Sunday, March 11, 2007

Big Horse Brew Pub - Horsefeathers & Co.

Originally we took the hour long drive to Hood River to visit the Full Sail Brewery. Unfortunately, their tasting room & pub were closed for renovations until some time in April. Hungry and disappointed I would not be getting an Old Boardhead fresh from the bright tank, Lk and I wandered the streets of the small town until we found the Big Horse Brew Pub.

The brewpub was converted from an old house located on the side of a steep hill above State Street. We climbed the stairs on the outside of the building up to the third floor to enter the restaurant. The view was incredible, the climb was worth it. Our table was next to the window and we could see the entire town, the Colombia Gorge below and the scenic hills above. The food was just ok, but I was here to see what Brewmaster Jason Kahler could do. Unfortunately they were out of Horsetail Pale Ale

1) Pale Rider IPA (5.8%) - Light floral hop aroma and flavor. Bitterness comes in the aftertaste. Almost astringent.

2) Willy's Liquid Courage (Wee Scottish) - Not really any aroma. Flavor of peat and a wheat malt (Simpsons?). Finishes very dry.

3) Snow Bunny Blonde - Smells of banana and clove and tastes the same. There is some floral hoppiness to it. Finishes wet, a nice change after Willy's.

4) Horse Thief ESB - Hop aroma flowery. Some malty aroma. Lightly malty and hopped. Get the distinct flavor of bubble gum.

5) Moped Rider English IPA - Typical of the style; mild in all respects except that it's 6.2% and the alcohol dominates the flavor.

6) Nightmare Oatmeal Stout - Some coffee & almost bubblegum aroma. Creamy, chocolate & coffee taste. Lingering light bitterness.

7) MacStallion's Scotch Ale (7.5%) - Aroma of malt & alcohol. Full bodied, malty flavor some alcohol warming. Dry.

Overall I would have to say these beers were mediocre at best. The Scotch ale was probably my favorite, but with its alcohol level I don’t think I could enjoy it that long. The ESB would have been really good, but I don't like bubble gum flavor in my beer. I hate to say it, but the view was the best part about this pub.


Anonymous Kyra said...

Well written article.

6:51 PM  

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