Category Archives: NH Beer

768. Garrison City Beerworks Illusion

Garrison City Beerworks IllusionAs 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
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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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.

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767. Stoneface Brewing Mozaccalypse

Stoneface MozaccalypseThis beer has been getting a lot of hype so I had a friend in New Hampshire track down a couple of bottles for me. If you have read my prior posts about Stoneface you know I have only been really impressed with their India Red Rye. Their IPA and first DIPA Hopulization were good but didn’t blow me away.

Mozaccalypse uses a combination of Mosaic and Azacca hops. I have reviewed a lot of beers lately with Mosaic hops but I do not see Azacca often so I have no idea what the flavor, aroma or bittering profile is. The appearance is a slightly hazy orange with a solid white head. Aroma is big but seems to be a hodge podge of citrus, floral, pine and onion, not really working for me.

Taste is similar to the nose starting with a pine resin followed by some perfume floral and a pretty significant bitterness. Overall it was a decent beer but it seemed the hops were competing instead of complimenting each other. Maybe it is just my palate but their beers seem to get more hype than they deserve as they do not even come close to offerings from; Hill Farmstead, Trillium, Tree House or even Maine Beer. 
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Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Stoneface Brewing
Brewers Description: It weighs in at 8%, and it is double dry-hopped with Mosaic and Azacca hops. Mozaccalypse, get it?

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766. 603 Brewery Waterville Wheat Ale

603 Brewery Waterville WheatThe guys at 603 Brewery teamed up with Waterville Valley Resort for a beer and they came up with an easy drinking wheat ale. Our home office is located in Waterville, Maine so I picked up some to share.

The beer pours a hazy pale orange with a very thin white head that disappeared almost immediately. Nice mix of aroma; wheat, lemon and a bit of citrus. Flavor follows with a sweet start followed by the lemon zest and a slightly spicy finish from the corriander.

Quite a bit going on in this beer but it works well together to make a refreshing and clean beer. Not something I would drink regularly but will pickup when I see it. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: 603 Brewery
Brewers Description: This super refreshing, unfiltered wheat beer features bursts of orange and coriander. It’s 5% abv makes it the perfect beer to relax with after a long day skiing, hiking, or any activity where are breaking a sweat.

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750. Stoneface Brewing Hopulization

Stoneface HopulizationThis is my third beer from Stoneface and I expected it to be better than it was. Their Red Rye still takes the top spot but I have heard good things about Mozaccalypse. Honestly not sure where this one went wrong as it is a solid beer. It may have been bad timing as I have been drinking a lot of Epiphany, Swish and Hill Farmstead beers lately and this one just doesn’t measure up.

Appearance is a very clear orange with a nice white head that left ample lacing on the glass. Aroma is nice with plenty of citrus and a nice amount of sweetness but falls short of those IPAs mentioned above. Taste follows with the same muted citrus and some pine, alcohol is well hidden making it a very easy beer to drink.

Overall this is a very good beer but if you are going to make a double IPA it better be great as there are so many choices out there.
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Alcohol Content: 8.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Stoneface Brewing
Brewers Description: Hopulization is an irresponsible experiment of hop utilization. This Double IPA is built with 2-row pale, white wheat, and crystal malts – and then dry-hopped twice, using Galaxy, Calypso, and a touch of Simcoe hops. Twice. We did it two times.

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747. Garrison City Beerworks Anomalous

Garrison City AnomolousAs you have probably gathered I am a big fan of the guys at Garrison City Beerworks. The brewery has only been open for about two months and in that time they have produced a nice variety of mostly hop forward beers. Citra is probably my favorite but Galaxy and Bale Fire were also excellent.

There has been talk about lack of carbonation when drinking from the crowler but I have not found this to be a problem. I talked with Gabe and Mike last time I was in and the carbonation levels in the beer are on the lower side on purpose. Each of my crowlers has retained its carbonation, poured with a decent head and left with tiny bubbles as I drank the beer. A low amount of carbonation is different than a beer being flat and while there is always a chance of a growler/crowler not holding the carbonation I have not had this problem with Garrison City’s beers.

Anomalous is their second Double IPA with the first being Tropic Rage which was more malt forward than this one. This beer pours a very nice unfiltered orange with a bright white head that left a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is juicy mango and other tropical fruits. Taste follows with the tropical fruits taking center stage and a nice bit of sweetness. Bitterness is minimal and the alcohol is well hidden making this one a bit dangerous as the 32 ounce crowler goes down pretty quickly. 
Pros:
Fresh juicy hops
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Garrison City BeerWorks
Brewers Description: An American Double IPA with yellow sunshine color and intense passion fruit aroma

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744. Garrison City Beerworks Crowbar

Garrison City CrowbarI bought this crowler of Crowbar the day before Garrison City Beerworks opened to the public in mid-December. Since then it has been tucked away in the back of my fridge as an experiment to see how well the crowler held the carbonation and flavor of the beer. Since then I have been back to tasting room on multiple occasions and sampled Crowbar each time. Finally after about 45 days in the back of the fridge I decided to open my crowler and test the contents. What I found was the same beer that went into it, no noticeable change in carbonation or flavor so the crowler did its job well to keep the beer as the brewer intended it.

