The first thing to note about Silent Treatment Pale Ale from the No-Li Brewhouse of Spokane, Washington is that the head is staggering. It’s like beaten egg whites, and lasts for a good 10 minutes after the pour. The nose reminds me of Washington, with strong pine and a bit of grain. The middle has notes of honey, orange, and a grain that I’m pretty certain is wheat. The finish is more of the same, more malty than hoppy, but there’s a slightly bitter undercurrent. The alcohol is a moderate 5.75% ABV. This is a nice pale ale of the sweeter persuasion.
I give it a 4.1 out of 5.
No-Li Brewhouse has been around for awhile in their home territory of Spokane, Washington, but I’ve only seen them recently hit the shelves here in Charlotte, and though I’d give a couple of their brews a whirl. The first I’m tasting is Born & Raised IPA, a dry-hopped American IPA with a big balanced flavor. The head is meringue-like and sticks around, and the malts play a big role in the nose with raisins and prune notes in addition to a some citrus from the hops. The middle has a blast of orange and toffee and the finish has a bit of pine and more citrus. The body is medium and the alcohol is a generous 7.0% ABV. This is an IPA that isn’t overly bitter, so it may appeal to some folks who aren’t generally IPA fans. It is a big beer though, with a lot of body and flavor, not a typical summer lightweight.
I give it a 4 out of 5.