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716. Sierra Nevada / Ballast Point Electric Ray IPL

Sierra Nevada Ballast Point Electric RayThis is my favorite beer so far from the Beer Camp 12-pack. An India Pale Lager from Sierra Nevada and Ballast Point, both of California.

Electric Ray pours a nice clear orange with a single finger white head. Aroma is mild but pleasant with some citrus hops and a light sweetness. Taste pretty much follows the nose with some pine thrown in and a nice bitterness in the finish.

So far this is the only beer from the 12-pack that I would buy again. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked to the sea for the inspiration behind Electric Ray. A play on the fish’s scientific name—Torpedo californica—this beer pays homage to our mutual home state, as well as to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of the big flavor in this high voltage, hop-forward Imperial Pale Lager.

Ballast Point brought their homebrewing dreams to the big leagues and started brewing professionally, but they never forgot their roots. They still run a successful homebrewing supply shop in San Diego. A love for hops and the ocean inspire incredible brewed and distilled offerings, and their one-of-a-kind labels boast some beautiful, and sometimes gnarly-lookin’, fish.

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715. Sierra Nevada /Oskar Blues CANfusion Rye Bock

Sierra Nevada Rye BockI may be the only one left that is still chipping away at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack. I got my 12-pack later than most and had already heard from many that the beer was lackluster at best. This one is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues from Colorado.

CANfusion pours a deep copper color with a thick off white head. Aroma is a mix of caramel and rye, not very pungent. Taste has some peppery spice, lots of sweet malts and a bit of citrus.

Another OK beer from Beer Camp 12-pack. Have a few more in the fridge that I will get to in the coming weeks. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.

Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.

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714. Sixpoint Brewery Sensi Harvest

Sixpoint Sensi HarvestIt has been a while since I reviewed a beer from Sixpoint. Sensi Harvest is a wet hopped pale ale with a low 4.7% ABV. This one would be a great “golf beer” as it has a low ABV and is in a can however it is a fall seasonal so it will not be part of the regular lineup.

Beer pours a clear orange with a very thin white head and minimal carbonation. Aroma is a clean fresh piney/resin hops. Taste follows with a resiny wet hopped flavor that leaves that nice film on your teeth and tongue. Very little bitterness and the low ABV make this an easy beer to drink.

Overall very pleased with this beer from Sixpoint and may look to grab some more before it is gone. 
Pros:
Flavorful yet easy to drink
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 50
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sixpoint Brewery
Brewers Description: A copper ale bursting with fresh, undisturbed hop character. Juicy wet-hops carefully selected by the Mad Scientists make SENSI HARVEST a unique delicacy available only at harvest time.

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713. Moat Mountain Brewery East Intervale IPA

Moat Mountain East Intervale IPAMoat Mountain is my go to lunch spot when I have meetings in the North Conway area and I always enjoy their beer at the smokehouse but I rarely buy cans in the store. With their new brewing facility and increased capacity there will be more cans in distribution so I will start buying more of their beer to review here. I am always looking for another golf beer option; something low ABV, flavorful and preferably in a can. East Intervale IPA caught my eye as it is in a can and only 4.8% ABV.

Appearance is a nice orange color with a thin white head. Aroma was mostly floral and bready malts, nothing too exciting here but it is pleasant and I was not expecting too much from a small beer. Taste is well balanced with the hops providing a reasonably bitter finish after a sweet malty start.

This beer went down easy, did not seem watered down which is always a concern with the low ABV IPAs. Hope to find some fresh cans next year to take out on the golf course. 
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Moat Mountain
Brewers Description:

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712. Night Shift Brewing Somer Weisse

Nigth Shift Somer WeisseA couple days after enjoying Night Shift’s Supernova I decided to open Somer Weisse. I was hoping for another great beer or at least something enjoyable and refreshing like their Ever Wiesse. What I got was an acidic mess that I couldn’t bring myself to finish.

The appearance and aroma were about what I expected, pale orange with minimal head and aroma dominated by lemongrass and ginger. Taste is where it falls apart; vinegar dominates with only a hint of lemon or ginger. I let it warm considerably hoping it would come around and it did not.

I hope this was an old bottle or something went wrong with the batch as I cannot see how anyone would drink this beer and enjoy it.
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness):
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: Berliner Weisse style sour ale brewed with lemongrass and ginger

Its name honoring our Somerville homebrewing roots, Somer Weisse began as our answer to a hot July without air conditioning. A few twists on the classic Berliner Weisse style led us to this quencher of thirst. Refreshing and tart, it sprinkles the tongue with the zesty flavors of lemongrass, ginger, and, most importantly, summertime.

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712. Lively Brewing Magic Mike Super Saison

Magic Mike 2I often schedule meetings late in the afternoon at bars, brewpubs or breweries (tough job I know). One recent meeting took place at Ebenezer’s Brewpub in Brunswick. Sampled a couple beers while I was there and decided to bring home a small growler of Magic Mike.

