3 Sep 2011 - 3:10:53 PM
Skagit River Brewery
I usually complain about being behind on brewery posts, but this time I'm going to complain about being behind on my outdoors posts. I've bagged a couple peaks this summer but have yet to write up anything about them. On one of those, a friend and I stopped by the Skagit River Brewery both before and after going up Eldorado (we camped at the trailhead to get an early start to the day trip), and so I was able to try all but one of their beers on tap. The skipped one, their lager, I'd had a week before at a restaurant in Bellingham. I didn't take notes at the time, as you'll no doubt notice from my brief review of it, but I didn't find much there to take notes on, unfortunately. Ah well.
- Skagit Brown Ale - 4.5% - Nice crisp roasted barley flavor and slight caramel sweetness. Pretty smooth.
- Gospel IPA - 7.4% - Good strong hop attack. Initial floral hoppiness, then it diversifies. Good lingering taste. Nice light malty base. Strong floral/citrus aroma, too.
- Farm to Market English Bitter - 5% - Really nice. Great malty/hoppy balance, and the flavor keeps you thinking, and drinking.
- Highwater Porter - 5.2% - Dark color and quite bubbly. Good roasted barley and coffee flavors, but hoppy undertone is kinda floral, which is an odd mix.
- Jenny's Scottish Ale - 7.8% - Nice darker color like the brown and good malty flavor, but sweetness is like cough syrup.
- DelRio Lager - Kind of blah, not very interesting.
Skagit River taster paddle, with sunglasses -- Mt Vernon, WA
So now I need to catch up on the peakbagging posts. There's one more brewery post, too, but I won't complain about that...