Tag Archives: Growler

848. Trillium Brewing Scaled Up

Trillium Scaled UpThis is the first beer for me from Trillium’s new Canton location. It is now much easier to get Trillium beer if you don’t mind driving to Canton where there is plenty of parking, tons of employees so the lines are minimal and always a plethora of beer available to purchase.

Scaled Up is a very deep orange with an almost murky thickness. I have had thicker beers but this is pushing up against the line of how thick I like my beers. Aroma has loads of tropical fruits which follow through to the taste. Mildly sweet, a light bitter finish and almost no alcohol make for a very enjoyable beer.

The 32 ounce growler was probably more than I needed for an 8% DIPA but I enjoyed every ounce of it.
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Trillium Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: The first Double IPA produced at our Canton brewery. Featuring four powerful aromatic hop varieties, Galaxy, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin, and Columbus, Scaled Up emits dank, spicy, aromas that lead into fruity, citrusy flavors of peach and orange on the palate. Lighter in body than most of our other Double IPAs, Scaled Up finishes dry and smooth with a pleasant bitterness.

MALT: Pilsner, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Dextrine, Dextrose, C-15

HOPS: Galaxy, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin, Columbus

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837. Hill Farmstead Excursions #5

Hill Farmstead Excursions #5I sometimes feel like a broken record when I am reviewing a bunch of quality IPAs. While they all have their individual characteristics many have the big citrus, tropical fruits that I love with a slightly hazy appearance. I guess some call this the New England IPA as breweries like; Hill Farmstead, The Alchemist, Trillium, Tree House, Bissell Brothers and certain beers from other breweries all seem to fit nicely into this description. So many great IPAs in the Northeast that I rarely trade for IPAs from other parts of the country as I am usually disappointed.

Excursions #5 continues Hill’s use of experimental hops including the up and coming Vic Secret hop from Australia. Appearance is typical Hill Farmstead IPA with the hazy orange and bright white head, plenty of lacing remains on the glass. Aroma is full of tangerine, lemon and a bit of herbal/floral hops. Taste follows the nose but also adds a bit of dankness. Carbonation is light giving it the soft mouthfeel of most Hill Farmstead beers and very little bitterness.

Overall this is another excellent beer but is outdone by some of the other beers available at Hill. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Hill Farmstead
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Brewer’s Description: The fifth installment of our experimental hop series, this IPA is brewed with German Hallertau Blanc and Australian Vic Secret.

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820. Neighborhood Beer Company Alien Garden

Neighborhood Beer Co Alien GardenThis may have been my favorite of the three beers I tried from Neighborhood Beer Company. They describe it as a light brown ale which is a fair description of the appearance but it certainly does not taste like an American Brown Ale.

Appearance is a deep copper which could be considered light brown with a finger thick white head. Aroma was pretty light but what was there was bready and pleasant. Taste was also malt forward but relatively light for a brown ale style. You don’t get the big roasted malt or nutty flavors often associated with a brown ale but you do get a malt forward beer that is super smooth and easy to drink.

Really enjoyable but from a style that I don’t drink often so not something that I will seek out again. 
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Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 35
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Brewers Website: Neighborhood Beer Company
Brewers Description: Alien Garden Light Brown Ale is a smooth and refreshing style featuring a nice herbal finish. This well-balanced ale is made in the style of a Westphalian country ale from western Germany. A limited release style, get your Alien Garden now because it might never return.

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815. Deciduous Brewing Aggregation

Deciduous Brewing AggregationI have been really enjoying the variety of low ABV and very flavorful beers being introduced by many breweries which includes several gose style beers. Aggregation from Deciduous may be the lowest ABV gose so far at only 2.4% ABV.

Love the clean pale yellow of this beer with only a small halo of a head, pretty typical of the gose style. Aroms is a great mix of spice and lemon. Taste is slightly tart with more lemon than coriander and very little salt coming through.

A super easy drinking beer that you can enjoy any time of day and also have more than one without having to worry about driving home. Really excellent beer and looking forward to trying Cumulation their gose at 4.5% ABV. 
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Flavorful and low ABV
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Alcohol Content: 2.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Deciduous Brewing (Facebook page)
Brewers Description: Our interpretation of a Table Gose. Brewed with acidulated malts, 60% white wheat, fresh coriander from Stock & Spice in Portsmouth, NH, and sea salt varieties from Salt Cellar in Portsmouth, NH. Think a gentle lemonade made with Moroccan preserved lemons.

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813. Deciduous Brewing Aerophyte

Deciduous Brewing AerophyteThe first of three consecutive reviews from Deciduous Brewing in Newmarket, NH. This one is their pale ale – Aerophyte.

