Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #17 – Skookum Cascadian Brown Ale

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #17

Longboat Chocolate Porter – Phillips Brewing, 5.2% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“SKOOKUM [skookum m] (adjective) From Chinook, West coast North America

  1. A monster indigenous to the cascade region
  2. Strong, reliable and/or hard working
  3. IPA with big, bold hop characteristics and a smooth, rich maltiness
  4. The unofficial fuel of the cascadian revolution”

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  • Style: Black IPA
  • Taste: Roasted barley malt sharp piney & citrus hopped bitter
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a shot

Visual: Pours cola dark brown with a decent creamy dissipating head, a 1mm layer of retention with sticky lacing, clusters of fast streams.

Nose: sweet bread, toasted-light roasted malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: slick-crisp, half creamy-tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) dry piney & citrus tangy bitter hops, brown sugar, roasted barley malt

Finish: lingering sharp hoppy bitterness, roasted woody malt exhale, resiny finish.

Summary: A very drinkable balance of smooth entry, sharp bitter, and roasted malts. Good texture throughout.