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322. Allagash House Beer

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769. Hill Farmstead Conduct of Life #1

Hill Farmstead Conduct of Life #1Conduct of Life #1 is a new pale ale from Hill Farmstead. This is another amazing beer and right up there with Edward as one of my favorite pale ales ever made.

It looks a lot like all of Hill Farmstead’s beers with an unfiltered orange, solid white head and plenty of lacing. Aroma is very nice for a pale ale, Hill Farmstead’s bigger beers are certainly more pungent, but there is plenty of citrus and tropical hop aroma here. Conduct is very well balanced and while the hops are there they are dialed back a bit from Edward. This beer is super clean and refreshing even more so than other offerings from Hill.

Exceptional beer that I could drink every day without getting tired of it. If you happen to make it to Greensboro and are trying to decide between a 750 ml or a 2 L trust me get the 2 liter you will want more than the 750. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: An American Pale Ale series featuring new, interesting blends of hops. #1 highlights Citra and Amarillo.

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768. Garrison City Beerworks Illusion

Garrison City Beerworks IllusionAs I finish up this review I am realizing it has been over a month since my last trip to Garrison City Beerworks. Going to have to remedy that soon as all of their beers have been excellent. I think my favorites are still Mosaic and Citra but the bottom line is I have enjoyed them all.

Illusion is the second single IPA I have reviewed and it uses a nice blend of C hops with some Mosaic. Appearance is a nice orange color with a solid white head, similar to the other beers from them. Aroma is a nice mix of citrus, tropical and a bit earthy. Taste follows with a little onion in there too. A mild bitter finish leaves you wanting more.

As the beer warms up the malts start to come through a lot more. Probably only noticeable since it is a 32 ounce crowler, had it been a 12 ounce, 16 ounce or even 22 ounce bomber I would have finished the beer before a noticeable change in temp but with 32 ounces it can take a while. Overall another really nice beer from Garrison City Beerworks and if you have not been in to see them yet make the trip to Dover, NH soon.
Pros: Flavorful, easy to drink
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Garrison City Beerworks
Brewers Description: A medium bodied, hoppy beer with complex layered, citrus, tropical fruit, and pine hop flavor and aroma. Dry hopped with Chinook, Columbus, Citra, and Mosaic.

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767. Stoneface Brewing Mozaccalypse

Stoneface MozaccalypseThis beer has been getting a lot of hype so I had a friend in New Hampshire track down a couple of bottles for me. If you have read my prior posts about Stoneface you know I have only been really impressed with their India Red Rye. Their IPA and first DIPA Hopulization were good but didn’t blow me away.

Mozaccalypse uses a combination of Mosaic and Azacca hops. I have reviewed a lot of beers lately with Mosaic hops but I do not see Azacca often so I have no idea what the flavor, aroma or bittering profile is. The appearance is a slightly hazy orange with a solid white head. Aroma is big but seems to be a hodge podge of citrus, floral, pine and onion, not really working for me.

Taste is similar to the nose starting with a pine resin followed by some perfume floral and a pretty significant bitterness. Overall it was a decent beer but it seemed the hops were competing instead of complimenting each other. Maybe it is just my palate but their beers seem to get more hype than they deserve as they do not even come close to offerings from; Hill Farmstead, Trillium, Tree House or even Maine Beer. 
Pros: 

Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Stoneface Brewing
Brewers Description: It weighs in at 8%, and it is double dry-hopped with Mosaic and Azacca hops. Mozaccalypse, get it?

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766. 603 Brewery Waterville Wheat Ale

603 Brewery Waterville WheatThe guys at 603 Brewery teamed up with Waterville Valley Resort for a beer and they came up with an easy drinking wheat ale. Our home office is located in Waterville, Maine so I picked up some to share.

The beer pours a hazy pale orange with a very thin white head that disappeared almost immediately. Nice mix of aroma; wheat, lemon and a bit of citrus. Flavor follows with a sweet start followed by the lemon zest and a slightly spicy finish from the corriander.

Quite a bit going on in this beer but it works well together to make a refreshing and clean beer. Not something I would drink regularly but will pickup when I see it. 
Pros: 

Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: 603 Brewery
Brewers Description: This super refreshing, unfiltered wheat beer features bursts of orange and coriander. It’s 5% abv makes it the perfect beer to relax with after a long day skiing, hiking, or any activity where are breaking a sweat.

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765. Ballast Point Brewing Grapefruit Sculpin

Ballast Point Grapefruit SculpinSince reviewing and then re-reviewing the original Sculpin IPA I have been on the look out for the varieties. I picked this up in Vermont a week or two before it hit the shelves in Maine. I enjoyed fresh Sculpin and expected the grapefruit would add a lot more than it did.

Appearance is a nice pale orange with a solid white head that lingered and left plenty of lacing. Aroma has plenty of grapefruit (shocking I know) but also has a nice candylike sweetness. The grapefruit is dialed back a bit in the taste but still very prominent. This beer is still very well balanced and quite refreshing.

