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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Migration Brewing (Portland, OR)

Migration Pale Ale came across as European-style, a surprising respite in the hop city, but was generic 
enough to not have much use beyond a session beer.

Terry’s Porter fell into the sweet, chocolaty side of the porter scale, offering soft hops and a mild sweetness of chocolate and caramel over a slightly dusty fade.

Migration’s session ale, Clems Cream is decidedly not sweet for a cream ale (good news in my book) and was even better after warming closer to room temperature for a true English pint. 

In what may be a first for an IPA, Lupulin’s malt profile outshines the hops; not in strength, but in composition.  Very well balanced notes of honey, caramel, and earthiness came through over the hops, making the well worn Centenial/Simcoe hop combo feel a little tired.

I had to laugh as the server tried to NOT call this “Old English”, obvious concerned patrons would confuse the style with the malt liquor.  Old Silenus was malty and earthy, with cherry and cocoa detectable and a slight peppery quality more felt than tasted in the hops.

Migration Spruce Ale tricked the palette to thinking a standard IPA was being consumed on the first sip, but within seconds a strong (but well integrated) spruce flavor same through and completely changed the character to the beer.  What bitterness was detectable was surprisingly round and pleasant, never quite reaching the “Christmas Tree in the mouth” phenomena many spruce ales produce.

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