Friday, August 15, 2014

Beer of the Week (Vol. CXCIV)

Another edition of Beer of the Week, sponsored as always by the mellow folks at Glen Lake Wine & Spirits who can eagerly help you find the wine, whiskey, or beer you need to enjoy the hazy, lazy days of summer in style.

Back to school sales are already over, the State Fair starts next week, and fall beers are appearing in stores. (sigh) But there’s still plenty of summer to enjoy and plenty of beer well suited to the warm weather.

A good example of just such a beer is Deschutes River Ale:

Once called Riviere des Chutes by French Trappers the Deschutes River feeds our beers and souls alike. Merci.

Here’s one that’s clean and refreshing enough for the long haul, but fully graced with hop aroma, malt heft and clear craft passion. Sit back, relax, and let the subtle pleasures reveal.

Six-pack of twelve bottles goes for $8.99. Appealing label features serene river scene.

STYLE: Blonde Ale


COLOR (0-2): Golden brown and clear. 2

HEAD (0-2): Bright white color with good volume. 2

AROMA (0-2): Floral hops and slightly sweet. 2

TASTE (0-5): Pleasant hop flavors provide more than you expect given the low alcohol content. Light bodied with a smooth and clean finish. Very drinkable. 3

AFTERTASTE (0-2): Flavors follow through nicely but a little faint. 1

OVERALL (0-6): A well rounded summer beer that whets the whistle while still tickling the taste buds. 4

TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 14