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675. Brewery Ommegang Fire and Blood Red Ale

Brewery Ommegang Fire and BloodI know I am a little late to the Game of Thrones beer thing but I bought this beer back in April and tossed it in the beer fridge. Finally got around to opening it as I was not all that excited about drinking a red ale.

They did a great job getting the color as close to the blood part of the name with a deep amber color and thick off white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy with the spice coming from both the hops and the use of Ancho Chilies.

Taste is really where this one fell apart. Red ales are not my favorite style of beer to start but this one failed to deliver the sweetness that most reds have and that I got in the aroma. The beer did have an odd mix of spice and dark fruit which didn’t work for me. Hoped that it would improve as it warmed but it didn’t.

The Game of Thrones marketing made this one move off the shelf but that really is the only reason I would buy this beer. 
Pros:
Appearance
Cons: Odd mix of flavors
Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Brewery Ommegang
Brewers Description: Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first three seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO.

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605. Sixpoint Brewery Hi-Res

Sixpoint Hi-ResNot often that I but a 4 or 6-pack of a beer but I was convinced Hi-Res from Sixpoint was going to be an excellent beer and decided to grab a 4-pack at The Vault in Lewiston. Glad I did as I really enjoyed this big IPA, so much so the 4-pack was gone in two nights and that’s saying something since this beer is 11.1% ABV.

Hi-Res pours a deep orange color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma was huge with lots of resinous hops, sweet malts and a touch of tropical, citrus. Taste was fairly well balanced with a sticky sweetness from the malts reeling the hops in a bit. The alcohol is definitely present and more apparent as the beer warms.

This beer leaves a thick film in your mouth as you would expect from a big hoppy beer. Overall this beer was well done and enjoyable after a long day of work. 
Pros: 

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 11.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 111
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: Hi-Res. Zoom on, zoom in, hop out.

This beer goes up to eleven. Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?
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579. Sixpoint Global Warmer

Sixpoint Global WarmerWhen I first read about Global Warmer  I figured it would be a Winter Warmer style beer. I had this on draft at Thirsty Moose in Portsmouth a few weeks back and was pleasantly surprised to get a hoppy amber ale. After trying it at Thirsty Moose I picked up a can at Bier Cellar so I could take a proper photo do this review.

This is a nice looking amber ale with a deep red color and single finger off white head. Aroma is fairly subtle but mostly pine and spicy hops. Overall an enticing beer, especially for an amber. Taste follows with a big hit of hops at first but that quickly gives way to some nice sweet malts. This gives the beer a very nice balance.

I like that some breweries are making hoppy holiday or winter seasonal offerings instead of everyone doing the big bad stouts or spiced beers. Between this and Celebration from Sierra Nevada you have a couple of good winter seasonals for the hop lovers out there. 
Pros:
Hoppy
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. A Winter Warmer to warm your Globe, or a Global Warmer to warm your Winter? There’s no denying the Beer Climate is changing.

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544. Lake Placid Pub & Brewery IPA

Lake Placid IPAMy brother in law picked up a growler and glass from Lake Placid Pub & Brewery when he went out there for some hiking and rock climbing. Another growler and glass for the collection.

Appearance is a very nice copper color with a thick off white head. The aroma had a nice mix of floral and piney hops. Taste was what I would expect from an American IPA, hop forward with plenty of pine and some citrus notes but balanced well with caramel malts. Fairly bitter finish reminds you this is an IPA.

Overall a solid American IPA, nothing crazy hoppy or citrusy but just a nice beer.
Pros: Well balanced
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 67
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
Brewers Description: A tribute to the original West Coast-style IPA’s, our IPA is aggressively hopped for a citrus and piney flavor and aroma, but maintains a subtle, bready malt backbone.

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514. Ruckus Brewing Hoptimus Prime

Ruckus Hoptimus PrimeI think I picked this beer up on a trip to Vermont but I am not sure. What I am sure of is that I bought it because of the name – Hoptimus Prime and for those that didn’t grow up with Transformers in the 80s it is a play on Optimus Prime which is a toy I had when I was a kid.

The name is great and the beer was not bad either. Pours a deep orange with a thick off white head. Aroma has some fruity hops but also a lot of malts, nothing too exciting in the aroma. Flavor is well balanced for a 9% ABV double IPA. Overall this was certainly not a bad beer but when you compare it to the big name double IPAs it just doesn’t hold up.

I bought it for the name and label but it was certainly good enough to finish the bomber. 
Pros: 

Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 92
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Ruckus Brewing
Brewers Description: Aggressively formulated with five different hop varieties, Hoptimus Prime is then dry hopped for two weeks, ensuring a MASSIVE hop flavor and aroma. Perfectly balanced with three types of malt, Hoptimus Prime is truly the pinnacle of hop flavor. This Double IPA pairs fantastically with spicy Thai food, Mexican cuisine, or a big ol’ bowl of chili.

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509. Brooklyn Brewery Local 1

Brooklyn Local 1This one was a big surprise to me. I had this bottle in the beer fridge for quite some time and continued to pass it by for what I thought would be better beers. Finally opened it and ended up sharing with my wife as she really enjoyed it as well.

Appearance is a nice light orange with a thick white head. The aroma is very sweet with some Belgian yeast and lemon. Taste is where this one scores well as it has a lot of champagne/wine line grape character and a very soft spice, with a complex mix of yeast, pepper and coriander. The alcohol is completely hidden.

