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822. Baxter Brewing The Daughters of Poseidon

Baxter Brewing The Daughters of PoseidenThis is actually a really old review that I had the notes but couldn’t find the photo and then came across it so decided I would post just in case this beer came back around. If you still have a can of this chances are it has changed a lot as it would be about 18 months old.

Daughters of Poseidon is a black IPA and if you follow my blog you know this is not my favorite style. Color is almost entirely black with a thick off white head. I find these canned shaped glasses often increase the size of the head significantly. Aroma was almost entirely roasted malts; chocolate, coffee with a bit of citrus hops and some alcohol present. Taste follows with a big roasty start and the hops come through only in a big bitter finish. Not sure where the oysters come in but this beer was brewed with oysters at some point in the process.

If you like black IPAs you would probably enjoy this one but it seems to be a style that many craft beer drinkers avoid. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: Black India Pale Ale brewed with Oysters

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755. Baxter Brewing Ceremony

Baxter Brewing CeremonyI drink three things; milk for breakfast, tea (usually iced) during the day and beer in the evening so when Baxter Brewing announced a green tea IPA I had to find some and give it a try. Looking at other reviews of this beer many note the lack of flavor but one has to remember this is a 4.2% session beer so flavor usually is a bit muted. That said Ceremony met my expectation and is another solid offering from Baxter.

The beer pours a super clean golden yellow color with a thick white head. It seems the can shaped glasses give a larger than normal head. Aroma is light with some lemon, pine and maybe a hint of tea. Taste follows with a mild lemon and subtle citrus and tea flavors. Finish is fairly bitter but overall this is a nice beer that will not blow you away but shouldn’t disappoint either. 
Pros:
Subtle yet flavorful
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 55
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: Session IPA brewed and flavored with green tea. This Fourth Anniversary Release uses Chinook, Mosaic and Sorachi Ace hops as well as gunpowder green tea. Look for Ceremony to be packaged in 16oz cans and the beer comes in at 4.2% ABV and 55 IBU.

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725. Baxter Brewing Bootleg Fireworks

Baxter Bootleg FireworksI went directly to Baxter Brewing for the release of Bootleg Fireworks. Baxter is actually the closest brewery to my home and office so making the trip over for the release only took a couple of minutes. Bootleg Fireworks is entirely different from the well balanced In’finiti’s DIPA but Baxter’s intent was to make a hop bomb and they were not concerned with balance.

Bootleg Fireworks is packaged in 16 oz cans like the other special releases from Baxter. I find this interesting as most of their beer comes in 12 oz cans so you might expect a 9% ABV DIPA to be released in the smaller packaging, instead you get the full 16 oz like you do with Heady Topper and many other canned DIPAs.

Appearance is a deep orange with large fluffy head. Aroma has some citrus and tropical fruits but also a fair amount of booze. Taste follows with layers upon layers of fruity hops. Very little bitterness as the alcohol takes control in the finish. I drank all four cans within the first week and I wish I had another to try after a few weeks as I expect it would develop a bit without losing a lot of the hop character, if I come across another 4-pack I may grab it both to make a comparison and because it was an enjoyable beer.
Pros:
Hops!
Cons: A bit boozy
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: This beer is intentionally a bit off balanced. It makes sense too, as the beer features 8 different hops, and 4 different dry hops over the course of 2 weeks. The malts are as light as possible to the chunks of hops added to this beer shine.

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643. Baxter Brewing On the Count of 3

Baxter On the Count of ThreeWhen I drink beer for a review I typically drink them over the course of 30 minute (longer with stouts) to see how the taste, aroma, etc changes as the beer warms. For the most part this helps bring out additional flavor and aroma that are hidden when the beer is cold and it is usually a good thing.

With On the Count of 3 it was not. The beer while cold had a nice mix of yeast, spice, clove in the aroma and taste leaned more towards the lemon, fruit and sweet candy. OTCO3 was a solid beer while cold. I came back to the beer after about 15 minutes and it had changed significantly. The aroma was now a not so pleasant band aid smell that made the beer undrinkable. This is not the first time I have had a Baxter beer with a foul smell as the original batch of Summer Swelter (then named Celsius Summer) had an unpleasant aroma.

I believe this beer is basically gone from the local shelves but if you come across one buy it, toss in a cooler with ice and drink it cold!
Pros:
Tasty while cold
Cons: Foul smell as it warms
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 100
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description:

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327. Baxter Brewing Hayride Autumn Ale

Seems like a lot of brewers are introducing rye based beers so it was no surprise when Baxter Brewing announced their Fall seasonal would be a rye ale. What was surprising was just how tasty this beer is. Baxter’s beers have been hit or miss for me with Stowaway IPA being my favorite before this release.

The Hayride Autumn Ale pours a nice deep amber almost brown color with a thick off white head. You get lots of rye and spice in the aroma, not really picking up any of the oak. Taste has a lot going on with the rye malts front and center but still plenty of spices, some hops and a bit of oak does come through.

Really nice beer from Baxter, hoping their Winter seasonal will be as good as this one was. 
Pros:  
Complex flavors
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: As days get shorter and sleeves get longer, Baxter Brewing releases its fall seasonal, Hayride Autumn Ale. A generous portion of two rye malts give the beer a full body, bready flavor, and subtle spiciness; while toasted malts provide a touch of sweetness and a rich, almost reddish hue. New Zealand Pacifica and Pacific Jade hops balance Hayride’s maltiness and suggest notes of oranges and tropical fruit. Finally, we cold-condition the beer on oak, with light additions of ginger, black pepper, and orange peel, bringing out the spiciness of the rye and rounding out the soft sweetness of the beer. Hayride will give a touch of warmth for those cool fall nights, while remaining deliciously drinkable.

Try pairing this autumn brew with stews, beef roasts, pork chops, stuffed squash, carrot cake, and, of course, pumpkin pie!

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236. Baxter Brewing Celsius Summer Ale

I was really looking forward to the fourth offering from Baxter Brewing and when they announced 6-packs of cans were available at the brewery I was the first one there. My office is less than a mile from the brewery so it was not difficult to get over to the brewery at lunch. Picked up a 6-pack, Baxter glass and a sticker for the truck. Stuck the beer in the fridge at work and patiently waited for 4:30 to come so I could go home and give it a try.
This is the first unfiltered offering from Baxter and I prefer unfiltered beer. It also is a summer beer with a low ABV and plenty of lemon flavor for those warm Maine summers. Beer pours a nice deep yellow with thick white head. The smell is where this one seems off. I could not quite figure out what the aroma was but it was not pleasant and not something you usually get from beer. With 235 other beers reviewed prior to this one I can honestly say I have never smelled something like this from a beer. I chatted with a few others that have had this beer and they all mentioned an unpleasant smell so it does not seem to be just me or the batch I had. (Read more)
Taste is pleasant with plenty of lemon and the beer is crisp as a good summer beer should be. It tastes even better as it warms slightly. Overall the beer is very good but the smell makes me not want another. Maybe if I drink it directly from the can I would not get the aromas I get after pouring in a glass. Have a few more in the fridge so may have to give that a try on the remainder of the six pack.
Pros:Taste, easy to drink

Cons: Unpleasant smell
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: Our first unfiltered offering, Celsius Summer Ale is the perfect warm weather beer! Celsius Summer Ale is light and refreshing while still keeping your taste buds interested. The malt base features a hefty dose of wheat for a big, fluffy head and a soft, round body, yet keeps the beer drinkable even during the dog days. The light malt character is more than balanced by a blend of citrusy American hops, giving Celsius a crisp bitterness without being overpowering. The hoppy citrus aroma complements the ingredients that make this beer so unique: lemon and lime peel, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass provide an subtle yet unmistakeable floral nose and just a touch of bracing tartness, taking the refreshment of Celsius to the next level.
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73. Baxter Brewing Amber Road

