Saturday, January 16, 2010

Week 2: The Coast to Coast Battle

1. Lancaster Brewing Shoo-Fly Porter
2. Yards Brewing Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce
3. Troegs Brewing Company Hop Back Amber (on cask)
4. Terripen Hopsecutioner
5. Rogue Juniper Pale Ale
6. Dogfish Head Sahtea
7. Hewbrew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah 13 Anniversary
8. Issaquah Frog Rye IPA
9. Green Flash West Coast IPA
10. Bells Two Hearted Ale

I wasn't even sure how to start to rate this weeks selection. I tend to want to gravitate towards the more unique brews instead of some of the usual suspects. This week the suspects were outnumbered. Dogfish Head's Sahtea was a bit more than I imagined. The recipe alone is an eye opener. Hebrew Jewbelation...I mean 13 malts, 13 hop varieties, and 13 percent. Yes it was overwhelming, packed with a nose that had you guessing and and nice smack in the face strength that you didn't feel for an hour later.

But I said that this was a coast to coast battle. So I will depart from our east coast brews and move straight to the west. It was really hard to say that Bells Two Hearted wasn't my icing on the cake this week. She is amazing to say the least. But it was a long week and I finished it off with the freshest tapped brews of Rogue Ales: Issaquah Frog Rye IPA and my favorite of the week...Green Flash's West Coast IPA.

Last week Philadelphia was down right ridiculous in terms of temperature (see week 1 post). But the sun god was out and graced us with a partially sunny 45 degree day. It was a night to kick back in the valley of Oley (see a map), with great friends (minus 1) and enjoy a great IPA. I've enjoyed Green Flash many a time, but the last time I can not remember. This American IPA has a beautiful orange color and a flowery-citrus taste to match. Four amazing hops (Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade and Centennial) provided some intense flavor and let me remember that the week was over. So cheers until next week and look for a guest Floridian blogger that I hope will be a regular.

On another note, on this day, January 16th, 1920 Prohibition began. So drink up.

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