Time once again for two more beers to go at it in a head to head competition. For in the end there can only be one true champion! Or something like that. For this round, it was another battle of two long established Colorado-based brews: O'Dell's 90 Schilling Ale, and Breckenridge Brewery's Avalanche Ale. Both are quality amber style ales with just the right mix of malt and hops to please the average beer-drinkers pallet. So going into this round, I really didn't know which of the two would come out as the preferred beer. Truth be told, it was another very close call and required rigorous sampling of each beer . . . just to be sure.
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So about the beers. Beer "A" had a very subtle aroma with maybe just a hint of honey scent. It was hard to detect much else. Still it was pleasing enough. In terms of its taste it had a nice caramel tone, but it didn't feel heavy. The "honey" came back into play and created an overall pleasing flavor. The mouth feel was light but still had some body to it, creating a creamy sensation. In terms of finish, it was a little bitter at the end, but it wasn't a deal-breaker.
Beer "B" was similar in many ways, but what's this? When I first took in the aroma, I detected a somewhat "brackish" quality. It made me think of tadpoles and pond water.
Beer "A" was the O'Dell's 90 Schilling Ale! Congratulations 90 Schilling, you're onto the semifinal round. Here's how the bracket looks at this point: