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803. Garrison City Beerworks Khaos

Garrison City KhaosUpdated review with photo of the 16 ounce can. Compared to the original review this beer is a lot thicker than the last photo I took.

Khaos is the 9th beer I have reviewed from Garrison City and all have been very good. Most have been hop forward pale ales, IPAs or double IPAs which are a few of  my favorite styles.

Color is a little lighter Anomalous, the other DIPA I have reviewed from GCB, but still has the slight haze and bright white head that most of their other beers have. Aroma is nice mix of tropical fruits and pine. Grapefruit, citrus, lemon, pine and a bit of grass are all present in the taste making this a very complex and flavorful beer. Resinous finish with a fair amount of bitterness that lingers in a good way.

Garrison City Beerworks KhaosOverall another excellent beer from GCB and this one will be available in 16 ounce cans soon. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 75
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Brewers Website: Garrison City BeerWorks
Brewers Description: Khaos highlights Apollo hops and is brewed and dry hopped with Belma, Ella and Cascade

782. Garrison City Beerworks Mosaic Pale Ale

 

Garrison City Mosaic Pale AleSmall update to the post with the new 16 ounce packaging which most GCB beers are going into these days.

Another excellent beer from Garrison City Beerworks and another beer that focuses on Mosaic hops. This continues a trend that includes; Hill Farmstead’s Mosaic Pale Ale, Trillium’s Mosaic Dry Hopped Fort Point, SoMe’s Apostrophe IPA and Mozaccalypse from Stoneface. Lots of options for fans of Mosaic hops.

Garrison City Beerworks MosaicGarrison City’s Mosaic Pale Ale is another in a line of pale ales all coming in around 5% ABV and all very flavorful. Appearance is a deep orange almost red with an off white head.  Aroma is quite sweet with some nice tropical, lemon and citrus notes. Taste starts with those sweet malts but moves quickly to the fruity hops. Lightly carbonated, almost no bitterness and a very dry finish make this one super easy to drink.

Another excellent beer from Garrison City.
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Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Garrison City Beerworks
Brewers Description: Mosiac Dry Hopped Pale Ale. A Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Mosaic hops. Flavor and aroma of pine, citrus, blueberry and pear. Medium body with a dry bread malt finish.

768. Garrison City Beerworks Illusion

Garrison City Beerworks IllusionAs I finish up this review I am realizing it has been over a month since my last trip to Garrison City Beerworks. Going to have to remedy that soon as all of their beers have been excellent. I think my favorites are still Mosaic and Citra but the bottom line is I have enjoyed them all.

Illusion is the second single IPA I have reviewed and it uses a nice blend of C hops with some Mosaic. Appearance is a nice orange color with a solid white head, similar to the other beers from them. Aroma is a nice mix of citrus, tropical and a bit earthy. Taste follows with a little onion in there too. A mild bitter finish leaves you wanting more.

As the beer warms up the malts start to come through a lot more. Probably only noticeable since it is a 32 ounce crowler, had it been a 12 ounce, 16 ounce or even 22 ounce bomber I would have finished the beer before a noticeable change in temp but with 32 ounces it can take a while. Overall another really nice beer from Garrison City Beerworks and if you have not been in to see them yet make the trip to Dover, NH soon.
Pros: Flavorful, easy to drink
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Garrison City Beerworks
Brewers Description: A medium bodied, hoppy beer with complex layered, citrus, tropical fruit, and pine hop flavor and aroma. Dry hopped with Chinook, Columbus, Citra, and Mosaic.

747. Garrison City Beerworks Anomalous

Garrison City AnomolousAs you have probably gathered I am a big fan of the guys at Garrison City Beerworks. The brewery has only been open for about two months and in that time they have produced a nice variety of mostly hop forward beers. Citra is probably my favorite but Galaxy and Bale Fire were also excellent.

There has been talk about lack of carbonation when drinking from the crowler but I have not found this to be a problem. I talked with Gabe and Mike last time I was in and the carbonation levels in the beer are on the lower side on purpose. Each of my crowlers has retained its carbonation, poured with a decent head and left with tiny bubbles as I drank the beer. A low amount of carbonation is different than a beer being flat and while there is always a chance of a growler/crowler not holding the carbonation I have not had this problem with Garrison City’s beers.

