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Seabright Brewery: The Blur

Posted: September 18, 2011 in California, Fresh, Tap, U.S.A.
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For my second sampler at Seabright Brewery I chose to give their IPA a shot. They call it “The Blur.” With a name like that I was hoping it’ll take my taste buds for a spin but leave my vision unaffected. With a rating of 60 bitterness units and a 7.4% alcohol rating I was hoping for something tasty.

Pouring a clear copper-gold, this IPA has a finger of thick white head with decent retention. The aroma wafts with citrus hops, lemon and tangerine, along with mild hints of pine. Tangerine seems to take over the initial taste upfront. This quickly melds into a sharp pine hop, finally fading into a sharp alcoholic bite. It coats the mouth with thick hoppy, tangy taste.

7.4% IPA

After the first long leg of our road trip, getting out of bed was a little slow. Honestly, I can’t remember what time we ended up getting out of bed, but I do remember that they had already closed down the “continental breakfast.” After packing up and getting all of our proverbial ducks in a row, we headed over to Seabright Brewery for brunch. When we arrived, we realized they wouldn’t be open for another 45 minutes. So, we decided to head down to the ocean and take a stroll on the beach. To be honest, it has been years since I’ve been that close to the ocean with the waves crashing that hard. So, I dove right on in. It was cold, saltier then I remember, and I had the stirred up sand go everywhere. I’m pretty sure I had at least five pounds if sand fill my pockets. After I dried off and cleaned up we headed into the pub.

Seabright is a decent sized little pub, with quite the large patio to boost its seating potential if I recall correctly. The menu was unique and delicious. I’d go back for the food alone. Oh, who am I kidding. I’d go back for the beer too. I’m not sure how long they’ve been active, but they always have 6-8 beers on tap and usual a seasonal from what I’m told. Between the food and the two beers I tried, I was thoroughly impressed.

The Sour Cherry Stout poured dark black with no head to be had. This may have been due to it being a 6 ounce sampler glass and the waitress trying to give me the most bang for my buck. The aroma wafted with mostly a traditional oatmeal stout scent. Though I was able to pick up slight hints of cherry every second or third sniff. The first sip was a punch in the face with sour cherry. Wow! After that initial jab the sour fades smoothly into a traditional oatmeal flavoring. This stout has a clean, smooth finish, which left a thick oatmeal stout aftertaste.

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