So tonight is game seven of the World Series. I was up until 2am last night watching one of the greatest games in baseball history, so I’m a little gassed, but that’s never stopped me. Tonight I decided to try one of my purchases from West End Beverage while I watch the game. This is Elysian Mens Room a red ale that weighs in at 5.6% ABV. According to the website, it’s a crystal malt, cara-hell, cara-pils, and Munich. The hops are chinook for the buttering and cascade for the finish.
The cascade in the finish has a strong vanilla notes. I have to say, it’s an aroma I’ve really come to love from a brew, but it’s not necessarily what I’ve come to expect from a cascade finish. Perhaps it’s the east coast west coast differences in the cascade hops, but the aromas I expect are more citrus and pine. Maybe it’s the malt that’s actually the malt I’m picking up on these brews, guess I have to keep trying more of them!
Here’s the BA feedback, not a lot of love. It’s by no means a knock your socks off brew, but it would make a great session beer with some real flavor.