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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.  

Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 66
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.

803. Garrison City Beerworks Khaos

Garrison City KhaosUpdated review with photo of the 16 ounce can. Compared to the original review this beer is a lot thicker than the last photo I took.

Khaos is the 9th beer I have reviewed from Garrison City and all have been very good. Most have been hop forward pale ales, IPAs or double IPAs which are a few of  my favorite styles.

Color is a little lighter Anomalous, the other DIPA I have reviewed from GCB, but still has the slight haze and bright white head that most of their other beers have. Aroma is nice mix of tropical fruits and pine. Grapefruit, citrus, lemon, pine and a bit of grass are all present in the taste making this a very complex and flavorful beer. Resinous finish with a fair amount of bitterness that lingers in a good way.

Garrison City Beerworks KhaosOverall another excellent beer from GCB and this one will be available in 16 ounce cans soon. 

Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 75
Brewers Website: Garrison City BeerWorks
Brewers Description: Khaos highlights Apollo hops and is brewed and dry hopped with Belma, Ella and Cascade

798. 14th Star Brewing Tribute

14th Star TributeVermont gets a lot of attention for its IPAs with The Alchemist (Heady), Lawson’s Finest and Hill Farmstead getting a lot of the buzz but there are several other Vermont breweries making great IPAs. A few months back I reviewed Foley Brothers Fair Maiden which was exceptional and the canned offerings from Fiddlehead; Second Fiddle and Mastermind are both excellent but getting much harder to find. You can add Tribute from 14th Star Brewing to the list of excellent beers to track down when in Vermont

Tribute pours a deep hazy orange with a thin white head. Aroma is quite balanced with some sweet malts coming through along with a nice mix of pine, tropical and citrus hops. Taste is more balanced and not as hop forward as some of those mentioned above but it still packs in a nice mix of flavors; pine, slightly resinous and some grapefruit. Finish is dry and only slightly bitter.

Overall a very nice beer and one worth seeking out next time you are in Vermont. I need to check out their new brewery as my only trip to 14th Star was in their original location. 
More balanced than most DIPAs
Alcohol Content: 8.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 65
Brewers Website: 14 Star Brewery
Brewers Description: Our Tribute Double IPA is a celebration of hops, pure and simple. A simple and smooth malt base serves as the stage for the hops to perform. Tribute has a beautiful golden color, an aroma brimming with citrusy hops, and a deliciously smooth hop flavor and dry finish.

796. Orono Brewing Ozone IPA

Orono Brewing Ozone IPAThis is my first beer from Orono Brewing Company. They are a new brewery that opened in Orono, Maine last year and they have been producing a wide variety of beer including a number of pale ales, IPAs and saisons.

Ozone is a single IPA at 6.4% ABV using a mix of Amarillo, Mosaic, Topaz and Galaxy hops. Appearance is a super clear pale orange with almost no head. Aroma was OK with some tropical hops but nothing too exciting. Taste was alright with a nice balance of malt and hops. Clean finish that was not too bitter.

The lack of head is really the only negative thing about this beer and maybe it should have scored higher but I drink a lot of truly exceptional IPAs so sometimes it can be tough to compete. Overall a solid first beer from Orono Brewing Company, looking forward to more from Asa.
Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 78
Brewers Website: Orono Brewing
Brewers Description: Winner of 2015 Tap Into Summer Beer Festival!  The Galaxy hop shines here.  A light malt body allows the awesome hop flavor and aroma to star.  Mosaic, Amarillo, and Topaz in the whirlpool, with a huge dry-hopped dose of Galaxy and Mosaic.  Big citrus and tropical flavors with lots of resiny hop character as well.

794. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1

Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1Somehow in all my trips to Hill I was never able to try the original Society & Solitude. I have had the other 6 versions and they are some of my favorite beers. Fortunately it was available on one of my trips this summer/fall. Society & Solitude #1 is brewed entirely with Cascade hops and it always amazes me the many different flavors a brewer can get from one hop.

Appearance is typical of a Hill Farmstead DIPA with a deep slightly hazy orange color and inch thick white head that left loads of lacing on the glass. Aroma is lighter than the other S&S beers but has some floral and citrus. Taste is big on the citrus, grapefruit and also has a bit of floral. A fair amount of bitterness as expected with a big DIPA. Typical Hill Farmstead mouthfeel, carbonation, etc – which really means exactly the way I like my beers.

Overall an excellent beer but not quite as good S&S #5 or #7.

Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: The first in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs – Release #1 is brewed exclusively with Cascade hops (from Segal Ranch) and Weyermann Vienna Malt. Our friend, Jeff O’Neil (the artist formerly known as the head brewer at Ithaca Beer Company… now redesigning the Peekskill Brewery) lent us a hand on the very first and long brew day on our 15bbl brewhouse.

793. Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union

Jacks Abby Hoponius UnionAnother beer from Jack’s Abby Brewing; Hoponius Union seems to be their most popular beer and is widely available on draft, in bottles and growlers at the brewery. I’ve tried the beer on draft multiple times so when I went to the brewery I opted for the 64 ounce growler.

Hoponius pours a nice orange color with solid white head. Aroma has a nice sweet base like many other lagers but the hops also come through with some nice spicy, citrus and tropical notes. Taste follows with the same sweet malt base and crisp clean hops add plenty of grass, citrus and pine. Finish is super clean and only slightly bitter.

