Monthly Archives: April 2006

Goose Island Imperial IPA

I’m really liking Goose Island‘s beers… the latest I’ve had is their Imperial IPA. This is a hefty beer, weighing in at 9% alcohol by volume—"Imperial" indeed! I have to say, it’s an outstanding beer. Let’s go to my tasting notes… Appearance: A nice orange copper color. Off-white head leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Smell: Hops in the nose, most prominently. Citrusy and grassy indicate Cascade hops. Taste: Strong and smooth hops … Continue reading →

Learning about craft beer from altportland

altportland today has a good post titled Learning about Craftbrews, that contains some really good points for beginners to beer. And of course, it’s nicely Portland-specific. The best way to learn about beer (or wine) is to go to tastings, or to go to places where it’s taken very seriously. You have to watch for beer tastings, but it’s worth your while. Trust your intuition. This is pretty apropos, since I’ve started attending the Thirsty … Continue reading →

Thirsty Thursday 4/13/06

Stopped in again at Newport Market for our local beer tasting day. Today they were featuring a couple of brews from Spanish Peaks Brewing: Honey Raspberry Ale and Black Dog Ale. They weren’t too bad. The Honey Raspberry was okay, but a bit dry and not really that fruity, I thought. The dryness was probably from the honey (like a mead), and they should consider pumping the fruit up a bit. The Black Dog Ale … Continue reading →

Coopers Sparkling Ale

Last night the beer I opened up was Coopers Sparking Ale. It’s billed as a bottle-conditioned beer, and I believe it; there was a lot of sediment in the bottle (a bunch of which made it into the glass). It turned out to be a decent beer, probably a little on the yeasty side for my taste, but drinkable. And, it’s from Australia, so I guess I’m continuing my international beer tour. Appearance: Cloudy. The … Continue reading →

Xingu Black Beer

It’s international beer tasting or something: the other day I had a beer from India, this time it’s one from Brazil: Xingu Black Beer. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect when I opened this beer up—based on the name, something like a schwarzbier I think—but was surprised when it turned out to be much more like a darker brown ale, or a lighter porter. Overall, not bad. I don’t know that it would be … Continue reading →