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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
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
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.

785. Burlington Beer Company It’s Complicated Being a Wizard

Burlington Beer It's Complicated Being a WizardIt’s been over a month since my last post; crazy busy summer with the family. Fortunately I have enjoyed some great beers and will be getting some of the reviews posted this week. School is back in session soon so hopefully I won’t go as long between posts for the rest of the year.

This one from Burlington Beer Company really surprised me as it was entirely different than the many other IPAs coming out of Vermont. Appearance is a deep orange with a thick tan head. Aroma is a very interesting mix of lemon, citrus and a great mix of grains. Taste starts with lots of sweet malts then you get the lemon, citrus and a bit of peppery hops.

Such an interesting beer and one worth seeking out; just don’t go into it expecting another Vermont IPA like those from The Alchemist, Fiddlehead or Hill Farmstead.
Pros:
Unique
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Burlington Beer
Brewers Description: Our extra IPA has a radiant straw orange glow with which we immerse massive quantities of hops per gallon for a bold, yet delicate hop flavor. Utilizing barley, wheat, and oats.

652. Burlington Beer Hills and Hollows

Burlington Beer Hills and HollowsI couldn’t leave Burlington Beer with only one growler so I opted to get a one liter of their pale ale, Hills and Hollows.

This beer pours a deep orange color with a two finger white head. Aroma is mild with some malt coming through and a bit of floral hop. Taste starts sweet and finished with a light citrus hop flavor that lingers.

This is described as a hoppy pale ale and while it certainly had some hops in there it is hard to compare it to Edward from Hill Farmstead or Mo from Maine Beer Company. That said this was the first batch of Hills and Hollows on the new system for Joe so I think he will continue to dial it in a bit. An excellent beer that I expect will get better in the coming months.
Pros: 
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 40
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Burlington Beer
Brewers Description: Hills and Hollows is a fantastic mix of an IPA with the full body of a pale ale. It’s perfect on summer and fall days in the sun.

A 21st Century style Pale Ale with the hop aroma and flavor of an IPA and the body of a pale ale.

651. Burlington Beer C’est Bon

Burlington Beer C'est BonBurlington Beer recently started selling growlers of their beer after being open for several weeks of tastings only. I had been by to sample all of the beers during the weeks leading up to growler sales and then made the trip with two friends. We sampled both the C’est Bon (saison) and Hills and Hollows (pale ale) and each of us left with a growler of C’est Bon.

This is an incredibly drinkable yet complex saison with a low 4.7% ABV. Appearance is a pale orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma is a pleasing mix of grain, citrus and peppery spice. Taste follows with the same light citrus, spice and a bit of lemongrass with a nice clean finish.

C’est Bon is an excellent example of the saison style and makes for a very refreshing beer. If you have not been to Burlington Beer yet than make the trip and enjoy.
Pros:
Complex and very drinkable
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Burlington Beer
Brewers Description: 
C’est Bon is complex aromatic and satisfying farmhouse ale.

Inspired by rustic French farmhouse style ales. Brewed with Barley, Wheat, Rye, and Flaked Maize. Fermented with our house blend of Saison yeasts for a complex, aromatic, thirst quencher.