Tag Archives: Pale Ale

835. Trillium Brewing Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point

Trillium Brewing Fort Point GalaxyThis is the third variety of Fort Point Pale Ale I have reviewed. The originalMosaic Dry Hopped and now the Galaxy dry hopped version. All have been excellent and received 4.5 star reviews. You just can’t go wrong when you start with such a solid pale ale and amp it up a bit with an extra dry hopping.

Appearance is a little less hazy than the original and the Mosaic version but still far from see through. Aroma is loaded with tropical fruits; mango, pineapple, grapefruit and a bit of citrus – really excellent smelling beer. Taste is super juicy fresh hops, not as crazy as the double dry hopped varieties but still a crazy amount of hops especially for what is called a pale ale. Carbonation, mouthfeel are all right where I like them.

Just another excellent brew from Trillium. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.6% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Trillium Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: This version of our signature American pale ale is dry hopped with the pungent Galaxy variety. Enticingly hazy and blonde in appearance with frothy carb, the nose erupts with strong citrus, passion fruit, and pineapple aromatics. Upfront and resinous hop-derived flavors of grapefruit pith, peach, and mango are balanced with a subtle, bready malt character and mild, subdued bitterness.

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829. Night Shift Brewing Whirlpool

Night Shift WhirlpoolNow that I am making regular trips to Mass you will see more reviews of Night Shift beer. Love their tap room and it’s a pretty easy stop on my way back from Trillium. If you have recommendations on beer I should try from Night Shift or beer you would like to see reviewed comment here and I will do my best. Whirlpool is regularly available in cans that can be purchased at the brewery and occasionally at select retail locations.

This beer pours a deep hazy yellow with solid white head that left plenty of lacing. Aroma is full of fruit with some peach, mango and pineapple coming through. Flavor leans heavily towards ripe peach with an extra bit of citrus. Finish is clean with almost no bitterness. Really flavorful for a 4.5% ABV beer and one that I could drink all day long.

Everyone that I have shared this beer loved it including many non-craft beer drinkers. Overall just an excellent brew that seems to fly under the radar but that is OK with me as I expect I will be drinking a lot of it in 2016.
Pros: Flavorful, low ABV
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: Soft pale ale bursting with notes of ripe peach and citrus.

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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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787. Bissell Brothers Brewing Diavoletto

Bissell Brothers DiavolettoBissell Brothers continues to impress making great beer in all categories from their DIPA Swish to their lower ABV beers like this one and Baby Genius. I am always impressed when a brewer can make a full flavored beer and keep the ABV below 4.5%. Being able to keep the flavor and reduce the ABV to 2.6% is amazing.

Diavoletto looks a lot like its slightly bigger brother Baby Genius, pale yellow with a decent white head. Aroma is plentiful for such a small beer with lots of tropical and citrus hops. Taste follows with lots of hop flavor, almost no bitterness and a crisp clean finish. Some may say this beer feels a bit thin but what do you expect from a 2.6% ABV beer.

This beer is perfect for day drinking, golfing, enjoying at the beach or pretty much anywhere. 
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Flavorful and low ABV
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Alcohol Content: 2.6% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Bissell Brothers
Brewers Description: a super-session ale. massive flavors & body with an impossibly low abv. Hops: Lemondrop, Equinox, Citra – Malts: Malted Heat, Flaked Wheat, Golden Pomise, Munich, Carapils. Flaked Oat.

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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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780. Night Shift Brewing Whirlpool

Night Shift WhirlpoolI stopped at Julio’s in Westborough looking for cans of Morph but ended up leaving with Whirlpool and Be Hoppy from Wormtown Brewery. I have yet to try Morph but I have to say that I was not disappointed with either beer and particularly impressed with Whirlpool.

A 4.5% ABV pale ale with loads and loads of flavor Whirlpool is a fantastic beer for any day or activity. Appearance is an unfiltered pale orange with a thick white head. Aroma is a bit on the light side but you would expect that from a low ABV pale ale, still plenty of fresh citrus fruits. Taste has all the same citrus fruits but also adds a very refreshing peach flavor which is uncommon. Almost no bitterness, great carbonation and the mouthfeel does not seem watered down which often happens with low ABV beers.

