350. Earth Eagle Brewings Red Ryder

If you have been reading my blog over the past 16 months you know that I have been searching for a really good red/amber ale. Seems that style is almost identical and very little aroma and simple taste. Well after a lot of amber/reds I finally found one worth drinking at Earth Eagle Brewings.

Maybe I am being a bit harsh by saying I found one worth drinking, really I have found one that stands out above the rest. I have a pretty good taste for beer but for the most part if you lined up 5 amber/reds I am not certain I would be able to tell one from the other, however if Red Ryder was one of the 5 I am confident I could as it has a very distinctive aroma and flavor.

This beer uses 30% rye malt which I think is the difference. It looks like a typical red/amber with a nice red color and thin white head. Aroma and taste is where this one stands out. Aroma is unlike any other red ale I have had with a very nice sweetness probably from the rye with a bit of fruity hops. Taste is very surprising again with a very nice sweet malt flavor with a nicely balance hop profile. This is different from most reds and when I was at the brewery and tasted all 6 of their offerings this was the stand out beer. This brewery is just across the border in New Hampshire so I would recommend you make the trip and check them out. 
Pros:
Aroma, taste
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Earth Eagle Blog
Brewers Description: American Red with 30% rye malt, dry hopped w/ Amarillo.

349. Earth Eagle Brewings New England Gangsta

Earth Eagle Brewings is a new nano-brewery in Portsmouth, NH located downtown. They only sell beer from the brewery, no bottles or cans and no kegs in restaurants or bars at this point so you have to visit the brewery to get their beer. I stopped by on opening day and sampled all 6 of their beers. Ended up with a growler of New England Gansta (American IPA) and a Red Ryder (Red/Amber Ale).

As you can tell from the photo the beer pours a radiant orange with a thick white head. Aroma may be the best part of this beer with lots mango and citrus fruits coming through. Taste mixes it up a bit with some pine bitterness to start then quickly head to the tropical and citrus fruits and finished with a nice sweet caramel malt. Finish is crisp, clean and refreshing. Beer is very well balanced and something any IPA fan would enjoy. 
Pros:
Appearance, Aroma and taste
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Earth Eagle Blog
Brewers Description:  a seriously hopped-up IPA (dry hopped with Citra).

Henniker Brewing

One of my many beer related stops this week was at Henniker Brewing in Henniker, NH. Not sure I had ever been to Henniker before Thursday but it was well worth the trip. I spent about an hour with owner David Currier and some time with brewer James Moriarty.

The brewery is in a beautiful building at the end of a short dead end road. The facility was formerly occupied by as a medical supplies distribution center so it has all the necessary space, loading docks, etc. They have turned one large area into the brewery with a huge walk-in cooler and area for a tasting room and retail area. There is also A LOT of office space for the staff.

Unlike many new breweries that start with a 1, 3 or 7 barrel system they are starting with a 15-barrel system, 3-15 barrel fermenters, 1-30 barrel fermenter and 2-30 barrel bright tanks. They also purchased a bottling line that will fill both 12 and 22 ounce bottles. This is a very nice setup for a start up brewery. Head brewer James Moriarty comes to Henniker from Cape Cod Brewing and was very excited with the progress being made in the installation. More details on the brewery are below – be sure to check out their website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Website: Henniker Brewing
Facebook Page – Henniker on FB
Twitter – @hennikerbrewing