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487. White Birch First Sparrow

White Birch First SparrowI made the mistake of opening this beer without reading the description of the beer. The only thing I knew about it was the ABV at 3.8% so I assumed it would be a light easy drinking beer for a nice summer day. What I didn’t realize is First Sparrow is a smoked beer which was completely not what I wanted.

This beer looks really great with a nice hazy orange color and thick white head. My first hint that this beer was not what I thought was in the nose, nice smoke and wheat aroma. Taste is where this one really lost me with plenty of smoky flavor and a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Smoke flavors linger long after you are done drinking.

First Sparrow is very flavorful and quite enjoyable, I will try this beer again in the future and may update this review as the 2.5 star rating may be a bit harsh simply because I failed to read what I was drinking. 
Pros:
Flavorful
Cons:  
Alcohol Content: 3.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: White Birch
Brewers Description: A contemporary take on the near forgotten Grodziski style, First Sparrow flies from the netherworld of antiquated beer and straight into your heart. Smoked and heavily hopped, our little bird chirps her three note song, and spring is here. Brewed with wheat and Rauchmalts, a neutral german ale strain, and lovely german hops.

329. Hill Farmstead Simcoe Single Hop Pale Ale

Another beer from Hill’s Single Hop Series. This one uses Simcoe hops which are more common than the Riwaka hops in the previous post.

Appearance is very similar to the other pale ales from Hill Farmstead with the beautiful orange color with bright white head. Tons of citrus and tropical smells coming from this one. Very inviting appearance and aroma, how can you not want to drink this beer. Taste has lots of flavor with plenty of citrus and a bit of pine. The fruits outlast the piney resin and a nice bready malt balances this one. This beer is quite refreshing, easy to drink and with an ABV just over 5% it is pretty easy to finish a 750 after work. 
Pros:
Very flavorful and appealing color and smell
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Description: An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with one of our favorite hop varieties: Simcoe! 5.4% abv