Before turning to the estimable Steve Coomes and his coverage of this year’s Fest of Ales, here is a look at NABC’s lineup on Saturday. There may be a surprise growler tasting.
Ancient Rage (formerly Yakima)
Angel’s Envy Bourbon Barrel-Aged India Pale Ale
ABV: 7.5% … IBU: 130
Flavor: Medium bodied, with aggressive hops at all stages.
Compare to: Stone IPA, Southern Tier IPA or Sierra Nevada Torpedo IF they were to be aged in a bourbon barrel.
India Blonde Ale
ABV: 6% … IBU: 69
Flavor: Medium-bodied. Restrained Belgian fruitiness. Assertive hopping, but falling short of Hoptimus levels.
Compare to: A hoppy Belgian blonde ale, and unique.
Eastern Front (formerly Elsa)
Russian Imperial Pilsner
ABV: 9% … IBU: 80
Flavor: Full-bodied, but deceptively drinkable, with all the attributes of a crisp, clean, hoppy Pilsner – just more of everything.
Compare to: Rogue Morimoto, Sam Adams Hallertauer, Clipper City Uber Pils.
Smoked American Pale Ale
ABV: 7% … IBU: 65
Flavor: Medium-bodied, with mixed character: Part hoppy Pale Ale, part smoky brown ale.
Compare to: Any other smoked beer (Schlenkerla, Spezial, Rogue Smoke) but with a hoppy backbone.