A Few Quickie Recommendations at the OBF
- Boneyard Bone-a-fide. You have certain expectations about Boneyard: a sweet malt base that lifts up an intense infusion of hops. Boneyard meets your expectations. At 5.5%, it's a perfect festbier.
- Boundary Bay Double Dry Hop Mosaic. Very much in the Boneyard mode--vivid but not oppressive washes of hops. They build through mid-palate, and you expect a shattering finish, but no, it fades out into a sunny, fruity finish.
- Heathen Megadank. This is listed, wrongly, at 120 IBUs. It's actually not hugely bitter, but it is saturated in hops--dank, slightly fruity hops.
- Klamath Basin Breakfast Blend. A coffee IPA that is just a notch below the best I've ever had, but which nevertheless demonstrates the potential of hops and coffee (which just shouldn't work).
- Sierra Nevada/Ninkasi Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout. The name pretty much says it all, and it really hit the spot as the rain was hammering down.
I didn't encounter any disasters. There were beers that didn't hit me in the happy spot, from Upright's overly spiced (those damn pink peppercorns again) saison to Caldera's coconut porter (too coconutty--but others were going crazy for it). Even Laht Neppur's latest non-beer confection, a peach pie beer that tasted 100% of the former and 0% of the latter, was well done for what it was.
That's the report; go forth and enjoy--