Category Archives: Beer Reviews

819. Bissell Brothers Brewing Lux

Bissell Brothers LuxBack to back hoppy rye beers with Light in the Window from Burlington Beer and now Lux from Bissell Brothers. I believe this is the last of the Bissell Brother’s beers for me to review. I will have to go back through and update some photos as they now have brand specific cans for Lux and Baby Genius and I am sure Noah and Peter will have some new options soon enough.

Lux pours a deep hazy orange, not nearly as murky as some of their other beers but still far from clear. Head is bright white with big soapy bubbles that left a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a mix of spicy rye and lemon and taste pretty much follows with the rye dominating and the hops there for some added flavor and complexity.

Overall a very good beer from Bissell but I prefer most of their others over Lux. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Bissell Brothers Brewing
Brewers Description: This rye ale is our tropical escape to a sunnier state of mind.

818. Burlington Beer Light in the Window

Burlington Beer Light in the WindowThere are so many great breweries out there and Vermont seems to have a lot of them. Burlington Beer may not get as much attention as The Alchemist, Lawson’s or Hill Farmstead but Joe is making some truly unique beers in Williston. Yes Burlington Beer is not actually located in Burlington but in the town right next door Williston. Everything they do is just a little different making them one of my favorite breweries. It’s Complicated Being a Wizard was the first IPA in a long time that was truly unique and you can check out their website to see the many other offerings from Burlington Beer including Strawberry Whale Cake and Bee Keeper.

This beer is their Rye IPA which generally I am not a huge fan of but this one worked. Appearance is a slightly hazy burnt orange with a solid white head. Aroma has loads of floral, earthy hops and a bit of citrus and spice from the rye. The taste was very interesting and complex with some citrus, grapefruit but also a fair amount of peppery spice. Very earthy and the finish is dry and slightly bitter. All of this might sound like an odd mix of flavors but it works.

Light in the Window is another unique offering from a very talented brewer. If you haven’t tried any of Joe’s beer yet let me know and I will bring some back on my next trip to Vermont.
Pros: Unique
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Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Burlington Beer Company
Brewers Description: A crispy Rye IPA brewed with barley and rye. Densely hopped and bursting with grapefruit hop flavors to compliment the soft and spicy nature of rye. We’ve balanced the soft malt profile with a fresh and aggressive hop flavor.

817. Newburyport Brewing Melt Away

Newburyport Brewing Melt Away Session IPAIt seems like most breweries added a session IPA or session pale to their line up during 2015. Some were excellent and some just seemed like watered down versions of other beers. Some of my favorites include Rising Tide’s Maine Island Trail, Baby Genius & Diavoletto from Bissell Brothers.

Melt Away appears to be the newest can release from Newburyport Brewing adding a session beer to an already solid line up. This beer pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a solid white head, really nice looking beer. Aroma is abundant for a session beer with plenty of citrus and tropical hops. Taste follows with plenty of hop flavor on top of a light malt base. Slightly creamy and very little bitterness making this a super crushable session IPA.

This will definitely be added to the list of beers for my golf cooler next summer. 
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Alcohol Content: 4.6% ABV
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Brewers Website: Newburyport Brewing
Brewers Description: A refreshing session IPA shining with Citra and Amarillo hops uniquely balanced by malt sweetness for a crisp, easy finish. A tasty way to kick back and melt away.

816. Two Roads Brewing Road 2 Ruin

Two Roads Road 2 RuinTwo Roads may be best known as the place that contract brews Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine and Super Session #2  but they also have a pretty solid line up of their own beer. I have also heard that it is a great place to visit so if you find yourself in Connecticut check them out.

Road 2 Ruin is their double IPA and I purchased a 4-pack of cans on a recent trip to Vermont. Their beer is also available in Maine and may even be in New Hampshire now. Appearance is a deep slightly hazy orange color with a fluffy white head. Aroma has some floral and pine but is not as pungent as many other DIPAs. Taste has a sweet start, a little pine and then a huge bitter finish. The bitterness seemed to dull down a bit as I drank the beer, not sure if this was me getting used to the beer or a change as the beer warmed.

The can says “Plenty of Bite” at the bottom and that is certainly true.
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Two Roads Brewing
Brewers Description: A big, hoppy IPA with plenty of bite! Our assertive, hop-centric Double IPA has a lean malt backdrop and is brewed with four American hop varieties – Summit, Palisade, Cascade and Magnum. Piney, citrus, floral, not-for-the-timid!

815. Deciduous Brewing Aggregation

Deciduous Brewing AggregationI have been really enjoying the variety of low ABV and very flavorful beers being introduced by many breweries which includes several gose style beers. Aggregation from Deciduous may be the lowest ABV gose so far at only 2.4% ABV.

Love the clean pale yellow of this beer with only a small halo of a head, pretty typical of the gose style. Aroms is a great mix of spice and lemon. Taste is slightly tart with more lemon than coriander and very little salt coming through.

A super easy drinking beer that you can enjoy any time of day and also have more than one without having to worry about driving home. Really excellent beer and looking forward to trying Cumulation their gose at 4.5% ABV. 
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Flavorful and low ABV
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Alcohol Content: 2.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Deciduous Brewing (Facebook page)
Brewers Description: Our interpretation of a Table Gose. Brewed with acidulated malts, 60% white wheat, fresh coriander from Stock & Spice in Portsmouth, NH, and sea salt varieties from Salt Cellar in Portsmouth, NH. Think a gentle lemonade made with Moroccan preserved lemons.

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.

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
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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.

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)

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
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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.

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.