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<strong>The Disgruntled Chemist</strong>

10/28/2006

Beer Blogging

To warm up for the combination Halloween/Oktoberfest party I'll be going to this evening, I thought I'd do another installation of beer blogging. Last night I went to Beverages & More and picked up (among other things) two 22-oz. bombers from Full Sail Brewing. Tonight, I'll be sampling one out of their Brewmaster's Reserve, the Equinox Extra Special Bitter.



Befitting its name, the flavor of the Equinox ESB is dominated by bitterness, but it's not unpleasantly bitter at all. There's no taste of malt sweetness to speak of; the beer's entire flavor is dictated by the hops. Since the Full Sail brewery is in Oregon, I'd guess that these are Cascade hops, of which I am a huge fan. The main flavor that I get initially is lemon rind (a bitter lemon taste), but that doesn't last too long before it gets replaced by a more generic citrus flavor. Since it only has 5.7% alcohol by volume, you can't really taste any alcohol, which contributes to the smooth taste of the Equinox, despite its bitter flavors.

Rating: 8/10. If you like sweet beers, this one has absolutely nothing to offer you. It's about hops, hops, hops. But if you're a fan of pale ales, IPAs or ESBs, you will enjoy this beer.

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