I do not like coffee. Never have and I can assume at this point that I never will. I should know better than to try coffee beers as I just cannot get beyond the coffee flavor but in my effort to try some beers from Hill Farmstead that I have not tried before I decided to grab a 750 of Earl their coffee oatmeal stout.
Appearance is a very nice dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma has a lot of coffee and some roasted malts and chocolate, pleasant as I actual like the smell of coffee just not the taste. Taste is where this one loses me as the coffee takes over. Not only do I get the coffee flavor but also the coffee bitterness. Finishes with a bit of chocolate which is nice.
If you like coffee give it a shot as everything about the beer; appearance, aroma, mouthfeel, etc was good just the most important part; taste didn’t work for me.
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Earl (1911-1985) was our grandfather’s brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, this Stout is crafted from American malted barley, Flaked Oats, English roasted malts, American hops, Organic Guatemalan Coffee, our ale yeast, and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. A silhouette of coffee and malt – an embodiment of complexity and drinkability, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Earl.
Pale, Caramel, and Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.
We had to wait a long time for Tod and Galen Mott’s Tributary Brewing to open. That finally happened earlier in September and I made my first trip shortly after they opened. They have a great tasting room area setup with a bar and some picnic tables that give plenty of places to sit.
When I visited they had their Pale Ale, Gose and the London Session Brown, I tried all three and left with a growler of Pale and a small growler of the Gose (see next review). The brown was nice but not a style that I drink a lot of.
The pale ale comes in at a very reasonable 4.7% ABV. Color is a great unfiltered orange with minimal head from the growler. The growler lost most of its carbonation which is unfortunate as I only let it sit a day before opening. Hoping they change to the black caps on the growlers soon as they seem to hold the carbonation better than the white caps.
Aroma and taste are great with a solid citrus hop profile. Finish is clean making this a great beer to drink on its own, with a meal or really anytime. Great start and really looking forward to trying more beer from Tributary.
Cons: Lack of carbonation (growler cap issue?)
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Tributary Brewing
My favorite IPAs and DIPAs are big citrus hop bombs. If they are unfiltered and cloudy even better. I appreciate balanced IPAs but there not quite in my sweet spot. There are several breweries that are making these beers and Trillium is right there with the best of them.
Heavy Mettle is their biggest DIPA and was brewed for a couple of events they were part of in August. The extra went into bottles that were sold at the brewery and fortunately for me one of my beer trading friends in Boston grabbed me a bottle.
This beer pours a radiant orange with a single finger white head that left great lacing. Aroma was big and full of tropical fruits and piney resin. Taste follows with a wonderfully juicy citrus and tropical fruit hop bomb. There is a bit of pine and just the right amount of bitterness. The alcohol was basically non-existent which is impressive for a 9.3% ABV beer.
Overall an excellent beer and would love to try Mettle to see how that one compares.
Pros: Big, citrus, alcohol well hidden
Alcohol Content: 9.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): Lots
Brewers Website: Trillium Brewing
Brewers Description: When we were invited to the Hop Jam (!!!) our instincts drove us to take the most intensely hoppy beer we’ve brewed to date, our 1st Anniversary Double IPA, Mettle and crank it up even more to make Heavy Mettle! We’ve set aside some kegs for both the Hop Jam and The Armsby Abbey dinner later this month. But not everyone is going to these killer events, so the rest has made its way to 750ml bottles (no growler fills).