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715. Sierra Nevada /Oskar Blues CANfusion Rye Bock

Sierra Nevada Rye BockI may be the only one left that is still chipping away at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack. I got my 12-pack later than most and had already heard from many that the beer was lackluster at best. This one is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues from Colorado.

CANfusion pours a deep copper color with a thick off white head. Aroma is a mix of caramel and rye, not very pungent. Taste has some peppery spice, lots of sweet malts and a bit of citrus.

Another OK beer from Beer Camp 12-pack. Have a few more in the fridge that I will get to in the coming weeks. 
Pros:

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.

Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.

602. Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal Saison

Crooked Stave VieilleCrooked Stave was one of my favorite new breweries of 2013. They started in 2010 but were not available in Maine until they attended The Festival. After The Festival some of their beer landed in local beer stores and today I can still find it occasionally in Vermont beer stores. I would like to find a trading partner in Colorado so I could try some of their more rare beers but for now I am happy to be able to get their 3 core beers on a fairly regular basis.

These bottles are small 375 ml bottles and not inexpensive at $6 or $7 each. Vieille pours a nice orange with a thick bright white head. Aroma has a nice earthy funk and a bit of lemon. Very enticing beer as were the others from Crooked Stave. Taste is much more straight forward than the other two beers I reviewed from Crooked Stave but still excellent. I didn’t get a lot  of oak and just enough funk to make it fun.

Overall I have enjoyed everything I have tried from Crooked Stave and would love to try some of their hard to find beers.
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Crooked Stave
Brewers Description:

536. Crooked Stave Surette Provision Saison

Crooked Stave SuretteMy second beer review from Crooked Stave and it is another great beer. This beer also comes in the small 375 ml bottle and I believe it was $7 so not a cheap beer.

Appearance is a nice hazy orange with a white head full of large bubble. This sticks to the glass leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, slightly funky and quite wine like. Taste is also fruity apple, lemon and slightly sour and little more funk than the St Bretta.

This beer is very complex and may be appealing to beer, wine and liquor drinkers as it seems to have something for everyone. 
Pros:
Complex and flavorful
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 6.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Crooked Stave
Brewers Description:

534. Crooked Stave St Bretta (Summer)

Crooked Stave St BrettaThe first time I had Crooked Stave was at The Festival in Portland this summer. There were only a couple of breweries on my list that I had to try. Fortunately the lines were not long for Crooked Stave and the beer did not disappoint. The extra bottles from The Festival made it to some bottle shops in the Portland area and I was able to grab one bottle before they were all gone. Fortunately I have found several others in Vermont so this will not be the last review of Crooked Stave.

These bottles are small (375 ml/12.7 oz) so it is just enough to fill a glass and still have room for the head. The beer has a great light orange color and is unfiltered. Aroma has plenty of citrus, some lemon and just the right amount of funk. Taste is about the same with a nice light bitterness added in. Overall this is a very good beer and I am very interested to try the other seasonal varieties to see how they differ. 
Pros:
Only slightly funky and a fair amount of hops
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Crooked Stave
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419. Oskar Blues Brewing G’Knight

Oskar Blues G NightThis is another beer I purchased at Top Shelf Brews in Hampton New Hampshire. This is the second imperial red/amber that I had in a short amount of time. The first was Red Sky at Night from Blue Lobster which was excellent and this was a great follow up. Not quite up to the same standard as Blue Lobster but still a very flavorful beer.

As you can see from the picture this beer has a great red color with a huge off white head. Aroma is mostly caramel malts but there certainly are some fruity hops in there as well. Taste has  more hops than I expected from the smell but it is also fairly sweet  with a fair amount of bitterness. Overall this is a pretty tasty beer.

Quite impressed with my first beer from Oskar Blues and looking forward to more from them soon. 
Pros:
Very flavorful
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 8.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 60
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Oskar Blues
Brewers Description: Our “Velvet M-80” is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ale with a nose full of aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to a fellow Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown.  For all the details behind this tribute follow this link to www.N3978Y.com. G’Mornin’.  G’Day.  G’Knight.

418. Oskar Blues Brewery Deviant Dale’s IPA

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale'sThis is another beer I purchased at Top Shelf Brews in Hampton, New Hampshire as Oskar Blues does not distribute to Maine. Their beer is sold in 4 packs of 16 ounce cans and Top Shelf seemed to have them all in stock when I visited them last month.

