Schooner Exact Puget Soundian Dark Ale. Schooner Exact makes some excellent beer and this is no exception. Not hoppy enough to be a black IPA, not smooth enough to be a porter, this occupies a middle ground I didn’t know existed. Recommended.

Mad River Steelhead Double IPA. I usually have a hard time with double IPAs, because I often find them to be too close to a regular IPA to warrant the designation “double”. This Guy is a good time, though, and hits a nice sweet spot between the crisp regular IPA and the sweetness of an imperial. Highly recommended.