Saturday, June 14, 2014

A plethora of Pale Ales at the Red Parka

'tis the time of  the year when my thoughts turn northward. Towards the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Bike Week. And closer to my home away from home, the Rally in the Valley in the Mount Washington Valley.

Thoughts turn to action and I find myself lodged at my favorite place to stay in the area - the White Trellis Motel. And then enjoying a fabulous meal of steak and ribs and mud pie at one of my favorite dining establishments - the Red Parka Pub and Steakhouse.

Besides the great food and atmosphere, the Red Parka has a great selection of locally brewed and other craft beers.

This visit they had Smuttynose Bouncy House and Firestone Union Jack on their rotating taps. Both were fantastic;
 distinctive and delicious.

Bouncy House (4.90% ABV) an American Pale Ale by Smuttynose is brewed locally(ish) in Portsmouth, NH. Besides having a great name, it is a very tasty brew.

Served in a pint sized mason jar, it is a pale amber with the big, clingy head.

The aroma is hoppy and big on citrus - specifically grapefruit. Very fresh and enticing.

The taste is crisp and bitter with a nice grapefruity bite. Tart with a tiny bit of malty sweetness to offset the awesome bitterness. This brew really gets your taste buds zinging! It finishes dry and bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium and effervescent.

Overall: very good


Union Jack (7.5% ABV) an India Pale Ale by Firestone Walker.

Was served in a pint sized mason jar, pours and bright orangy color with a bright white floof of foam.

The aroma is piney and citrussy and mouth watery

The taste is deceptively mellow and nicely hoppy. Bright citrus is in the forefront with a tease of resin in the background. Soft sweet malts balance out the flavors. The finish is clean and gently hoppy.

The mouthfeel is medium and bubbly.

Overall: very good

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