Saturday, March 24

Beer Review: Laurelwood Brewing Ink Heart CDA


I feel kind of bad that I didn't grab this on tap. But the chance to grab a bottle locally here in Vancouver, WA arose. Laurelwood has a special place in my heart because I grew up near the Hollywood district of NE Portland. I wish the lasting location was there when I was in my early twenties since it is only about 3 blocks from where I was back in the day.

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Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice thick dark brown ale. Can't see through it though there is some brown ruby light coming through the edges of my in-house pint glass. Frothy tan head.. settles nicely to a lot of lace, and spotty thin blanket above the brew. Very nice looking CDA.

Smell: (3.0)
- It's hiding something. Not much of an aroma other than some hidden grassy hops, and a light bitter earthy aroma. Certainly a light mocha bed of grain, and some chocolate... but beyond an odd husky grain funk, not much at all.

Taste: (4.0)
- Nice bready and grainy malt flavor. It's not overly sweet which is very nice. Lots of biscuit, bready grainy malt with a touch of chocolate and bitter coffee. The hops all seem early-boil in the flavor.. grassy bitter early zest, and a nice herbal touch in the finish. It's well balanced, and has a nice floral vs. citrus finish which is light.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- I think this portion of my judging is the best part about this beer. It is well carbonated, a medium to creamy body that just seems spot-on for the style in my palate. It's a touch dry... but there is no sweetness to leave any sticky or lingering syrup. Nice chewy flare to it.

Overall: (3.5)
- It's a good drinker, but overall bland compared to many others of the style in our area. Is it smooth? Hell yeah! This is one of the more easy drinking beers I have had recently. But... it doesn't stand out as a killer CDA. It's good, but also a better-luck-next-time.. kind of CDA.

3.7/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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