Because this email is coming to you on a blustery, snowy Thursday morning can mean but one thing: someone forgot to send an email out earlier in the week. Hint: it was me! And on an awesome note, lots of you threw in dough for the raffle to win Cabin Fever tickets – but one of you donated ALMOST HALF of the total donations to the St. Louis Area Food Bank. At the end of the day you may not have won yourself a ticket but you have helped improve the quality of someone elses life. That, my friends, is a good thing.
Continuing in the same vein I want to take a moment and say that I do hear those of you with comments and suggestions on the email and on Beer League as a whole. If it hasn’t become obvious yet, we’re trying to make our little Beer League into the best it can be and part of that is changing and tweaking the email format and adding new things to Beer League. Keep your suggestions coming because I know what you really care about is…
…this weeks beer: 5 Barrel Pale Ale from Odell Brewing. On top of doing one thing extremely well, (brewing beer, duh) Odell also has the privilege of having an extremely pleasant tasting area in their brewery. Not that you care about that either, what you care about is what Odell has to say about their 5 Barrel Pale Ale on their website, which goes a little somethin’ like this, “The distinctive hop character of our 5 Barrel Pale Ale is due to the extraction of essential oils from select hops. We treat 5 Barrel Pale Ale to an infusion of fresh whole hop flowers in the Hop Back and the Fermentor, as well as four hop additions during the kettle boil. We like how this gives the beer a fresh, lively flavor and aroma.” Wait, did we pick another delightfully classy, yet very drinkable beer clocking in at 36 IBU’s? You know we did.
The Odell brewing website doesn’t ask your age; knows you’re old enough by your good taste in beer:
Beer Advocate gives ‘er a high “B” – which is really just a super-low “A” – right?
And what would this email be without the highest and lowest rated reviews from Beer Advocate, which will forevermore be referred to as “THE GOOD” and “THE BAD.”
“I thought I would never find the perfect beer. Well, not around here best beer I ever had is Chukkar Ale from the Firehouse Brewery in Rapid City, SD 800 miles away! But right here in Colorado Springs at Teds Montana Grill, I found it on tap! In a blind taste test I might be able to tell them apart maybe. 5 Barrel Pale Ale pours a translucent light golden-red color with a cream-colored foam that leaves a decent lacing on the glass and lasts forever. The first thing you sense is a very mild and pleasant apricot-peach in the nose. Not a hint of astringency. Crisp and clean with the start just the right amount of sweet, lots of malt, the top well-balanced in feel. The aroma of this ale is delicious. The flavor profile is delicate. The mouthfeel due to the steady, well-balanced carbonation adds to its overall drinkability. Finish is perfect: the hops are subtle in their spicy bite, with no unpleasant aftertaste. Exquisitely crafted. Bravo Odell!”
“For a snazy looking bottle, this beer leaves much to be desired. Proclaiming itself as “bountiful in hop flavor” – due to 4 different boiling hops – this beer is a run of the mill pale ale, tasting mostly bittering hops, with very few complexities and/or floral notes. Lacing is poor, and aroma is uninspiring. Not sure why I see this all over the place… perhaps you’ll like it, or perhaps you’ll wonder why someone would think this one special like me. So there you go, tonight you’re either having a beer with very few complexities and some floral notes, or you’re having a crisp apricot-peach flavor extravaganza!”
I think someone may have had a cold when they reviewed this beer, not that I’m naming any names there demuzik…
Schlafly Cabin Fever – Saturday, January 21st
The beer sampling list for Cabin Fever is up at the preceding link, and if you’re on the fence about going I’d like to draw you attention to one thing: India Brown Ale. I’m 99% sure that we reached a concensus last year that this was the standout best beer we sampled. I’ve never seen it in the wild, so this is a special time for me. I’ll also point out that there are (tentatively) 34 beers to be sampled. You’re nuts not to go!
Beer League Wing Off – Thursday, January 26th
In the finest tradition of Beer League cooking competitions, we are mostly proud and a little bit scared to bring you the Beer League Wing Off! The rules are listed on the Facebook Event, but the quick and dirty version is, “10 LB minimum of wings, judging starts at 8 PM, chafing dishes provided, judging by popular vote, juding complete by 9 PM.”
We’ll see you tonight for a perfectly hop’d 5 Barrel Pale Ale, but not
on that patio – there’s snows out there!
Sarah, Beer League Captaineer, Fears Snow
Tyler, Beer League Captaineer, NO FEAR BRAH!