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322. Allagash House Beer

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629. The Alchemist The Crusher

Alchemist CrusherI didn’t discover The Alchemist until after the flood so the only beers I had tried were Heady Topper and their gluten free beer, Celia. Last December when I went to Vermont for three days with my wife I tried Ouroboros at The Reservoir which was great. Then they started their truck sales occasionally releasing beers in plain cans with stickers to identify the beer. I didn’t make it out to Vermont for the sale but I was able to score a can of each.

Crusher is an even bigger DIPA than Heady with an ABV of 9.6% versus Heady at 8.0%. This beer has the radiant orange glow that I enjoy so much, unfiltered and a great white head. Tons of hops in the aroma with tropical, citrus, grapefruit; again all the things I like in my DIPAs. Taste is excellent with loads and loads of hops; citrus, tropical, grapefruit. A fair amount of bitterness but the alcohol is non-existent which is surprising for a such a big DIPA.

It was probably a good thing I only had a single can of this beer as I certainly would have finished a second and that probably would have been too much for one night.
Pros:
HOPS and no alcohol burn
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 9.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 

Brewers Website: The Alchemist
Brewers Description: The Crusher is an American Double IPA that I started making years ago at the old pub. Hop heads were constantly asking for more hops. So, in the words of Frank Zappa, “Did you say you want some more? Well here’s some more.” While I enjoy hops with the rest of them, I still try to maintain some semblance of balance and drinkability. This beer is oozing with hop flavor and aroma with a very dry finish. Enjoy responsibly, this one can sneak up on you.

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628. Maine Beer Company Dinner

Maine Beer Company DinnerPicked up my four bottles of Dinner at Maine Beer Company the day of the release and scored two more bottles from the person I was meeting at the brewery. Ended up trading or giving away all bottles except for this one to people that could not make the mid-week trip to the brewery. Maine Beer does a nice job with their hoppy beers and after moving to their new facility in Freeport they have released a fairly steady stream of new beers; Weez, Another One, a tiny beautiful something and now Dinner.

Dinner is their first double IPA although Lunch, Weez and Another One have only a slightly lower ABV. The beer looks like many other Maine Beer brews; orange with a thick off white head. Aroma is pretty strong with plenty of floral and grapefruit. Taste was what you would expect from Maine Beer Company, hoppy and pretty smooth. Unlike many other DIPAs I have tried this one is fairly bitter up front and even though the alcohol is only 8.2% there was a fair amount of alcohol burn. I expect this from IPAs in the 10%+ ABV but didn’t expect it from Dinner.

Overall this was a very good DIPA but it really doesn’t compare to those from The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead and a few other breweries. Hopefully Maine Beer will make this again as I know a lot of people that missed out on it.
Pros:
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Maine Beer Company
Brewers Description: Our first Double IPA – dry, refreshing and hoppy. We really focused on hop flavor and aroma here. To maximize hop character, we dry hopped Dinner twice with over 6 lbs. of hops per barrel. For the best experience, please enjoy fresh as possible.

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627. 7th Settlement 1896 Cochecho Winter Wheat

7th Settlement WinterSecond beer from the shared brewery of 7th Settlement and One Love. This is their Winter Wheat which is actually their spring seasonal, I know that sounds confusing but see the brewery description below.

Winter Wheat pours a deep orange with a single finger off white head. Aroma is dominated by sweet malts and tastes follows with a slight fruity taste that I can’t quite place. Finish was clean, almost no bitterness and the beer was quite refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer but I still put it in the brewpub type beer, not great but certainly drinkable and if you are out enjoying some appetizers or a meal the beer will compliment the food without overpowering or ruining your experience.
Pros:
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: 7th Settlement
Brewers Description: We start brewing this delicate winter wheat ale in the spring, same time as the flood of the Cochecho River, to enjoy on a nice warm day after the cold of winter is behind us. From the oldest continuous settlement in New Hampshire, and the 7th non-indigenous settlement in America we present this unique ale brewed with local ingredients for all people to enjoy!

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626. In’finiti Headstach DIPA

Infiniti HeadstacheHeadstache is a collaboration between In’finiti and Oxbow. They got together to brew a dank IPA or DIPA. Not sure where the line is but I have seen some IPAs in the 7.0%+ ABV and some DIPAs like this one in the same range, maybe there are other characteristics that make it a DIPA?

Headstache pours a very clear pale orange with a nice white head. Aroma is a nice resiny pine which is really the first hint that Headstach leans towards the dank side. Taste starts off with a lot of sweet malts but quickly gives way to the dank pine hops. Maybe a bit of citrus in there but the pine resin is certainly the dominant flavor here.

Overall this is a solid DIPA but I prefer big citrus IPAs instead of the dank. If you like yours dank than seek this one out. 
Pros:
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation
Brewers Description: 

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625. One Love Brewery Pale Ale

One Love Pale AleOn my first trip to the shared brewery/brew pub of 7th Settlement and One Love Brewery I took home two growlers of beer. There were only 3 beers from the two breweries available so I had limited choices. They have a great space in Dover but I was there mid-afternoon and they stop serving food to transition from lunch to dinner menus so I was not able to try anything from the kitchen.

Decided to start with the pale ale from One Love as I like to test new breweries with their pale or IPA as those tend to the beers I drink most often. One Love’s Pale Ale is what I would expect from a brewpub. Nothing special but certainly drinkable. Pours a deep orange with an off white head. Aroma is mostly sweet malts with only a hint of hops. Taste follows with a nice sweetness from the malts but not a lot happening with the hops.

