River Brew Review: 20â€ Brown Ale
Cascade Lakes Brewery
Itâ€™s Friday, itâ€™s beautiful outside and we are heading to the Metolius tomorrow to try to finally break the 31â€ barrier. What are we doing tonight? Tying flies, watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs and drinking beer. Could we have planned a better evening? Maybe, maybe we could have thrown some horseshoes in there to really round it out, but all in all I think weâ€™ve got it dialed pretty well.
We are searching for that big burly Bull Trout; we know heâ€™s there, but so far we just havenâ€™t been able to get him to hand. Broken hooks, broken tippet, missed strikes and epic fights lost; so far all Bull Trout bigger than 31â€ have gotten the better of us. In an attempt to get in the right mindset we searched out the beer with the biggest trout name we could find â€“ Cascade Lakes Brewing Companyâ€™s 20â€ Brown Ale. Yeah, itâ€™s the wrong species, yeah its still too small, but beggars canâ€™t be choosers and we all know I love a good brown ale!
As far as brown ales go this is the best one that I have had in a while. It isnâ€™t super exotic and it isnâ€™t trying to reinvent the wheel it is just smooth, sweet but not too sweet and delicious.
Appearance: A very nice reddish brown color, kind of a reddish caramel color. Little to no head, what was there was a light brown/cream in color. Lots of bubbles.
Smell: Not super aromatic, pretty sweet smelling. What you do smell is very malty with a bit of caramel in it.
Taste/mouthfeel: Bubbly and light, which is a bit surprising for a brown, but definitely leads to some serious drinkability. Mid-sweetness with definite hints of caramel. Very well balanced taste, not overpoweringly sweet.
Overall: Easily the best brown ale that I have tried in a while. I like browns and I like this one.
Brewed in Redmond, OR
For more information visit the brewery website at www.cascadelakes.com