A few beers at Perdition Smokehouse in Berkeley. On the top, Cellarmaker’s Equinox Pale Ale (a 3 of 4) (and some delicious hush puppies in the background). An awesome tropical fruit bomb of a nose and some light bright sweetness. Quite juicy and oily and solidly bitter. Easy drinking to boot. On the bottom left, Tahoe Mountain’s Hop Song Citra (a 3 of 4) - a great citrus presence and a great looking beer with some relatively sticky lacing. A decently thick body and a lingering grapefruit bitterness. On the bottom right, The Bruery’s Hottenroth Berliner Weisse (a 4 of 4). Smells of lemon and grain and has a great tartness up front as well as some balancing sweetness. Very light bodied, yet carries a ton of nuance to it, and has a beautiful opaque body. Not overly tart - the grain sweetness does a perfect job balancing. Excellent stuff.
Four of De Prael’s beers (Picked up at the brewery in Amsterdam). All solid 3’s or 2’s of 4. On the top left, Nick En Simon’s Mild IPA (Lowlands IPA - LIPA) (a 3) - a nose of mostly grassy and earthy hops, although some faint citrus as well. Beautiful orange color - the body has some interesting yeast profile - I’m guessing this is a belgian-y strain. Drinks with a moderate amount of sweetness and some bitterness, but not too aggressive. On the top right, Zwarte Riek (3), a Milk Stout. Clear this is a sweet stout from the nose - a bit of sweetness up front on the palate, as well as a relatively dry, roast body. There’s some interesting chocolate candy-like notes here as well, even some dark fruit. On the bottom left, De Klassieker Bitter, a relatively standard-ish English Style Bitter (2). Decent bit of malt development and some nice grassy hops to balance the caramelly sweetness. Nothing stands out. On the bottom right, the Johnny Alt (a 3). A pretty clean and simple nose - mostly sweet with some nice grainy/cereal notes and some grass. Drinks quite easily with a clean, dry body and a solid amount of carbonation (despite the relatively lack of lacing). Solid stuff all around.