Going out on Halloween in search of a quiet beer with some friends didn't seem like a great idea, but I'm glad I went.
At our second stop of the evening, two of my friends ordered a beer I'd never heard of from a brand new brewery in San Francisco. Unfortunately (sort-of, it's relative!) I had already ordered a Celebrator, but my next beer was Cellarmaker Brewing Co.'s Dobis Pale Ale. From the shining gold color to the punch-packing hop aroma (single-hopped with Citra), I was immediately impressed. I can't wait until my next trip into The City; Cellarmaker's tasting room will be a must-stop for me.
Dobis Pale Ale – Cellarmaker Brewing Company
Appearance: 4.0 / Bright gold with a hint of haze. Thin head that quickly dissipated.
Smell: 4.5 / Super hoppy aroma, a powerful jolt of Citrus with a big hit of tropical fruit & general 'hop' aroma. A tiny thread of minty lemongrass, maybe? Super nice.
Taste: 4.0 / Sweet biscuity malt (95% Scottish Golden Promise) apparent through the amazing hop flavor. It was like drinking fresh-squeezed hop juice. One caveat with an asterisk- this beer had almost no bitterness. It didn't need much, just some. Maybe.
Feel: 4.5 / Super clean with no lingering sweetness or bitterness. At 5.1% ABV, it probably isn't quite a lawn-mower beer, but you could drink more than one of these without a problem!
Overall: 4.25 / Just a really, really nice beer. If I hadn't needed to drive, I probably would have enjoyed three or four. This is the most aromatic hoppy beer I have had in a very long time. I look forward to more Dobis Pale Ale & a visit to Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
1150 Howard Street, between 7th and 8th
San Francisco, CA 94103
Photo by Brian Stechschulte