Sunday, December 20, 2009

173b. Laurelwood Prevale India Pale Ale

Laurelwood Public House & Brewery is in Portland, OR; they have six locations in Portland, including two at Portland International Airport—one in Concourse A and another in Concourse E. My first pint of Laurelwood was in Concourse A when I flew into PDX to visit some friends in September; I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered they weren’t just some cheesy airport bar, but a real microbrewery—and this realization came with my first sip of their beer.

Prevale pours a deep, lustrous copper with a minimal head that quickly dissipates; the nose is predominantly pine hops with a bready malt coming in underneath the hop aroma. The beer begins with bready, crackery, and dry biscuity malt flavors before moving into a hoppy middle, with pine and resin hop flavors and a good dose of bitterness; Prevale finishes dry with some lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue. Light bodied with a little creaminess, and there is a decent amount of tongue curling and pleasant bitterness in the mouth. The carbonation is medium to low, but still present in rounding and shaping the beer. Prevale comes across as more British than American as an IPA; while there is hop flavor and aroma, the breadiness and the low carbonation have more of an influence on the overall beer. The lingering bitterness is an enjoyable feature of the beer—dry and pasty, but delicious.

From the bottle: “Because we will Prevail! A portion of the proceeds from each bottle of Prevale will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Dedicated to Nancy Driscoll.”

There’s nothing on Prevale on the Laurelwood website; I’m guessing that’s because this was specially brewed (see the poster). You can find more details about Prevale at Beer Advocate.

ABV: 6.7%
IBU: circa 70
OG: 15° P


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