Monthly Archives: November 2015

814. Deciduous Brewing Agricultural

Deciduous Brewing AgriculturalAnother beer from the recently opened Deciduous Brewing in Newmarket, NH. This is their wheat IPA, Agricultural.

Too sunny when I took this picture but you can tell the beer pours a very clear orange with bright white head. Aroma was muted with a bit of melon. Flavor was also a bit disappointing with a sweet start and a big bitter finish that lingered.

No question this is a well made beer but it is just not what I like from my IPAs.
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Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Deciduous Brewing (Facebook page)
Brewers Description: Our interpretation of a wheat IPA. Brewed with golden promise and red wheat, hopped with Amarillo and Hull Melon.

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813. Deciduous Brewing Aerophyte

Deciduous Brewing AerophyteThe first of three consecutive reviews from Deciduous Brewing in Newmarket, NH. This one is their pale ale – Aerophyte.

This is a beautiful beer with a deep orange color, thin white head and very clear. Aroma is grassy, herbal and slightly sweet. Taste was OK with some peppery spice, floral, big sweetness and the finish is more bitter than I expect from a pale.

Overall a well crafted beer just not the hop profile I prefer and a bit too bitter in the finish. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Deciduous Brewing (Facebook page)
Brewers Description: Our interpretation of a New England styled Pale Ale. Brewed with 2 row barley, crystal malts, tc8570, and dry hopped with a hallertau variant.

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812. Dieu du Ciel! Moralite

Dieu Du Ciel La MoraliteI don’t drink a lot of beer from outside of the US but this summer someone from Quebec came down to Portland and brought a bunch of beer from Canada and Vermont with him. I traded some stuff from Maine for a few bottles and cans which included a couple bottles from Dieu de Ciel! This is their American style IPA which was brewed in collaboration with John Kimmich from The Alchemist Brewery in Vermont.

Moralite pours a hazy orange with a great white head that left a ton of lacing, great looking beer. Aroma is full of pine, citrus and tropical fruits, very nice. Taste continues with citrus, tropical, pine just what I like in my IPAs. My only complaint with this beer is the bottle was far too small.

Not sure if bottles of this make it to the US often but if you see it be sure to buy some.
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Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Dieu du Ciel!
Brewers Description: The concept of Morality may give rise to various interpretations and Quebec, it has a historical link with alcohol. Certainly, we use an immoral amount of hops from a mix of Simcoe, Citra and Centennial. This results in a dry finish, aromatic and slightly resinous evoking tropical fruits and revealing a sharp bitterness. Morality was born from a collaboration with John Kimmich The Alchemist Brewery Vermont. (Translated using Google Translate)

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811. Grey Sail Brewing Captain’s Daughter

Grey Sail Brewing Captain's DaughterThis beer from Rhode Island has been getting a lot of press lately and I finally got a can through an in person trade. First beer I have tried from Grey Sail Brewing but hopefully it won’t be the last as this beer is worth seeking out.

Slightly hazy pale orange color with an inch thick white head, similar to many other DIPAs. Aroma had loads of grapefruit and citrus hops. Taste follows with plenty of citrus, grapefruit and lemon zest with just enough malt to call it balanced. Mouthfeel, carbonation and bitterness were just right.

This is a very well crafted beer right up there with the top DIPAs. I can see why so many are trying to track down this beer. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Grey Sail Brewing
Brewers Description: Our newest year-round is an Imperial India Pale Ale brewed with high-quality pilsner malt and flaked oats, making this beer light in color but certainly not in body or alcohol content. It is aggressively hopped with Mosaics out of the Pacific Northwest, giving the Captain’s Daughter a strong aroma and flavor of tropical and stone fruits.

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810. Neighborhood Beer Company Hallowed Hammock Blonde Ale

Neighborhood Beer Hallowed Hammock BlondeNeighborhood Beer Company recently opened their brewery and tasting room in Exeter, NH. Their focus is on authentic German style beers often made with a slight American twist. These are types of beers that are not brewed often in the US so don’t expect any American IPAs or DIPAs when you visit, at least to start.

This blonde ale is based on the traditional Kölsch style. It pours a clear yellow with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sightly sweet with a bit of yeast and bready malts. Taste follows with a nice light body and low carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable first beer from NHBeerCo that won’t disappoint but also won’t get a lot of attention when so many are looking for the next big hoppy beer. 
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Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 24
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Brewers Website: Neighborhood Beer Company
Brewers Description: Hallowed Hammock Blonde Ale is a smooth, easy-going pale ale based on the acclaimed Kölsch beers of Cologne, Germany. Clean tasting with subtle hints of caramel, vanilla and apricot as well as lingering notes of white wine from a scarce German hop variety, this beer is as easy drinking and relaxing as it gets. For the beer geeks amongst you, this full-flavored, hand-crafted ale has 4.9% ABV, 24 IBU, and 4 SRM.

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809. Bissell Brothers Brewing Reciprocal

Bissell Brothers ReciprocalAnother hop forward beer from Bissell Brothers Brewing. This one comes in at 7.3% which is a big increase in ABV from Baby Genius (4%) and Diavoletto (2.6%) and only marginally less than Swish at 8%. So far I have really enjoyed all of Bissell’s hoppy offerings and not as impressed with Seed or i-Lucky.

Reciprocal may be the murkiest beer I have tried. The only other that comes to mind is Lotus Eater from Candia Road Brewing that I had 3 years ago. This beer looks like a combination of orange and grapefruit juice with a nice white head. Aroma has loads of citrus, pineapple, mango. Taste follows with lots of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and just enough of a malt base to keep things in check. Minimal bitterness in the finish and the 16 ounce can was gone in no time.

