Thursday, August 18, 2011

Full Sail IPA

So wishing I could be out in Portland, Oregon these next few days to participate in a Beer Bloggers Conference but perhaps if the next one is closer, to me, in New England, I could attend. Instead, I will experience a taste of beautiful Oregon from the Full Sail Brewing Company in Hood River. Of note, when dating, my would be future husband, we traveled cross-country one summer and our favorite spot on the whole trip was Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. If you've never seen snow in July, this is the place for you; along with a view of the most gorgeous lake, in my humble opinion! Okay, back to the Oregon brew:

Taste:  It is bitterish but not a huge hoppy bite--just enough to identify this as an IPA. Definite chewiness in the mouthfeel. Hints of citrus & pine come through in the finish.

Color: Golden amber!

Thickness: Nice medium body with a quarter inch white head which faded during the tasting. Decent carbonation.

ABV: A perfect 6%--just what I needed!

Mom Factoid: I love Full Sail's motto on their bottles, "Specialists in the liquid refreshment arts since 1997." How creative of them to link brewing with the arts because to brew is to invent something tangible with unique qualities which is art! And, the more beer styles I taste, the more I understand & celebrate the specialness each brewery has when producing their concepts. Cheers to thinking of craft beer as a form of artwork :)

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