I wasn’t expecting a lot from the beer and I got what I expected, a drinkable pale ale but nothing I would seek out again.
Pros:
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 58
Rating: 
Brewers Website: One Love Brewery 
Brewers Description: 

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624. Trillium Brewing Congress Street IPA

Trillium Congress StThis is my third beer from Trillium and I am looking forward to many more. Still have not made the trip to the brewery but I hope to soon.

Congress Street IPA is one of their most sought after beers so I was lucky to have someone bring me a fresh growler. This beer pours a hazy orange with a nice white head. I like beers that I cannot see through. Aroma has loads of citrus and tropical fruits, excellent and very inviting. Taste is well balanced but still lots and lots of hops, tropical and grapefruit seem to stand out.

Finish is slightly creamy, kind of reminded me of Jai Alai. Also a fair amount of bitterness but in a good way. Really enjoyed this one from Trillium and I will need to get down there soon to check out the brewery first hand and grab some more beer. 
Pros:
Balanced, bitter and full of hops
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 

Brewers Website: Trillium Brewing
Brewers Description: 

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623. Banded Horn Brewing Pepperell Pilsner

Banded Horn PilsnerPilsner is a style the craft beer industry has not embraced. There are very few of them out there and even fewer that are worth drinking. Thankfully Ian from Banded Horn produced a great one that will be a mainstay at many family gatherings this summer.

Pepperell Pils pours a very pale yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is mild with a light grain and earth. Taste is excellent with a nice grassy start and slightly bitter finish. Light, crisp and extremely easy to drink.

Even if you do not normally enjoy the style please give this one a try.
Pros:
Extremely drinkable
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 38
Rating: 

Brewers Website: Banded Horn
Brewers Description: Unfiltered German Pilsener, or Keller Pils. Light and extremely drinkable. Malt is fresh and bready, with an aroma that only comes from a true lager. Hops are sharp, noble, and spicy, with a deep herbal touch. Dry, crisp, and hoppy. Perfect session beer.

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622. Tree House Brewing Tornado

Tree House TornadoThis is the third and final beer I purchased on my visit to Tree House Brewing. Tornado is a pale ale named for the tornado that ripped through the Brimfield/Monson area in June 2011.

This is Tree House’s hoppy pale ale; think Mo from Maine Beer Company or Edward from Hill Farmstead. Tornado pours a very clear pale orange with a nice off white head. Aroma is plentiful with lots of citrus and a touch of pine.

Flavor is excellent with an excellent hop profile and finish is only slightly bitter and really leaves you wanting more. I enjoyed all three beers from Tree House Brewing and would recommend you make the trip to check them out.
Pros:
Very drinkable
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 

Brewers Website: Tree House Brewing
Brewers Description: An extremely liberally hopped APA.  Tornado was crafted during the unfortunate events surrounding the June 1st, 2011 Brimfield Tornado.  We created the beer in honor of the circumstances as we experienced them and luckily escaped the path by 1/2 mile.  Tornado is loaded with notes of pine, tropical fruit, and citrus.  At 5.6% alcohol, it’s super refreshing.

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621. Tree House Brewing Julius

Tree House JuliusMy second beer from Tree House Brewing and this is one of their most popular. Julius is one of their IPAs using loads and loads of hops. This and Green seem to be the two most popular beers from Tree House.

Julius pours an unfiltered deep orange color with a thick white head. Aroma is one of the best from a single IPA with loads of tropical fruits. Taste is hops, hops and more hops with lots of tropical fruits to start and then some pine and floral. Finish is slightly resinous and not quite as crisp as I had hoped.

This is a truly excellent IPA from a brewery that is new to me but getting lots of rave reviews from beer reviewers that have made the trip to Monson. Keep an eye out for my full post on the brewery soon.
Pros:
Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 

Brewers Website: Tree House Brewing
Brewers Description: Bursting with 1.6 oz per gallon of American hops, Julius is loaded with notes of passionfruit, mango, and citrus.  At 6.5% alcohol, it is refreshing and freakishly drinkable.

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620. Tree House Brewing Eureka w Citra

Tree House EurekaWell I finally made the trip to Tree House Brewing in Monson, Mass. I will have a post dedicated to the trip and the brewery in the near future as I took tons of pictures and had a great time talking to Nate, Johnny and the others at the brewery. In the meantime here are a few beers I took home from my visit.

Eureka with Citra is described as a blonde ale but like many other beers today it pushes the limits of what a blonde ale can be. Appearance is a very hazy yellow with a single finger white head. Great retention and lacing on the glass show this is a well crafted beer. Aroma has plenty of citrus, very aromatic for a low ABV beer. Taste follows with plenty of fruity hops and only a very slight bitterness as you would expect from a blonde ale.

Eureka is an excellent session beer; very flavorful and refreshing. This one would be right up with their with Walden from Hill Farmstead.
Pros:
Flavorful and low ABV
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 

Brewers Website: Tree House Brewing
Brewers Description: A Blonde Ale brewed entirely with Nelson Sauvin hops, a New Zealand varietal that melds beautifully with a simple bill of pale malts.   This is a true “session beer” and one that does not make any compromises.  It has a delicate bouquet of passionfruit and a slight lemon flavor that will surely quench your thirst.

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