Sunday, May 21st 2011
Eddy Out Pale Ale
(Kettlehouse Brewing Company)
Another pint can from the folks in Missoula. Eddy Out is a Pale Ale that's been around for awhile. If you're not familiar with Kettlehouse, they can three of their beers. If you end up in Montana go looking for this Pale Ale as well as their Cold Smoke Scotch Ale and their Double Haul IPA, both are very good. Cheers!
From the Kettlehouse site:
"Eddy Out Pale Ale (the beer formerly known as Bitters Pale Ale) has been a favorite at the Kettlehouse Brewery since 1996. Brewed with a healthy dose of Cascade aroma hops, Eddy Out is a classic American Pale Ale. This style is characterized by a citrusy American hoppiness balanced with a slight biscuit flavored malt character. The light copper color in this ale comes from caramelized malt which also aids in head retention. All this to describe a highly quaffable brew with a crisp hop finish. Great on a hot summer day, or a cold winter day while dreaming of a hot summer day."
Here we go...
Pour - light golden or straw colored with a good inch of fluffy white head on top and some lacing beginning to streak the inside of the glass. Looks clean and clear and as it should Nice looking beer.
Aroma - lemons, fresh cut grass, orange peel, tea leaves, mango along with toast and honey.
Taste - one sip and the citrusy hops certainly shine. This has some zip to it with the hops really being the focal point and a solid, yet subdued, doughy, malt backbone providing the necessary balance. A little tangy and lemony in the finish. Very crisp and refreshing and just the way I like my pale ales.
Overall - This on leans a little more towards an IPA with it's assertive hop profile. If you like you're pale ales hoppy you'll be happy with this one. Definitely worth picking up and enjoying somewhere outdoors on a warm sunny day!
Would I buy more of it? - definitely. I'd love to get some more of all of Kettlehouse's beers. I haven't been back to Montana since 2000, it's way overdue.
Note - If you're not familiar with kayaking lingo, the term "eddy out" means to enter an eddy to take a break from rapids or to get a better look downstream. An eddy usually forms on the protected side of a rock or along the bank of a river. The back of the can provides quite a bit of information as well...
Posted by Russ
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