My first beer from Hermit Thrush Brewing which is one of the few breweries in Vermont that is in the southern part of the state. Now that they package in 16 ounce cans you can expect to see more reviews of their beer in the coming months.
Brattlebeer sounds really interesting, a sour ale brewed with apple cider, so I brought home a couple of 4-packs during a recent trip to Vermont. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with almost no head. Aroma has lots of cider characteristics and almost no traditional beer aroma. Taste starts with a sour apple tartness followed by a slightly earthy funk and finish is clean and refreshing.
An interesting beverage that was easy to drink but not something I would drink on a regular basis.
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Hermit Thrush
Brewers Description: Inspired by the town of Brattleboro, the unique sour ale captures the best of local flavors. Brattlebeer is slightly tart, light bodied and dry with both fruity and malty undertones, and a rocky, champagne-like head. Fermented spontaneously with a blend of local apple cider, malt, and hops, this delicate pale ale pairs well with soft cheeses and herbal entrees, and often compliments seasonal fruit desserts.
This beer came from my mother in law as she bought a 6-pack somewhere for some event and it ended up in her basement. I grabbed one not realizing it was an AB product and threw it in the beer fridge. I decided to drink all of my blueberry beers (3 in total) and review them all.
Some glass from the top of this bottle came off when I opened it and fell into the beer. This should have been the first clue it was going to go down the drain. The appearance was not terrible with a deep purple color and thin head with a nice purple tint. Aroma is super sweet with a hint of fake blueberry. Taste was terrible, like a cheap wine, super sweet and syrupy like a grape soda. Overall AB increased the alcohol content and hoped no one would realize just how bad this beer was.
Also they seem to have ripped off the label from Flying Dog in Maryland as some would think this was produced by them based on their Raging Bitch style labels.
Cons: Everything else
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Anheuser Busch Wild Blue
Brewers Description: Wild Blue is a blueberry lager that fuses the juice of nature’s perfect fruit – blueberries – with premium American and German hops, two row and six-row barley malt and cereal grains. Wild Blue has a full taste with a pleasant blueberry aroma and flavor, and contains 8 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).
Its fun, irreverent spirit is conveyed in every aspect of the beer, from the bottle label that features a bulldog kicking a blueberry to its full-bodied taste. Wild Blue is the perfect drink for adults who are thirsting for something new and will be available in sleek 12-ounce amber glass bottles. Please remember to always enjoy responsibly.