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Folks who live outside of the Pacific Northwest probably wonder why they see the term "Cascadian" pop up on my blog from time to time. Well, if you're currently scratching your head and wondering "What the heck is a Cascadian?" I'm here to assist.
Check out a map of the Cascade Range. You'll see that these mountains span the entire Pacific Northwest, from Northern California through Oregon and Washington to Southern British Columbia. There are some beautiful peaks in the Cascades. Mount Hood (called Wy'east by the native Multnomah people) sits practically in my Portland backyard at less than an hour drive away. And Mount St. Helens, famous for blowing her volcanic lid in 1980, is right across the border in Washington State. As part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Cascades are filled with active volcanoes. Like the people living among them, these seemingly serene mountains have a smoldering intensity lying just below the surface.
Most Pacific Northwest inhabitants will tell you that "Cascadian" means much more than a reference to the mountains. This unique bioregion is known for its pristine water, beautiful forests, and diverse ecology. Most Cascadians are very proud and protective of the spectacular environment that surrounds us. The Cascadian flag flying from my front porch doesn't represent any kind of independence movement--not in the traditional sense--but rather a celebration of all the "good stuff" here; and there is certainly an abundance of good stuff, much of which goes into making my favorite thing in the whole wide world...tasty, tasty BEER!
Yesterday, while searching for craft beer bargains at the grocery store, I came across a bomber of Pelican Brewing Company's Cold Coast Cascadian Pilsner. On sale for $3,99. Bam! That baby went into the cart! This unique winter seasonal boasts an ABV of 7.0% and 50 IBU's.
The beer poured into my gigantic pilsner glass (seemed appropriate) a clear, golden yellow color with a foamy white head. The head rose up to two fingers thick and dissipated at a moderate rate. Quite a pretty head on this one--picture perfect! Webby tendrils of suds were left behind all over the glass as I imbibed.
Aroma was biscuity malt and lemony hops up front. Sweet, floral, herbal notes.
For taste, the "Cascadian" moniker was not betrayed. As expected, this is a very hop-forward pilsner. Citrus hops. Lemon and orange. Bready, biscuity malt. A bit of peppery spice on the finish.
Light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. There was some heat from the 7% ABV, but nothing harsh.
Overall, this was actually a fun drink for me. I found it to be quite refreshing, especially in juxtaposition to all of the heavy-hitting holiday beers I've been socking down lately. This flavorful pilsner is a big boy beer that may not suit everybody's taste, but it sure works for me. I like it and will certainly drink it again. I'm giving Cold Coast Cascadian Pilsner a BeerGuyPDX score of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.