Don’t mess with the gnome

Greetings fellow beer lovers. Keeping with the theme of tasting winter warmers or seasonal beers on the KT tonight I tasted a hoppy brown ale from Oakshire Brewing located in Eugene, Oregon. The name and the label I like: Ill Tempered Gnome winter ale (ABV 6.8, IBU 65). This is the first time that I’ve tried any style of beer from this brewery. I wasn’t impressed or disappointed with this malty ale. Its color was a strong dark reddish brown with an inconspicuous brown light head. It was also cloudy and grainy common with this type of beer.

This pissed off gnome had a subtle smell but what I really liked was its taste and after taste (ok I also enjoyed the grainy particles floating about, ha). This ale had a coffee like “stouty” taste and a finish that stuck around which was pleasing to me. I am not a big fan of the aftertaste of beer disappearing like Herman Cain. For my palate this ale was good but not great. I would buy it again because of the strong finish. Cheers.

About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)

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