Category Archives: Miscellaneous Ales

“Maiden The Shade – Specialty Ale” from Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene)

As you pour, aromatic, floral hops hit you like pungent freshly picked flowers. As you guzzle, well-defined (but not overpowering) bitterness joins sweet, fresh hops within a juicy, enlivening tide of quasi-IPA benevolence. Yet another formidable and potent (6.8% ABV) … Continue reading

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“Fearless Scottish Ale” from Fearless Brewing Company (Estacada)

I’ve come to expect very little from Scottish ales. They tend to be overly malted and funky-sweet, like a batch of Old English gone wrong. Fearless’ aroma had me fooled too, with its typical malt heaviness, but everything changed the … Continue reading

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“Radiant Ale” from Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene)

Somewhere within the vast matrix of possibility, where IPA and pale ale coexist as one and neither, the seasonal Radiant materializes. Copper-hued and astringently malted, with a vaguely syrupy body and a sharp, sugarless finish, what it lacks in depth … Continue reading

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“Morimoto Soba Ale” from Rogue Ales (Newport)

This effervescent, refreshing ale made from roasted soba (aka buckwheat—Doesn’t sound as exotic, doesn’t it?) stands out thanks to a mild, malty-sweet nuttiness and a lager-esque, slightly bitter character similar to Japan’s Sapporo. But it’s better than most Asian lagers … Continue reading

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“Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale” from Deschutes Brewery (Bend)

Coming at you like Jubelale’s soft-spoken cousin from the moon-shadowed hinterlands, this “CDA” is so good it nearly left me with nothing cute to say. Yes, it does remind me of the aforementioned Christmas love-juice—but its ultra-subtle smokey malt flavor … Continue reading

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“Rooster Tail Ale” from Cascade Lakes Brewing Company (Redmond)

I’m trying to imagine the type of guy who would buy this beer. Does he have callused hands and listen to radio broadcasts of minor league baseball? Does he buy Ballpark franks in bulk, freezing them for later? Does he … Continue reading

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“S1nistor Black Ale” from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. (Bend)

Imagine a mild porter cut with a few ounces of malty lager. That’s what you have here. Overall, I’m unimpressed with these novelty “black” ales that keep cropping up – and this one’s not even black, it’s a very dark … Continue reading

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“Brown Eyes Ale” from Silver Moon Brewing (Bend)

You know pretty much what you’re going to get with a bottle of wine. Everything is categorized and described, down to the variety of grapes used, to the region where they were grown. The only question mark is whether it … Continue reading

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“Spring Reign Ale” from Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene)

When a brewery’s mildest beer is an IPA in all but the name it says something about that brewery. Indeed, if this were any other company, the seasonal Spring Reign would’ve been called 24-carat IPA or Hopopotamus (or any other … Continue reading

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“MacPelican’s Scottish Style Ale” from Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City)

I bought this ale with apprehension. Why? Because Scottish ales conjure images of bitter swill downed in draughty pubs by besweatered old men whose squint-frozen faces got that way from drinking said beer. But this isn’t Scotland; it’s Oregon, and … Continue reading

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