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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Tuesday Tasting: Three Beers From the Mail Bag

Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we taste three beers shipped to us from craft brewers.

It is the drinks journalist's version of pennies from heaven -- only better. The arrival of the FedEx truck can be a very happy experience. Depending on what I'm writing about the delivery might be a rare Scotch, a bottle of California chardonnay or some pretty decent beer. In recent days, three packages have arrived at my doorstep from brewers, two in Vermont and the other in Colorado. Each beer was a unique treat, worth some cyber ink.

Gordon Imperial IPA: Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado made this limited release brew to honor of the late Gordon Knight, a craft brewing pioneer. A Vietnam War veteran, Knight died when the helicopter he was piloting to drop water on a forest fire crashed. The beer is a fitting honor to a legendary man. Dark, with a firm head and a chewy flavor. Very hoppy, this brew weighs in at 8.7 percent alcohol by volume.

Magic Hat hI.P.A SeasonAle: Bright gold, with a rocky head, this brew has one of the freshest hop aromas and flavors that I can recall in a bottled brew. The Stanley Mouse designed label is not the only piece of art that comes with this brew. The flavor profile is what all IPA makers should strive for in their beer. The ale is dry hopped twice, which explains the burst of rewarding flavor.

Otter Creek World Tour Otter Kilter: This Scotish-style wee heavy ale is a rich reddish brown. A moderately decent head remains throughout the glass. This brew has a pronounced malty sweet flavor that lingers. It is the sixth in a series of limited edition beers part of the Middlebury, Vt., brewer's salute to the world's beer styles. I cannot wait for the next stop!

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