Automatic Brewing Company- San Diego (Normal Heights)
Master Brewer Lee Chase creates exemplary craft beers at Automatic Brewing’s 10 barrel system behind Blind Lady Alehouse in the Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego. His craft brews are works of liquid art and I have been enjoying them since the beginning of the brewery.
Today was a good day to visit Blind Lady and partake in one of Lee’s recent masterpieces. I decided on the Kate Sessions Pale Ale, brewed in honor of the Centennial Anniversary of Balboa Park. In keeping with the theme, this beer is brewed with Centennial hops, an aroma variety developed by Washington State University and released for commercial use in 1990. This hop is popular with many craft breweries in San Diego County, especially Stone Brewing.
Kate Sessions Pale Ale is 5.7 ABV and here is my humble impression of this work of art:
Clean, golden amber color with sparkling strings of bubbles rising from the depths of the glass to collect and form a fluffy white head. Lacing dries quickly, sticking nicely to the glass. Fragrant tangerine peel and allspice aromas merge with soft, floral scents for the nose to enjoy. Similar tastes, very subtle, are balanced with the malt base, also subtle. Medium carbonation. Very crisp with clean flavor and medium hoppy bitterness. Overall, this beer is an authentic expression of an American Pale Ale.
Today I paired this brew with Blind Lady’s Grilled Polenta plated in a pool of garlic marinara and braised kale, a topping of roasted cauliflower and broccolini, and garnished with slices of Parmesan Reggiano. This pairing was complementary in that the food and beer enhanced the flavors of each other. At home I would pair this beer with cheddar, washed rind, and reggiano cheeses for dessert after a savory dish.