No-Li Silent Treatment Pale Ale

photoBrewer: No-Li Brewery, Spokane, Washington
Style: American Pale Ale
Alc/Vol: 5.75% alc/vol
IBUs: 67

Description: This pale ale is the brewery’s flagship beer and is made using Pale 2-Row, Munich, Carapils malts, and bittered with Cluster and Cascade hops for the initial boil. It is then dry-hopped with an added infusion of Cascade afterwards.

Tasting Notes: Slightly cloudy and relatively light in color, this beer possesses a dry, floral aroma and a light, refreshing, crisp, and subtly hopped taste. It also comes with a touch of sweetness thanks to the Munich malt, and has a nice, citrus hop profile that is slight but lingering – not unlike an ESB. I’m beginning to sense a trend with this brewery!

Appearance: Light amber, slightly cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong, floral, and dryly bitter hop aroma
Taste: Dry hop bitterness, slight sweetness, mild honey and melon and citrus
Aftertaste: Lingering bitterness and citrus rind, relatively clean
Overall: 8.5/10

Two Beers Evolutionary IPA

twobeers_IPABrewer: Two Beers, Seattle, Washington
Style: India Pale Ale
Alc/Vol: 6.2%
IBUs: 70

Description: A Northwest IPA by design, the Evolution combines Pale, Munich, Vienna, Crystal and Carapils malts with  Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial hops for the initial boil, and is then dry-hopped with Simcoe and Columbus.

Tasting Notes: The Evolution is definitely what one would expect from a Northwest India Pale Ale, containing a rich, dark amber malt with plenty of citrus and strong hops notes. The dry hopping also comes through in the taste, adding a subtle, dry finish to a strong hop start. Citrus rind lingers on the tongue long after the beer is drunk, and is relatively appetizing and pleasing. It was lighter than what I was expecting, given the full-flavored CDA in their lineup, but good nonetheless.

Appearance: Copper-colored, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Discernible citrus, pine and tropical fruit and dry, subtle hop notes
Taste: Strong grapefruit and pine hops, giving way to dry hop finish, tangy and herbal
Aftertaste: Lingering bitterness, citrus rind and herbs
Overall: 8/10