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797. Barreled Souls Brewing Space Gose

Barreled Souls Space GoseSpace Gose is a beer that Barreled Souls often brings to brewfests and it is always a big hit. The first time I had it was at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp brewfest in July 2014 and then again at Baxter Brewing’s brewfest in Lewiston this year. I sent many people to their booth to try it and all reported back that it was one of their favorite beers at the fest. One of the last times I was at the brewery they had it available for growler fills so I brought one home to share with my wife who also loves Space Gose.

Appearance is a deep orange gold color with almost no head or lacing but that is typical of the style. Aroma has lots of coriander, pepper and a bit of lemon. Taste is very nice mix of those same spices, lemon zest and a light tart finish. Gose is such an interesting style and while this one is not as tart as Westbrook Brewing Gose it is still very good and something you should try. Also Barreled Souls brewery is one of the coolest spots to visit so stop in if you are in the Saco area.
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Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Barreled Souls
Brewers Description: Our variation on traditional Leipziger Gose, a tart and slightly sour ale made with 80% wheat malt and accented with coriander, Maine sea salt and lemon zest.

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796. Orono Brewing Ozone IPA

Orono Brewing Ozone IPAThis is my first beer from Orono Brewing Company. They are a new brewery that opened in Orono, Maine last year and they have been producing a wide variety of beer including a number of pale ales, IPAs and saisons.

Ozone is a single IPA at 6.4% ABV using a mix of Amarillo, Mosaic, Topaz and Galaxy hops. Appearance is a super clear pale orange with almost no head. Aroma was OK with some tropical hops but nothing too exciting. Taste was alright with a nice balance of malt and hops. Clean finish that was not too bitter.

The lack of head is really the only negative thing about this beer and maybe it should have scored higher but I drink a lot of truly exceptional IPAs so sometimes it can be tough to compete. Overall a solid first beer from Orono Brewing Company, looking forward to more from Asa.
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Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 78
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Brewers Website: Orono Brewing
Brewers Description: Winner of 2015 Tap Into Summer Beer Festival!  The Galaxy hop shines here.  A light malt body allows the awesome hop flavor and aroma to star.  Mosaic, Amarillo, and Topaz in the whirlpool, with a huge dry-hopped dose of Galaxy and Mosaic.  Big citrus and tropical flavors with lots of resiny hop character as well.

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795. Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Earl Gray Tea)

Hill Farmstead Works of LoveWorks of Love is a new series of beer from Hill Farmstead. These beers were brewed at Hill with the help of a guest brewer. The first in the series is a blonde ale brewed with Earl Grey Tea that clocks in at 3.6% ABV. This is one of many great beers available with an ABV below 4%.

This beer is very light in color with a slight haze to it. Aroma was light and mostly citrus but also a bit of lemon grass. Flavor follows with a nice hoppy start and the tea really does not come through until the finish. Very mild bitterness and with the low ABV you could drink this all day long.

I have not had many beers made with tea but this is a very well done beer as the tea is just an added layer not something that takes over the beer. Looking forward to more from the Works of Love series. 
Pros:
Flavorful, low ABV
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Alcohol Content: 3.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: A new series showcasing collaborations at Hill Farmstead with friends, this one brewed with Ryan Witter-Merithew of Siren Brewing. Low abv, hoppy blonde ale (3.7%) with Earl Grey tea; dry hopped with Amarillo, Citra and Centennial.

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794. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1

Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1Somehow in all my trips to Hill I was never able to try the original Society & Solitude. I have had the other 6 versions and they are some of my favorite beers. Fortunately it was available on one of my trips this summer/fall. Society & Solitude #1 is brewed entirely with Cascade hops and it always amazes me the many different flavors a brewer can get from one hop.

Appearance is typical of a Hill Farmstead DIPA with a deep slightly hazy orange color and inch thick white head that left loads of lacing on the glass. Aroma is lighter than the other S&S beers but has some floral and citrus. Taste is big on the citrus, grapefruit and also has a bit of floral. A fair amount of bitterness as expected with a big DIPA. Typical Hill Farmstead mouthfeel, carbonation, etc – which really means exactly the way I like my beers.

Overall an excellent beer but not quite as good S&S #5 or #7.
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: The first in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs – Release #1 is brewed exclusively with Cascade hops (from Segal Ranch) and Weyermann Vienna Malt. Our friend, Jeff O’Neil (the artist formerly known as the head brewer at Ithaca Beer Company… now redesigning the Peekskill Brewery) lent us a hand on the very first and long brew day on our 15bbl brewhouse.

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793. Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union

Jacks Abby Hoponius UnionAnother beer from Jack’s Abby Brewing; Hoponius Union seems to be their most popular beer and is widely available on draft, in bottles and growlers at the brewery. I’ve tried the beer on draft multiple times so when I went to the brewery I opted for the 64 ounce growler.

