Beer Decision: July 15 – Aftermath

As of 5:30pm on Thursday, July 15th, the Pales had won.  By a narrow 1 vote margin.

So, true to my word, Thursday night was Pale Night.

Here’s how it went:

The first Pale I faced was Flying Dog’s Doggie Style Pale Ale.  At RFD, they were pouring it from a cask, so I had to try it.

Color was a deep bronze with a very slightly cloudy appearance.  It had a nice floral hop scent, and taste was great.  Low carbonation due to the cask, it was slightly malty and not overpowering, a nice hoppy finish that was a bit bitter.  Overall, I’d give it an 8.

Next up was the Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA.  With “Triple” in the name, how can you go wrong, right?  Right?  Wrong.

Color was a reddish brown with a slightly cloudy appearance.  The aroma was both hoppy and sweet, with a bit of an alcohol burn mixed in there.  The taste?  Not so good.  It was very syrupy.  The malt was a bit overpowering for an IPA, and the finish was very long, clingy and bitter.  I was a bit disappointed with it.  But, it still had a ton of alcohol, so it gets a 5.

Coming third in line was the Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA.  Black IPA, such an enjoyable oxymoron.

This beer was the only “pale” I had that looked like motor oil.  Black as night with a mild floral hop aroma.  It was both sweet and hoppy, and maintained a great balance between the two.  A beer that I would happily drink anytime, I’ll give it an 8.

Number 4 of the night was 21st Amendment’s Brew Free or Die IPA.  Back to a true Pale.  This beer was very “drinkable”.

Golden and crystal clear with a mild floral hop aroma.  It had a subtle hop flavor, but was evenly matched with a subtle malty taste. It had slight bitter finish, but nothing that took away from the beer.  A great session beer.  I’d gladly drink a bunch of these.  Overall, an 8.  Plus it comes in a can.

Speaking of cans… last but not least, Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale.

Again, golden and clear with that mild floral hop scent.  It had a subtle hop flavor with a slightly bitter finish.  It was a lot like the 21st Amendment.  Side by side, I would’ve had trouble telling them apart.  Great beers.  Overall, an 8.

So, I survived the Pales.  A great experience, with a few great beers.  Thank for voting!


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