Monthly Archives: August 2015

787. Bissell Brothers Brewing Diavoletto

Bissell Brothers DiavolettoBissell Brothers continues to impress making great beer in all categories from their DIPA Swish to their lower ABV beers like this one and Baby Genius. I am always impressed when a brewer can make a full flavored beer and keep the ABV below 4.5%. Being able to keep the flavor and reduce the ABV to 2.6% is amazing.

Diavoletto looks a lot like its slightly bigger brother Baby Genius, pale yellow with a decent white head. Aroma is plentiful for such a small beer with lots of tropical and citrus hops. Taste follows with lots of hop flavor, almost no bitterness and a crisp clean finish. Some may say this beer feels a bit thin but what do you expect from a 2.6% ABV beer.

This beer is perfect for day drinking, golfing, enjoying at the beach or pretty much anywhere. 
Pros:
Flavorful and low ABV
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 2.6% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Bissell Brothers
Brewers Description: a super-session ale. massive flavors & body with an impossibly low abv. Hops: Lemondrop, Equinox, Citra – Malts: Malted Heat, Flaked Wheat, Golden Pomise, Munich, Carapils. Flaked Oat.

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786. Four Quarters Brewing Barleygirl

Four Quarters BarleygirlPicked this one up via an in person trade at Hill Farmstead a while back. I actually drank the beer over a month ago but just now writing up the review and getting it posted to the blog.

Crowlers are relatively new and Four Quarters is only the second brewery that I have tried a crowler from. This is my first beer from Four Quarters but I will have to check them out on my next trip to Vermont as I was impressed.  Barleygirl is described as a Belgian Double IPA which may be a first for me.

Appearance is a nice unfiltered orange. Aroma is a pleasant mix of spice and sweet malts. Nothing too crazy in either the appearance or aroma but enjoyable. Taste was a bit muted for a double IPA with some sweet malts and a light citrus bitterness. Finish was quite dry and left me wanting more. Overall a quality beer but I’m not sure the combination of Belgian yeast and a DIPA worked for me. 
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Four Quarters
Brewers Description: Belgian Double IPA with Simcoe

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785. Burlington Beer Company It’s Complicated Being a Wizard

Burlington Beer It's Complicated Being a WizardIt’s been over a month since my last post; crazy busy summer with the family. Fortunately I have enjoyed some great beers and will be getting some of the reviews posted this week. School is back in session soon so hopefully I won’t go as long between posts for the rest of the year.

This one from Burlington Beer Company really surprised me as it was entirely different than the many other IPAs coming out of Vermont. Appearance is a deep orange with a thick tan head. Aroma is a very interesting mix of lemon, citrus and a great mix of grains. Taste starts with lots of sweet malts then you get the lemon, citrus and a bit of peppery hops.

Such an interesting beer and one worth seeking out; just don’t go into it expecting another Vermont IPA like those from The Alchemist, Fiddlehead or Hill Farmstead.
Pros:
Unique
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Burlington Beer
Brewers Description: Our extra IPA has a radiant straw orange glow with which we immerse massive quantities of hops per gallon for a bold, yet delicate hop flavor. Utilizing barley, wheat, and oats.

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