Hoponius pours a nice orange color with solid white head. Aroma has a nice sweet base like many other lagers but the hops also come through with some nice spicy, citrus and tropical notes. Taste follows with the same sweet malt base and crisp clean hops add plenty of grass, citrus and pine. Finish is super clean and only slightly bitter.

This beer would satisfy most hoppy beer fans need for hops. Hopefully Jack’s Abby will start distributing in Maine soon. 
Pros:
Super clean and refreshing
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Alcohol Content: 6.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 65
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Brewers Website: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Brewers Description: 
Hoponius Union harmoniously combines lager yeast fermentation and West Coast IPA hops. Our India style Pale Lager is like a traditional IPA but with a twist – it’s fermented cold and aged for extended periods. A blend of classic American hops creates a huge tropical fruit and citrusy hop aroma. A dry finish accentuates the pleasant bitterness and hop profile.

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792. Jack’s Abby Sour Barrel Project #5

Jacks Abby Barrel Project #5It has been a month since my last post, craziness of life sometimes gets in the way of blogging but my daughter’s soccer team is done, birthday parties including my 40th are done for the year and you should see more posts over the next several weeks. The long Maine winters are a great time to blog.

This one from Jack’s Abby continues a string of beers from Massachusetts that will continue as I am doing more and more business down that way. Look for more reviews of Trillium, Mystic, Night Shift and hopefully more from the guys at Jacks Abby too.

Sour Barrel Project #5 is a wine barrel aged version of Leisure Time and was available at the brewery for growler fills this summer. Appearance is a nice light golden color with minimal head which is pretty typical for a sour beer. Aroma is mild but has some earthiness along with hints of wheat and spices. Taste was light on the sour and had little to no wine barrel character but it did have some spice and a light tartness that worked well.

There was nothing about this beer that really stood out but everything about it worked making it a very enjoyable beer and something that would be a great intro to wild/sour beers for craft beer drinkers that are interested in the style but don’t want anything too crazy. 
Pros:
No flaws
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Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Brewers Description:
Leisure Time aged in red wine barrels with brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus for 12 months.

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788. Lord Hobo Brewing Consolation Prize

Lord Hobo Brewing Consolation PrizeThe next 4 reviews all come from Lord Hobo Brewing and all are the initial releases of the beers as I was there on opening day to grab a growler of this one and cans of the three other offerings. My understanding is things have changed a bit since the initial releases so I will have to go back in and try these again. In fact in this recent story from The Boston Globe the owner of Lord Hobo claimed the beer was only at 65% of where he wants it to be.

Consolation Prize has the highest ABV of the four beers initially released by Lord Hobo and was the only one not available in cans. The description (see below) says that it is big juicy hops and with an ABV in excess of 9% I was hoping for great things. What I got was a very nice looking beer with minimal aroma compared to other DIPAs. Taste was also a bit of let down with quite a bit of caramel sweetness and a big bitter finish. Some noticeable alcohol in the aroma and taste as it warmed.

Overall not a bad beer but seems like there is room for improvement. Hoping to get down to Woburn again soon to give it another shot. 
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Alcohol Content: 9.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Lord Hobo Brewing
Brewers Description: Hoppy ale, big juicy hops, hints of stone fruit

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786. Four Quarters Brewing Barleygirl

Four Quarters BarleygirlPicked this one up via an in person trade at Hill Farmstead a while back. I actually drank the beer over a month ago but just now writing up the review and getting it posted to the blog.

Crowlers are relatively new and Four Quarters is only the second brewery that I have tried a crowler from. This is my first beer from Four Quarters but I will have to check them out on my next trip to Vermont as I was impressed.  Barleygirl is described as a Belgian Double IPA which may be a first for me.

Appearance is a nice unfiltered orange. Aroma is a pleasant mix of spice and sweet malts. Nothing too crazy in either the appearance or aroma but enjoyable. Taste was a bit muted for a double IPA with some sweet malts and a light citrus bitterness. Finish was quite dry and left me wanting more. Overall a quality beer but I’m not sure the combination of Belgian yeast and a DIPA worked for me. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Four Quarters
Brewers Description: Belgian Double IPA with Simcoe

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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.

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779. Medusa Brewing Company Albatross!

Medusa Brewing AlbatrossThis was the only IPA that was on when I visited Medusa Brewing but they have made at least 4 others. This one uses entirely southern hemisphere hops from Australia and New Zealand.

Appearance is a deep orange with a thin white head. Aroma was relatively light with some melon. Taste was also relatively light for an IPA with some type of melon; the brewery description says Honeydew. Only lightly bitter and really easy to drink.

A very good IPA even though the aroma and flavors are not huge.
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Alcohol Content: 6.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 65
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Brewers Website: Medusa Brewing
Brewers Description:This IPA is hopped entirely with southern hemisphere varieties: Summer and Pride of Ringwood from Australia, and Wakatu from New Zealand. Honeydew melon and tropical fruit character are in the forefront here.

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