Posts Tagged ‘Belhaven’

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Welcome to another round of India Pale Ales. No matter how many of these we drink, there are always another fifty of these wonderful hoppy ales in the fridge to try. This time we even added a sixth to the proceedings as we had extra time and no one was around to tell us not to!

I really like the line up we had for this round. We have a well thought of craft brewer, Goose Island, a craft brewer that I don’t think gets enough press, Dundee, a highly reputed craft brew that you can’t get in St. Louis, Dogfish Head, a wonderful Scottish Brewer, Belhaven, a new to St. Louis craft brewer, Green Flash, and an English brewer, Greene King.

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With the release of Backwoods Bastard, we decided it was good to hit another round of Scotch Ales, one of my favorite styles that we’ve only done once. Once again, we rolled out a bevy of five beers for this tasting. We started outside and ended up inside…because these beers took awhile to go through. It would have been nice to stay out in the backyard for the whole tasting, but time got away from us as we sampled each of these beers.

Bob: As we’ve occasionally stated, our tasting groups comprise brews of similar but not necessarily identical styles. Today we sampled offerings of the Scottish persuasion, in order of increasing alcohol content. Like the stouts of our last session, these ranged over a pretty wide spectrum of tastes.

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Our bactch of Ales.

Here we go again another day and another trio of beers to compare. This round is something very near and dear to me: Scotch Style Ales, as I’m of noble Scottish descent.

Over the last year, brown English Ales have become among my favorite style of beer, and I may even enjoy the Scottish Ales that much more. Bob adds, “I had not tasted any scotch ales before, so many of my advisers recommended that I start with one of the best, Belhaven. Found two others for comparison on this go-around, although additional ones are sure to follow.”

Scotch Ale is the name given to a strong pale ale believed to have originated in Edinburgh in the 18th century.[17] Beers using the designation Scotch Ale are popular in the USA where most examples are brewed locally.  (source)

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