Clark's People's Real Ale Festival
I managed to taste 12 of the 18, in half pint servings. Here's a quick rundown:
--Captain Lawrence Freshchester Pale Ale: Lovely, simple pale loaded with grapefruit.
--Empire Sub-Terranian Ale: Theoretically a farmhouse/tripel fusion, this was the one horrid fiasco of the day, a ghastly, bilgey, sweet-sour, cloying beer with all the palate appeal of a half pint of Ny-quil.
--Ithaca Flower Power IPA: My favorite of the day, a big expressive IPA with a hugely floral hop blast to the nose.
--Landmark IPA: Typical US IPA but with a particularly nice balance to it.
--Livery Blue Jackets Best IPA: This is a rare UK-style IPA. Very English tasting but with a more bracing hop palate than you're likely to get there. Delicately fruity yeast profile too.
--Middle Ages Dragon Slayer: A gorgeous, red-winey, burly stout. I loved it.
--Rohrbach Scotch Ale: Only had a sip of someone's but this was, according to my notes, "malty, malty, malty."
--Sly Fox Rte. 113 IPA: I'm afrad I just wrote "pretty good" here.
--Stoudt's DIPA: This takes DIPA into barley wine territory; a massive, massive beer.
--Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB: A hell of a lot subtler, obviously, with a nice malty palate.
--Troeg's Hopback: I've become a real fan of this beer as it was on draft at Nail Creek for some time. Lovely and beautifully balanced as per usual, the hops blending intelligently with the toasty, copper-colored malty aspects.
--Victory Hop Wallop: Had this in the bottle once and was unimpressed; it was good from the firken: not such a memorable nose, but a great hoppy palate.
Good tasting; good company; good roast beef sandwich.