Anomalous is their second Double IPA with the first being Tropic Rage which was more malt forward than this one. This beer pours a very nice unfiltered orange with a bright white head that left a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is juicy mango and other tropical fruits. Taste follows with the tropical fruits taking center stage and a nice bit of sweetness. Bitterness is minimal and the alcohol is well hidden making this one a bit dangerous as the 32 ounce crowler goes down pretty quickly. 
Pros:
Fresh juicy hops
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Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Garrison City BeerWorks
Brewers Description: An American Double IPA with yellow sunshine color and intense passion fruit aroma

744. Garrison City Beerworks Crowbar

Garrison City CrowbarI bought this crowler of Crowbar the day before Garrison City Beerworks opened to the public in mid-December. Since then it has been tucked away in the back of my fridge as an experiment to see how well the crowler held the carbonation and flavor of the beer. Since then I have been back to tasting room on multiple occasions and sampled Crowbar each time. Finally after about 45 days in the back of the fridge I decided to open my crowler and test the contents. What I found was the same beer that went into it, no noticeable change in carbonation or flavor so the crowler did its job well to keep the beer as the brewer intended it.

Crowbar pours a deep brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is filled with roasted malts and a small amount of coffee/chocolate. Taste follows with more chocolate than coffee which is what I prefer as I do not enjoy coffee. Finish is dry making this a very pleasant porter. Not my favorite style of beer but this one works well and a real testament to the crowler.
Pros:
Mild flavor profile makes it easy to drink
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Garrison City Beerworks
Brewers Description: Robust Porter, Malt and roast up front, chocolate through the middle with a dry finish.

735. Garrison City BeerWorks Bale Fire IPA

Garrison City BeerWork Bale Fire IPAThis is my third crowler from Garrison City. The fourth contains their Crowbar porter and is sitting in the back of my fridge as an experiment to see how well the crowler works. I will probably open it up in the next few weeks to see how the carbonation and taste held up.

This was the original batch of Bale Fire at 5.8% ABV. I visited the brewery last week and they have tweaked the second batch as it now stands at 7.0% ABV and the hops come through much better. This first batch had a sweet start with a nice floral and slight lemon bitterness. Overall a very mild and drinkable IPA that has improved in the second batch and may change even further before they settle on a final recipe. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Garrison City BeerWorks
Brewers Description: American IPA Hop forward Centennial hops lead the dry hop supported by Simcoe.

734. Garrison City BeerWorks Galaxy Pale Ale

Garisson City BeerWorks GalaxySecond Crowler from Garrison City and it was tough to decide which I liked better, the Citra or the Galaxy.

Galaxy pale ale is similar to the Citra pale ale with some tropical and citrus but there is also a nice earthy grass and slightly dank quality that Citra did not have.

Can’t wait to try more from these guys. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Garrison City BeerWorks
Brewers Description: Dry hopped pale ale Southern Hemisphere hops Galaxy, Wakatu and Motueka lend spicy notes along with bright citrus and pine.

733. Garrison City BeerWorks Citra Pale Ale

Garrison City Citra Pale AleNot really an updated review but thought I would add the photo of the 16 ounce can packaging which GCB is moving all their beers towards.

Garrison City BeerWorks opened in Dover NH on December 13th and the owners were nice enough to let me in on the 12th to sample and grab some Crowlers. Yes that is correct a Crowler is a 32 ounce can that is filled to order and sealed while you wait. Cost is a very reasonable $9 per Crowler which includes the cost of the can, no expensive glass to buy.

Garrison City BeerWorks CitraAll 4 beers were very good so I took home 7 Crowlers; 4 for me and 3 for my brother in law. The first one to be opened was their Citra Pale Ale which pours a deep orange with a solid white head. The aroma was fresh juicy hops; tropical, citrus and a bit of pine. Taste followed with a solid malt backbone that made this a hoppy yet balanced pale ale. Mouthfeel was excellent as well with a nice amount of carbonation. I find carbonation to be an issue with many new breweries but this was right where I would expect to be for a pale ale.

Overall a very nice start from Garrison City BeerWorks.
Pros:
Fresh hoppy
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Garrison City BeerWorks
Brewers Description: Dry hopped pale ale. Light in color and low in bitterness. Hopped with Amarillo and Citra it bursts with sweet tropical citrus.