The last of my “tour of beers” out west was an outstanding IPA from another Missoula brewer, KettleHouse Brewing. How can you not love a big full-bodied IPA that’s available in tall boys?! Available in several restaurants and in stores, people recommended this beer to me multiple times throughout our trip. It did NOT disappoint!
If you love a rich hoppy aroma on top of a gorgeous amber ale, then you’ll want to pour this heady brew in a tall pint to fully enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not always an aristocrat – I’ll tip back tall boys any day. For the purposes of fully appreciating a new beer though, I grabbed a glass. Brewed with local barley and cascade hops from the northwest, the brewers take special care to bring out the best of their local ingredients. There’s a great mouthfeel with a decent amount of hop finish. I really appreciate that these guys don’t go for the “hop bomb” that you get from a lot of craft brewers. 6.5% ABV will catch up with you quickly when you’re downing 16-ounce cans, but these suds are heavy or boozy at all.
I can think of all kinds of traditional pairings for Double Haul, but it was perfect with some fried pickles and a huge burger. My only regret is that I didn’t try some of their others or get to the taproom. I heard the Brick & Mortar Imperial Belgian Porter will knock your socks off! Their biggest hit, Cold Smoke Scotch Ale, would have been awesome to try as well. Alas, I now have an excuse to get back that way and indulge. Check out their website kettlehouse.com for all the details. Well done gentlemen, well done!