The Tasting Panel magazine

May 2016

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66  /  the tasting panel  /  may 2016 Suds Shakedown Summer Sippers Brews Perfect for the Sunshine by Emily Coleman 21st Amendment Brewery: El Suy A Mexican-style lager from the San Francisco brewery, El Sully (4.8% ABV)—named for Brewmaster Shaun O'Sullivan's alter ego— brings Pilsner malt and both Vienna and flaked maize together with Magnum and Northern Brewer hops and a Mexican lager yeast strain. Available in 12-ounce cans, this beer leads with notes of toast and slight lemon on the nose. The carbonation and grassiness from the hops offset the sweetness from the malts and corn on the palate. Your guests won't have to travel far to get South of the Border. Rogue Ales: Pendleton Pale Ale It's no secret that I love a good camping trip, espe- cially to a National Park. And given that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, it makes perfect sense that Oregon-based Rogue Ales teamed up with Pendleton Woolen Mills—a textile manufacturing company— to produce Pendleton Pale Ale (5.2% ABV), which pays homage to Oregon's Crater Lake National Park. At 30 IBUs, the crisp brew starts with Rogue Farms Risk, two-row, Sacchra 50 and Dextra Pils malts, before adding Pacman yeast and Delta and Rogue Farms Alluvial and Rebel Hops. Appreciate this treasure outside! rt Point Beer Company: Moon Phase For cool summer nights, check out San Francisco's Fort Point Beer Company and its newly-released Moon Phase, a Belgian-style Quadrupel Ale, aged in bourbon barrels. Packaged in 22-ounce bottle, Moon Phase (13% ABV) counters the malted sweet- ness of a quad with the smoki- ness of bourbon. It's a beer worth seeking out! Baast Point Brewing Company: Pineapple Sculpin If you haven't tried Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA or its siblings, Grapefruit Sculpin and Habanero Sculpin, I'm guessing you have taken up residence under a rock or beer simply isn't your cup of tea. For those of you who don't fall into those categories, you will be pleased to find out the brewery has added Pineapple Sculpin (7% ABV) to the family. This offering pairs the beloved hop- forward IPA—it clocks in at 70 IBUs—with layers of sweet, tropical fruits, including hints of peach, mango and lemon. Guaranteed to wake up your taste buds, it does the Sculpin name justice.

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