If you’re in the mood for an extremely balanced ale, something with lots of hops, and a solid malt body, then it’s time to try Spinnakers Northwest Ale.
It’s brewed similar to other ales from the Cascade region, with plenty of hops. This little gem sits at 85 IBU’s, so at first glance, some beer drinkers might suspect it’s only purpose is to annihilate your taste buds. Thankfully Spinnakers has balanced this ale with a fair amount of malts.
It’s a beautiful copper colour, with a citrus hoppy aroma. The first taste, and even the first swallow are primarily dominated by its hop flavour, but the finish is more subtle. This ale goes down surprisingly smooth considering its high IBU rating, so those additional malts prove to be a fine addition.
Some ales boast a complex flavour, but Northwest Ale definitely has a balanced one. It pairs nicely with most BBQ chicken or pork dishes, and works like magic with anything that has a bit of spice or kick to it. Curry, southern BBQ, or even Mexican foods would all be decent contenders.
It’s available on tap, in cans, and in the big 650 mL bottles. So, if you’re craving something hoppy, but balanced, an ale that stands out from the hoppy herd, pour a pint of Spinnakers Northwest Ale.
Photo by Brianne Adams