This is a beautiful beer with a deep orange color, thin white head and very clear. Aroma is grassy, herbal and slightly sweet. Taste was OK with some peppery spice, floral, big sweetness and the finish is more bitter than I expect from a pale.

Overall a well crafted beer just not the hop profile I prefer and a bit too bitter in the finish. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Deciduous Brewing (Facebook page)
Brewers Description: Our interpretation of a New England styled Pale Ale. Brewed with 2 row barley, crystal malts, tc8570, and dry hopped with a hallertau variant.

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810. Neighborhood Beer Company Hallowed Hammock Blonde Ale

Neighborhood Beer Hallowed Hammock BlondeNeighborhood Beer Company recently opened their brewery and tasting room in Exeter, NH. Their focus is on authentic German style beers often made with a slight American twist. These are types of beers that are not brewed often in the US so don’t expect any American IPAs or DIPAs when you visit, at least to start.

This blonde ale is based on the traditional Kölsch style. It pours a clear yellow with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sightly sweet with a bit of yeast and bready malts. Taste follows with a nice light body and low carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable first beer from NHBeerCo that won’t disappoint but also won’t get a lot of attention when so many are looking for the next big hoppy beer. 
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Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 24
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Brewers Website: Neighborhood Beer Company
Brewers Description: Hallowed Hammock Blonde Ale is a smooth, easy-going pale ale based on the acclaimed Kölsch beers of Cologne, Germany. Clean tasting with subtle hints of caramel, vanilla and apricot as well as lingering notes of white wine from a scarce German hop variety, this beer is as easy drinking and relaxing as it gets. For the beer geeks amongst you, this full-flavored, hand-crafted ale has 4.9% ABV, 24 IBU, and 4 SRM.

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808. Hill Farmstead Song of Joy

Hill Farmstead Song of JoyI really enjoyed Hoponius Union from Jacks Abby so I have been on the lookout for more IPLs. Hill Farmstead released Song of Joy in August and I grabbed a 750 on one of my many visits to Greensboro.

Unlike most of the beers from Hill Farmstead Song of Joy pours a super clean and clear pale yellow, as a lager should. Aroma is light with some nice pale malts and earthy hops, a bit of grapefruit as well but mostly herbal, grassy hops here. Taste is incredibly clean and bright with a nice lager start followed up with a fair amount of citrus, herbal and grassy hops. Only slightly bitter in the finish and very refreshing.

Another excellent beer from Shaun Hill. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Hoppy India Pale Lager

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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

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802. Prohibition Pig Bantam DIPA

Prohibition Pig Bantam DIPAIf you spend any amount of time in Vermont you are probably familiar with Prohibition Pig as they are a very popular beer spot in Waterbury. They recently opened their own brewery adding several of their own options to a very solid tap list. The actual brewery is located just behind the restaurant and sells crowlers and 16 ounce growlers.

Bantam was the only DIPA that was available when I visited and the only beer I brought home from the brewery. I sampled others when I was there and all were very good. Nice orange color with a thin white head and great lacing get this beer off to a great start. Aroma is slightly sweet and full of citrus goodness. Taste starts with a solid sweet malt base but quickly gives way to the tropical and citrus fruits. Carbonation is light but seemed like that was intentional as the other beers I tried at the brewery had similar levels. Clean, slightly bitter finish with absolutely no alcohol coming through even though it is 8%.

Overall very impressed with the beer from Prohibition Pig and I will have to get out there more often to enjoy the excellent food and bring back more beer. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Prohibition Pig
Brewers Description: Hopped with Chinook, Columbus, and Simcoe.

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800. Deciduous Brewing Auroral

Deciduous Brewing AuroralThe first of four beers that I brought home from Deciduous Brewing. For those that don’t know Deciduous is a new brewery in Newmarket NH and David Sakolsky, formerly of Blue Lobster, is the brewer. I always enjoyed David’s beers at Blue Lobster so I was quick to stop by the new spot when they opened. Auroral is the first beer released from Deciduous and is a Berliner Weiss style beer with blood oranges and lychee. I had never even heard of a lychee before this beer so no idea what it added to the beers flavor.

This beer is off to a great start with a deep yellow, slightly hazy appearance and active carbonation that leaves a nice white head. Aroma lets you know this is a berliner with a nice mix of light funk and fruity citrus/lemon. Taste follows with a nice base fruit juice start and enough pucker to make you smack your lips but it won’t make your eyes water. Finish is clean and refreshing.

This is a well done beer and if you like the style than you will certainly enjoy this one from Deciduous.
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Alcohol Content: 4.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Deciduous Brewing (Facebook page)
Brewers Description: A Berliner style wheat ale brewed with acidulated malts, blood orange and lychee.

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