Another excellent beer from Bissell Brothers and I believe this beer is now part of their normal brew schedule so I look forward to more Reciprocal in the future. 
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Cons: Some people may not like the haze
Alcohol Content: 7.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Bissell Brothers
Brewers Description: A showcase of Southern Hemisphere hops, and a giant thank-you to the true fans & supporters.

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808. Hill Farmstead Song of Joy

Hill Farmstead Song of JoyI really enjoyed Hoponius Union from Jacks Abby so I have been on the lookout for more IPLs. Hill Farmstead released Song of Joy in August and I grabbed a 750 on one of my many visits to Greensboro.

Unlike most of the beers from Hill Farmstead Song of Joy pours a super clean and clear pale yellow, as a lager should. Aroma is light with some nice pale malts and earthy hops, a bit of grapefruit as well but mostly herbal, grassy hops here. Taste is incredibly clean and bright with a nice lager start followed up with a fair amount of citrus, herbal and grassy hops. Only slightly bitter in the finish and very refreshing.

Another excellent beer from Shaun Hill. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Hoppy India Pale Lager

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807. Burlington Beer Co Bumbleberry Saison

Burlington Beer Bumblebeery SaisonI am part of Burlington Beer’s bottle reserve club for the first two years. Most are beers that can be aged so I have not reviewed many from the first 18 months of the club. Bumbleberry Saison is a fruit beer best enjoyed fresh so I decided to open this one shortly after picking it from the brewery. I also wanted to open it shortly after Seed from Bissell to compare the two. What I found were two entirely different beers.

Bumbleberry Saison is a big saison at 9% ABV and just packed full of fruit flavor. The color is a very deep red almost purple with a thin pinkish head. Not sure I have had a beer this color before. Aroma is loaded with fresh berries, hard to identify any one fruit in particular but they are all there. The first thing you notice in the taste is a solid base saison but then the fruit comes in and just doesn’t stop. At 9% I sipped on this one for a while and it changed a bit as it warmed. The alcohol was more noticeable as it warmed but still relatively well hidden.

Overall this was an interesting beer but again a style that just doesn’t too much for me. Looking forward to the others in my ever expanding collection of Burlington Beer bottles.
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Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Burlington Beer
Brewers Description: Saison Royale brewed with Real Fruit. Deep in the forests of an undiscovered land, on the tallest tree you can see, grows a fruit that ripens but only once a year on the night of the harvest moon. The ever elusive, Bumbleberry. We’ve spent years researching where and when to find this fruit to add to our Saison Royale. Bright berry fruit flavors explode with balanced malt and yeast flavors. This beer is meant to be enjoyed in the summer of 2015. Share with the ones you love. Less than 200 bottles available at brewery only.

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806. Burial Beer Co Scythe Rye

Burial Beer Scythe RyeWhile in line waiting at Bissell Brothers I started talking with the guy behind me. Turns out he was there from North Carolina and had brought some beer up with him. He was looking for some beer from Maine Beer Company and I happened to have a few bottles in my truck so we made a little trade after we gt our beer from Bissell, It’s always fun to meet new people while waiting in lines, really what else are you going to do.

I know nothing about Burial Beer Co but I ended up with a can of this and their Skillet Donut Stout which sounds interesting. This rye IPA pours a deep red color with a very thick off white head. It took several pours to get the glass to the point of this picture. Aroma was slightly sweet but mostly citrus and grapefruit. Based on the appearance and the nose I was expecting good things but the taste was a bit of a let down with a lot more spice and sweetness from the malts and very little of the grapefruit/citrus hops coming through. This beer also had a big bitter finish that didn’t work for me.

Overall not a bad beer and seems like they were going for more of a traditional English style IPA than I typically enjoy.  
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Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 66
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Brewers Website: Burial Beer Co.
Brewers Description: An aggressive harvest tool with a dynamic history, the scythe is traditionally used for harvesting crops. But it was adopted by the lower class as an implement of death during times of war and protest. Our Rye India Pale Ale also has a dual nature with the nose of your traditional IPA and the incredible malt complexity of your European pale ale.  We use a healthy dose of malted Rye and Belgian Crystal malts while Summit and Chinook hops add that delicious hop flavor and the exclusive addition of Mosaic in the whirlpool and dry hop adds a profoundly unique blueberry and pineapple aroma.

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805. Hermit Thrush Brewery Brattlebeer

Hermint Thrush BrattlebeerMy first beer from Hermit Thrush Brewing which is one of the few breweries in Vermont that is in the southern part of the state. Now that they package in 16 ounce cans you can expect to see more reviews of their beer in the coming months.

Brattlebeer sounds really interesting, a sour ale brewed with apple cider, so I brought home a couple of 4-packs during a recent trip to Vermont. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with almost no head. Aroma has lots of cider characteristics and almost no traditional beer aroma. Taste starts with a sour apple tartness followed by a slightly earthy funk and finish is clean and refreshing.

An interesting beverage that was easy to drink but not something I would drink on a regular basis. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hermit Thrush
Brewers Description: Inspired by the town of Brattleboro, the unique sour ale captures the best of local flavors. Brattlebeer is slightly tart, light bodied and dry with both fruity and malty undertones, and a rocky, champagne-like head.  Fermented spontaneously with a blend of local apple cider, malt, and hops, this delicate pale ale pairs well with soft cheeses and herbal entrees, and often compliments seasonal fruit desserts.

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