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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Escanaba Pail Ale - Bottle #7

Cousins Matt, Tina and daughter Kira are visiting our fair city. They claim to not have time for a "power tour", but skies were clear - so after they finished rubbing elbows with King Tut and a few thousand fellow tourists at the DeYoung Museum - I took them up to Twin Peaks for the view.

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It was a bit windy

Afterword we meet Brewmaster Sean at 21st Amendment, sample some of their brews, and compare it to a bottle of Escanaba Pail Ale I smuggled into the micro-brewery.


Sean was concerned about being thrown out of his neighborhood watering hole.

Bottle #7 bites the dust.

Matt assesses the bouquet

Just a little housekeeping - prior to consumption, we agreed to swap my bottle #7 for Matt's bottle #16 currently residing at Camp. The spreadsheet has been updated to reflect this change.

I am hoping for tasting notes from this bottle to be added in the comments, so we can update the tasting notes spreadsheet without relying on my sometimes imperfect memory. However, I am not optimistic. This branch of the family has proven to be singularly irresponsible about documenting their consumption of this fine home brew.

2 comments:

Matt said...

Thanks much for the abbreviated "power tour". Great panorama photo of Kira and the other "Windy City". Had a wonderful time--I could live in SF.

With respect to taster's notes and EPA Bottle Number 7 let me just say that the Rea branch would generally prefer to drink our beers than to talk about them. That being said I suppose a few remarks are in order. As other reviewers have alrady noted, it is light in body and alcohol and in hop flavor and nose. The wild UP hops obviously are low in Alpha content. It doesn't match IPA or Pale Ale style. On the other hand it has the strong Apple and citrus flavor and nose that others have noted. I found it more akin to a Belgian style. Change the name to "EBA" and enter it in a competition as a Belgian. I found the EPA to be highly drinkable. It would best be consumed as a session beer during a warm summer day at Shag Lake. This beer won't age well in the bottle like Big Shag Stout did. Drink it up this summer!

Matt said...

Thanks much for the abbreviated "power tour". Great panorama photo of Kira and the other "Windy City". Had a wonderful time--I could live in SF.

With respect to taster's notes and EPA Bottle Number 7 let me just say that the Rea branch would generally prefer to drink our beers than to talk about them. That being said I suppose a few remarks are in order. As other reviewers have alrady noted, it is light in body and alcohol and in hop flavor and nose. The wild UP hops obviously are low in Alpha content. It doesn't match IPA or Pale Ale style. On the other hand it has the strong Apple and citrus flavor and nose that others have noted. I found it more akin to a Belgian style. Change the name to "EBA" and enter it in a competition as a Belgian. I found the EPA to be highly drinkable. It would best be consumed as a session beer during a warm summer day at Shag Lake. This beer won't age well in the bottle like Big Shag Stout did. Drink it up this summer!