Wednesday, January 6, 2016

PUBlication: Brew Detective

Brew Detective...
Driving east onto the 101 corridor I recently stopped in at a Santa Rosa taproom. While bellying up to the bar I had the pleasure of sipping on a brew from Ballast Point and another from Ninkasi. Fathom, an India Pale Lager, smells like a delicious IPA, reminiscent of Russian River. An airy head tops the bounty below, not thick enough to prevent the aroma from being taken in. Big flavor up front is aided by the constant stream of carbonation. ABV 7% | 70 IBUs

The Devil Went Down to Oregon is an Imperial Dark Rye from Ninkasi, brewed in collaboration with Devils Backbone Brewing. The color reminds me of holiday glass candy. The nose is sweet, covered by a doughy head. There's a lot going on early. It finishes smooth, kind of melting away. High praise for a rye blended with five hop varietals. ABV 7.2% | 65 IBUs 


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