Friday, November 23, 2012

A visit to Woodstock Inn Brewery

A visit to Woodstock Inn Brewery is never a disappointment.  They were slammin' busy today so everything took a little longer than we're used to but the beer was fresh and good, the food was yummy.

Despite the fact that I've had every beer on tap . . . with the exception of the available seasonable brew . . . I decided to get the sampler so that I could have a taste of most of them.  That's much easier than trying to suck back five pints . . . not that I couldn't but I wasn't looking to get trashed.

I started out with the Cogsman Ale.  The only new-to-me brew in the sampler.  Deep golden in color. Clean, crisp, ale hopped with traditional English hops. A slight fruitiness gives way to hop assertiveness.  5.6% ABV.  It was a lovely color with a nice hoppy aroma.  It has a nice light flavor but a little watery tasting for my liking . . . I like a beer with more punch.  Not my favorite Woodstock offering, but it was good. 

Next was the 4000 Footer IPA. This big beer is made with 4 types of hops including Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo and East Kent Goldings. It has a bready, slightly caramel aroma and a lingering bitterness in the finish. 7.1% ABV.  This is more my style.  Intense hoppy bitterness, bursting with flavor . . . this beer is rockin'!

Then the Pemi Pale Ale . . . the beer that led me into the wonderful world of hoppiness.  I haven't looked back.  Best Pale Ale in the Northeast and second overall in the Country at the United States Beer Tasting Championships. Pale amber in color.   5.7% ABV.  They say this beer is for the hophead.  I agree that it is a nice hoppy brew . . . but the 4000 is way bigger and hoppier.  Pemi is a great pale ale that is exceedingly drinkable . . . yums!

Onward to the White Mountain Weasel Wheat Ale.   Straw  in color with low hop character and bitterness. A light dry finishing beer. A summer favorite on those hot days.  4.13% ABV.  It has a light wheat flavor and plenty of flavor.   The low alcohol content makes it drink-drink-drinkable . . . have a few!

Finally, the Red Rack Ale.  Another of my favorite Woodstock beers. Amber in color with slight caramel sweetness. Medium hop bitterness. Malty up front with a nice hop/ malt balance.  5.5% ABV  Simply a delicious beer . . . a good choice for any beer drinker . . . flavorful, lightly hoppy with a touch of malty sweetness.  Good stuff!

Although they didn't have the Autumn Ale on tap, we did have it on tap at the Red Parka Pub the other night.  This one is one of my VERY favorite beers . . . of all time.  Chestnut in overall color. Medium bodied with apple and cinnamon flavor and aroma.  4.63% ABV.  It's like drinking apple pie beer . . . it is sooooo flippin' good!  

A great beer drinking afternoon . . . and they put jalapeno slices on their hot wings . . . oh yeah!

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