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Thunderhead is brewed with complex blend of grains including: two row pale, caramel, and black patent malts as well as malted wheat and oats. The wheat is used primarily for head retention and body. Our panel found it similar in style to the dry stouts of Ireland. You'll find the nose distinctly roasted, almost coffee-like. Note great head retention on this full-bodied ale. The color is opaque, the body rich and the flavor full and very roasted. The brewery hops it up with both Northern Brewer and East Kent Goldings which were evident, but somewhat dominated by the malt profile as one would expect in this style. Overall, flavor packed. We loved the complex malt profile which at times seems even smoky. We loved this bold ale! Don't drink it too cold! Let it sit out of the fridge for a half hour before you take it for a test drive.
Founded in 1986, Portland Brewing Company is a pioneer in the craft brewing movement. From their old-world brewing vessels to their state-of-the-art bottling facility, no effort has been spared in producing the finest craft beers.While there are more than 1,000 craft brewers in the United States (producing everything from tap-water to tomorrow's classics) more than 85 percent of this country's beer is still produced by just four companies. These brewing giants churn out huge quantities of mundane product for mainstream America - which is their business. Portland's business, on the other hand, is offering choice. And if it weren't for discerning beer lovers who recognize artful brewing and prized ingredients, they would have no one to sell to.From their early days as a 1,000 barrel-a-year brewpub, the brewery has focused their efforts on one thing: crafting delicious beers for a small (but growing) number of discerning beer lovers. As this niche grows, so will their future. Throughout their 14 years of brewing, they've had the fortune of attracting a unique crew of devoted individuals who share their passion for hard work and fine beers.For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (503) 226-7623 or check out their web site at www.portlandbrew.com.
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