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Brownstone Brewing Pale Ale

Posted by dugpark on March 27, 2009

Close to my home of Parker, ID, Brownstone Brewing Inc. just happens to be within 100 yds of the Best Western Driftwood Inn, where we are staying on our Idaho leg of the trip.  We noticed it last time we were here but didn’t get a chance to visit, so I made a point of walking down after the kids were in bed tonight.  Pretty darn glad I did, to be honest.  While I wouldn’t say this is the best in the west, it isn’t bad for being the only brewery I can find in the city.  I arrived just as they were doing last call and was able to get a taste of their five that they had available on tap from their brewery: pilsner, pale ale, amber bock, nut brown, and winter.  The pilsner was pretty damn good… different but good… the pale like no other pale I have ever had, the amber bock was like a smokey dark lager… really pretty good, the nut brown had no nose or taste, and the winter smelled like ass (seriously… not even joking) and I couldn’t bring myself to tasting enough to know what it would taste like.  For the novelty, I chose the pale ale in a 1/2 gallon growler ($12 this time, $10.50 to refill), bought a beer glass to enjoy it in ($3), and headed back to the hotel.

So… here I sit on the free wifi after polishing off my first glass, feeling very relaxed after a good day of chilling with the family.  I guess I need to get to the review…

The color is darker than normal… I wouldn’t usually expect a pale to be more of a copper/amber color, but this one is.  The nose is sweet… almost like they used brown sugar in it a bit hoppy but not much… the body is ever so slightly hoppy but really taste the malt in there.  I don’t know if folks out here could handle real hoppy beer, to be honest, so maybe this is a good call… the finish is short and compact, refreshing and clean.  Really quite easy to drink, this isn’t your typical pale ale but I like it… it is different and tasty and that is about all I need.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again


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Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale

Posted by dugpark on January 8, 2009

Just as I posted the announcement of our new Oh Happy Day #6 – Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale, I am so quick that I will also post the official tasting!  Drumroll, please…

Lets get straight to it… this is a good beer.  It is solid.  Nothing wrong with it… all pale ale goodness.  This isn’t holy-crap-that-is-the-best-pale-ale-ever beer… but it is very tasty.  Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale comes at you on the darker side with a small head and a very pleasant nose.  It is fragrant, yes, citrus… less so, but I will let them have it. :)  The body is where it is at for me, for as noted in the press release, you can definitely tell that this is a different hop taste than normal… hard to put a finger on it, to be honest (although the press release says more citrus as noted above), but bottom line is that it is different and you can tell… I like different, consequently, so that bodes well for me.  The overall body is definitely smooth… silky smooth, in fact, as I am about half way through my mug right now.  I has some complexity in the mouth and finish, but nothing to write home about.  As I continue to drink, I think the final on this one is that it is super approachable.  It isn’t in your face with any particular flavor but there are definitely subtle undertones from start to finish that make this a great little beer to drink for probably any occasion.

Nice work folks!  This one will make it into my fridge again. :)

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again


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Oh Happy Day #6 – Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale

Posted by dugpark on January 8, 2009

It has been nearly 3 months since our last Oh Happy Day post but I am happy to say the free beerless streak has come to an end!  Our friends at Maxwell PR have brought us Widmer Brothers newest brew, Drifter Pale Ale.  The package, as usual, was creative with its three 12 oz bottles of the brew, some red and white rope, and 3 large bobbers that match the picture of the one on the front of the label.  Nice touch. :)  I am excited to try this one on for size.  See below for official press release and stay tuned for official tasting!

**UPDATE** OFFICIAL TASTING POSTED HERE – Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale

The beer is currently on tap at the Gasthaus Pub and is described as:

“Unique and abundent hop aroma and flavor. Mild, malty caramel sweetness to balance the hops. Smooth and inviting.” 


