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Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red AleLagunitas BrewingPetaluma, CAwww.lagunitas.com8.65% ABV
Greetings all and welcome to a Monday edition of Draught Pick.  Before we get to the beer, I need to shamelessly promote a friend’s new “radio” station on Grooveshark called Suspicious Chihuahua.  Check this out:http://grooveshark.com/#!/phideaux/broadcast
It’s a pretty extensive mix of Rock, Country, Top 40, Alternative, Oldies, and other odd bits I’m sure you’ve never heard before.  I’ve been listening all day and I haven’t heard a song I don’t like yet.  Please check it out.
Now let’s get to the beer!  A usually fine red out of Lagunitas…
Let’s pour!
Nice copper/amber pour with a little over a finger of head and nice lacing as the glass empties.  The nose is sweet malts, earthy hops, toffee.  Flavors are excellent: very malty, citrus hops, grains, caramel, and a nice ABV warmth.  Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.  This is very, very good!
A-
Cheers!
PS - what’s in your glass tonight?

Lucky 13 Mondo Large Red Ale
Lagunitas Brewing
Petaluma, CA
www.lagunitas.com
8.65% ABV

Greetings all and welcome to a Monday edition of Draught Pick.  Before we get to the beer, I need to shamelessly promote a friend’s new “radio” station on Grooveshark called Suspicious Chihuahua.  Check this out:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/phideaux/broadcast

It’s a pretty extensive mix of Rock, Country, Top 40, Alternative, Oldies, and other odd bits I’m sure you’ve never heard before.  I’ve been listening all day and I haven’t heard a song I don’t like yet.  Please check it out.

Now let’s get to the beer!  A usually fine red out of Lagunitas…

Let’s pour!

Nice copper/amber pour with a little over a finger of head and nice lacing as the glass empties.  The nose is sweet malts, earthy hops, toffee.  Flavors are excellent: very malty, citrus hops, grains, caramel, and a nice ABV warmth.  Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.  This is very, very good!

A-

Cheers!

PS - what’s in your glass tonight?

Maximus IPA
Lagunitas Brewing
Petaluma, CA
www.lagunitas.com
8.20% ABV

Greetings and salutations everyone, and welcome to another edition of Kevin’s Draught Pick.  Tonight we’ve got another hop kick in the face with Lagunitas’ big IPA - Maximus.

Let’s pour!

Really nice clear amber pour with between one and two fingers of head, and moderate lacing.  The nose is big pine hops, toffee malts, and a whiff of bread.  Flavors are big pine hops, roasty-toffee malts, a bit of grapefruit and biscuit.  Mouthfeel is medium with good carb.  Very tasty and very drinkable with a well hidden ABV.  I like!

B+

Cheers!

I know there are lots of folks who read this, you know, because metrics.  Did you know that there is always a question at the bottom of my reviews?  Did you know that that question rarely gets answered?  Why is that?  Are you not reading the whole review?  Are you not really that into craft beer?  Are you just plain lazy?  The masses want to know!

Ripstop Rye Pils
Base Camp Brewing
Portland, OR
www.basecampbrewingco.com
5.70% ABV

Howdy folks and welcome to Draught Pick!  Tonight we’ve got tasty beverage and tasty vittles.  On the Big Green Egg, pork tenderloin that’s been hanging around in Knox’s Barabicu rub, and in the grill basket we’ve got red, gold, and purple fingerling potatoes in olive oil and Grill Mates Barbeque dry rub.  Dinner is ON!

In the aluminum bottle from Base Camp, a Rye Pils.  This should be new and unusual…

Let’s pour!

Hazy straw colored pour with nearly two fingers of head and light lacing as the glass empties.  The nose can be summed up in two words - rye and bread.  Flavors can be summed up in three words - rye, grass, and bread.  Mouthfeel is light with appropriate carbonation with a very bitter finish.  Definitely a summer adventure.

Whatever you do, do NOT drink this from the bottle.  As neat as this bottle is, the feel of aluminum against your lips is just plain awful.  I drank 99% of this from a glass, but decided to sip what didn’t fit in the last pour straight from the bottle.  Blick.  Other than that, I could see this being a nice brew on a hot summer day, and definitely from a glass.

C+

Cheers!

PS - what’s in your glass tonight?

Now THIS is an IPA I can get behind.  Big hops up front, a nice malt backbone, earth, caramel, and YUM!

