Steve’s Beer Advent Calendar Day 5 – Red Velvet – Ballast Point Brewing


Day 5

The bottle encourages you to “pour with purpose. For the best experience turn upside down and pour quickly. ” Doing that you get a pretty lively white nitro head over a bright red beer. Moderately clear with suspended particles and fast bubbles.

The nose leads with a sharp red wine vinegar acidity followed by floral sweetness

The flavours are smooth and mellow as is the mouthfeel. The nitrogen and oatmeal make for a silky beer on the tongue. There is a mild fruity sweetness and a vanilla note.

Commercial Description:

This stout takes the cake.

Our Red Velvet oatmeal stout is a mind-bending beer. Like the cake that inspired it, the deep red color comes from beets, which add a rich, earthy character that complements the chocolate flavor and aroma. The foamy head of the nitro pour is our “icing”, adding a creamy smoothness to the mouthfeel. But this liquid dessert still finishes like a beer – not sweet, but just as satisfying.

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La Tormenta Dry Hopped Sour Ale – Breakside Brewery


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From Portland, Oregon Breakside Brewery has produced their La Tormenta Dry Hopped Sour Ale.

La Tormenta pours a nice, hazy yellow-orange that almost glows when held up to light.  The head is a stiff white foam with good lasting power.

The nose is all about the sour orange citric acid.  It smells great, thought it is a bit one-note.

The nuance of the flavours is where this beer really shines, right up front there is sour orange with great funky farmhouse flavours right underneath.  Outside of the citric acidity there is a more red wine vinegar acidity that slowly creeps up on the palate that is accompanied by a musty flavour.  A really nice, complex set of flavours are at play and it is worth sipping and contemplating.

Overall a nice sipper.