Archive for November 17th, 2007

A big American

I had some mates over for a beer tasting last night, and we got through a fair number of bottles. They ranged from the so-so to outstanding, one new discovery for me was the Orkney Dark Island Reserve, aged in oak casks, which I served with some haggis brought back from Scotland.

Quite a few excellent US beers as well, and there were a (disappointingly) few leftovers, one of them was this amazing beer – The Ten Thousand Brew Ale from Rogue. This one has it all – a full malty base combined with generous amounts of grassy hoppiness. It is actually batch number 10.000 from this brewery, so they are coming of age.

The brewery describes it this way:

Big, earthy malt flavor balanced by lingering hoppiness, with hints of citrus. 7 Ingredients: Vienna, French Special Aroma and Maris Otter pale ale malts; Yakima Summit and German Saphir hops; the top-fermenting Pacman yeast; and as always free range coastal waters.

Coastal waters? Lovely beer anyway, a pity there was only one small glass of it left in the bottle. The Rogue beers have some scattered distribuion in Europe, and I’ll try to seek out more of them.

And if I had space, I’d keep the bottle!

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