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Tuesday, 13 April 2021 17:13


Hale’s Ales

Seattle, WA

Style: blonde ale

Alcohol: 4.6%

IBUs: 10

Serving style: kegs, cans and bottles

Availability: year-round throughout Washington


Appearance:   “I’d say it’s a light straw color. There’s a nice one-inch high head of white foam. Actually, it looks pretty much like any other glass of just-poured beer.”

Aroma:   “Maybe not a whole lot of nose to it. Certainly nothing like that piney or citrus quality shown by many IPAs.”

Taste:   “The body seems light-to-medium, but it doesn’t come across as insufficient. There seems to be a spiciness in the background. No, I can’t identify which spices—maybe it’s just more perception than reality. It finishes clean and crisp. It’s almost like a typical American-style lager, but there’s something extra to it.”

Food Pairing;   “Like a wine with good acidity, the crisp nature of this Kolsch would likely complement food very well. Sausage slices, Munster cheese, rye bread all come to my mind—or my palate,  I should say. If you were thinking of something more than just snacks, it might be interesting served with a mild Indian curry.”


        --Guest Reviewer Georg Scheutzel enjoyed many a kölsch in Köln (Cologne) before emigrating to work in the U.S. tech industry.

Last modified on Tuesday, 13 April 2021 17:28


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