Fort George just started canning their oatmeal pale ale, Sunshine. At the store someone asked me if it was like a hefeweizen. For some reason Sunshine sounds like a wheat beer. When I poured it, Chelsea said it looked like Blue Moon, super orange Just so you know, Sunshine is not a wheat beer. It’s bitter up front and full of citrusy hops. It’s not quite an IPA. It’s bitter but backed up with a hint of vanilla and caramel. It reminds me of Hair of the Dog’s Ruth, super bitter and super sweet with no transition in between.
Tasting some beers for my birthday at the Mad Fox Brewing Co. in Falls Church. Thought I should try the local beer game while I was in town. I have a cold, but I don’t care. Beer never rests.
Left to Right:
Stir About Oatmeal Stout, which was pretty run of the mill, not a lot going on, a little weak for my taste, needs more dark and toasty.
Reynard Black Saison was the most interesting of the bunch. It was chocolaty but sour like a chocolate orange or something.
Altbier is a style I haven’t tried as far as I know, but this wasn’t a great introduction. It just tasted like a boring amber ale with a misplaced bitterness.
Kellerbier Kölsch is also strangely bitter. It tasted like the other kölschs I like, but left a bitter tannin or lemon peel taste. It was just off.