A Trio of 22-Ounce Bombers 

Two from Beer Valley and a seasonal from Cascade Lakes

The one thing these three beers share is that they are all bottled in a generous 22-ounce bomber. Two hail from our neighbor to the west in Ontario, Ore., Beer Valley Brewing. While the pair are very different brews, they share another common theme: both are made with freshly harvested hops. The third is a seasonal from Redmond, Ore.'s Cascade Lakes Brewing Company. While the hops may not be fresh harvest, they weigh in at a hefty 100 International Bitterness Units.

Beer Valley Black Flag Imperial Stout (2011 Hop Harvest Edition)

This ebony-hued brew has a nice mocha head that opens with dark chocolate and French-roast coffee aromas with light hops lurking in the background. The taste follows suit, offering something like a sweet espresso flaked with bittersweet chocolate shavings. The pine-driven hops come through on the finish in this rich stout that is deceptively high in alcohol (11 percent). Caution is advised.

Beer Valley Leafer Madness Imperial Pale Ale (2011 Hop Harvest Edition)

This brew pours a hazy, straw color with a whipped froth that persists nicely. The aromas are a heady mix of soft pine and citrus with a light whiff of mint. The palate leads off with bitter-but-smooth hops that, as you would expect, are bright and refreshing. There's an appealing resin-laced citrus note, backed by creamy malt and a touch of herb and spice on the finish.

Cascade Lakes Centennial IPA

Not a hop-head? This bright amber ale may weigh in at 100 IBUs, but the hops are well integrated and surprisingly subdued. The nose centers on aromas of ripe orange and fresh-cut hay. The palate leads off with smooth, just-sweet malt, apple and tropical fruit, along with drying hops and touches of mineral and herb. A lightly bitter citrus zest kicks in mostly on the finish.

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