Worthington’s White Shield IPA
White Shield Brewery
Burton Upon Trent, UK
www.worthingtonswhitesheild.com
5.60% ABV

Greetings and Salutations everyone, and welcome to another edition of Kevin’s Draught Pick.  It’s been a long day and I’m ready for a cold one.  Or two.  First up, a British IPA that states, “Our finest India Pale Ale for the true IPA connoisseurs.”  This, my beer loving friends, remains to be seen.  My all time favorite style ever is IPA, and I’ve been pretty spoiled by the Great Northwest.  Yes, yes, I know that the Brits invented the style, but dammit, Oregonians perfected it!  Dammit!  The other thing that leaves me pessimistic is that this particular brewer is owned by Molson Coors UK.  Really?

Let’s pour!

Cloudy amber pour with monumental head that hangs around like an unwanted house guest, and pretty decent lacing as the English pub glass empties.  The nose is big malts and small hops.  Odd.  I thought this was an IPA.  Flavors are roasted but almost metallic English malts, earth, a touch of hops, and yeast.  Mouthfeel is light with very subtle carbonation; almost cask-like.  Meh.  It’s not terrible, but I’d rather drink a Caldera any day.

C+

Cheers!

PS - what’s in your glass tonight?  And what do you think of the new charts?

Lone Pine DIPA
Klamath Basin Brewing
Klamath Falls, OR
www.kbbrewing.com
8.60% ABV

Greetings and salutations to all, and welcome to another episode of Draught Pick.  This afternoon I’ve got a little sumpin’ made locally here in Klamath Falls: Lone Pine DIPA, a tribute to a fallen icon here in the Klamath Basin.  From our local paper back in 2011, “An iconic part of Klamath Falls scenery toppled in winds Saturday as a winter storm blew through the area. Lone pine, a dead tree at the top of Hogback Mountain, was a destination for hikers, and according to Herald and News archives, died in 2008.  The Klamath County Museum has led several hikes to the 6,200-foot summit of Hogback Mountain, including a trip to pay respects to the decades-old tree after it died.”  A moment of silence…

Let’s pour!

Amber/copper liquid with a good two fingers of head and minimal lacing as the glass empties.  The nose is big, astringent hops, roasted malts, and booze.  Flavors follow along with a big hop bite, roasted malts in the middle and a bitter, boozy finish.  It’s strong, and tasty.  Mouthfeel is medium with good carb.  Very drinkable, but be careful.

B

Cheers!

PS - what’s in your glass tonight?

Hopside Down India Pale Lager
Widmer Brothers
Portland, OR
www.widmer.com
6.70% ABV

Greetings and Salutations everyone!  As I write this I am super frustrated because the forces of nature picked a really bad time to start causing our washing machine to stop doing important things like, you know, spinning out the excess water from our clothes.  So with that, I say it’s time for a beer.

Oh, I’m also experimenting with a spider chart to show a graphical representation for each component of any given brew.  The points on the graph are 0 through 5.  Oh, and this is a work in progress.  I’d love your feedback!

Let’s pour!

Clear amber pour with a good two fingers of head and minimal lacing as the glass empties.  The nose is pretty much citrus hops and roasted malts. Flavors are the same with a touch of caramel.  It’s definitely a lager, but a hoppy lager.  Mouthfeel is light-leaning-medium with appropriate carbonation.  Not my favorite, it doesn’t suck.

C+

Cheers!
Kevin

PS - Really, what do you think of the chart?

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PDX St. Mkt

Have you ever written a bunch of stuff only to screw it up by accident?  Yeah, that just happened to me.  I had a whole post done about what’s in the Egg tonight and what’s in the pictured glass, but when I highlighted everything so I could copy the text to paste in another blog (I write for many) I accidentally hit CTL-V instead of CTL-C and of course the computer replaced my review with what I had in my clipboard from earlier today.  Now under normal circumstances this isn’t too big a deal as one could normally CTL-Z back, however, for some reason CTL-Z did absolutely NOTHING.  FML.
Since I really don’t feel like typing everything again, here’s the Cliffs Notes version:
Mad River Brewing’s Double Dread Imperial Red Ale.  Malty, earthy, a hint of hops and a nice bitter finish.  B+
Cheers!

Have you ever written a bunch of stuff only to screw it up by accident?  Yeah, that just happened to me.  I had a whole post done about what’s in the Egg tonight and what’s in the pictured glass, but when I highlighted everything so I could copy the text to paste in another blog (I write for many) I accidentally hit CTL-V instead of CTL-C and of course the computer replaced my review with what I had in my clipboard from earlier today.  Now under normal circumstances this isn’t too big a deal as one could normally CTL-Z back, however, for some reason CTL-Z did absolutely NOTHING.  FML.

Since I really don’t feel like typing everything again, here’s the Cliffs Notes version:

Mad River Brewing’s Double Dread Imperial Red Ale.  Malty, earthy, a hint of hops and a nice bitter finish.  B+

Cheers!