense as most tripels. Will have to have more to tell more.
Just a splash, picking crowlers. Not especially cranberry, just a medium fruit/tart porter. Need more to get a good feel.
So weird, this smells of sweet vanilla, hits you with a ton of sharp acid, and then end with a bit of almond cookie, smooth and sweet. The vanilla is a touch perfumey. Ok, but weird.
Maybe my least favorite Hazy IPA yet. Typical opening grapefruit flavors, but very quickly goes very bitter and pithy.
Very hoppy porter, round spicy underneath the burnt caramel Porter flavor. Unpleasant
Same creamsicle flavors as the previous beer, but on a sweet Belgian base
Sweet, creamsicle like with clean round orange notes. A tiny bit fake tasting
Clearly a dark lager, not pale. Tastes like a European dark. Efforvescent, not quite sweet. I often don't like these, but I rather do like this.
Easy-drinking dark ale; a good roastiness giving way to notes of dark chocolate. Thin body.
Strong example of a German pilsner, clean hop bitterness, cereal, some uric tang on the finish.
A very dry saison with lots of Belgian spice, particularly clove. Not the most harmonious blend.
I had wanted Reuben's Hazy IPA, but they were out. This was advertised as juicy, but it was more of a standard Northwest IPA flavor. Excellent IPA, though, clear and fragrant, fruit and pine. Clean cereal finish, no oily bitterness. Unsurprisingly good, given the brewery.
Mild, not overly flavorful. But not offensive in any way.
Clear, really dark fruit with a Dunkel dryish bitterness
Bitter for a lager. They bill it as a red lager with grapefruit and pine aromas. So the fact that it's a bit bitter and brackish is perhaps unsurprising. But overall, not too bad.
Bottle at Home
Robust. Medium thick. Profound bittersweet chocolate flavor.
This would be really good if I could get over the slight medicinal taste... unfortunately it gets more noticeable as you go not less.
Delicious - light wood-smoke, caramel, dissipating into an incredibly clean finish.
This had turned, I think. Smelled like a scotch ale, but tasted like sour celery.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
Much less wine than I remember; this tasted more like a straight up dubbel or quad. Lots of caramel, some boozy notes. I did like it better the old way.
Hoppy and juicy; I'd call this more of a wheat IPA than the name implies.
VERY boozy and very grain forward. Not my favorite but if you're looking for bourbon-barrelly stuff, this is one of the most bourbon-barrelly thing's I've ever had.
Bottle at Redwood City, CA
Raising a glass of my favorite to the return of Maltlog.
Bottle at Home
Nice summer beer
Can at Home
Fairly tart, yeasty saison. Unidentifiably fruity with some phantom spice notes. Dry, clean finish. I didn't love it, but Firestone Walker set the bar really high for this weekend.
Firestone Walker Feral One (unknown release)
Just as good as I remember, light,tart, vinous, clean. Doesn't stick around in the throat, and I appreciate that it wasn't an ABV bomb too. Cause on a day like this... Anyway, see my previous entry for this.
Such tart. Many raspberry. Seriously, though, this was so sour that I think it gave me a headache. I'm reading my previous description of this beer and it doesn't even sound like it's from the same universe.
This is the first time I've had this beer on draft, and it seems... different. In the bottle it's got very honey-like, mellow buttery notes. This was a little more like straighter butterscotch flavors on top of a strong, good barleywine. It was still very good but it wasn't sublime. Out of the bottle it was sublime.
I mean, this is a very good beer but after two Parabolas it's going to lose. Sorry not sorry. Lighter, a little sharper. Definitely less intense in every direction.
Yeah, this was delicious. Still thick and intense, but with the wonderful complexity of Parabola smoothed out by coffee. Absolutely delicious, and you could almost say this goes down easy after the Scotch!
I mean, this is just a whole heck of a lot. This is smoky, peaty, and also a lot less sweet than what gets transmitted to the regular Parabola from its barrels. It tastes like Scotch, basically, and that character is dominant. Parabola is here, thick and rich, but smoke is king. Something to chew on more than adore, this needs to be sipped in small increments.
Thick, sweet, fake cherry. Cloying finish, like cough syrup. I mean, yuck.
Dessert-like, not syrupy but still a little too sweet for me to love. This is a hard balance to hit, I think. It's the cinnamon trap! At least it didn't taste like potpourri, and it was way better than the Dragon's Milk.
Belgian pale with a very light yeast flavor, very refreshing. Medium-dry. Good cereal finish. Another great beer from Holy Mountain.
A middling quad with a little more clove than I loved. But not bad.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
Boring IPA. Also it was past midnight, so.
Bottle at Work
Puzzles! Easy to drink and tasty. It's a Mexican lager, not much else to say.
Bottle at Work
I think they do these every once in a while but still felt special because we got the insider connection. I've never seen it anywhere else, anyway.
The worst thing about this is the name. Flavor-wise, this is quite tasty, a caramel brown with some hop bite and a clean finish.
Orange potpourri. And on top of a tripel! What were they thinking???
