Sound Dubbel Entendre Abbey-Style Ale

sound_dubbelBrewer: Sound Brewery, Poulsbo, WA
Style: Dubbel
ABV: 8.0%
IBUs: 20

Description:  This beer, brewed in the Belgian Abbey tradition of Dubbels, is part of the brewery’s regular lineup, and was also the silver medal winner at the 2012 North American Brewing Awards.. A strong, dark malts base and mild hops are combined with Belgian yeasts and bottle conditioned to create a particularly sweet, malty brew of respectable strength.

Tasting Notes: Sound Brewery first became known to me thanks to the Advent Beer Calender, and I was pleased to find more of their wares being offered locally. And this Dubbel had all the right qualities to it, with notes of brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit, and some yeasty, malty goodness. However, it also had a crisp and tart quality that reminded me of cider, and made this end on the lighter side of things. Good all around, and a nice follow-up to their Entendez-Noel.

Appearance: Deep amber/brown, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Dark malts, brown sugar, molasses, cherries, raisins plums, acid
Taste: Rich malt, hint of brown sugar, yeast, plums, raisins, apple cider
Aftertaste: Lingering malt flavor, semi-sweet and tart, yeast
Overall: 8/10

Advertisements

Sound Entendez Noel Belgian Style Pale Quadrupel

sound_quadrupelBrewer: Sound Brewery, Poulsbo, WA
Style: Belgian-style Quadrupel
ABV: 10.6%
IBUs: 50

Description: This special seasonal release is part of the Sound brewery’s Belgian-style lineup. It is fashioned using Belgian Pilsner malt, bittered with Motueka hops, and then fermented with cane sugar and Trappist yeast to create a strong, fruity, hoppy, and balanced quadrupel.

Tasting Notes: Another Advent Beer Calender offering, one which comes from Washington and is Belgian-inspired. Like a good quadrupel, it delivers in the flavor department with plenty of strong malt, brown sugar, and dark fruit flavor. However, there is also an interesting twist added by some Pacific Northwest hops that add some pineapple notes and hop bitterness. And of course, its got quite the alcoholic bite, but manages to remain smooth and fruity throughout.

Appearance: Amber, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, sugars, floral hops, citrus, raisins, tropical fruit, alcohol
Taste: Smooth malt, brown sugar, yeast, raisins, dates, pineapple, alcoholic bite
Aftertaste: Lingering alcoholic warmth, yeast, malt and fruit
Overall: 9/10

Red Hook Audible Ale

redhook_audibleBrewer: Red Hook Brewery, Woodinville, WA
Style: Pale Ale
ABV: 4.7%
IBUs: 22

Description: The latest addition to the brewery’s regular lineup, the Audible Ale is the result of a collaboration with sportscaster Dan Patrick to create the ultimate sports-friendly craft beer. Combining a lighter alcohol content with a mild hopping, this pale ale is brewed with drinkability in mind.

Tasting Notes: This beer was a bit on the light side for my taste, but given the focus on drinkability, this was not surprising. While the hop flavor is a bit subdued, it does have a pleasant malt character that is in keeping with a good session ale. It also finishes clean and is quite refreshing. This is the third and final beer from the Red Hook sample pack, and it was an all-around good drinking experience!

Appearance: Light orange, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Good malt, dry, mild floral and citrus hops, minerals
Taste: Smooth malt, slightly crisp, light, dry hops, hint of grass, minerals
Aftertaste: Lingering mild malt flavor, mineral tang, clean finish
Overall: 7.8/10

Red Hook Long Hammer IPA

redhook_ipaBrewer: Red Hook Brewery, Woodinville, WA
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.2%
IBUs: 44

Description: As part of their regular lineup, Red Hook has been brewing this classic Northwestern-style India Pale Ale since 1984. Moderate in terms of alcohol and hop content, this beer is bittered twice – both during the boil and then dry-hopped for a dry finish.

Tasting Notes: This here IPA is the second offering from my sample pack, and it is the firs time I have ever sampled it. On the lighter side, this beer still has everything one would expect from a Pacific Northwestern IPA. This includes a rich, semi-sweet malt base and a good dose of citrus and piney hops. And of course, the dry-hopping adds an extra dimension of drier, grassy notes. Two down, one to go!

Appearance: Golden/amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, notes of citrus, pine, and grassy hops
Taste: Crisp malt, sweet bread, medium notes of citrus, pine, dry grassy-hop finish
Aftertaste: Lingering malt sweetness, hop bitterness and citrus rind
Overall: 8.2/10

Red Hook ESB

redhook_esbBrewer: Red Hook Brewery, Woodinville, WA
Style: Extra Special Bitter
ABV: 5.8%
IBUs: 28

Description: As part of their regular lineup, this brew is fashioned in the style of a traditional British ESB. A mainstay of the brewery since 1987, it is fashioned using (what I assume are) caramel and amber malt, and lightly bittered with a combination of dry, earthy, and citrus hops.

Tasting Notes: This is the second time I’ve tried Red Hook’s ESB, which I first drank while visiting family in Seattle back in 2011. This time around, I am drinking it as part of a sample pack sent to me in exchange for an honest review. And honestly, I was quite pleased with the natural balance it struck. Smooth caramel malts mingle with dry, earthy and mildly citrus hop flavor, before finishing with a tang of minerals. In may ways, I was reminded of a Marzen. And, given my predilection for that style, that’s not a bad thing.

Appearance: Amber/orange, clear, medium foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, syrup, caramel, mild floral and citrus notes
Taste: Smooth, semi-sweet malt, tang, English shortbread, citrus and earthy hops
Aftertaste: Lingering malt flavors and mineral tang
Overall: 8/10