Saturday, October 4, 2014

Ninkasi Brewing Company - Friends of Trees Pale Ale

Some of my best friends are trees...
Every once in a while, I'll be strolling through my neighborhood and see a brand new tree planted in someone's parkway. A sign announces that the tree was provided by Friends of Trees, a wonderful organization dedicated to maintaining greenery throughout the state of Oregon. They've planted over half a million trees! How awesome is that?

Friends of Trees is celebrating it's 25th anniversary and is currently having a $25 sale on trees. The deal goes like this: sign up, pick out and dig in. Friends of Trees will send a city inspector out to your house, make sure you have the appropriate permit, and then send helpers out to make sure you get your new tree planted appropriately.

In support of this great organization, Ninkasi Brewing Company has recently introduced Friends of Trees Pale Ale. The beer is described as a "hoppy but drinkable Northwest beer" on the label. It comes with an ABV of 5.5% and 60 IBU's. Ninkasi is donating ALL profits from this brew to Friends of Trees! If you ever needed another good reason to drink beer, here you go!

The beer poured into my glass a clear, golden hue with a bright, white head. The head rose up to a finger thick and dissipated at a moderate rate. A solid cap of lacing was left behind.

Aroma was citrus and mild tropical fruit. Caramel malt. Floral notes.

Taste was citrus hops up front: orange and lemon. Hints of pineapple. Good bitter hops bite. Light, biscuity malt. The hops bitterness is the predominant flavor left on the palate at the end.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Semi-dry finish with a good bitter edge.

Overall, this is a tasty pale ale that delivers enough flavor to satisfy most hopheads, while remaining very drinkable. I like it and it's getting a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.

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