Portland Brewing's Summer S.M.A.S.H. Pale Ale


Portland Brewing's Co.'s new Summer S.M.A.S.H. Pale Ale represents the ultimate in simplicity. Most beers utilize several base and specialty malts and multiple hop varieties. Doing so allows the brewer to layer different flavors into a beer. However, when this happens, it's hard to identify the flavor that each of the ingredients contributes to the end result.

SMASH is short for Single Malt and Single Hop. That's right—there's just one malt variety (Goldpils Vienna) and one hop variety (Simcoe) in this beer. The SMASH technique is popular with homebrewers because it enables them to understand the flavor profile of each ingredient.

I've seen smaller breweries employ the technique, but this is the first time I've noticed a large brewery releasing a SMASH beer.

Tasting Notes (sample provided by brewery):  Deep gold in color with head that dissipates very slowly and leaves lacing on the glass. Aroma of bready malt with herbal and spicy hop notes. Flavor mirrors the aroma. It's light bodied, has a crisp mouth feel, and finishes with a mild herbal hop bitterness.

Simcoe hops typically produce flavors of pine and citrus, and was intended by the brewer (see news release below). Oddly enough, I didn't taste citrus and pine. Instead, I noticed spicy and herbal notes. 

While Summer S.M.A.S.H. may not have many layers of flavor, the few elements that are present shine through and meld nicely together. It's an easy drinking beer that will serve you well this summer. Also, at less than $3 for a bomber, it's a good value.


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Portland Brewing Welcomes Summer with S.M.A.S.H. Pale Ale
Sip the Simplicity of the Season with this Singularly Special Brew


Portland, Ore. -- Summer is a season for simple times and simple pleasures. It warrants rest, relaxation and refreshing flavors. Look no further for that perfect thirst-quencher during these warmer months, Portland Brewing has you covered with its new single malt and single hop (S.M.A.S.H.) Pale Ale.

Simplicity reigns as one hop and one malt are singled out to create this satisfying new brew. Goldpils Vienna malts and Simcoe hops combine to give S.M.A.S.H. Pale Ale a rich, bready base with lush pine and citrus notes. Its full body and well-rounded taste complement warm summer evenings, and is the ideal companion for backyard barbeques. “What I love about this beer is that it is deceptively simple, but still manages to be a very engaging, flavorful ale,” says head brewer Ryan Pappe. He explains, “It has the bright hop character northwest beer drinkers love, supported by a crisp, light malt that keeps the experience clean and refreshing. It just screams summertime.”

Like the passing of summer, S.M.A.S.H. will come and go in a flash. Look for it in Oregon and Washington stores and bottle shops, and the Portland Brewing Company Taproom, between April 1st and August 15th.  S.M.A.S.H Pale Ale is offered in six-pack and 22 oz. bottles, as well as on draft. Find the seasonal ale and other Portland Brewing favorites though the beer finder at http://www.portlandbrewing.com/finder/.

1 comment:

  1. This was one of the best beers I had on my 30 day West Coast tour. Amongst countless IPAs and ales, this was the one that made me look and go, wait, this was $2.50 for a cold tall boy from Wallgreens? I'd happily pay 3 times that at any trendy bottle shop, this is rocking!

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