Need to find the Habanero Sculpin now to see how that compares.
Pros:
Grapefruit
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Ballast Point
Brewers Description: Our Grapefruit Sculpin is the latest take on our signature IPA. Some may say there are few ways to improve Sculpin’s unique flavor, but the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements our IPA’s citrusy hop character. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer.

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764. Victory Brewing Helles Lager

Victory Helles LagerMy second free beer from Victory, not a new beer but a new name. Victory Helles Lager was previously Victory Lager or at least I think it is the same beer.  If I am wrong please correct me.

Nothing too crazy here but exactly what I expect from a Helles Lager. Pale yellow color with minimal aroma. Slightly sweet and a bit of grassy on both the aroma and taste. Finish is super clean and refreshing. This beer was gone in no time and something I would certainly drink again.

Nothing crazy but a Helles Lager isn’t supposed to be. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Victory Brewing
Brewers Description: There was a time when all beer tasted this good. Back when immigrant Brewmasters turned fresh malts and hops into liquid gold. Before big business lessened our precious beer with corn and rice. Having trained in Germany, we thirst for better beer. So, we brew better beer like this crisp, golden, helles-style lager. Brewed with patience from quality German malts and hops, it is a Victory for Your Taste!®

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763. Cigar City Brewing Captain of the World

Cigar City Captain of the WorldPicked up a 4-pack of this beer at Hill Farmstead. I read the description when I was there and thought an IPA with Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe, Topaz, Chinook, Cascade sounds great. Somehow I missed the most important part of all of this, rosemary.

Appearance is great with a deep orange and thick off white head. Aroma was my first hint that I was not going to like this beer; big roasemary herbal aroma. Taste was dominated by rosemary and not enjoyable at all. There was also a big bitter finish that confirmed there was no need to finish the beer.

This was probably a good IPA before the rosemary killed it, next time I need to read the entire description.
Pros:

Cons: Rosemary….why?
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Cigar City
Brewers Description: Captain was brewed with a blend of Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe, Topaz, Chinook, Cascade and Columbus hops. Tim also added in plenty of rosemary.

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762. Funky Buddha Brewing Floridian

Funky Buddha FloridianI can’t even remember how this beer ended up in my fridge, probably an extra in a trade but I was excited to try it as I enjoy the hefeweizen style. This style is great when the weather gets warm so I was hoping a brewery from Florida would make a good one.

Floridian pours a slightly hazy orange with almost no head that disappeared right away. Aroma is typical of the style; banana, clove and slightly sweet. Taste is wheat and clove. The beer seemed heavier than it needed to be which made it not as refreshing as I had hoped.

Completely average beer and many better options in the style.
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Funky Buddha
Brewers Description: Our unfiltered and refreshing German-style wheat beer is full on flavor yet light on the palate. Authentic hefeweizen yeast creates the compelling aromas of bananas, citrus, and cloves, while the all wheat and malt body perfectly captures the brilliance of a golden Florida sunset.

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761. Victory Brewing Anniversary 19 Session IPA

Victory Anniversary 19Victory contacted me a few months ago and asked if I would be willing to review some of their beers. I love DirtWolf and Hop Ranch and I also love free beer. A few weeks after being contacted a package arrived at my home with Anniversary 19 and their Helles Lager. I was surprised to see their 19th Anniversary beer was a session IPA. Seems most breweries offer up a big, barrel aged or other more special beer.

Session IPAs are not my favorite style. There are other styles of beer that work better for flavorful low ABV beer. This one pours a very pale yellow with a thin white head the disappears quickly leaving little to no lacing on the glass. Aroma was mild with some lemon but not much else. Taste is very light with some lemon zest and light floral hops. Finish is slightly bitter.

Overall this beer is refreshing and good for what it is but I wouldn’t make much of an effort to track it down. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Victory Brewing
Brewers Description: Welcome to our birthday bash! As our gift to you, we’ve brewed this crisp and easy drinking session IPA – full of hop flavor – for you to enjoy all night long. So put this beer to your lips and start shakin’ what your mama gave you – the party is just getting started.

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760. Hill Farmstead Cascade Pale Ale

Hill Farmstead Cascade Pale AleAnother single hop pale ale from Hill Farmstead’s series. While I enjoyed this beer it did not have the big bold flavors that most Hill Farmstead beers do and it ended up with one of the lowest ratings for Hill beer at 3.5 stars.

Appearance is a deep orange with a bright white head. A little darker than other Hill Farmstead single hop beers but still a great looking beer. Aroma is rather light with some citrus, herbal and floral hops. Taste was missing the citrus from the nose and leans heavily towards the floral flavor. Finish is a little more bitter than I expected.

A lot of good things with this beer; appearance, mouthfeel, carbonation but the muted aroma and relatively bland flavor makes it one of my least favorite beers from Hill. Probably a little harsh with 3.5 star review but it just didn’t work for me. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: American Pale Ale brewed exclusively with Segal Ranch Cascade hops.

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