This beer would satisfy most hoppy beer fans need for hops. Hopefully Jack’s Abby will start distributing in Maine soon. 
Super clean and refreshing
Alcohol Content: 6.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 65
Brewers Website: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Brewers Description: 
Hoponius Union harmoniously combines lager yeast fermentation and West Coast IPA hops. Our India style Pale Lager is like a traditional IPA but with a twist – it’s fermented cold and aged for extended periods. A blend of classic American hops creates a huge tropical fruit and citrusy hop aroma. A dry finish accentuates the pleasant bitterness and hop profile.

788. Lord Hobo Brewing Consolation Prize

Lord Hobo Brewing Consolation PrizeThe next 4 reviews all come from Lord Hobo Brewing and all are the initial releases of the beers as I was there on opening day to grab a growler of this one and cans of the three other offerings. My understanding is things have changed a bit since the initial releases so I will have to go back in and try these again. In fact in this recent story from The Boston Globe the owner of Lord Hobo claimed the beer was only at 65% of where he wants it to be.

Consolation Prize has the highest ABV of the four beers initially released by Lord Hobo and was the only one not available in cans. The description (see below) says that it is big juicy hops and with an ABV in excess of 9% I was hoping for great things. What I got was a very nice looking beer with minimal aroma compared to other DIPAs. Taste was also a bit of let down with quite a bit of caramel sweetness and a big bitter finish. Some noticeable alcohol in the aroma and taste as it warmed.

Overall not a bad beer but seems like there is room for improvement. Hoping to get down to Woburn again soon to give it another shot. 

Alcohol Content: 9.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Lord Hobo Brewing
Brewers Description: Hoppy ale, big juicy hops, hints of stone fruit

784. Frost Beer Works Another VT IPA

Frost beer Works Another VT IPAFirst beer from Frost Beer Works in Hinesburg, Vermont. Have not made it to the brewery yet but that will change the end of the month as I have a 3-day conference in the area and I should have time to stop by and check out the space. In the meantime I traded some Maine beers for some Vermont beers on a recent trip to Hill Farmstead. I like the simple label design and naming structure of Frost Beer Works line up.

Deep amber color with a thin white head. Carbonation seemed light and the head disappeared relatively quickly for an IPA. Aroma was mild but pleasant with a mix of tropical fruit and a nice sweetness. Taste is bitter up front followed by the tropical fruits and a sweet malt finish. Odd to have the bitterness on the front end but it worked.

Overall this is a very well balanced, refreshing IPA from Frost Beer Works. This was one of the first round of beers released so it may improve as they get things dialed in a bit more.
Pros: Well balanced
Cons: Light on carbonation, might be intentional 
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Brewers Website: Frost Beer Works
Brewers Description: a balanced, aromatic IPA with six malts, a Mosaic/Citra dry hop, and the signature of VT’s ale yeast. Citrus and tropical fruit aromas from hops complement malt smoothness and nuanced yeast complexity to create a flavor that encourages having another sip.

781. Wormtown Brewery Be Hoppy

Wormtown Brewery Be HoppyWormtown is another brewery that I have not visited yet but I really enjoyed Hopulence so when I saw cans of Be Hoppy at Julios I grab a couple 4-packs. I have had a lot of mediocre IPAs lately and hoped that Be Hoppy would be an improvement.

Fortunately I enjoyed everything about this beer. Be Hoppy pours a super clean copper color with a thick white head. Citrus, grapefruit and a bit of sweetness in the nose. Taste has lots going on with the citrus, tropical fruits but also some pine and floral notes. Bitterness is there but far from overpowering. Refreshing, clean and very drinkable Be Hoppy is a well crafted single IPA that even non-hop heads would enjoy.

Really nice beer from Wormtown and one of the best single IPAs I have had in a while. 

Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 69
Brewers Website: Wormtown Brewery
Brewers Description: Reddish-gold hazy unfiltered brew; Pungent aroma of citrus, floral spice, and grapefruit; Decidedly bitter palate with a medium light body; Flavors of hoppy grapefruit give way to a dry finish; Our Hop Back and Double Dry Hop process ensure aromatics that are in your face coupled with an obscene amount of kettle hops that should make all bitter beer fans and hop heads swoon.

777. DC Brau / Oskar Blues Smells Like Freedom

DC Brau Smells Like FreedomThis is the best beer in the box so far but I do have a few saisons left to drink. Smells Like Freedom is a collaboration between DC Brau and Oskar Blues (see link here for more detail).

Smells Like Freedom pours a radiant orange with a thick white head. Lots and lots of dank piney hops with a bit of tangerine and pineapple in both the nose and the taste. Carbonation and mouthfeel were both excellent. Finish has a nice bitterness and leaves an oily residue that lingered long after the beer was finished.

DC Brau and Oskar Blues set out to create a dank IPA and they did just that. If you have a way of getting this beer you should give it a try. 

Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 65
Brewers Website: DC Brau
Brewers Description: Smells Like Freedom is a big, juicy hop-bomb of an IPA with a nice medium body that is slightly dried out thanks to the addition of sugar the brewing kettle. The hop profile is huge. Notes include resiny, piney, earthy, sticky, cannabis and white pepper with aromas of cannabis, tangerine and sugar-coated ruby red grapefruit to entice the drinker. Smells Like Freedom drinks with a subtle punch of bitterness upfront that fades into a pleasant, palate-coating bitterness that attractively lingers and asks for another sip. This one is sure to please beer geeks and IPA fans with many layers of flavor upon flavor.