And voila! I'm back!
Took a hiatus again guys. Been busy with lots of stuff. Consumption after Seattle is down. Decided to drink less and start working out again. It's a WAF thing sort of.
WTF, where'd the thread go? Looked for it and found it gone. Got too big and now we have to start over. Guess this means a bunch of new reviews. Fine, here's notes from Seattle:
Ok, I love this city. Sort of SF w/o the traffic a # of people. Damn, I miss fresh seafood. Everything in AZ is frozen.
...Beer notes: Started at Pike Brewing's pub down by the market. Warmed up w/ Pike Pale. Not bad, but unremarkable. No where near the hops of say..Sierra Nevada. Would make a good daily beer for some but has that SamAdams/hallertau(?) hop profile. Not my fav, but ok. Got a glass of Lindeman's Framboise (rasberry) lambic for the wife. (btw: $6 for 8oz!!) Massive rasberries. Tastes like sweet rasberry jam w/o the seeds. Delicious and much better on draft than bottle. This was the beer I got my wife 4 years ago when she said she didn't like beer. Wife's reaction: "This is beer?" Enough said. As Pike is tied to Merchant Du Vin, they have a # of euro/belgian offerings. Orval was next. Zen, think Duvel here and you'll get the picture. Orval and Duvel are benchmark Belgian blondes. Enough said.
Next day brought back an old friend that I had at the hotel bar. Alaskan Amber. Truly an excellent Amber. Not as big/sweet as Fat Tire. More hops w/ a fantstic malt balance. I spent the night with this gem, paid for it the next day. Have not seen Alaskan down here in AZ. Used to get it in OR. Now I remember what I missed. Note: don't get my wrong here, I still prefer the massive hops of mega-IPAs or Brutal, ambers (decent ambers!) just make nice daily brews w/o dominating the pallate for hours.
Finished my time enjoying Fuller's ESB on draft. Absolutely one of my all time favorites and is just simply better on draft, especially if the bar sells a lot of it and the kegs are fresh. This is important w/ Fuller's on draft. There's a very marked taste difference as the keg ages. Anything over 2 weeks and it diminishes rapidly. But when it's fresh...
So Zen, how's the new digs? Ron, how's the new Green Room doing/coming along? Do we have an address for ALE? (Haven't checked my PMs-I tend to be bad at that.)
Nice to see the positive notes on Rasputin. I have always maintained that that is probably one of the all time best Russians and one of my top ten, if not top 5 beers.
Back online again,