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Kettlehouse Cold Smoke Scotch Ale: Brown Goodness On a Warm Day.

Well, as some of you know the picture above is the view off of my front porch.  You can see that summer is FINALLY here, as the grass is starting to turn a little brown even with being irrigated 2 times a day, and where it isn’t irrigated it is deep brown fire hazard type grass!  It is begining to heat up, and I have to admit that I am starting to grow a little bored with golden ales and plisners and the like.  Even a good IPA gets a little bit of a cool reception from me about this time of year.  Not that it doesn’t fit, because it does, but I’m longing for a bigger beer but I’m not quite ready to open up the oil can stouts.

In comes the Scotch Ale to the rescue.  This is a style that I have only recently found and I absolutely love it.  It is malty, smoky, and has a good hop balance to it.  It is really a refreshing and highly flavorful beer that goes great any time of year.  It is a style I’m really digging on right now, and I found another good one…

This is the third and final KettleHouse Brew that was given to me by my friend Lark at the Super 8 in Grangeville.  And this is my favorite of the bunch.  It is a 6.5% ABV brew that is from another all can brewery in the west.  KettleHouse is Missoula’s newest brewery and from what I can see (and taste) they are turning out some really solid brews.

Their Cold Smoke Scotch Ale is an excellent example of the style with a medium body and mouthfeel with great flavor.  It is like the Oskar Blues Old Chub turned down a notch and I am fine with that.

The Cold Smoke poured a deep rich brown with a one finger billowy tan head.  It’s nose was malty and raisin scents with a touch of smoke and hops.

The flavor was very nice and refreshing, and that is what I love about the Scotch Ales I have had to this point.  They are big flavorful brews that seem to be very well balanced between the malt and hops with the extra caramelization lending dark fruit tones and a chocolaty goodness that when combined makes for a big satisfying beer that drinks easy and has a refreshing quality for warmer weather.

All in all this KettleHouse brewery is a very good place!  I really enjoyed all the beers they make and I hope they do well, so maybe we will all be able to get a taste in the not too distant future!

-Don

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4 Comments on “Kettlehouse Cold Smoke Scotch Ale: Brown Goodness On a Warm Day.”

  1. July 20, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    That’s exactly how I remember Idaho looking.

    • Don
      July 21, 2010 at 10:38 am #

      Yep, pretty much looks the same. Take away the houses and it looks the same as it did 100 years ago!

  2. July 21, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    Is that a badminton racket next to your beer? Where’s the ballerina outfit?

    • Don
      July 21, 2010 at 10:40 am #

      That would be the racketball racket that we keep out front to hit the tennis ball for my dumbass Labradoodle, Toby. we have to keep rackets on either side of the house because he is obsessed with playing fetch and chickens.

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