Thursday, November 20, 2008
Winter Ale, Port Townsend Brewing Company, Port Townsend Washington
Our next offering comes from Port Townsend Brewing Company and will be the first of their brews that I have sampled. Let's dig in....
It pours a dark brown.
The smell is a fresh malty sweetness. It has a hoppy freshness that has a strange strawberry-esque aroma.
The taste is malty with a lively bitterness on the tongue. There is a unique yeast flavor at play as well, but very subtle. It has a medium/full body and is very smooth. The strawberry aroma is there in a very mild way. It's less strawberry, more of a general fruit leatherness to it. It's very slight and hard to pin down. For the most part, the beer is fairly well-balanced.
The aftertaste is mild malt, with the bitterness dissipating fairly quickly.
From their website:
Malts: Pale and Crystal
with roasted barley and Belgian aromatic malts
Availability has been fairly limited for me. I found mine in Bellingham, WA at a grocery store. I haven't seen any around Portland yet...