Redmond Hop House
8300 160th Ave NE
Redmond, WA, United States of America
Logs for this venue
Either this was wine-barreled or Big Block's barrels are infected. Given I've just tried their plain scotch ale and with my memory of both the plain RIS and barrel-aged Scotch Ale, the barrel-aged beers come out extremely sour and funky, just a bit more than Bellevue's similar-tasting results. Fine if you imagine wine, terrible if you imagine bourbon.
I find that I like guava best when it's got kind of a clear hard candy flavor profile and this beer has that. Starts with fruit and immediate tartness, moves to a strangely light-tasting phase and finishes tart again with sweet cereal emerging at the end. Clean and tasty.
Tropical-citrus "juicy" hop flavors of the type that are common in Hazy IPAs, however this one was so mild in all of the other aspects of hoppiness (bitterness, resin, sharpness) that it crossed over into highly unusual territory. A "juicy light blonde" is maybe the closest I can come to describing it.
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.
It gets a little ding because it's Nitro, and I think that takes away from the flavor balance. Sweet and light with mild coffee notes. This is still awfully pleasant to drink. It had the advantage of tempering the stronger notes of the other beers in the flight too.