It comes as NO surprise to me at all that The Ages is among the top two American Gueuze ales that I’ve tasted yet.
It’s entirely in keeping with Deschutes’ communal aesthetic that they would wade into a trend but do it their own way, without compromise.
By far, the largest sub-group of American Indie/craft breweries is the one for which I’ve borrowed a term from my pals Chris Carter and Doug Baldwin: “A-ight”
I could have really just copied and pasted in this review. It’s depressing, for a writer; akin to a 60+ year old rock star having to sing his first hit song every night for 40 years.
Nobody in America has yet equaled what Larry Sidor has now done twice (!). Crux Fermentation Project Tough Love [Banished] 2017 is as good as it gets in American Imperial Stout.
Jubelale is the slam-dunk template for this style of ale. It is is, for all intents and purposes, a Perfect Beer…and all you will need as proof of that statement is one bottle and one sip.
Hopzeit is the Perfect transitional ale from the feather-weight beers of summer to the wool blanket of the uber-popular winter warmers.
XXIX is, even in its fast-company lineage, is a fierce and brilliant animal…I’ve had actual sex that wasn’t as satisfying as this ale…