This was a really enjoyable beer and again one that surprised me as I was expecting a good beer but not an exceptional beer. 
Pros: 
Complex and very flavorful 
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Brooklyn Brewery
Brewers Description: Brewed with German malts and hops, first-pressing Demerara cane sugar from Mauritius, and a Belgian yeast strain. 100% bottle re-fermentation; OG=18.5; AE=1.7. Classified as a “strong saison” by Garrett Oliver.

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478. Ithaca Beer Company Flower Power IPA

Ithica Flower PowerPicked this one up in an exchange with a good beer friend and he was amazed that I had not tried it before now. After seeing how popular this beer is I am surprised it took me two years of beer blogging before getting my hands on one.

Flower Power is very close to being a double IPA at 7.5% so it is right up my alley as far as beer styles go. Unlike most other beers I drink this one actually comes in 12 oz bottles which was a nice change from the bombers and growlers I usually drink from. Appearance is pretty typical of the style; a nice orange color with a single finger bright white head.

Aroma has plenty of grapefruit and a lot of flowers – guess that is where the name comes from. Taste is very similar to the aroma with a light bitterness in the finish. Overall a very nice IPA that I would enjoy drinking on a regular basis if it were available in Maine. 
Pros:
Very drinkable and tasty
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Ithica Beer
Brewers Description: Enjoy the clover honey hue and tropical nose. Simultaneously Punchy and soothing with a big body and a finish that boasts pineapple and grapefruit. Flower power is hopped and dry-hopped five different times throughout the brewing and fermentation process.

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446. Brewery Ommegang Iron Throne

Ommegang Iron ThronesThis beer got a lot of press when it was announced as Ommegang partnered with HBO to offer a beer based on the hit series Game of Thrones. I am big fan of the series and have listed to all 5 audio books so a beer that taps into that marketing seems like a great idea.

The beer is a Belgian blonde ale which is not terribly exciting but I saw someone post that being a “gimmick” beer you might get some cross over from not craft beer drinkers and it makes sense to do a blonde and not something bigger. That way you don’t turn off those that are not used to craft beer. I thought this was a good explanation of why Ommegang chose a blonde ale and I wish I could remember who said it so I could give them credit.

Overall this beer is what you would expect from a Belgian blonde, nice light color with thick white head. Belgian yeast and spice dominate the aroma. Taste was average nothing spectacular but certainly worth trying with some lemon, floral and peppery spice. Overall a solid beer with some smart marketing.  
Pros: 

Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Ommegang
Brewers Description: Brewery Ommegang and HBO are partnering on a series of beers in support of the critically-acclaimed drama Game of Thrones. Launching in tandem with the season three debut, Iron Throne is the inaugural beer in the series.

Iron Throne is a blonde ale at 6.5% ABV and brewed with a robust amount of pils, honey malt, aroma malts and red wheat. Gentle hopping includes Styrian Golding and Hallertau Spalter Select, appropriately noble hops. Spiced with grains of paradise and lemon peel. Hue is a slightly hazy golden amber. Head is full and fluffy. Finish is crisp, backed by a touch of spice and hops. Aroma is a bit grassy with a hint of lemon fruitiness from the lemon peel. Taste is lightly malty, rounded out by honey malt sweetness.

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363. Sixpoint Diesel

When Sixpoint started to distribute in Maine I quickly became one of their biggest fans but I also heard about this great Winter seasonal called Diesel. While visiting my local beer store yesterday I found a 4-pack on the floor that had not made it to the cooler yet and grabbed one.

The can is typical Sixpoint and a full 16-ounces (I believe the only 12 ounce can is Resin). Beer pours black with a nice tan head, very appealing. Aroma has plenty of pine and roasted coffee with some hints of chocolate. Sixpoint’s website describes this beer as “part black IPA , part American Stout” and that is a good description of the taste.

Plenty of hops here and the mouth feel is certainly closer to an IPA than a traditional stout but there are plenty of roasted coffee, chocolate flavors to balance out those hops. Finish has a light bitterness. A very easy drinking enjoyable dark beer, if you like the other options from Sixpoint I am sure you will like this beer too.
Pros: Appearance, unique combination of styles
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 69
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: This undefinable black brew is part black IPA, part American Stout, but 100% Diesel powered. Robust chocolate and roasted flavors, with thick pine hop flavor and aroma.

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330. Sixpoint Autumnation

If you have been following my blog you already know that I really enjoy beer from Sixpoint. Somehow I almost missed their Autumn seasonal release aptly names Autumnation. While visiting The Vault in Lewiston I saw this in the cooler and boy am I glad I did.

I almost always buy single beers or bombers but when it comes to Sixpoint I have no problem buying the 4-pack of cans. This beer is absolutely beautiful, deep orange color with a thick white head. Aroma is the only place this beer lacks as there is a bit of hop and spice but not a lot, pleasant smell but fairly mild. Taste is where this one excels with a complex mix of fruity hops, pine bitterness and just a hint of spice. This is not your typical pumpkin / fall seasonal – it is much better.

Really impressed with Sixpoint beer. If you are not drinking them then you are missing out. 
Pros: 
Appearance, Taste
Cons: Minimal aroma but the taste makes up for it
Alcohol Content: 6.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 74
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Description: Our Autumnal brew is made with subtle pumpkin and spice, but its prominent feature is the fresh harvested “wet-hops” that are added. New hop strain and selection every year. Autumnation 2012 features Citra Hops.

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