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551. Earth Eagle Brewings Shepherd’s Crook

Earth Eagle Shpherd's Earth Eagle is my favorite brewery when I want something different. Many of their beers are gruits which almost no one brews anymore. These beers use spices, herbs and other things instead of hops. While I was there I sampled SamSquanch which is a gruit that uses sweet gale, reindeer lichen and chaga, when was the last time you had reindeer lichen? Lots of fun beers to be had at Earth Eagle but I brought home something a little more “normal”.

Shepherd’s Crook is a pale ale that uses hops from New Zealand. Still significantly different than what you get from other brewers but closer in style to beer I usually drink. Color is deep orange with a thin white head. Aroma has plenty of citrus and taste also has plenty of fresh hops but is also very well balanced as a pale ale should be.

With this blog post you will see most of my photos are now taken inside. The days are shorter and I can only get those outdoor shots on weekends now as I am not home before the sun goes down. Always hate this time of year as my pictures suffer from the lack of quality light.
Pros:
A different take on a pale ale
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Earth Eagle (FB Page)
Brewers Description: Wheat Pale Ale w/NZ Hops

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452. Earth Eagle Brewings Jive Turkey

Earth Eagle Jive TurkeyEarth Eagle is making some very interesting beer in Portsmouth including this one, Jive Turkey a pineapple pale ale. I stopped in the brewery on a Thursday afternoon around 4:00 and there were at least 5 other people there enjoying the tasting room.

The color and aroma are about what you would expect from a pale with a nice orange color, minimal white head and some sweet pineapple and citrus aromas. Since pineapple was in the description of the beer I thought there would be lots of fruity sweetness in the beer. I was pleased to find the pineapple taste came in late and was more of a refreshing afterthought than an in your face, overpowering flavor.

It is hard to compare Earth Eagles brews to other breweries as they truly stand alone in their creative processes (at least in Maine/New Hampshire). If you have not stopped into Earth Eagle yet be sure to next time you are in the Portsmouth area, you will not be disappointed. 
Pros:
Refreshing and just the right amount of pineapple
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Earth Eagle Brewings
Brewers Description: Pineapple pale ale

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412. Earth Eagle Brewings Ancestral IPA

Earth Eagle Ancestral IPAEarth Eagle Brewings is located in Downtown Portsmouth at 165 High Street and they are making some great beer. I recently attended the Seacoast Winter Brew Fest and Earth Eagle seemed to be a big hit. They were serving up 3 different beers at the fest and all were excellent. I had this one prior to the fest and brought back a couple of 32 ounce growlers for friends here in Maine. Every agreed this is solid IPA.

This is not a big DIPA with high ABV or huge fruity notes, it is just a straight up IPA that is very tasty. The beer pours a nice orange color with solid two finger white head. Aroma is minimal compared to the big IPAs I usually drink but it is slightly sweet, fruity and very pleasant. Taste is straight up IPA with a solid hop profile, well balanced out and a nice clean finish. This beer is not going to shock anyone but it is a very solid IPA and it is fresh as the only way you can get Earth Eagle beers is straight from the brewery.

I really like what Alex and Butch are doing with Earth Eagle and if you have not made the trip to Portsmouth to try some of their beer you are missing out. 
Pros:
Solid single IPA
Cons:
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Earth Eagle Brewings FB Page
Brewers Description: a classic IPA, a nod to our predecessors

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350. Earth Eagle Brewings Red Ryder

If you have been reading my blog over the past 16 months you know that I have been searching for a really good red/amber ale. Seems that style is almost identical and very little aroma and simple taste. Well after a lot of amber/reds I finally found one worth drinking at Earth Eagle Brewings.

Maybe I am being a bit harsh by saying I found one worth drinking, really I have found one that stands out above the rest. I have a pretty good taste for beer but for the most part if you lined up 5 amber/reds I am not certain I would be able to tell one from the other, however if Red Ryder was one of the 5 I am confident I could as it has a very distinctive aroma and flavor.

This beer uses 30% rye malt which I think is the difference. It looks like a typical red/amber with a nice red color and thin white head. Aroma and taste is where this one stands out. Aroma is unlike any other red ale I have had with a very nice sweetness probably from the rye with a bit of fruity hops. Taste is very surprising again with a very nice sweet malt flavor with a nicely balance hop profile. This is different from most reds and when I was at the brewery and tasted all 6 of their offerings this was the stand out beer. This brewery is just across the border in New Hampshire so I would recommend you make the trip and check them out. 
Pros:
Aroma, taste
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Earth Eagle Blog
Brewers Description: American Red with 30% rye malt, dry hopped w/ Amarillo.

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349. Earth Eagle Brewings New England Gangsta

Earth Eagle Brewings is a new nano-brewery in Portsmouth, NH located downtown. They only sell beer from the brewery, no bottles or cans and no kegs in restaurants or bars at this point so you have to visit the brewery to get their beer. I stopped by on opening day and sampled all 6 of their beers. Ended up with a growler of New England Gansta (American IPA) and a Red Ryder (Red/Amber Ale).

As you can tell from the photo the beer pours a radiant orange with a thick white head. Aroma may be the best part of this beer with lots mango and citrus fruits coming through. Taste mixes it up a bit with some pine bitterness to start then quickly head to the tropical and citrus fruits and finished with a nice sweet caramel malt. Finish is crisp, clean and refreshing. Beer is very well balanced and something any IPA fan would enjoy. 
Pros:
Appearance, Aroma and taste
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Earth Eagle Blog
Brewers Description:  a seriously hopped-up IPA (dry hopped with Citra).

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