Posts Tagged ‘Alaska’

Whiteout Wit by Anchorage Brewing Company

It was a lovely fall day so we took a hike through Six Mile Run Reservoir.  This is normally where I ride my Salsa but I wasn’t sure if the trails we would be OK after the snow we had a week ago.  They were indeed OK and it was quite lovely walking through the woods.  It was a much different experience then riding through at a much higher rate of speed.  It was very relaxing.

When I got home, I decided to pop open beer #342, Whiteout Wit by Anchorage Brewing Company.  Another beer and probably my last from Alaska, this Witbier has an ABV of 6.5%.

It poured a pale yellow or gold with quite the large foamy white head.  My first thought on smelling it was it had a sour smell to it.  Wheat was the other thing I smelled along with wood (makes sense…this was aged in oak barrels).  The taste is more of that sourness with some lemon..with a bit of the bitterness like you get from chewing on the lemon peel.  It had a bready flavor to it along with a buttery, almost wine like thing going on.  The body was between light and medium and the carbonation fairly low.  It was quite easy to drink.

This was an odd bird for me.  It was quite unique with some of the qualities more like a white wine than beer.  At times, I thought I was drinking a lightly carbonated wine.  I’m not quite sure I liked this all that much…my wife enjoyed it much more than I did.  Ehh…send it to the peasants.

Rating: D

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Love Buzz Saison by Anchorage Brewing Company

“North to Alaska…we’re going north the rush is on…”

If you know the line above and the song & movie it is from…you are old.  The only reason I know it is because my dad used to play it (along with Battle Of New Orleans…composed by the same writer/singer) over and over again…on our fancy 8-track player.  It was composed by Johnny Horton in 1960 for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne.  To that end we go north for tonight’s beer…to Alaska.

Beer #341 is Love Buzz Saison by Anchorage Brewing Company from the city of the same name, Anchorage.  This Saison has an ABV of 8%.

Love Buzz poured a cloudy orange with quite the nice frothy white head sitting atop of it.  It sure did look pretty.  I dipped my nose in…it sure was herbal and spicy smelling with awesome  fresh cracked pepper & coriander.  It had a nice citrus aroma also with oranges and some pineapple.  I took a sip, the bitterness hit me first.  It wasn’t overly bitter…just noticeable.  Orange rind was the first thing I thought of…just slightly sweeter.  The spiciness of the cracked pepper like flavor then takes over to the end of the drink.  Throw in a hoppy grapefruit flavor in the back end and it made for a very nice tasting and pleasant brew.  It finished quite dry.  It had quite the medium body and was well carbonated.

This was quite excellent…another beer that I really enjoyed and would easily recommend.  I’m feeling in a great mood…Friday and all so this is going to get a big fat Kingly approval.

Rating: A

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