Ellensburg WA, is home to one of the up and coming craft breweries in the state, Iron Horse Brewery. They produce around 10 different brews, the most popular being their Irish Death.

Created by the brewery’s founder, Quilter’s Irish Death is what we call a dark, smooth, ale. Any attempt at classifying it just ends up sending beer geeks into a style guidelines diatribe. So forget style guidelines. Is your pursuit of micro beer about tasting copies of a style that fit guidelines anyways? (Neither is ours) We lovingly refer to it as beer candy. While tempting to session this beer, the name is a necessary reminder that despite the surprising approachability, this beer weighs in at a hefty 7.8% ABV.

Irish Death pours a dark murky brown, with a minimal off-white head. Reminds me a little of a cup of french press. The aromas are sweet, with light cocoa, roasted grain, and a slight herbal quality. The taste of this beer is unique and quite fantastic. Dark biscuit malts and molasses, with a nice roasted chocolate flavor. The hops are herbal and a little grassy, but are subdued and mostly in the background, with the bitterness coming in near the finish. This beer is not highly carbonated, but is just enough so to give it a silky smooth, creamy texture that is almost reminiscent of nitro.

While this is not a beer that really fits into a defined category, it is fantastic none the less, and is worth seeking out at least once. Cheers!

[rating: 4.5/5]

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