Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Skookum Cascadian Dark Ale

Ratebeer 3.54 94th percentile
Beer Advocate A-

The black IPA is currently not a BJCP recognized style. However this has not stopped brewers or homebrewers from exploring this wonderful style. Some beer writers have recognized Phillips as being the first real producer of this style.

Taste +4

The nose is hop forward with pine, citrus but there is added roast and light chocolate. Pine vapours hit the palate first before the liquids arrive. Your tongue is washed with a large doses of citrus and pine with malts that are lightly roasted with chocolate. In case you were curiousm the mouth feel was medium to full, like most Phillips beers.

Aftertaste +2

The coating at the end was light with menthol. But the big winner was the long lingering of tart citrus with grapefruit, tangerine and slight resin. Oddly this is not a tongue coater.

Alcohol Content +1 6.5%

Value +1

This is a style all beer lovers should seek out.

Ingame Enhancement +1

This was enjoyed on tap at Fort Street cafe. Good beer is always better with good food.

Overall 9/10

The adds the pleasures of a big IPA with a light porter.

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