Tasting: February 12, 2012
Style: Red Ale (Double)
Nine years ago, in the midst of a major home construction project, our only refrigerator died. We had a Viking refrigerator for our new kitchen on order â€“ but that wasnâ€™t scheduled to arrive for a few weeks. Against my wifeâ€™s wishes (just like all my decisions), I went to BJâ€™s and bought a Haier refrigerator for $199. That fridge can hold about four to five cases of beer and has served me faithfully in my basement for the last nine years. Last Friday, the Viking crapped out and once again, my Chinese-made refrigerator was pressed into service. We had the lemon repaired ($800 – ouch) and I finally have my beer fridge all to myself. Funny, I have about two cases of beer in it and it looks so empty.
Another from Port Brewing – this time a double red ale. Pours reddish brown — like blood in the water. Smells of caramel and hops. This one has an earthy hop of lemongrass and black tea over some subtle caramel. It’s kind of fizzy and loses some of its umph as you work your way through the bottle. It’s not bad – 85 points.