Brew Review (#2) – Amnesia Brewery

I am a terrible brewpub reviewer, because I can only remember the names of three of the four beers we had, and Amnesia doesn’t have a website, so I can’t look it up.

Maybe next time I’ll take notes!

I love Amnesia – it’s a nice, laid back place. It’s great in the summer as they have outdoor seating (and it’s great if you have a dog, as you can sit outside with your dog, too).

The only think I don’t like is the food options – or lack thereof. Which is really just my issue. Most people would be able to eat something there. I don’t often feel like a picky eater, but I definitely do there! They have a wide variety of sausages (I don’t eat pork), a burger (I don’t eat beef) and even some veggie options (I don’t eat veggies burgers or sausages when eating out, due the prominence of mushrooms in veggie options). So – I never eat at Amnesia – however if you don’t have my food issues, you should be fine. They have an outdoor grill (in the outdoor covered seating area) and it always smells fantastic, making me think that maybe a sausage would be okay, just this once!

But – on to the beers (maybe I’ll start taking pictures, too).

On the first go ’round, the architect ordered a Dusty Trail Pale Ale & I ordered one of their seasonal taps. I remember liking the name of the beer, and I remember that it, too, was a work that rhymed with “Ale” so that I felt silly saying all the “ale” sounding words when I ordered the two beers.

Now – full disclosure – I am not a big fan of the hops, although I am beginning to like the hoppy beers a little bit more. I also tend to like more medium-bodied beers, such as Ambers & Reds & Browns (my all-time favorite, Imperial Reds). My seasonal Ale (Rail? Frail? Tail? Scale?) was like a Pale IPA, so to me it tasted like a weak hoppy beer. The architect’s pale ale was a weak non-hoppy beer, so we traded.

In all fairness, he liked his (Male? Haybale? Killer Whale?) quite a bit.

When I went up for seconds, I ordered one of each of their IPAs: the Copasetic, which I read somewhere was the best IPA in Portland and the Desolation, which is my favorite IPA in all the land.

I tried the Copacetic, and it was good, but I really have a hard time believing that it was honestly better than the Desolation. I know I just got finished saying that I am not a fan of the hoppy IPAs, and these are definitely hoppy IPAs, but for some reason, I just love that Desolation IPA.

The architect really enjoyed the Copacetic more, but was unwilling to come down definitively in favor of it being the best IPA in Portland.

After we finished our two beers each ($16 before tip), we headed home for pizza & movie watching. I can’t tell you the name of the movie we watched, because it is embarrassing, but I do have to say it was also very, very bad. Like I felt dumber for having seen it. Bad. Even though I may have liked the book (which is also embarrassing), the movie – definitely not. It wasn’t even so bad that it was good. Just bad.

Next up on the brew review tour – Bridgeport! (4/10)