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836. Night Shift Brewing Santilli

Night Shift SantilliI had high hopes for Santilli after enjoying Whirpool unfortunately it wasn’t quite as good as I had hoped.

Santilli is Night Shift’s single IPA and it comes in at a very reasonable 6% ABV. Appearance is a slightly hazy orange with a bright white head. Aroma is mostly earthy; grass, pine, maybe a bit of pineapple. Taste starts with a fairly aggressive bitterness that overwhelmed some of the other flavors. I got a little grapefruit, pine and a floral finish.

Overall a very good beer that I will try again in hopes that it either improves or that my palate was off that day. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Night Shift Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: Smooth-sipping IPA with massive hop profile. It is crisp, tropical and delicious; named after our address on Santilli Highway in Everett

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835. Trillium Brewing Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point

Trillium Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort PointThis is the third variety of Fort Point Pale Ale I have reviewed. The originalMosaic Dry Hopped and now the Galaxy dry hopped version. All have been excellent and received 4.5 star reviews. You just can’t go wrong when you start with such a solid pale ale and amp it up a bit with an extra dry hopping.

Appearance is a little less hazy than the original and the Mosaic version but still far from see through. Aroma is loaded with tropical fruits; mango, pineapple, grapefruit and a bit of citrus – really excellent smelling beer. Taste is super juicy fresh hops, not as crazy as the double dry hopped varieties but still a crazy amount of hops especially for what is called a pale ale. Carbonation, mouthfeel are all right where I like them.

Just another excellent brew from Trillium. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Trillium Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: This version of our signature American pale ale is dry hopped with the pungent Galaxy variety. Enticingly hazy and blonde in appearance with frothy carb, the nose erupts with strong citrus, passion fruit, and pineapple aromatics. Upfront and resinous hop-derived flavors of grapefruit pith, peach, and mango are balanced with a subtle, bready malt character and mild, subdued bitterness.

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834. Trillium Brewing Artaic

Trillium Brewing ArtaicTrillium is making some fantastic beer and I have been fortunate to make several trips down to visit the brewery in Boston and most recently the new location in Canton. This one came from the Boston location and I enjoyed it a few weeks ago. Artaic is a double IPA with 100% Mosaic hops and includes raw wildflower honey. Honey seems like an odd addition to beer but Anna from Hill Farmstead is great and Hopslam from Bell’s is also excellent and both include honey. Maybe honey is the secret ingredient as Artaic is truly exceptional.

Pour is a very clear deep copper color with a thick bright white head that left a lot of lacing. Appearance is much different than so many of Trillium’s murky offerings.  Aroma is peaches, mango, melon, citrus always amazed as the depth of aroma brewers can get from a single hop variety. Taste is very similar to the nose with plenty of citrus, tropical and a slightly sweet finish. Artaic is incredibly drinkable for an 8.5% ABV beer with light carbonation, very little bitterness.

This beer is a unique take on a double IPA that works on all levels. Last time I only bought two bottles but next time I will bring home my limit. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Trillium Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: Artaic Double IPA is brewed with 100% Mosaic hops in all kettle, whirlpool and two massive dry hop additions. Local raw wildflower honey keeps the body light and drinkable but provides a floral, earthy backbone. Juicy, candied peach and nectarine up front backed up with a nuanced white wine on the nose that continues straight through in the flavor profile. Pillowy soft mouthfeel, with a restrained bitterness on the finish. Artaic is an innovative Fort Point business that creates dynamic mosaics only possible through robotics.

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833. Trillium Brewing Deciduous

Trillium Brewing DeciduousI am not a big fan of red ales but after how much I enjoyed Ma from Tree House I decided to open this bottle from Trillium. This beer may be my least favorite beer to date from Trillium but that’s not saying much as they have all been exceptional.

Deciduous pours a deep amber with a reasonably thick off white head. Aroma is pine, toffee and pretty sweet. Taste was too sweet for my tastes with some piney hops and a reasonably bitter finish.

Overall a well made beer that just didn’t do it for me. If you enjoy red ales than you will likely enjoy this one.
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Trillium Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: We brew Deciduous to welcome the return of Autumn and celebrate New England’s changing foliage. This imperial red ale is russet-amber and fills the nose with pleasant aromas of fresh baked bread, pine sap, and floral citrus. Deciduous embodies the seasonal transition from summer to winter with an earth, lemon and spicy pine aroma balanced on the palate with a hearty malt character and clean, refreshing bitterness. Deciduous is medium in body and dry on the finish.

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832. Rock Art Brewery Limited Access

Rock ArtRock Art decided to have a little fun naming their new DIPA. If you have visited Rock Art or Lost Nation in the past several months you know there has been a significant road construction project near their facility. The project is complete and instead of driving right by Rock Art, Route 100 now brings you behind their building. If you are not paying attention you can easily drive right past. This is why they decided to call this beer Limited Access and put a map to the brewery on it.

Limited Access is another great Vermont double IPA in a 16 ounce can that might be overlooked by those seeking Heady or Sip of Sunshine. Slightly hazy orange in color with a really nice mix of pine, grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Taste follows with just enough of a malt presence to let the hops shine through. Very easy to drink for a DIPA with a nice amount of carbonation and reasonable bitterness.

