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667. Simple Roots Brewing American Dream Ale

Simple Roots American DreamSimple Roots is a new brewery located in a residential neighborhood in Burlington Vermont. Because they are in a residential neighborhood the brewery is not open to visits from the public and you cannot purchase beer there. They sell at a couple of local bottle shops and farmer’s markets. You can check out their FB page below for more info on when and where they will be.

Their goal is to brew beer to style more so than trying to keep up with the ultra hoppy beer that many Vermont brewers are making. The first beer I tried from them is American Dream their cream style ale. This beer pours a pale orange with a nice white head. Aroma is pretty minimal but about what I expected from a cream ale.

Taste was light crisp and very similar to a lager. Light body, almost no hop bitterness but very refreshing. Really enjoyable beer and a style that few are making. If you find yourself in Burlington this summer track down a bottle of American Dream.
Pros:
Drinkable and true to style
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 4.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Simple Roots (FB Page)
Brewers Description: 

242. Sixpoint Sweet Action

I made my first trip to Tullly’s in Wells, Maine last week to talk to the owner about beer and check out their incredible selection. Dawn was nice enough to provide me with a Tully’s glass for some of my future pictures and while I was there I picked up a few options from Sixpoint as well a 6-pack of singles which you will be seeing soon. They have a great selection of bombers and numerous coolers full of 6-packs as well as wine, mead and a few cigars. The owner and the employee were very knowledgeable and willing to help. They also seem to have some great customers as several people came in while I was there and all were very happy to stop and talk beer for a bit.

Sweet Action from Sixpoint is certainly an interesting beer. Their site describes it as part pale ale, part wheat and part cream ale. That is quite a mix of styles but somehow when it comes together it is very good. Color is a dark orange almost red again with a very nice white head. Aroma has a bit of citrus and some malt character. Smell is enough to draw you in but not nearly as aromatic as their Apollo. I have not had many cream ales so there is not a lot to compare this to but the flavor is subdued and fairly simple but certainly satisfying. The beer is smooth and has a great mouth feel, very easy to drink. If you like beer (and I assume you do or you would have given up reading a while ago) you should give this one a try.
Pros: Easy drinking
Cons: Simple taste
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 34
Rating:★★★☆
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: Ah love is bitter and sweet, but which is more sweet… The original Sixpoint style- hard to define, but perhaps that’s why people love it. Part pale ale, part wheat, part cream ale – all Sweet Action.

167. New Glarus Spotted Cow

So far I am really enjoying Wisconsin beer and I have not even got to the best stuff yet. This is another selection from New Glarus, 2 more to go but both are fruit beer bombers so those will wait for another day. This one is a very drinkable cream ale. Color is a deep yellow/light orange with a fair amount of carbonation. Lots of grassy aroma and I have not had enough cream ales to compare but this one seems to be a good indication of what the style should be. Sweet taste with a bit of maltiness in there, maybe some corn in there too which is unusual but flavorful. Overall this was a very drinkable beer that I enjoyed and would not have minded having a second or third.
Pros: Original style
Cons:
Alcohol Content:
4.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: New Glarus
Brewers Description: Cask conditioned ale has been the popular choice among brews since long before prohibition. We continue this pioneer spirit with our Wisconsin farmhouse ale. Brewed with flaked barley and the finest Wisconsin malts. We even give a nod to our farmers with a little hint of corn.

Naturally cloudy we allow the yeast to remain in the bottle to enhance fullness of flavors, which cannot be duplicated otherwise. Expect this ale to be fun, fruity and satisfying. You know you’re in Wisconsin when you see the Spotted Cow.