The 15th Brew Review of the project was at Old Market Pub & Brewery on March 26, 2010. There were seven people to test the brews, including new comer ‘person whose name I can’t remember.’
The architect & I tested ten different beers – and we have, as per usual, some excellent comments. The parenthetical descriptions come from the brewery itself.
1. Maple Vanilla Stout
- The architect – Yum
- The gazelle – Yum
- Mr. Pi – Yum
(Original bunch, no?)
2. Hop On (A classic amber severely overhopped at the finish of the kettle boil)
- The architect – Good, I like it.
- The gazelle – Initial reaction: not as hoppy as I was expecting; later: better when not following the super delicious Maple Vanilla Stout.
3. Rat Dog ESB (A heavily hopped Extra Special Bitter)
- The architect – Not impresed.
- The gazelle -ehn.
4. Mr. Slate’s Gravelberry Ale (A smooth wheat beer spiked with raspberry)
- The architect – interesting; not bad for a fruit-flavored beer
- The gazelle – smells really good, the flavor is ehn.
- The stranger – she liked it!
5. Mr. Toad’s Wild Red (Made with 5 different malts and 3 varieties of hops)
- The architect – kind of boring
- The gazelle – I am so disappointed! The name was so awesome, and the beer is so not!
6. British Bombay IPA (Based on an original India Pale Ale recipe that was shipped to the Indian colonies)
- The architect – Good. Really good.
- The gazelle – Really good. (Again, we are so original)
7. Great White Wheat (Our semi-cloudy weizen (wheat) ale.)
- The architect – Pretty good. Interesting flavor.
- The gazelle -Fine. I’d drink it in the summer on my patio.
- Mr. Pi – tastes like a wit. Good.
8. Multnomah Village Golden (Our incredibly crisp, clear golden ale. Dry hopped in the keg with a huge bag of Oregon Hallertauer hops!)
- The architect – Pretty good.
- The gazelle – It’s a golden ale. ‘Nuf said.
- Mr. Pi – Could have been water after tasting the seasonal [maple vanilla stout]
9. Pacific Porter (A fine, smooth porter to cure the winter doldrums.)
- The architect – Pretty good (that’s how he felt about so many, apparently!)
- The gazelle – there are really good porters. This isn’t one of them.
10. Old Granny Smith (Green Apple Ale A crisp golden flavored with Granny Smith Apples.)
- The architect – Delicious!
- The gazelle – Surprisingly good.
As for the food
- Cilley – the bacon is excellent
- The architect – the ladies admired my wiener (he had the sausage)
- The gazelle – the burger was delicious
- The Ambitious one – the pita (on her gyro) was really good
After the sampling, Mr. Pi & I had the Maple Vanilla Stout (it tasted like delicious cream soda….and it’s the first time I’ve ever ordered a pint of the stout at a brew review – usually it’s too much for me). The architect had an IPA & a Granny Smith. I didn’t write down what others had – although I believe there was a Mr. Slate’s and at least one more Granny Smith.
I think the Maple Vanilla is gone now (so sad), but I will be stalking their website next winter to find out when it’s back. So good. One of the best surprising & new beers I’ve had on this journey.
Next brew review is at a New Old Lompoc – stay tuned for that review!