Monday, December 10th, 2018

Peaks and Pints Six at Six: Go Hawks!

Ron Swarner

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Peaks-and-Pints-Six-at-Six-Go-HawksPeaks and Pints Six at Six: Go Hawks!

Here are six beers and ciders in the Peaks and Pints’ cooler for enjoy during tonight’s Seahawks game — whether you’re watching on our 130-inch big screen or at your home.

INK, Reuben’s Brews: This imperial black IPA has all the awards, which isn’t a shocker considering it’s freaking delicious. A bold citrus and floral hop profile blots a roasted malt and caramel nose. Taste has a good hop presence with brown sugar, pine and semi-sweet toasted malts. 8.1%

MISTER HAZEE, Reuben’s Brews: According to the Internets, a bergamot orange is a fragrant citrus fruit the size of an orange, with a yellow or green color similar to a lime, depending on ripeness. Genetic research into the ancestral origins of extant citrus cultivars found bergamot orange to be a probable hybrid of lemon and bitter orange. That’s all fine and dandy, but it’s a delicious addition to Reuben’s collaboration with Urban Family Brewing — the creamy, hazy Mister Hazzee IPA that also sees the likes of orange zest, lactose and vanilla. Aroma is of an orangesicle and the taste follows. 7%

SNOW GLOBE, One Tree Hard Cider: Who doesn’t love glitter? It’s nearly impossible to get out of your cleavage after a night on the town, but it’s festive as hell. And now thanks to edible glitter, your digestive system can be as sparkly as your 1990s eye shadow palette. Snow Globe is a delicious spiced cider with glitter. We recognize the clove and cinnamon, but the glitter seems like a handful rather than a full dance floor dump. 6.6%

SPRUCE TIP SCULPIN IPA, Ballast Point Brewing: For a different twist on the San Diego brewery’s trademark Sculpin IPA, They added Oregon spruce tips for a unique piney, citrus and woody character on the nose. Expect flavor notes of red berry, lemon and wine grapes complementing the pine and herbal hop profile. 7%

VICTORY AT SEA PEANUT BUTTER, Ballast Point: Brewing: Although Ballast Point was founded in 1996, it wasn’t until 2007 that the San Diego brewery’s imperial porter premiered tasting almost like tiramisu. Bitter medium-roast coffee flavors play at the sides of the tongue while a sweet vanilla and Irish cream character build at the front. The variants followed, including Peanut Butter Cup Victory At Sea, a 10 percent ABV imperial porter brewed with coffee beans sourced from Caffe Calabria, vanilla, chocolate and peanut butter. Creamily cohesive peanut-buttered black chocolate melds with dark-roast coffee. Nutty mocha resilience allows dark toffee, vanilla, espresso and cappuccino illusions to deepen its rich complexity. Hops lend some bitterness to the beer’s light roast and alcohol, culminating in a long dry finish with light coffee notes left on the tongue. 10%

WAKE UP DEAD NITRO, Left Hand Brewing: Nitro dates back to 1959 with Michael Ash, a scientist working for Dublin’s Guinness Brewery, discovering that nitrogen wasn’t as soluble as CO2, giving the stout a smoother, complex and more nuanced mouthfeel. Today, Left Hand leads the nitro world with a bunch of creamy delights, including Wake Up Dead Nitro — a beast of an imperial stout that tastes like a cross between chocolate milk and Jägermeister, 10.2%