Deviant Dale’s is a beautiful beer with a deep orange color and thick off white head that goes well above the rim of the glass. Citrus and pine hops make up the aroma on this one, not my favorite IPA as far as aroma goes but certainly solid.

The taste is very well balanced for a fairly high ABV IPA with plenty of malts to balance out the piney, resin hops. Alcohol is completely hidden with no hint that it is 8% ABV. This beer is a bit thick and not something I would drink more than one in any session but overall it is a solid IPA that is worth picking up if you happen to be in a New Hampshire beer store. 
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Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 85
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Brewers Website: Oskar Blues
Brewers Description: Deviant Dale’s IPA (8% ABV, 85 IBUs) was born at the crossroads, in a juke joint, as if Dale’s Pale Ale sold its soul to balance Deviant’s foreboding aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins with a copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable finish. The 2011 GABF Silver Medal Winner (American IPA Category) is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Oskar Blues’ southern spirit caught a northbound blues bus to ColoRADo to deliver the boundary bustin’ brewery’s first 16 oz. tallboy can.

306. Breckenridge Brewery SummerBright Ale

Picked up this beer through a local beer trade. Ended up with 2 bottles and my wife actually enjoyed one before I had the chance to review it. This is a summer beer so I was not expecting a lot of flavor.

The beer pours a nice yellow with minimal white head. A fair amount of carbonation but not producing a lot of aroma. Some faint wheat and maybe a bit of lemon but not much in the nose. Taste is what I expect from a Summer brew – mild, pleasant and refreshing. Carbonation seemed a bit heavy and that is really the only thing that is memorable about this beer. It is a Summer beer and if you are looking for something to drink on a hot Summer afternoon this one will hit the spot. 
Pros:
Refreshing and easy to drink
Cons: Mild in aroma and flavor
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 15
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Breckenridge Brewery
Brewers Description: Breck Brew’s SummerBright is the result. The craftsman’s touch combines white wheat, two row pale and munich malt with the pacific northwest’s most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale ideal for picnicking, evenings on the screen porch and enjoying the whims of the summer breeze.

224. Blue Moon Summer Wheat

This one looks and tastes like a Coors with some honey added. Nothing special here with only mild aroma and very bland taste. With so many great craft beer options out there don’t bother with Blue Moon.
Pros:
Cons:
 Tasteless
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Blue Moon
Brewers Description: Wheat ale crafted with clover honey for a hint of sweetness and balanced out with a touch of orange peel for subtle citrus notes. Pairs with grilled summer fare like pork with honey mustard sauce.

186. Great Divide Brewing Yeti Imperial Stout

Just looking at this beer you know it is a strong stout. Pours a magnificent black, thin coffee colored head with great lacing and thick as an imperial stout should be. Not a lot of aroma but some coffee and alcohol. This beer is a thick sipping beer and seems to be best slightly warm. Taste has tons of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate but is balanced by some citrus hops that linger in the aftertaste. If you open a bottle plan on enjoying it the entire night as it will take a while to get through the 22 oz bomber.
Pros: Appearance, mouth feel
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 9.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 75
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Great Divide
Brewers Description: is an onslaught of the senses. It starts with big, roasty malt flavor that gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. YETI gets its bold hop character from an enormous quantity of American hops. It weighs in at a hefty 75 IBUs.  9.5% ABV

178. Left Hand Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout

I am trying to work my way through the rest of my stouts before Spring finally comes to Maine. This is my first beer from Left Hand Brewing Company and it comes with a great name and label to match. Unfortunately everything else about this one is very average. Color is almost black with a one finger tan head typical of a stout. Aroma has some malts, coffee and dark fruit but nothing to great. The beer itself is full bodied but not very well balanced. Almost all malt and the alcohol comes through as well. Not surprising since it is 10%+ but I have had others in this range that did not have the same burn. No hops to speak of but a fair amount of sweetness. Overall this is not a bad stout but certainly not my favorite.
Pros: Bottle, name
Cons: Not balance, no hops
Alcohol Content: 10.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Left Hand Brewing
Brewers Description: Here’s a black ale to brighten your day. Wake Up Dead lurks in our cellars for over 4 months before being unleashed. Hints of raisins, black licorice, coffee and dark chocolate are followed by earthy, herbal hop notes. Any apprehensions about the rest of your day are quickly forgotten, for whatever the mind expects, it finds. Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having.