Saturday, March 10

Beer Review: Anchorage Brewing Company The Tide & Its Takers


"This is an unshored ale. Wild and Remote; there's a beer where the sea used to be. I believe there will be many takers for this tide. It begins with a soft and spicy floral nose. The brett notes are measured and reverberate around the lemon-cream-pie hops like ripples around a buoy in a beam sea. Wood notes drift and float by and bring a bit of vanilla toward the end but mostly the wood does the important work of softening the heat of a multi-phase fermentation that is three fathoms deep. Putting a snifter of this beer up to your lips is like putting a conch shell up to your ear. Living right up against the Atlantic Ocean here in Delaware nothing says welcome home to me so much as the rhythmic crashing of an incoming surf on land and I get that familiar feeling while drinking The Tide and Its Takers. Like a powerful ocean you cannot take this beer for granted. It's complex, it has a lunar-pull that makes you reflexively go for the next sip, and it puts you in the right mood to appreciate life and nature's bounty. To paraphrase folk-punk Michelle Shocked, You know you're in the largest state of mind in the union when you're anchored down in Anchorage. Cheers!

-Sam Calaglone, President & Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery"


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Found just one of these puppies on the shelf at Saraveza the other night. Time to review this bad boy.

Appearance: (4.5)
- Nice cloudy golden creamed corn color with fluffy big fingers of head.. leaves a very light looking spotty ring alla bout, and some thin traces over the brew.

Smell: (4.5)
- Nice sweet malt with a good biscuity touch. Fruity esters, drying Brett aromas, and light Belgian candy. Some lovely oak and chardonnay aromas are present.. very good smell.

Taste: (4.0)
- Nice crisp triple with a lovely earthy and woody flavor.. the chardonnay and brett seem to couple extremely well with one another. Some sweet sugars and esters, and a dry grassy hop flare. Super good.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium body, great carbonation, and certainly dry from the oak, brett, and hops. I like drying cloying beers like this.. and it is a touch chewy as well. Certainly a neat beer.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a tasty number. I would love to have more of these to age, but I found only the one. There is enough residual sugars left behind for the brett to carry on its way over time and really develop this beer into something else. It's solid now, and I bet would get even better. Certainly worth the try. Surprised I paid the same amount for this as I did the IPA. The IPA should have been less.

4.13/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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