I entered this as “Great Trees” and it’s my 4th flight sample. I’m beyond rating beer after 2.5.
Clean, grapefruit, fresh... but compared to what they have here, it isn’t winning any awards tonight. Not the most interesting IPA on tap.
Citrus and bright herbs (lemon balm, oregano, mint-ish). Wheat. Clean. Pleasantly bitter. Probably the best of the night.
Less bitter this time. Still agree with the asprin and roasted squash. Agreeable.
They keep making these POG beers, and very few of them taste anything like POG. This continues the trend. The fruit flavors are oily and bitter, and the whole thing ends in a foamy, pithy mess.
Not so crisp. Candy like apple.
Another opaque, juicy, NE-style beer from Skookum. This one I liked the most of those I've tried, though -- maybe it's the mellow finish from being a less strong beer, but the pale citrus, hops and cereal seemed to be perfectly in balance here. Nice buttery transition into the finish too.
Absolutely delicious. Very dry brett bitterness, a vinous, fruity grape middle and clean cereal to finish. This was like a better, much cleaner Pour les Oiseaux, which was a beer I used to love very much.
Draft at Odin Lounge
A hoppy, malty, amber barleywine. I mean, it was beer, and it wasn't bad, but it also wasn't exactly the most memorable thing. And it was priced like it should be memorable.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
The utter flatness of the beer is strange at first, but it passes by quickly. Very solid stout, and omg, this tastes like a Manhattan. Sweet and lightly woody, fruit and caramel. This'll knock you out quick, but you'll have a great time while it happens.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
This was a lot better than it sounded, but it wasn't great. A lot of resin in this IPA, smoothed out quite a bit with what does seem very much like marshmallow. The sweetness is both weird and appealing, and I can't tell which side wins.
Thick but not as sweet as I think I've come to expect from Speedway. A lovely, roasty coffee stout.
Malty but somehow pretty dry and a touch boozy. I mean, it wasn't bad... This tasted like a grown-up beer, but it wasn't as purely enjoyable as some of Chuckanut's other beers.
Smooth, caramel, surprisingly mellow. Whiskey notes and a bit of a bite on the finish. Really very tasty.
This is concentrated hop juice, pine and dank greenery. Despite that the finish is very light, not bitter at all. Not boozy - this was very strong-flavored, but not because of the alcohol. I was very pleasantly surprised.
So I’m eating kinaa spicy food with this prolly not the best for partiality... also mike you’re missing the party get over here
Juicy as you'd expect, but this tasted more like juice than beer. A bit of malt but otherwise a bit like grapefruit juice with a touch of roundness from pomegranate. I thought it was worse for the wear.
It takes a lot to make me think I should've ordered the Blue Moon. The aftertaste is actually pretty pleasant (if metallic), but everything leading up to it is kind of gross. Uric and flat, watery and mildewy.
Draft at Hugo's Frog Bar and Fish House
Draft at Hugo's Frog Bar and Fish House
The bottle label of this beer implies this is the base of Perennial's other big stouts, and it shows. Almost candy sweet, thick; somehow not crazy overdone but still something that can only be had in small doses. Lots of vanilla.
Toasty, buttery coconut. Immediately sweet but balanced very quickly with a good (but not overdone) amount of roast. If I had to compare it would be like Maui's Imperial Coconut. Very, very tasty.
Very fragrant, tasty hops. Solidly bitter on the end, high-alpha without being too pithy. Might as well have been an IPA though, can't detect anything that screams lager here.
Dry and yeast-bitter, somewhat flat. That said, this had a very interesting, green-wood flavor to it, and I think overall it was good. I wish it had been more easily drunk.
I know somebody who works for Elysian now so of course it’s good.
Bottle at Bilson Eleven, Glasgow, Scotland
Bottle at Andaz Maui, Kihei
Bottle at Loch Bay, Stein, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Somehow less resin than the Talk Story but without the interesting grain flavor. Definitely Hop centric but not bad.
Sweet-roast, creamy and mellow. Really easy to drink although there's something a bit... hollow about the finish? Thin enough that I'd call this a porter.
A noted step down from the regular pilsner; this isn't bad, per se, but the pineapple-juice quality of the fruit erodes the crispness just enough to subvert the flavor. Not fake or weird, just a touch out of balance.
A new brewery, charmingly inserted into the old Maui Brewing space in Lahaina. This is a light, tasty German/American pilsner with a hit of tropical fruit on the front of the flavor. Really strong offering.
Decided to try the new Maui brewery's offering. Some pungent resin to open, very IPA-like, but proceeds to a toasty, exotic grain flavor... Grains of paradise come to mind? Bitter and complex.
Unremarkable malty, mild, red ale. Slightly sweet, slightly hoppy.
Lightly tart, peachy, with lots of sweet wheat cereal to finish. Fragrant and refreshing. The server mentioned a bourbon barrel, but I didn't really taste that. A really delicious beer from The Bruery.
I don't know what exactly makes this a "German IPA" but the server didn't either. It was a really solid IPA though. I mean, I guess it was maltier than commonly found, but not super-unusually so.

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