24 May 2012 - 12:54:16 AM
I had been thinking about doing an overnight bike trip on the Kitsap Peninsula to visit something like seven breweries, but never got around to it. Then one of the breweries closed, and I suddenly felt a sense of urgency in getting out there. So, when a friend suggested a one day ride to Poulsbo, I suggested a few breweries we could check out, and the next morning we pedaled our bikes onto the Seattle-Bremerton ferry. The plan was to take side roads to Poulsbo, visit the three breweries there, and then decide which return ferry to take, either Bainbridge or Kingston.
We rolled into Sound Brewing around 12:30, and as we methodically made our way through their taster tray, the taproom got busier and busier. There were a few drops of rain, as well, but fortunately it stopped before we headed out.
- Latona IPA - 7.5% - The board above the taps said Latona IPA, but the beer info sheet said Reluctant IPA (6.4%). So, I don't know which one it was (probably should've asked...), but it was definitely an IPA. Crisp and bitter, with a nice light maltiness. Lots of citrus as it warmed up a little.
- Humulo Nimbus - 8.5% - Double IPA. Great citrus aroma. Crisp and citrusy, with a nice malty sweetness. Really drinkable for such a strong beer.
- Tripel Entendre - 9.9% - Sweet caramel and banana aroma. Surprisingly light, with great banana/clove and caramel flavors. No alcohol edge, but well-balanced anyway. Yum!
- Monk's Indiscretion - 10% - Belgian specialty ale. Strong citrusy aroma. Great sweet citrusy taste. Subtle alcohol edge. Pretty amazing.
- Poundage Porter - 5.5% - Nice and dry. Dark maltiness with a bit of bocky sweetness and slight caramel edge. Some coffee and dark chocolate notes, as well. This won some GABF award a week or two later.
- Ursus Americanus - 6.5% - American Stout. Thick and smooth, with a good coffee flavor. Not just for breakfast.
- Koperen Ketel - 5% - Belgian Pale Ale. Banana/clove aroma. Light on the tongue, with a bit of banana/clove start to nice breadiness. Very subtle bitterness.
- Dubbel Entendre - 8% - Very light and drinkable, with not too much of that bocky sweetness. Slight banana/clove flavor. Dry coffee finish. Nice complex beer.
- Bevrijder - 6.5% - Belgian IPA. Pretty bitter, with stronger banana/clove flavors than the Koperen Ketel.
Before the crowds arrived at Sound Brewing -- Poulsbo, WA
Most of the other customers at the taproom seemed to know each other and were pretty friendly, which gave the place a good vibe. So yeah, it was a great start to what ended up being a five brewery day, and they had some cool glassware for sale. A win-win situation.