Tag Archives: On-tap

27. Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale (draft)

This one is tough to review for me as it is certainly not a traditional beer. The aroma on this one is incredible and prepares you well for the taste to come. The beer has a substantial spice flavor while drinking but finishes clean and crisp. Best as an after meal beverage as the taste can be overpowering. This is one of the few Shipyard brews that I look forward to. I had this at TGIFridays again in Auburn.
Pros: Great aroma, color and very flavorful
Cons: Flavor can be too much at times
Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 15.5
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Shipyard Brewing
Brewers Description: Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is a crisp refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor.
Food Pairings: Lamb, Turkey, BLT, Pumpkin Pie

26. Samuel Adams Octoberfest (draft)

I know I already reviewed this beer but that was from a bottle and as I mentioned in my prior post draft beer is simply better. Had this beer with a nice burger at TGIFriday’s last night and enjoyed every sip (in fact I helped to finish my wife’s beer too). Perfect fall beer and great with hearty meals.
Pros: Great red color, many different flavors
Cons:  Seasonal – wish I could get it year round
Alcohol Content: 5.3%
Calories:183
IBU (Bitterness): 25
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a big, rich flavor.The first thing you notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest has a rich, deep reddish amber hue which itself is reflective of the season. Samuel Adams Octoberfest masterfully blends together five roasts of malt to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee. The malt is complimented by the elegant bitterness imparted by the Bavarian Noble hops. Samuel Adams Octoberfest provides a wonderful transition from the lighter beers of summer to the heartier brews of winter..

25. Sebago Brewing Boathouse Brown

Draft beer is simply better than bottled beer so it is no surprise that my highest ratings will go to those enjoyed straight from the keg or cask. I had this beer after a great round of golf at Belgrade Lakes Golf Course in Belgrade, Maine. The beer was better than the round of golf as that is one difficult course. Very dark but surprisingly easy to drink. Sebago’s website says it would pair well with grilled meat or steamed mussels and I would have to agree. This beer had just a hint of sweetness to it but no aftertaste. Some people may avoid this beer due to the dark color but don’t let it fool you it is easy to drink unlike some dark beer.
Pros: Smooth, great color and flavorful
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 24
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Sebago Brewing
Brewers Description: Boathouse Brown Ale is an easy drinking beer.  Peering through the glass you will find a deep mahogany color and luscious tan head.  The sweetness of the malt in our Brown Ale is offset by just enough kick from the hops.  Boathouse Brown Ale will be your “everyday” beer.  Pop the cap, pour it off and enjoy the ride!
Appearance: Deep mahogany color and luscious tan head
Flavor: The sweetness of the malt in our Brown Ale is offset by just enough kick from the hops.
Hops: Boathouse Brown Ale is a bite bolder then your average Brown Ale. We use ample amounts of Cascade and Mt. Hood hops to help balance the sweetness of the malt. This creates a very thirst quenching brown ale.  Bold enough for your palate yet low enough in alcohol for session drinking.
Malts: We use loads of rich caramel malt and black patent malt to give our brown ale it’s deep mahogany color and caramel tones.  The black malt helps create dry chocolate notes that balance well with the hops.