19 Jan 2011 - 9:55:41 PM
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
I finally made it to the new location of the Maritime Pacific Brewing Company and its adjoining Jolly Roger Taproom. The Jolly Roger and I go way back -- back to the early days of Vertical World 3.0, when a fairly regular group of us would climb most every Wednesday evening and then hit the Jolly Roger for post-climbing beers and/or Lil Mahis. Times change, though, and most of them are now married or have kids or got too busy with other things in life, and so I stopped going because going there by myself just wasn't as fun (okay, so times change for everyone except me, apparently).
Anyway, one of the old crowd managed to make it out for an evening of climbing (his pregnant wife had just left on a business trip), and afterwards the two of us headed to the new and improved Jolly Roger. I'm happy to say it holds up well. Same decor, same (or an amazing copy of) bar and cupboards and taps, but in a space maybe three times as big. I felt right at home. In addition to the sampler (plus one), I had the Lil Mahis, and they (and the accompanying sauces) were just as tasty as they'd always been. Almost brought a tear to the eye.
- XPA - Fresh hop pale ale. Good citrusy hop aroma and flavor, with some floral notes, too. Good maltiness, with great lingering hop bite. Light on the tongue -- goes right down.
- Islander Pale Ale - 5% - Pretty smooth with good strong hoppiness. Yum.
- Flagship Red Alt Ale - 5.2% - nice balance, slight nuttiness, very drinkable
- Nightwatch Dark Ale - 5.5% - Really nice. Dark in color but tastes light. Great balance. Not so hoppy, but double yum!
- Jolly Roger Christmas Ale - Not as dark in color as I remember but so good. One of my favorite winter ales, bit of a caramel taste with an edge. And it's strong - a friend of mine drank three pints and ended up slumped over and drooling.
- Dry Hopped Pils - Lemony aroma. Initial lemony flavor gives way to breadiness. Pretty bubbly. Pretty good. Doesn't seem too hoppy, actually.
- Old Seattle Lager - 4.3% - Light but not particularly crisp. Fairly bubbly. Pretty drinkable but not really my thing.
- Imperial IPA - 7.5% - Not as hoppy as I'd like, but remarkably well-balanced. Should've gone with the double dry-hopped version that they had on tap. Doh!
Maritime Pacific taster tray -- Seattle, WA
It's good to know that while some things change, some things (besides me) stay the same.