This beer really surprised me, I guess it should not have as almost everything I have tried from Night Shift has been excellent. Really need to make it down to the brewery and learn more about their operation soon.
Pros: Flavorful and low ABV
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Night Shift
Brewers Description: Soft, juicy pale ale bursting with notes of ripe peach & citrus. Available in cans, on draft, and in growlers at the Taproom; cans also sold at our retail partners!

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769. Hill Farmstead Conduct of Life #1

Hill Farmstead Conduct of Life #1Conduct of Life #1 is a new pale ale from Hill Farmstead. This is another amazing beer and right up there with Edward as one of my favorite pale ales ever made.

It looks a lot like all of Hill Farmstead’s beers with an unfiltered orange, solid white head and plenty of lacing. Aroma is very nice for a pale ale, Hill Farmstead’s bigger beers are certainly more pungent, but there is plenty of citrus and tropical hop aroma here. Conduct is very well balanced and while the hops are there they are dialed back a bit from Edward. This beer is super clean and refreshing even more so than other offerings from Hill.

Exceptional beer that I could drink every day without getting tired of it. If you happen to make it to Greensboro and are trying to decide between a 750 ml or a 2 L trust me get the 2 liter you will want more than the 750. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: An American Pale Ale series featuring new, interesting blends of hops. #1 highlights Citra and Amarillo.

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760. Hill Farmstead Cascade Pale Ale

Hill Farmstead Cascade Pale AleAnother single hop pale ale from Hill Farmstead’s series. While I enjoyed this beer it did not have the big bold flavors that most Hill Farmstead beers do and it ended up with one of the lowest ratings for Hill beer at 3.5 stars.

Appearance is a deep orange with a bright white head. A little darker than other Hill Farmstead single hop beers but still a great looking beer. Aroma is rather light with some citrus, herbal and floral hops. Taste was missing the citrus from the nose and leans heavily towards the floral flavor. Finish is a little more bitter than I expected.

A lot of good things with this beer; appearance, mouthfeel, carbonation but the muted aroma and relatively bland flavor makes it one of my least favorite beers from Hill. Probably a little harsh with 3.5 star review but it just didn’t work for me. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: American Pale Ale brewed exclusively with Segal Ranch Cascade hops.

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759. Hill Farmstead Mosaic Pale Ale

Hill Farmstead Mosaic Pale AleOn a recent trip to Hill Farmstead there were three beers available that I had not tried before. Rarely do I go to Hill and find even one beer that I have not tried so getting three new beers was a treat. Two of these beers were from Shaun’s single hop pale ale series.

Seems like a lot of breweries are doing Mosaic single hop beers with recent reviews of Trillium and SoMe and an upcoming review of Mozaccalypse from Stoneface. I am really enjoying this hop as it seems to work well for aroma, flavor and bittering.

Hill’s version is a pale ale with a low 5% ABV but the hops still shine. Appearance is typical of Hill Farmstead’s beers with the bright unfiltered orange. Aroma has lots of tropical and citrus which follows through to the taste. In addition to the fruits you get a light bready malt. All of this combined with the perfect carbonation and clean finish make this a near perfect pale ale. 
Pros:
Everything
Cons: None 
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: An American pale ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Mosaic hops—a Simcoe offspring—you’ll find mango, lemon, citrus, earthy pine, tropical fruit, herbal and stone fruit characteristics.

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758. Austin Street Double Dry Hopped Patina Pale Ale (Galaxy)

Austin Street DDH Patina Pale AleAnother double dry hopped beer with this one coming from Austin Street Brewery in Portland. I believe this is the second double dry hopped version with the first being a Nelson Sauvin. I didn’t have the opportunity to try the Nelson Sauvin but after having the Galaxy version I wish I had.

Being a double dry hopped beer you get a nice hazy orange glow. Aroma is huge for a low ABV beer with lots of citrus and passion fruit. Taste starts with a big punch of hops but quickly mellows out and finishes clean. Really enjoyable beer and hopefully Jake continues to work with these double dry hopped varieties of Patina Pale Ale. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Austin Street Brewery
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