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New Beer Blog Ninkasi Brewing Oatis Oatmeal Stout


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer that was order from www.letspour.com.  The brewery and beer are Ninkasi Brewing Oatis Oatmeal Stout.  Ninkasi Brewing was founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge in Eugene, Oregon.  The brewery was named after Sumerian goddess of beer.  There is not too many information on this brewery because it is a young brewery.  Let us get into this beer.

This oatmeal stout has a black color without a head on the beer. The smell is a chocolate to the beer. The taste is a smooth and creamy chocolate to the beer. The aftertaste is a dry chocolate to it.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

A rich complex Oatmeal Stout with just enough hops to balance the copious quantities of dark roasted malts, and the addition of oatmeal for a creamy smooth drinkablility.

The ancient Sumerians worshipped the beer they made, and praised the Goddess Ninkasi for the miracle of fermentation.  Beer is a staple of civilization.  Worship the Goddess.

Here is a description from their website (www.ninkasibrewing.com):

Oatis Oatmeal Stout

Available in 12oz. 6-packs, 22oz. Bottles and On Draft, Year Round

  • Statistics
  • First Brewed: 2007
  • Starting Gravity: 1072
  • Bitterness: 50 IBUs
  • Alcohol %: 7.2
  • Malt: 2 Row Pale Malt, Chocolate Malt, Crystal Malt, Roasted Barley, Oats
  • Hops: Nugget

Description: A rich complex Oatmeal Stout with just enough hops to balance the copious quantities of dark roasted malts, and the addition of oatmeal for a creamy smooth drinkability.

Tasting Notes: Oatmeal Stout is characterised by a roasted front flavor, smooth rich oats, a touch chocolate flavor and dry finish. Oatis is bigger than the traditional style with more alcohol, body and a touch more bitterness to keep it balanced.

Food Pairings: Beef, Pork, Lamb, Stews, Chocolate, Berries, Brulees

Here is their website and twitter address:

Website:  www.ninkasibrewing.com

Twitter:  @ninkasibrewing

In the end, this was a nice drinkable oatmeal stout.  It is nice and creamy and smooth.  Ninkasi Brewing has a beer that you can drink anytime of the year, which is rare, to have an Oatmeal Stout.  However, I will drink any stout or porter in the hot summer, even if these beers are heavy and not drinkable.  I am not a fan of the packaging but the beer is pretty good.  I wish I could get this beer and their other beers in Chicago.  I will have to order it from www.letspour.com.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond Pale Ale


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Deschutes Brewery.  The beer is part of their everyday line up of beers.  The beer is called Mirror Pond Pale Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog on their beers, you know the history of this beer.  If you have not, please, read the first part of that beer blog.   Let us get into the beer.

It has a clear copper color with a white head on the beer.  The smell is a malty citrus to it.  The taste is a carbonation earthly with a dry citrus aftertaste to the beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

If you could only listen to one album forever, what would it be?  At least there’s Mirror Pond when it comes to Pale Ales.

Here is a description from their website (www.deschutesbrewery.com):

This is base camp, where any craft brew exploration begins.  A distinct hop nose and hop-forward flavor make Mirror Pond the quintessential Pale Ale.  It is aromatically complex, multi-layered, and unmistakably “right.”

Malt: Pale, NW Pale, Crystal, Carapils Hops: Cascade

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.deschutesbrewery.com

Twitter:  @deschutesbeer

Closing, this is not my favorite beer from this beer company.  I am really not a fan of this beer.  I pick it up because every time I go west and have this beer.  There is better Pale Ales in our market here in Chicago.  Just because I do not like it does not mean you will not like this beer.  Please go try this beer and let me know what you think.  I am serious.  I want to hear your thoughts if you like or not, please let me know.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Deschutes Brewery Red Chair NWPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to get into the seasonal for Deschutes Brewery.  The beer is called Red Chair NWPA (Northwest Pale Ale).  If you read my earlier beer blog on their beers, you know the rich history of this brewery.  If you have not, please, read the first part of that beer blog.  Let us get into beer.

This seasonal pale ale has a clear copper color with a white head on the beer.  The smell is vague piney to earthly to the beer. The taste is a carbonation earthly with a dry piney aftertaste that linger. It is drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Witness the subtle aromatic seduction of the original Northwest Pale Ale.  Another slap at brewing convention.  Another kick in the pants.  Enjoy.

Here is a description from their website (www.deschutesbrewery.com):

The citrus punch of a big IPA, minus the one-dimensional hop sledgehammer.   Seven select European and domestic malts round out the edges for a complex, copper-colored brew.  Like its namesake ski lift, it’s an insider’s ride to fresh thrills.

