1 - New Belgium Pale lager: This is a canned beer that is packaged in 4 packs. I picked up a 4 pack at Fred Meyer and its a really great beer. Nice gold appearance, with nice frothy head. Nice clean lager smell with a hint of hops and bread. Taste is a bit sweet with a bit of hop flavor, very clean and crisp.Overall a solid drinker...I would be happy drinking a 4 pack any day of the week.
2 - Redhook Long Hammer IPA: Another canned beer that can be found at the supermarket. I picked mine up (a six pack) at Fred Meyer, but it can also be bought in bottles. Redhook has been around forever and was one of the original microbreweries back in the day. And it was one of the first micros that I was introduced to way back in 1993 (I think) in college....Redhook ESB...we drank a bunch of it and were lucky to have visited the original brewery in the Fremont area of Seattle back during a spring break while in college...it's gone now (now a chocolate factory) and Redhook is one of the big craft breweries (breweries now in Woodinville,WA and Portsmouth,NH) and part of the Craft Brewers Alliance, which is Widmer/Redhook/Kona breweries. The Redhook Long Hammer IPA is one of those great IPAs - has been brewed since 1984. Basically just the right amount of hops, not over hopped like you're seeing a lot of lately. Very nice appearance of copper, almost gold, decent head. Not much aroma, but it smelled fresh, a bit of hop, lemon. Taste was a bit of pine, sort of earthy, malt, seemed pretty balanced with the hop & malt, very mellow. Now days I think this is more of a hopped pale ale. I really like it, as I'm not really into the over hopped IPA craze. If you like mellow IPAs then you will like this one.