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. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation
Brewers Description: 

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.
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 58
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Brewers Website: One Love Brewery 
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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.

Trillium Congress StreetFinish 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): ??
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Brewers Website: Trillium Brewing
Brewers Description: 

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
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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.

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): ??
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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.

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): ??
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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.

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): ??
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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.

619. Hill Farmstead Excursions #1

Hill Farmstead Excursions 1I love hops, all hops even experimental hops like Hop 01210 that happens to be used in this beer from Hill Farmstead. This one is a single IPA from Hill Farmstead with a very reasonable 6.25% ABV.

Appearance is a slightly hazy pale orange color with less of a head than I am used to from Hill’s beers. Aroma was truly excellent and possibly my favorite part of the beer with loads of fruit; grapefruit, lemon, orange, WOW. Tastes has all of these and adds a bit of pine as well. Finish is crisp and clean with only a very slight bitterness.

Really enjoyed this beer as I do all beers from Hill Farmstead and while others have received higher ratings a 4-star beer is still worth seeking out. 
Pros:
Fruity hops
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.25% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: The first in a new series of IPAs and pale ales exploring new hop varieties, flavor profiles and combinations.

This IPA features a experimental hop from the Pacific Northwest, Hop 01210, as well as Citra and Amarillo, for a citrusy, lemony and slightly resinous flavor.

618. Bissell Brothers Brewing The Substance

Bissell BrothersThis review was a long time coming as the Bissell Brothers have been planning their brewery for over a year. I got to try some of the pilot batches along he way and really enjoyed them. When the brewery opened they did not have the canning machine as it was delayed at the manufacturer so The Substance was keg only for quite a while. Then word came down that cans were hitting select retailers and the craziness began. Bier Cellar in Portland and The Vault in Lewiston were included in the first round and I picked up my 4-pack at The Vault. Greg at Bier Cellar blew through many cases of this in the first day setting a new record for single day sales. Goes without saying a lot of people we waiting for this beer to hit the shelves so they could enjoy it at home.

The Substance has one of the coolest can designs I have seen and comes in 4-packs of 16 ounce cans. The appearance is a crisp clean yellow with a solid white head. Aroma is a very nice mix of citrus and pine, not as big as some other beers but still a very inviting appearance and aroma. Taste is certainly hop forward but still very well balanced. I get a fair amount of citrus and slightly less pine. Also seems to have a slight oniony taste which seems strange but it works. Faint bitterness in the finish and was very refreshing. I actually enjoyed this more out of the can than I did on draft which is surprising. Not sure if it was just a different batch and Noah continues to gain experience on their new system or if it was the fact I was drinking it in the comfort of my own home.

This beer will be a great summer beer in Maine, take it to the beach, golfing, hiking or anywhere you want a quality tasty beverage.
Pros:
Hoppy and refreshing
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Bissell Brothers Brewing
Brewers Description: Our bread and butter; the beer that has made waves in Portland, greater Maine, and even NYC.

Flavor that goes and goes, without being overly bitter. Soft in the mouth with a juicy finish, the Substance begs to be crushed.

The Substance can be found on draught and in 16 ounce cans.

617. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #6

hill-farmstead-society-solitude-6This is my fifth beer from the Society and Solitude series of double IPAs. Looks like the only ones I have yet to try are #1 and #7. There are similarities to between the various double IPAs from Hill Farmstead, each has the signature hazy orange color and bright white head but they also have distinct flavor profiles due to the different hops used. Society and Solitude #6 uses mostly Mosaic hops.

As noted above this beer has the typical hazy orange color of Hill Farmstead’s beers with a single finger white head. Aroma has a lot of citrus fruits mixed with a nice amount of pine. Taste follows with the same mix of citrus and pine which sounds like two flavors that may compete with one another but they actually work quite well together. There is almost no bitterness in the finish which is surprising for a double IPA but this is just part of what makes Hill Farmstead beer so great.

I know I have said it many times but if you have not been to Hill Farmstead yet you are missing out. I am there about once a month, keep an eye on my Facebook Page as I usually say when I am headed out to Hill, if you see a post and have the time shoot me a message as it would be great to have company on some of these trips. 
Pros:
Huge hops with very little bitterness
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Imperial Pale Ale brewed almost exclusively with Mosaic hops from the Pacific Northwest.