Malt: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carapils, Pilsner, Carastan Hops: Cascade, Centennial

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website: www.deschutesbrewery.com

Twitter:  @deschutesbeer

Closing, this was a pretty enjoyable beer.  The problem I have with this beer is the bottle says pale ale and the website is saying this is India Pale Ale.  I will be honest this does taste like an IPA but more like an English style India Pale Ale.  If this is a Pale Ale, which I do not believe it is, this is better than their Mirror Pond Pale Ale.  I really love this beer.  I will add it to my line up until the season ends.  I recommend you trying this beer if you are a pale ale to india pale ale fan.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter


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In this beer blog, we are going to take a look at another beer from the Deschutes Brewery.  The beer is their flagship called Black Butte Porter.  If you read my earlier beer blog, you know about this brewery.  If you have not, please, the first part of that beer blog.  This brewery has been around for a while so you might know about this brewery pretty well.  Let us get into the beer.

This porter dark brown to black in color with a light tan color head on the beer.  The smell is a slight coffee to the beer. The taste is a dry chocolate to a little coffee to the beer. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from beer bottle:

AHH, Our creamy contrary flagship a dark zig to the usual zag.

Here is a description from their website (www.deschutesbrewery.com):

With a dark beer as our first and flagship brand, Black Butte defined Deschutes as a radical player.   A slight hop bitterness up front enhances the distinctive chocolate and roasted finish.  It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.

Malt: Pale, Carapils, Chocolate, Crystal, Wheat Hops: Cascade, Bravo, Tettnang

Watch Brewer Veronica Vega talk about the wisdom in failure and the brewery’s flagship beer, Black Butte Porter.

Awards

Bronze Medal, Brown Porter

2009 Great American Beer Festival

Best Porter

2007 Readers’ Choice Awards, Northwest Brewing News
Gold Medal, Porter Category
2007 Australian International Beer Awards
Silver Medal, Porter Category
2006 Australian International Beer Awards
Silver Medal (88 – Highly Recommended)
2005 World Beer Championships
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Twitter:  @deschutesbeer

Closing out, this is an extremely creamy and drinkable porter.  It is a little different then the rest of the porters on the market.  The key to this porter it is the fact it is drinkable and sessionable.  In other words, you can have several of these beers in a seating.  It is pretty balances with the hops but yet gives you a ton of chocolate notes.  Black Butte being a full body beer has a ton of flavor and I am glad it is in Chicago.  This is a great beer for any season and any weather.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Deschutes Inversion IPA


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When in Portland, Deschutes Brewing is the brewery that will be featured in this blog post and the beer is called Invasion IPA.  I had this beer at that Irish Bar down the street from Hotel 50.  Deschutes Brewing was founded in 1988 in Bend, Oregon.  This brewery is the fifth largest craft brewery and the eleventh largest overall brewery in the United States.  They brew several different beer styles.  Let us get into the beer.

This beer has a copper color without a head on it.  It has a citrus smell to the beer.  It has a nice citrus taste with a nice dry hop aftertaste to the beer.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.deschutesbrewery.com):

Alc. 6.8% | IBUs 80

228 Calories, 12 oz serving

Paradise is stumbling upon our whole flower hop room and inhaling.  Inversion IPA is as close as you can get without knowing somebody.Enter, if you will, all the glorious aromatic complexity of the hop.  This big, bold IPA’s intense multi-hop kick gets a subtle dose of restraint from select Crystal and Carastan malts.  For discriminating hop heads.Malt: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Caramel Hops: Millennium, Horizon, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Citra

The Critics Speak

The America’s Best IPA Pale Ale
2011 World Beer Awards
Gold Medal, India Pale Ale
2009 Australian International Beer Awards
Gold Medal (90 Points – India Pale Ale)
2008 World Beer Championships
Silver Medal, India Pale Ale Category
2007 Australian International Beer Awards
Bronze Medal, India Pale Ale Category
2007 West Coast Brew Fest

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.deschutesbrewing.com

Twitter:  @deschutesbeer

In the end, this is a very good West Coast India Pale Ale.  It is not one of my favorite India Pale Ales but I will put it in the mix once in a while.  Once they come to Chicago. This beer is pretty drinkable.  It has a nice citrus to hoppy taste witch enough malty backbone to balance it.   It has an nice balance for an India Pale Ale.  I really did enjoy this beer and you need to try this beer if you can get a chance.  Go get some!  Put a Bird on it!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter: @djweiser