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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. 

Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 24
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.

382. Smuttynose Brewing Lindz

Smuttynose LindzThis is a very interesting beer for two reasons. First the reason it was brewed and named Lindz is in memory of Lindsey Altshul who was a big supporter of craft beer and co-owner of Pepperland Cafe in South Berwick. He passed away in the Summer of 2012 and Smuttynose decided to make a beer in his memory. Second it is a Kolsch style beer which is fairly uncommon in today’s marketplace.

A Kolsch beer is an ale but is it cold conditioned like a lager. Appearance is light and very clean with a thin white head. The aroma and taste are very similar and both quite mild. Slightly sweet smell with some earthy hops, tastes adds another layer with a fair amount of bitterness. Lindz has a bit more carbonation than I am used to but apparently that is normal for the style.

Overall this beer was pleasant, easy to drink and tasty even though the flavors were all quite subtle. A nice beer with a great story behind it. See the link below to Smuttynose’s blog post about Lindz. 

Alcohol Content: 5.27% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 10
Brewers Website: Smuttynose Brewing
Brewers Description:

214. Geary’s Summer Ale

The coolest thing about this beer is the contest they do each year for the label and packaging design. This year’s winner was from Vermont and there were many nice designs. You can see them all here. Personally I like #19 the best but this is certainly a brighter and more typical label for a summer brew.

Butter, that’s right butter is the one word I would use to describe this beer. Color is a nice light orange with thick white head. Light aroma including some sweet maltiness and a bit of fruit. Nothing to great in either the aroma or appearance. Taste is crisp but still buttery which seems odd to say.. Overall not a bad beer but the ABV may be a little high for a Summer brew.
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Geary’s
Brewers Description: The style of our summer ale is traditionally European, similar to a German kolsch: full bodied with a spicy hop tang and a rich, crystal clear golden color.

208. Marshall Wharf Illegal Ale-Ien

Thursday night I went to the first Maine Beer Series event at Frontier in Brunswick. I had never been to Frontier so had no idea what to expect. They have a great space in an old mill building right on the river. Small bar area, lots of seats and tables and then a separate theater area where they held the event, more on that in my next post. I got there a little early and decided to have a drink before the presentation. They had 6-8 Maine based beers on tap including 2 from Oxbow, Maine Beer Company Mean Old Tom, Allagash White and this offering from Marshall Wharf. Since this was the only beer of the bunch I had not tried before I decided on it.

The beer pours a pale yellow with almost no head. Aroma of wheat/grass and taste was very smooth with minimal hop bitterness and only slightly sweet. Very easy to drink and I had no idea it was 8% ABV until I checked the brewers website today. Marshall Wharf has a long list of beer on their site so I will be sure to try more in the coming months.
Pros: Easy to drink
Alcohol Content: 8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Marshall Wharf
Brewers Description: A hybrid kolsch/wheat beer brewed with organic blue agave nectar. Light in color and finish.

5. Samuel Adams East West Kölsch

This was a surprise as I was not expecting a light refreshing beer. With a German name I expected a dark hearty beer. The beer is smooth, easy to drink and would go well with almost any meal.Pros: Very easy to drink, light and refreshing
Cons: Not a lot of flavor
Alcohol Content: 5.01 ABV
Calories: 147
IBU (Bitterness): Unknown
Rating: ★★★☆☆ – better than average
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Light and fragrant, Samuel Adams® East West Kölsch has a floral and herbal character that balances the refreshing German Kölsch style. A classic Kölsch is less bitter than a pilsner with a slightly fruity and sweet biscuit note. For our version we wanted to create a bright fresh flavor by using Alsatian Strisselspalt hops for a subtle lemon and grassy hop note. We added another layer of flavor by aging the beer on a bed of Jasmine Sambac, a fragrant night blooming flower from Southeast Asia. The jasmine creates a delicate floral aroma and flavor for a wonderfully complex and refreshing brew.