Previous Oh Happy Day posts:

Official Press Release:



PORTLAND, Ore. – December 29, 2008 – Kurt and Rob Widmer, innovators of American-style Hefeweizen, may be laid back guys but they are serious about brewing great beer.  Their latest creation, Drifter Pale Ale, is no exception. Brewed with Summit hops, a new variety known for its intense and abundant citrus aroma and flavors, Drifter’s taste is unique to the category. True to the pale ale style, Drifter’s light bittering hops give the brew a crisp, clean and refreshing finish ideal for those longing for lazy days adrift on the lake. 


“We crafted Drifter to make waves in the category and provide beer lovers with a new pale ale experience,” said Kurt Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing. “Most pale ales are brewed with Cascade hops. Ours is truly an original, made with Summit hops known for their delicate flavor and undertones of tangerine, mandarin orange and grapefruit.”


Drifter is a laid back, smooth and inviting pale ale; its subtle caramel malt sweetness balances the tangy hops and leaves drinkers feeling refreshed and satisfied.  Drifter was a Silver Medal winner in the Pale Ale category at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival (GABF); the beer sails in at an ABV of 5.7% and 32 IBUs.


Drifter will be available on tap in 20 select states* beginning January 5th, with six-packs on shelves in early February.  The beer will launch nationwide in mid-April and will be offered year-round.  A Drifter six-pack retails for approximately $8.99.


About Widmer Brothers Brewing

What started as a dream for two ordinary brothers who just loved beer has now become a reality for two ordinary brothers who still just love beer. Kurt and Rob Widmer helped lead the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when, in their twenties, they dreamed of brewing American interpretations of authentic European style beers. In 1986, Widmer Brothers Brewing introduced the first American-style Hefeweizen; today, the unfiltered cloudy beer is the company’s signature brew and one of the best selling wheat beers in the country. Based in Portland, Ore., the brewery currently produces a variety of beers including Drop Top Amber Ale and Broken Halo IPA. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit www.widmer.com.


*Introductory states include: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, LA, MN, MS, MT, ND, NM, NV, SD, TX, WA, WI and WY.

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Bridgeport Brewing Haymaker Extra Pale Ale

Posted by dugpark on December 24, 2008

Bridgeport Brewing Haymaker Extra Pale Ale pours a cloudy yellow with a short lived head. This one was taken in my resurgence of pale ales and I have to say I am very happy with the choice.  A good, light hop flavor hits you on the body with a slightly sour aftertaste.  Very refreshing and I can see how this would be an outstanding summer beer. “Sunshine in a Glass” indeed!

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again


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Fish Tale Wild Salmon Organic Pale Ale

Posted by dugpark on September 25, 2008

Third on the list of Fish Tale Organic Ales to try: Fish Tale Wild Salmon Organic Pale Ale.  This one rounds out my tasting for the these folks and I am happy to report that overall it was a good experience.  Two Will Buy Agains and one Middle of the Road is nothing to sneaze at and I like to support the local folks.

As far as this particular beer is concerned, it had an itsy bitsy miniature head and a sweet, floral smell.  The hops hit hard at first but mellow out and leave a smooth and clean finish.  Just slightly more mellow than their IPA, this beer is on the higher end of the pales that I have tasted as far as hoppiness goes.

Overall a fine beer that would go really well with fish and chicken, or anything with a citrus compliment.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Deschutes Cascade Ale

Posted by dugpark on September 22, 2008

Have definitely been on a Deschutes kick lately.  Being that they are local and have a pretty good variety, it kind of makes it easy.  Tonight was the Deschutes Cascade Ale, which is one of their regular brews.  Cascade Ale is a pale ale that smells sweet, tastes sweet, and leaves just a little teeny bit of sour in the finish… It is also silky smooth with just a little tingle on the tongue.  Keeping this from the upper echelons of our blog rating system, though, is the ever so slight watered down taste I get as I make it past the half way mark and into the home stretch.  No… not backwash… truly a bit watered down.

