An Alt, a DIPA, a Smoked Porter

I’m still trying to drink through my ever expanding beer collection so that I can actually use part of the shelf in my fridge, but I keep buying more.  I’ve decided that as long as I’m drinking more beer per week than I buy per week, I’m good.  Tonight, I had 3 beers.

I started with Victory’s 10 Years Alt.  It’s, obviously, an altbier.  Very few American breweries make these (in fact, the only ones that come to mind are Long Trail and Tuckerman).  This one was originally brewed for their 10th anniversary (hence the name, which is a play on words as “alt” means “old” in German).  It pours a nice dark amber color with a small head.  It immediately smelled of nice piney hops and sweet malts.  The taste is hops up front and malt down in back.  The malt profile becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.  It’s a tasty one.  I think I actually found an American altbier that I like better than Double Bag.  Unfortunately, I can’t get this one anymore.

I then moved on to Speakeasy Double Daddy.  It’s a double IPA.  I think I wrote about Speakeasy once before and mentioned that they had only 2 beers worth buying, this one and the amber ale.  This one was really nice.  I had a mix of different hops.  There was some grapefruit flavor mixed in with some piny hops with just enough malt to give it balance without detracting from the hops.  It was a nice solid DIPA.

The last beer I had was Rock Art’s Midnight Madness Smoked Porter.  I don’t remember if I wrote about this one yet.  It’s a very smoky porter with just enough roasted malts to give it a nice flavor.  This would be great paired with Vermont cheddar or some smoky meats.

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