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The Power of Cascades

When my parents drove cross-country recently, I asked for what seemed a logical souvenir – beer from all points west of Virginia.  They obliged, coming back to Virginia with a couple cases of beer I’d never tried before.  First one to be reviewed is Stevens Point Brewery Cascade Pale Ale, from Stevens Point, Wisconsin (which according to Google is roughly in-between Green Bay, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, Minnesota).  Apparently Stevens Point Brewery has quite a bit of history and is the fifth oldest continuously operating brewery in the US and was founded in 1857, with name and ownership changes over the years.

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Pike Dry Wit

contrary to the name, it was not particularly funny. get it? dry wit?

It’s been a loooooong time since I’ve posted up a so much as a teeny, tiny peep. I will not point out the obvious-my name says it all. They don’t call me ‘the Lightweight’ for nothin’. Having said that, when I do imbibe, if they are as tasty as this brew that I present to you for review it makes it real easy to get excited and back into the swing of things.

I sampled an unfiltered Pike Dry Wit seasonal white ale. The label states that it’s 92% organic. Groovy. When I first poured and it was super cold right out of the fridge, the nose didn’t offer up much. I detected a tiny bit of yeasty pizza dough, but that was about it. After it came down in temperature a bit I noticed way more spice. Lots of ginger and maybe a little white peppercorn. Perfect for fall. I liked the weight of it-medium bodied, but with plenty of personality. Notes of ruby red grapefruit and some subtle spice on the palate. A bitter finish, but in no way unpleasant. I liked it a lot.

Pike is brewed in Seattle, WA. I was given this bottle by the illustrious Miss BYOBates so I’m not sure how much it costs. It came in a 22 oz. bottle and had only 5% alcohol.

This was an excellent choice for an early fall evening. Spicy and tasty.

Ales, Beer Reviews, Specialty Brews

Review: Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Brooklyn Brewery's Post Road PumpkinThis was the second pumpkin ale I tried this season – “Post Road” Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery. My husband and I both tried the Post Road and were in agreement – not our favorite.

The Post Road is a nice amber color, and has a little more clarity than the Punkin. There was very little head after being poured and almost no head after settling although it did leave a slight  lacing on the glass.

The aroma was really spicy with hints of allspice, cinnamon but almost no pumpkin scent at all.

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