Magic Mike is a “super saison” with an ABV of 11%.  This is considerably higher than the ABV for the style which is usually in the 5-8% range. Appearance is a relatively clear orange with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Nice fruity aroma with some lemon and citrus. Taste is dominated by alcohol, not surprising for an 11% ABV beer but you also get some of the fruit.

Overall a pretty good beer if you don’t mind some alcohol flavor/burn.
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 11.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness):
Rating: 
Brewers Website:
Brewers Description: Stronger than Channing Tatum and smoother than Matthew McConaughey.

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711. Night Shift Brewing Supernova

Night Shift SupernovaA few weeks back I posted my wishlist and I received great response from readers of my blog. Night Shift was one of about a dozen breweries on that list that I wanted to try more beers from. Fortunately I was able to trade for a few bottles including Supernova.

The description on the bottle reads “100% brett-fermented double IPA aged in red wine barrels”. This is almost certainly the first time I have had this combination in a single beer. Supernova pours a vibrant orange with a thick white head that left lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a very interesting mix of funk, fruity hops and wine.

As interesting as the aroma is the taste adds even more complexity. You start with some peach fruity flavor followed by a bit of warmth from the alcohol and finishes with the mild funk from the brett. Lots going on with this one and as it warms it continues to develop. I had no idea what to expect when I opened this beer but in the end I was very pleased.
Pros:
Wonderfully complex
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 10.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: 100% brett-fermented double IPA aged in red wine barrels.

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710. 4 Hands Brewing Contact High

4 Hands Brewing Contact HighGot this beer as an extra in a trade and this is the first time I had heard of 4 Hands Brewing. Contact High is their summer seasonal beer and it works well for that but not much else. The artwork on the can was interesting and indicates they used orange zest in the beer. I like citrusy beers so I decided to open this before the other beers I got in the trade.

Contact High pours a pale orange color. Aroma is mild, very sweet and only slightly citrusy. Taste is heavy on the wheat and the citrus seems to come entirely from the zest and not from hops. Overall the beer felt thin even for a 5% ABV beer.

I realize this is a summer beer and meant to be light and refreshing but I still want something with more flavor like Maine Island Trail from Rising Tide or Bissell Brothers Baby Genius.
Pros:

Cons: Too sweet
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness):
Rating: 
Brewers Website: 4 Hands Brewery
Brewers Description: Not just another boring wheat ale. We made Contact High, our spring and summer seasonal, exciting by adding copious amounts of pacific northwest hops and dry hopping with fresh orange zest. Contact High pours a bright orange hue with a big citrus aroma.

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709. Stone Brewing 18th Anniversary IPA

Stone 18th AnniversaryThis is my fourth Stone Brewing Anniversary review; 14th, 16th, 17th somehow I missed 15. Not sure if their Anniversary ales are always IPAs but the 4 that I have reviewed all are. This one is described by Stone as a “golden brown IPA”. Not sure how something is golden and brown but this beer is an interesting color with a deep amber and thin white head.

Aroma is not what I expect from an IPA with a big sweet booziness. Taste is an interesting mix of a brown ale and a big IPA. Sweet start with an odd mix of citrus and dark fruits. Moderately bitter and some heat from the 8.5%

An interesting beer but not something I am interested in drinking again. 
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 75
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Stone Brewing
Brewers Description: As we compose the text for this celebratory beer‐a golden‐brown India pale ale dry-hopped exclusively and abundantly with El Dorado hops‐we stand ready to leap from the precipice of all we know into a new era for our company, our beers and, most importantly, our fans. It’s one that will see us exploring new territory, both geographically and creatively, as we evolve from pacesetters for the American craft brewing movement to cross‐planetary champions of the worldwide cause of craft, hoisting our banner to proclaim artisanal beers’ vast superiority over stripped‐down, business-driven, industrialized, fizzy, yellow mediocrity. We thank you for shadowing us for the first 18 years of our journey, and welcome you to join us for next leg and all that follows.

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708. Belgian Mare Brewery Pale Ale

Belgian Mare Brewery Pale AleBelgian Mare is another new brewery in New Hampshire. This one is in the Southwestern  part of the state just north of Keene but their beer is being distributed throughout New Hampshire so you should be able to find it and I recommend you do.

First thing about this beer do not expect your typical heavily hopped American pale ale. If you do you will be disappointed but this beer leans more towards a Belgian Pale Ale which makes sense with the brewery name. Appearance is typical for a pale ale with a nice orange color and thin white head. Aroma is mild but pleasant with some malt and yeast coming through. Taste is where it gets interesting with a big sweet malt start and then some very interesting banana and yeast flavors. Finish is clean with absolutely no bitterness.

This drinks more like a white but still has a lot of pale ale characteristics. A very interesting beer and something that is definitely worth trying. I look forward to trying more from Belgian Mare Brewery. 
Pros:
Unique
Cons:
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
IBU (Bitterness):
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Belgian Mare Brewery, Facebook
Brewers Description: 

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