This beer was just released today so I am happy to be one of the first to drink and review it. Amber Road pours a beautiful dark amber color with a solid head that last and leaves great lacing on the glass. Slight hop aroma and bite but I like beer with this amount of hops. Not a fan of the really hoppy beers (60+ IBUs) but at 35 this beer is just right. Feel is perfect, easy to drink and tasted very fresh – which it probably was since I purchased it from the brewery on the day it was released. This is my favorite Baxter beer so far and I will certainly enjoy the 12 I purchased today and probably many more. Luke and the others at Baxter did a great job with this one and I am looking forward to their next release whatever that might be.
Pros: Color, bite but not a lingering aftertaste
Cons:  Minimal aroma
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 35
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: A malt-accented amber ale which features a rich toastiness and a balanced hop flavor that lingers through to the finish. This wickedly smooth beer refreshes year ’round.
Technical Specifications:
  • A proprietary blend of North American 2 row malted barley including barley grown in Northern Maine’s Aroostook County
  • 8 different domestic and imported “Character” malts provide complexity, color and body
  • 3 different hops varieties grown in the Willamette Valley region of Oregon
  • Cold conditioned for a smooth, crisp and clean flavor
  • Clean, well attenuating, top-fermenting American ale yeast
  • Pure, soft water from Lake Auburn, Maine
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24. Baxter Brewing Stowaway I.P.A.

If you have been following my blog you know that IPAs are not my favorite beer. This is better than some of the other IPAs tried but still not my favorite beer. The IBU rating on this one is 69 which I believe is the highest rating to date and you can certainly tell the difference. If you like IPAs I am sure you would enjoy this beer.
Pros: Great color
Cons:  Extended aftertaste – typical of an IPA
Alcohol Content: 6.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 69
Rating: ★★½☆☆
Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: Bold, complex flavors with a solid malt backbone and assertive hop profile, along with cold conditioning, give this beer its crisp, clean, hoppy finish.
Technical Specifications:
– A proprietary blend of North American 2-row malted barley, including barley grown in Northern Maine’s Aroostock County
– Domestic and imported “Character” malts provide complexity, color and body
– 5 different hops varieties grown in the Pacific Northwest
– Double dry-hopped during fermentation and conditioning
– Clean, well attenuating, top-fermenting American ale yeast
– Pure, soft water from Lake Auburn, Maine
Flavor Profile:Deep amber-to-orangish in color; pours with a nice, creamy head; huge hop aroma of citrus, pine and grapefruit rind notes with a big, complex, and intense hop flavor that lingers for a very long time. The malt flavor up-front turns dry and crisp; full bodied and a dry finish with a pleasant, long lasting, hop aftertaste and beautiful lace left in the glass. Stowaway leaves you wanting more.
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23. Baxter Brewing Pamola Xtra Pale Ale

You will notice the photo on this one is not my normal bottle beside a glass. Two reasons for this – first Baxter Brewing is one of the few craft brewers to choose cans over bottles (see their website for more details on this) and second I enjoyed this while camping in Baxter State Park last weekend. I was going to wait and enjoy this at Pamola Peak but thought it may not be a good idea to hike down a mile high pile of rocks after having a beer or two. The beer itself is a very easy to drink refreshing pale ale with a low IBU rating (which I like). Like some of the other beer I have reviewed this would be a good session beer.

I live and work very near the brewery and this one of the few breweries I have actually visited. They are doubling in size and have recently expanded their reach to Massachusetts. Hopefully this beer will continue to do well and they will introduce more variety soon. On my most recent visit to the brewery they had a sample red and light brown ale and both were excellent. I am looking forward to trying more from Baxter Brewing as they continue to grow.
Pros: Crisp flavor, easy to drink
Cons: Hard to get used to drinking from a can
Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 26
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: Subtle, sophisticated flavors from choice barley and select hops, combined with cold conditioning, give this beer its exceptional drinkability.
Technical Specifications:

  • A proprietary blend of North American 2-row malted barley, including barley grown in Northern Maine’s Aroostock County
  • Domestic and imported “Character” malts provide complexity, color and body
  • 3 different hop varieties, all with European roots and grown in the Pacific Northwest
  • Fermented cold and then cold conditioned
  • Clean, well attenuating, top-fermenting American ale yeast
  • Pure, soft water from Lake Auburn, Maine

Flavor Profile:
Brilliant clarity, bright golden in color. Pours a nice creamy head. Subtle malt and hop aroma. Crisp, clean, effervescent start with a touch of malt character and a balanced bitterness. Hop flavors linger nicely. Finishes clean, crisp and dry with a light body. Beautiful lace left all the way down the glass. Extremely drinkable.

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