Six cases of craft beer
Six cases of craft beer, seven girls. How could this end well? If we taste the beer instead of guzzle it! And that’s exactly what we did. The seven of us tasted through seven Rogue and Southern Tier beers available in Northern Virginia. I loved the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar for its nutty flavor and creamy texture.
The craft beer tasting results
Southern Tier Eurotrash Pilzner. This light pilsner had a crisp and light flavor and texture. Very pleasant. However, this brew did not stand out to us as a craft beer. Follow-up: This is a perfect beer to drink when I want to kick back and relax and not have to focus on my beer.
Southern Tier Pale Wheat Ale. This light wheat ale was soft and refreshing with characteristic wheat flavors, soft fruit, and white flower. Don’t expect a Hefeweizen as this is much lighter. Follow-up: The flavors in this beer seem most pronounced when consumed alone rather than with food. If you choose food, make sure it’s something lighter than won’t overpower the nuanced flavors of the beer.
Southern Tier Extraordinary Phin & Matt’s Pale Ale. This pale ale was quite yummy with balanced hops and good flavor. I liked it even better when I tried it again a couple days later. Follow-up: The crispness and hops make this beer great on its own and with food.
Rogue Dead Guy Ale. This medium-bodied ale definitely had a fuller mouth feel and more robust flavors with fewer hops than the pale ale. Definitely something I’d drink again. Follow-up: I still like it.
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Wow! When this liquid hit my mouth, I quivered with joy! On the nose, I got fresh-baked hazelnut cookies. On the palate, I tasted hazelnut and felt a creamy, lush texture. The finish was long and satisfying. I will buy this again for sure! Follow-up: I still love it! I wish I had more left!
Southern Tier IPA. A balanced IPA with moderate hops and a tangy crispness. I’m not a big IPA fan though so I can’t fairly judge. Follow-up: I found that this beer is great with Mexican and Central American food!
Southern Tier 2X IPA. A very hoppy IPA with lots of crispness. As a self-professed non-lover of IPAs, I had a friend who enjoys IPAs try it a couple days later. His words: a solid IPA that’s definitely better than the average IPA, balanced with good flavor.
Of course I couldn’t resist bringing out the best Chilean Sauvignon Blanc I’ve had–Corralilo from the Morgan Braxton wine club . This mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc combined the white grapefruit taste of California fruit and the jalepeño nose of New Zealand fruit. We polished off that bottle in no time!
And then we drank a few more bottles of beer for a whopping 12 beers for 7 girls. That’s 12 beers total, not per girl, so no wild times here!