Still, I wouldn’t turn it down if offered.  I just won’t actively search it out.

JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road

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Greene King Abbot Ale

Posted by simonpo on September 20, 2008

Greene King Abbot Ale – for some reason, I nearly typed IPA there, because they make a fine one of those too, one that’s ingrained itself into my beer-memory. For what it’s worth, here are my memories of a bottle of Greene King beer that I drank one sunny summer afternoon, flat on my back in an English country garden. The very bottle of beer that’s pictured below.

Like the Spitfire that I spirited away earlier in the day, this is another example of a classic English pale ale. Another amber honey pour that glints in the sunlight while another drowzy bee drones by, and with the trademark hum of a far-off lawnmower the only impediment to deep contemplation, the pleasant maltiness of this beer kicks in. A genuine burst of English hops ups the ante in as it goes down, leaving a bitter tickle at the back of the mouth and another thirst-quenching pint is taking me away to beer nirvana.

Good. Nearly great, but for now “good” that Abbott Ale rates will do just fine.  Not many better beers to spend a sunny summer afternoon with.

JBB6 Rating: For the Win

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Posted by simonpo on September 20, 2008

Ah, Shepherd Neame; apparently Britain’s oldest brewery, and purveyors of the fine Spitfire Kentish Ale, which (along with the mighty Bishops Finger) formed a rather large part of my staple diet when I was an eager young student at the University of Kent. Good times, though long ago – but I’m happy to report that those happy memories of afternoons and nights spent in the hostelries of Canterbury can easily be rekindled with a bottle or two of Spitfire.

Drawing on over three hundred years of brewing expertise, Kentish Spitfire serves up a beautiful deep copper pint with a light creamy head and a sweet combination of hops and malt. A typical English ale in fact, with a reasonably bitter flavour and a light seasoning of hops to tickle the tongue, this makes the perfect accompaniement to a ploughman’s lunch of a fine sunny day and goes down well either on draft or from the bottle.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Marston’s Pedigree

Posted by simonpo on September 8, 2008

Ahhh, England, England, England! Between flying visits to Germany and Egypt, I managed to grab a cheeky couple of days in London and indulged in a few old favourites. After a year of absenteeism, it came as a pleasant surprise to return to the spiritual home of beer. Well, kinda… I mean, it’s pretty famous for being a nation of boozers at least – and certainly home to as fine a range of historic ales as a man could wish to try.

From Burton upon Trent comes the famous “Marston’s Pedigree”, which (amazingly enough) is now the “Official Beer of England”. Well, of the cricket team at least. Dodgy sponsorship deals aside, I was happy to find that Marston’s remains a solid all-rounder on the pitch.

With a classic pale-ale pour it filled the glass with a satisfyingly well-carbonated pint, a glowing ruby brown treat on a perfect English summer’s afternoon. With slightly lemony nose and a clean refreshing taste, my pleasant memories of many a session spent in this beer’s company were not misplaced: Marston’s Pedigree goes to bat as a good example of the traditional British brew, not bad out of the bottle (if that’s all you can get) but almost certainly better out of a cask.

Keep an eye out for it, and if you’re ever in England, try to find a pub that has it on draught – you won’t regret it.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

Posted by dugpark on September 1, 2008

Once again I found myself at Sockeye’s in Monroe, WA, getting work done before heading home for the day.  I really like working there during happy hour.  You just can’t beat the $3 beers and solid internet along with the beautiful view of the lake.  The only thing I could really ask for would be more variety in the draught beers.  They have good beer there, just doesn’t change enough.

For this outing, I decided to go with Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale.  While the name portrays pale ale, I would say this is almost on level with most IPAs I have had.  Very hoppy, thick, and dark in color.  The nose is hoppy, the finish pretty complex.  Bitterness is right up there. 

Overall this is a fine beer.  Really no complaints and I believe this is one of Deschutes’ staple beers.  Mark another one on the list of solid showings for them. 

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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