Last year on my anniversary we took a weekend trip to Westerly, RI. On the way over we realized we were going to drive by two breweries but the weather that day was less than good, to say the least, so we didn’t change course. Upon arriving in Westerly we started looking for places to check out. Guess what we found? A Brewery!
Grey Sail Brewing of RI , nestled in Westerly, is located in a older brick building (former home of the Westerly Macaroni Mgf Co) is where you can get growlers filled and pick up some merch. The taproom is next door in a house made in the early 1900’s which is a nice change of pace from the industrial feel in many breweries. The bar is smaller but there are rooms off to the sides. It gives off that old world vibe where people would sit in a tavern and socialize for hours discussing their day and the world around them. Too the side of the building there is a fairly large outdoor area where you can enjoy your beer. Great place to relax on a nice day!
This particular beer, Pour Judgement, caught my eye because when looking for a new beer to try for the podcast I noticed this six pack was marked as one per customer. I find that to be impressive, since for Grey Sail, this is a year round brew. According to their site, “In 2013, we teamed up with our friends at Pour Judgement Bar and Grill in Newport, RI to brew their house IPA with the finest German malt and Eureka! hops.”
This IPA is very mellow with a 6% APV. It does not hit you with a strong bite up front and it is not over powering in aroma either say to compared to a beer such as Road to Ruin. The back end of the beer you get a dry mouth feeling and can taste the malt and hops mix together. As I mentioned on the podcast, the after taste really is the same as if you just ate one of those big doughy pretzels and thats ok with me! I mean pretzel! If you are one who enjoys a stronger IPA with heavier aroma and taste this may not be be IPA for you. I would put this IPA with the one from Sam Adams in that if you are looking for a IPA that is mellow and easy to drink while you’re hanging out with friends or you are looking for an “intro IPA” this would be one to try.
Pour yourself some Judgement!
A few pictures of my trip last year.