We've mentioned beers from Benton Brewery here before, but it was only until a couple of days ago that I had the pleasure of having a "Hoppy Red Ale" and their "Vanilla Porter", and it reminded my of why I fell in love with them the first time I tasted some of their brews. Benton stands out because of the Californian influence in their style of adding the hops to their products.
The "Hoppy Red Ale" has a very generous hops compared to others I've tasted, bordering on being a Pale Ale or even an IPA style beer, but without losing its characteristics properties. It also has a beautiful reddish color and a very particular aroma given off by that extra hops. This beer is perfect for getting a start on the weekend.