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    Thursday
    Apr172008

    A taste of… Cinder Cone Red

    Deschutes Brewery,
    Bend, OR

     

    Preface:

     


    This sample has been sitting in the back of a refrigerator for some time. The press release I found with it had a date line of February 18, 2008. It tells me that they are using something called Amarillo hops. I’m interested to taste the Amarillo hops. Also noted is that this beer is 5.4% alcohol by volume and 55 international bitterness units.
    And now for the tasting notes…

     

    Appearance:

     


    Yes, I would say that this is a red colored beer. It is not quite a garnet red but it is deeper than copper. It has a quickly lacing, rocky head of rather large bubbles that doesn’t hang around for a long time.

     

     

    Aroma:

     


    The initial aromas sensation is of roasted malt. The second olfactory exploratory event reveals the malt is joined but just slightly by a very grassy green sensation of hop.

     

     

    Mouth feel:

     

    The mouth feel here is not quite as important as the impression that hops make on the palate.

     


    Flavor:

     

     

    That moment between sip and lip telegraphed ahead that there was an unusual hop flavor on its way. The senses do not lie. Unlike the typical citrus impression of “grapefruit”” the citrus impression in this particular beer is much more along the line of a Clementine. This almost-orange fruit impression remains for quite a while.

     

     

    Finish:

     

     

    The finish begins early with this beer because it doesn’t have a great deal of body to it. The particular sensation of the Amarillo hops remains and reminds for quite a while.

     


    Comments:

     


    I will admit that the name had me a little biased at first I have a little problem dealing with the name “red”” on an ale. Also, I can only assume that the name “Cinder Cone” is something meaningful for the people at the brewery, or is meaningful to the people of Bend, Oregon. II can’t figure it out and there was nothing in the promotional material that told me about it.

     


    That said I find the beer to be intellectually challenging with the flavor profile that emphasizes the unique Amarillo hop flavor. This is something I find interesting considering that there is such a shortage of the flower.

     


    After making my way halfway through this bottle of beer I suddenly had a craving for cedar plank salmon, open hearth roasted potatoes and a large bowl of field greens salad. I can only assume that it’s a side effect of the Amarillo hops.

     

     


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    Tuesday
    Apr152008

    A taste of… Hop Henge Imperial IPA

    Deschutes Brewery,
    Bend, OR

     

     


    Preface:

     


    According to the promotional material that came with this brew, it is “the ultimate in hop innovation.”

     


    What is even more interesting… “Head Brewer Brett Porter says “This is a truly exciting and groundbreaking beer. We reformulated everything about the hop recipe to give Hop Henge an extraordinary aroma and flavor similar to a fresh hop beer (editor’s note).” In addition to the cascade in Centennial hops, Deschutes Brewery is experimenting with a hot variety so new that it has yet to be named.” (Necessity is the mother of invention?) N.B.- 8.75% alcohol by volume (ABV) and 95 international bitterness units (IBU).

     


    This little fellow arrived yesterday. And so, this morning, after reviewing the material that was sent with it, I can issue the following tasting notes are as fresh as they can be.

     

    Appearance:
    As soon as you open the bottle and poured a full pint, the aroma of yeast/fresh bread dough is obvious. The burnished bronze brew is topes with a dense but rocky topped light sandy tan head.

     


    Aroma:
    Once the pint is made ready for a sip, the aromas of the hops is an experience as close to sticking your head in a hops sack as one can possibly get outside of the fields. That moment between sip and let confirms that this is going to be a very hoppy beverage.

     


    Mouth feel:
    The mouth feel seems to end and flow. I’m not too sure whether this has anything to do with a carbonation spike, or the intense hop flavors.

     


    Flavor:
    There is one moment, during the flavor experience when the malt flavor piques its head out from where ever it has been hiding. The rest of the time the aria, and chorus, is left to the hops.

     


    Finish:
    There is a not-uncomfortable trace of hop flavor that lingers long past the rest of the flavors and aromas. It is unfamiliar to me but very pleasant.

     


    Comments:

     

    The promotional material that came with this brew suggests that “Hop Henge is the perfect accompaniment for a variety of spicy foods, so be sure to have a bottle handy next time you make a batch of hot wings and go for the five alarm award. The high octane happiness is a wildly refreshing antidote to a wide variety of hot foods.”

     


    I can find no reason to argue with that.

     

    The brewery Site: http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/Brews/Bond+Street+Series/default.aspx

     


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