Do not overlook this beer.
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Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 75
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Brewers Website: Rock Art Brewery
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831. Gilgamesh Brewing Fresh Prince

Gilgamesh Fresh PrinceThis is another beer from Paul given to me on my 40th birthday. Gilgamesh is an entirely new brewery for me, had not even heard of them before getting this beer but apparently someone at the brewery must like the show Fresh Prince of Bel Air as they have a couple beers with names relating to the show; this one, DJ Jazzy Hef and then a few others with movie references. Always interesting to see how breweries come up with the names for their beer.

Generally I am not impressed with wet hopped beers. It seems like a great idea, pick some hops from the bine, toss them into a beer and enjoy. Unfortunately the end result is not as hoppy as you would expect. Fresh Prince is described as a triple wet hopped double IPA so my expectations were high.

Great looking beer with a clear deep orange and off white head. Aroma was caramel malts and a bit of pine, overall pretty underwhelming for a double IPA. Taste moved away from the pine with a lot of flower and lemon zest. Finish had a fair amount of alcohol considering it is only 7.8% ABV.

Overall this is one of the better fresh hopped IPAs I have tried but still not a beer I would seek out again. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 87
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Brewers Website: Gilgamesh Brewing
Brewers Description: A double IPA brewed with copious amountss of Centennial hops fresh off the vines. This triple wet-hopped ale has a golden color, short-lived bitterness, and an astounding aroma.

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830. Tree House Brewing Ma

Tree House MaMy brother in law often attends events with me and gets a lot of great beer from my frequent trips to breweries. Occasionally he repays me with beer including this one from Tree House. Ma is a hoppy red ale and like many beers from Tree House now comes in 16 ounce cans with a label stuck to it. Love that they are canning their beer now and still need to find a reason to make more regular trips to Monson.

Ma pours a deep red almost brown with a thick off white head, really nice looking beer. Aroma is an interesting mix of piney hops, slightly fruity and sweet almost bubble gum. Taste starts with the sweet malts you would expect from a red but the hops really shine in the end with plenty pine and citrus. Slightly bitter finish with nice amount of carbonation.

Really well done beer and as much as I don’t like the black IPA I am really enjoying these hoppy red ales. Ma is right there with Nugget Nectar and Stoneface’s Red Rye IPA as a few of my favorite hoppy red ales. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Tree House Brewing
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829. Night Shift Brewing Whirlpool

Night Shift WhirlpoolNow that I am making regular trips to Mass you will see more reviews of Night Shift beer. Love their tap room and it’s a pretty easy stop on my way back from Trillium. If you have recommendations on beer I should try from Night Shift or beer you would like to see reviewed comment here and I will do my best. Whirlpool is regularly available in cans that can be purchased at the brewery and occasionally at select retail locations.

This beer pours a deep hazy yellow with solid white head that left plenty of lacing. Aroma is full of fruit with some peach, mango and pineapple coming through. Flavor leans heavily towards ripe peach with an extra bit of citrus. Finish is clean with almost no bitterness. Really flavorful for a 4.5% ABV beer and one that I could drink all day long.

Everyone that I have shared this beer loved it including many non-craft beer drinkers. Overall just an excellent brew that seems to fly under the radar but that is OK with me as I expect I will be drinking a lot of it in 2016.
Pros: Flavorful, low ABV
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Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: Soft pale ale bursting with notes of ripe peach and citrus.

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828. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience #15

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience 15This is actually my first review of a beer from Hill Farmstead’s Civil Disobedience series even though I have tried several and have many more in the cellar. The Civil Disobedience beers are typically a blend of various barrel aged beers and have included some of the more rare offerings from Hill including Art, Ann, Mimosa and Juicy. CD15 is a blend of barrels that was then aged on “mangos… many, many mangos”.

CD15 pours a very clear pale orange with thin white head that disappeared quickly leaving a small ring and minimal lacing. Aroma was slightly funky with some mango, citrus and wine. Taste was juicy mango, very little brett funk and not a lot of wine barrel but just enough to be noticeable.

Overall this is an excellent beer that has enough complexity to make it interesting but isn’t overwhelming. 
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Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: A blend composed of beers from a diversity of barrels ranging from 16 to 30 months and further aged on organic, hand peeled mangos… many, many mangos, thanks to the able assistance of some great volunteers!

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827. Breakside Brewery India Golden Ale

Breakside Brewing India Golen AleReceived this bottle as a gift at my 40th birthday party from Paul who travels to Oregon regularly as he works with Willamette Valley Hops. Breakside is located in Portland, Oregon and I believe this is the first beer I have tried from them.

India Golden Ale is a double IPA brewed with Eldorado. Mosaic and Chinook hops which makes for an interesting mix of aromas and flavor. Pour is a hazy deep copper color. Aroma has a solid amount of tropical fruit and is slightly sweet. The tropical fruits are all but gone from the taste which was a bit of a disappointment. They are replaced by a strong floral, piney flavor which was OK but not what I hoped for after the excellent aroma. Bitter on the frond end and the alcohol is well masked considering its 8.1% ABV.

I have no idea how old this bottle was when I got around to drinking it so it may have changed a bit from when it was brewed. If you find yourself in Oregon and see this on tap give a try as I don’t think you will be disappointed. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 60
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Brewers Website: Breakside Brewery
Brewers Description: Originally crafted with Ninkasi Brewing, this double IPA is the lightest, hoppiest beer you’ll ever try. Loaded with tropical and fruity notes from Mosaic, Eldorado and Chinook.

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