Crowbar pours a deep brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is filled with roasted malts and a small amount of coffee/chocolate. Taste follows with more chocolate than coffee which is what I prefer as I do not enjoy coffee. Finish is dry making this a very pleasant porter. Not my favorite style of beer but this one works well and a real testament to the crowler.
Pros:
Mild flavor profile makes it easy to drink
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Garrison City Beerworks
Brewers Description: Robust Porter, Malt and roast up front, chocolate through the middle with a dry finish.

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735. Garrison City BeerWorks Bale Fire IPA

Garrison City BeerWork Bale Fire IPAThis is my third crowler from Garrison City. The fourth contains their Crowbar porter and is sitting in the back of my fridge as an experiment to see how well the crowler works. I will probably open it up in the next few weeks to see how the carbonation and taste held up.

This was the original batch of Bale Fire at 5.8% ABV. I visited the brewery last week and they have tweaked the second batch as it now stands at 7.0% ABV and the hops come through much better. This first batch had a sweet start with a nice floral and slight lemon bitterness. Overall a very mild and drinkable IPA that has improved in the second batch and may change even further before they settle on a final recipe. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Garrison City BeerWorks
Brewers Description: American IPA Hop forward Centennial hops lead the dry hop supported by Simcoe.

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734. Garrison City BeerWorks Galaxy Pale Ale

Garisson City BeerWorks GalaxySecond Crowler from Garrison City and it was tough to decide which I liked better, the Citra or the Galaxy.

Galaxy pale ale is similar to the Citra pale ale with some tropical and citrus but there is also a nice earthy grass and slightly dank quality that Citra did not have.

Can’t wait to try more from these guys. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Garrison City BeerWorks
Brewers Description: Dry hopped pale ale Southern Hemisphere hops Galaxy, Wakatu and Motueka lend spicy notes along with bright citrus and pine.

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733. Garrison City BeerWorks Citra Pale Ale

Garrison City Citra Pale AleNot really an updated review but thought I would add the photo of the 16 ounce can packaging which GCB is moving all their beers towards.

Garrison City BeerWorks opened in Dover NH on December 13th and the owners were nice enough to let me in on the 12th to sample and grab some Crowlers. Yes that is correct a Crowler is a 32 ounce can that is filled to order and sealed while you wait. Cost is a very reasonable $9 per Crowler which includes the cost of the can, no expensive glass to buy.

Garrison City BeerWorks CitraAll 4 beers were very good so I took home 7 Crowlers; 4 for me and 3 for my brother in law. The first one to be opened was their Citra Pale Ale which pours a deep orange with a solid white head. The aroma was fresh juicy hops; tropical, citrus and a bit of pine. Taste followed with a solid malt backbone that made this a hoppy yet balanced pale ale. Mouthfeel was excellent as well with a nice amount of carbonation. I find carbonation to be an issue with many new breweries but this was right where I would expect to be for a pale ale.

Overall a very nice start from Garrison City BeerWorks.
Pros:
Fresh hoppy
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Garrison City BeerWorks
Brewers Description: Dry hopped pale ale. Light in color and low in bitterness. Hopped with Amarillo and Citra it bursts with sweet tropical citrus.

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729. Hobbs Tavern Something Went A Rye IPA

Hobbs Tavern Rye IPAMade my first stop at Hobb’s Tavern to try their beer and grab a growler. They had a sampler of 5 beers available which included a cream ale, brown, rauchbier, pale ale and this rye IPA.

Sadly the beer was not very good, in fact the rauchbier and pale ale were almost undrinkable. I decided to take home a growler of the Rye IPA more for the growler and this review than for the beer itself. This beer pours a nice orange with a thick off white head. Aroma was slightly sweet from the rye and only a small amount of floral hops coming through. Taste was OK with the same slightly sweet and rye spice coming through. Carbonation was on target and there was minimal bitterness.

Overall Hobb’s Tavern has a wonderful facility in a beautiful setting but the beer has a lot of room for improvement.
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Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 55.3
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Brewers Website: Hobb’s Tavern
Brewers Description: IPAs were originally developed with greater amounts of hops to help preserve the beer on the long boat voyage from Britain to India. The style has persisted because so many people love the extra flavor. We added rye round out the flavor profile. The mash got “stuck” creating even more work for our brewer, thankfully it is a labor of love and we pulled this very tasty, well rounded brew out of it.

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