Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Santa's Little Helper, Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, Redmond Oregon
Santa's Little Helper Seasonal Ale will be my first Cascade Lakes Brewing Company beer. They are located in Redmond, Oregon. Their Holiday beer is available in early fall. I haven't seen their ales anywhere around Portland, yet - except for the fine Belmont Station, where I found this bottle.
It pours a deep amber with a thin head.
The smell is hoppy freshness with a little malt sweetness.
The taste is hop forward with a nice bitterness that is well balanced with the malt. It is a strong ale, with a medium/full body that goes well with the weather out my window. There is a mild chocolate that plays in after a few sips.
The aftertaste is subtle hop and fresh.
Grains: 2-Row, Crystal, Chocolate, Honey
It has 50 IBU's and is 6.4%