Tuesday, July 3

Beer Review: Oakshire Brewing The Perfect Storm Double IPA

"Just when you think we couldn’t top our last round of single batch beers, we go and do something like this – and totally blow your mind! We’ve got 4 new single batch beers flowing out of the brewery: Glen’s Hop Vice, Perfect Storm IPA, Reclamation Lager, and Wir Trinken. Upcoming single batch beers include Graduation Ale and a Chocolate Orange Porter. Still have a hankering for Big Black Jack, Zwarte Nacht, Meandering Monk, or Hippie Town Brown? You’re in luck because we have trace amounts still here at the brewery in either bottle form or kegs- these supplies are very limited so please email info@oakbrew.com to get the most current information. 

Glen's Hop Vice is our tribute to the late Eugene Brewer Glen Falconer; we released this beer for the Sasquatch Beer Festival in his honor. This Imperial IPA is a lesson in simplicity, using just one type of malted barley (Vienna Malt) one hop variety (Citra) and one yeast strain (American Ale yeast). The three ingredients come together with pure McKenzie water to produce a very complex ale.
Our Double IPA, aka Perfect Storm, is packed with copious amounts of six PNW hops for wildly aromatic refreshment and over the top flavors. Intense hop bitterness looms over a juicy malt body and lingers after each sip, coming together in the Perfect Storm of Ales. This assertive beer should be paired with assertive foods and served in smaller glassware to savor the hop forward aromas and flavors.

We’ve also created a Czech-Style Pilsner: The Reclamation Lager. A bright golden lager with a soft bread-like aroma from the floor malted Bohemian malt. It’s light bodied and refreshing; with a sharp spicy Noble hop flavor and aroma.

We drink light beer = Wir Trinken Hellesbier! Inspired by Bavaria, straight out of Oakshire. This is a bright, light, golden lager with mild bready malt aromas and very little hops. It’s refreshing and easy to drink- the perfect German Session Beer! Ok- this may not be the newest addition to our line-up as it’s been out for a few weeks now; but it’s so good that we thought it deserved another shout out." 


Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a nice clear copper penny color. Fluffy finger and a half of white thick head, fizzled slowly down to a thin and lightly spotty paper-thin layer over the brew. Half-inch of solid lace sticking to the glass. A pretty beer.

Smell: (3.0)
-  A grainy, malty aroma. Biscuit, sweet bread, and light brown sugars. Seems like German malts, some that I am not too fond of in an IPA. Slight tart aromas, fruity hop, fruit salad... just a tad off for me.

Taste: (3.0)
- Certainly a fruity mix with the bready and grainy sweet malt. Lots of caramel, bitter grassy and earthy hops, and an interesting nutty waldorf salad-like flavor. Certainly a spicy bitterness. Overall it just isn't quite there for me. Big diacetyl flavors...

 Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Medium body, slightly syrupy and sticky, and well carbonated. Bit cloying and dry from the good bitterness. Chewy yes.

Overall: (3.0)
- Can't say I am digging this beer. I have had it on tap a few times, and I feel the same about it in the bottle. After having a Fat Tug IPA, this beer falls very short. It's earthy bitterness and mouth feel is decent, but the malt and nutty fruit just doesn't hit the spot.

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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