after4ever (6112) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at SB. Pours a fairly hazy dark rubied amber with a dense and creamy, sudsy light tan head that sticks around and around.
Gorgeous label on that bottle for sure; would love to see it show up down where we are in package, too. Looks like an old classic with that graphic design. Pretty high-boost for an "amber," but that’s alright. The important thing isn’t what the internet thinks it is, it’s how much we enjoy it. And it’s pretty enjoyable.
Big sweetish nose, showing a little bit of booze even in the aromatics. Not a huge demerit, but if that were gone, it would be more appealing. Plenty of caramel and bright oranges on the nose as well. Creamy medium body, almost thick, definitely not overbearing, but it’s a big’un. Toasty malt mid-palate with bright oranges and grapefruit and a bit of sweet alcoholic twang there as well. Bready sweet caramel finish. Very nice. A little cleaner and this would be borderline beautiful.
Kind of surprising that it took this long for a Washington brewery to name a beer after the madrona--or a BC, OR, or Nor Cal brewery, for that matter. They’re unique to the area, and highly distinctive trees with critical roles in native culture. Glad to see the name show up on a good beer that we might be able to enjoy regularly.
joelfaber (14) - Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour at the brewery. Boozy but well balanced with hops. Almost tastes like a barley wine. Very enjoyable.