I’m at the Portland airport after an incredible week in “Beervana” – and I mean that as both a location and as an experience. I had to take one last chance to have another local Oregon brew at the airport. Fortunately, there was this Laurelwood Brewing location in the terminal. The menu says, “This red blends 100% organically grown barley malts with loads of fresh Cascade hops. The result is a medium bodied ale with outstanding aroma and flavor. 6.1% ABV. 14° Plato O.G. 2.5° T.G. 60 IBU.”
It was slightly hazy and had a red/deep copper color. There was a thin, creamy head on it and there wasn’t much of an aroma to it. There was a slight bready/malty and piney hop smell.
It had a light-medium body and a crisp, but creamy mouthfeel. There was a nice full malty flavor before a nice, bold, piney hop flavor came in. It finished with a pleasant piney hop flavor and a bit of underlying maltiness. It had a very nice malt/hop balance, but definitely tipped toward the hoppy side.
I think this would go well with a burger or any other pub fare. In particular, I think the maltiness would go nicely with sauteed mushrooms and onions, and perhaps a side of baked beans.
Overall, this beer had a very good flavor and was very easy drinking. It was crisp and refreshing, with a nice, full balance of malts and hops – plus, the added knowledge that it’s made from all organic ingredients added to the enjoyability of this beer. I do recommend trying this beer, and I’m going to try a few more Laurelwood brews if I get a chance.