As I finish up this review I am realizing it has been over a month since my last trip to Garrison City Beerworks. Going to have to remedy that soon as all of their beers have been excellent. I think my favorites are still Mosaic and Citra but the bottom line is I have enjoyed them all.
Illusion is the second single IPA I have reviewed and it uses a nice blend of C hops with some Mosaic. Appearance is a nice orange color with a solid white head, similar to the other beers from them. Aroma is a nice mix of citrus, tropical and a bit earthy. Taste follows with a little onion in there too. A mild bitter finish leaves you wanting more.
As the beer warms up the malts start to come through a lot more. Probably only noticeable since it is a 32 ounce crowler, had it been a 12 ounce, 16 ounce or even 22 ounce bomber I would have finished the beer before a noticeable change in temp but with 32 ounces it can take a while. Overall another really nice beer from Garrison City Beerworks and if you have not been in to see them yet make the trip to Dover, NH soon.
Pros: Flavorful, easy to drink
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Garrison City Beerworks
Brewers Description: A medium bodied, hoppy beer with complex layered, citrus, tropical fruit, and pine hop flavor and aroma. Dry hopped with Chinook, Columbus, Citra, and Mosaic.
Picked up a 4-pack of this beer at Hill Farmstead. I read the description when I was there and thought an IPA with Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe, Topaz, Chinook, Cascade sounds great. Somehow I missed the most important part of all of this, rosemary.
Appearance is great with a deep orange and thick off white head. Aroma was my first hint that I was not going to like this beer; big roasemary herbal aroma. Taste was dominated by rosemary and not enjoyable at all. There was also a big bitter finish that confirmed there was no need to finish the beer.
This was probably a good IPA before the rosemary killed it, next time I need to read the entire description.
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Cigar City
Brewers Description: Captain was brewed with a blend of Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe, Topaz, Chinook, Cascade and Columbus hops. Tim also added in plenty of rosemary.