Monthly Archives: June 2014

654. Oxbow Brewing Grizacca

Oxbow Brewing GrizaccaOf the three beers I brought back from Oxbow this one was my favorite. It had less to do with the taste and more to do with the carbonation. Both Bandolier and Freestyle #24 seemed nearly flat while this one had ample carbonation and a decent head. It was not due to the growlers sitting around as I drank the other two almost immediately and this one actually stayed in the fridge for at least a week.

In addition to the carbonation Grizacca has a very nice unfiltered pale orange color. Aroma has lots of lemon and melon and the taste follows with a slightly sweet finish.

Overall a nice beer and the best of the bunch from my last trip to Oxbow. 
Pros: 

Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Oxbow
Brewers Description: 
A contemporary American grisette, an esoteric farmhouse ale style that was traditionally brewed in southern Belgium for thirsty coal miners. Heavily hopped with notes of citrus and fresh cut grass. Saison yeast  and light malts keep this ale light and crushable.

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653. Hill Farmstead Mary

Hill Farmstead MaryOut of the 652 beer reviewed before this one there have been exactly 4 pilsners including a couple that were really bad. There are a few reasons you do not see more pilsners being reviewed; first not many craft breweries are producing pilsners. Second it is a style that I generally do not enjoy however if Hill Farmstead makes it then I must try it.

Mary is a traditional German Pilsener that comes in at a very easy drinking 5.4% ABV. The color is what you would expect for a pilsener with a straw yellow and nice white head. Aroma has the grains you would expect and a hint of lemon. Taste is where this one really excels with a crisp clean malt sweetness followed by some grass, earthy, lemon zing.

Very easy to drink, refreshing and just an overall great beer. Between this beer and Banded Horn’s Pepperell Pils you may actually start to enjoy drinking this style.
Pros:
Very tasty
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: 
Mary was Edward’s mother and our great-grandmother. A German-style pilsner brewed with our well water, American 2-row malt, our favorite German hops, classic German lager yeast.

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652. Burlington Beer Hills and Hollows

Burlington Beer Hills and HollowsI couldn’t leave Burlington Beer with only one growler so I opted to get a one liter of their pale ale, Hills and Hollows.

This beer pours a deep orange color with a two finger white head. Aroma is mild with some malt coming through and a bit of floral hop. Taste starts sweet and finished with a light citrus hop flavor that lingers.

This is described as a hoppy pale ale and while it certainly had some hops in there it is hard to compare it to Edward from Hill Farmstead or Mo from Maine Beer Company. That said this was the first batch of Hills and Hollows on the new system for Joe so I think he will continue to dial it in a bit. An excellent beer that I expect will get better in the coming months.
Pros: 
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 40
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Burlington Beer
Brewers Description: Hills and Hollows is a fantastic mix of an IPA with the full body of a pale ale. It’s perfect on summer and fall days in the sun.

A 21st Century style Pale Ale with the hop aroma and flavor of an IPA and the body of a pale ale.

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651. Burlington Beer C’est Bon

Burlington Beer C'est BonBurlington Beer recently started selling growlers of their beer after being open for several weeks of tastings only. I had been by to sample all of the beers during the weeks leading up to growler sales and then made the trip with two friends. We sampled both the C’est Bon (saison) and Hills and Hollows (pale ale) and each of us left with a growler of C’est Bon.

This is an incredibly drinkable yet complex saison with a low 4.7% ABV. Appearance is a pale orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma is a pleasing mix of grain, citrus and peppery spice. Taste follows with the same light citrus, spice and a bit of lemongrass with a nice clean finish.

C’est Bon is an excellent example of the saison style and makes for a very refreshing beer. If you have not been to Burlington Beer yet than make the trip and enjoy.
Pros:
Complex and very drinkable
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Burlington Beer
Brewers Description: 
C’est Bon is complex aromatic and satisfying farmhouse ale.

Inspired by rustic French farmhouse style ales. Brewed with Barley, Wheat, Rye, and Flaked Maize. Fermented with our house blend of Saison yeasts for a complex, aromatic, thirst quencher.

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650. Oxbow Brewing Freestyle #24

Oxbow Freestyle 24Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic on this review but I forgot my camera at my parents house for a few days and didn’t want to let the growler sit too long.

Freestyle #24 is described by Oxbow as an “American Blonde IPA”. Like Bandolier this one had very little carbonation and almost no head. Aroma was different with what I can only describe as onion, sounds odd but hops can do some strange and wonderful things. The taste was  different with a very earthy cut grass and pepper taste.

Very interesting beer with an odd combination of aroma and taste. It worked but not really my choice of IPA flavors. 
Pros:
Interesting and unique
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Oxbow
Brewers Description:
American Blonde IPA

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649. Oxbow Brewing Bandolier

Oxbow BandolierPicked up a couple of 32 ounce growlettes at Oxbow. Three new beers for me and the first was Bandolier their “springtime farmhouse ale”. First thing I noticed was the almost complete lack of carbonation and zero head. Not uncommon for Oxbow beers but it certainly takes away from over appearance of the beer.

Aroma and taste were a nice mix of floral and light citrus. Nothing too exciting but a solid beer that is easy drinking with a nice clean finish. 
Pros: 

Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Oxbow
Brewers Description: 
This springtime farmhouse ale is soft and satisfying with round biscuity flavor and zesty floral aroma.

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