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823. Enlightenment Ales Illumination

Enlightenment Ales IlluminationThe Belgian IPA or Hoppy Saison is not a style I drink a lot. I like IPAs and drink a lot of them and I like saisons but rarely do the styles mix and create something worthwhile. Hugh Malone from Allagash may be the only memorable beer within the style and this year’s Hugh Malone was even better than the one reviewed above. I got this bottle from a friend and decided to give it a shot.

Illumination pours a very bright and clean copper color with a very thick soapy white head. Aroma was an interesting mix of floral hops, saison yeast and a bit funky. The hops are there in the aroma but they really shine in the flavor with a big blast of citrus and floral hops to start. When I say big I mean big relative to the style, there is enough there to satisfy an IPA drinker but you won’t be overwhelmed by hops. Finish turns more towards that traditional saison with some spice and yeast coming through and a very mild bitterness.

Overall a very interesting and complex beer from Enlightenment Ales and one of the best of the style that I have tried.
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Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Enlightenment Ales
Brewers Description: Illumination is a beer inspired by two of my favorite brewing traditions: the rustic farmhouse ales of Belgium and the generously hopped IPA’s of America’s West Coast. Born from a grist of barley, wheat and rye, and fermented with a blend of infamously expressive farmhouse ale yeasts, Illumination begins its life as a classic Saison, only to be transformed into something unique through robust additions of American dry hops. The result is a beer with an intensely tropical aroma, a juicy, citrus flavor, and a dry, crisp bitterness. While this beer may not provide immediate illumination to the mysteries of life, it’s sure to at least brighten the corners.

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822. Baxter Brewing The Daughters of Poseidon

Baxter Brewing The Daughters of PoseidenThis is actually a really old review that I had the notes but couldn’t find the photo and then came across it so decided I would post just in case this beer came back around. If you still have a can of this chances are it has changed a lot as it would be about 18 months old.

Daughters of Poseidon is a black IPA and if you follow my blog you know this is not my favorite style. Color is almost entirely black with a thick off white head. I find these canned shaped glasses often increase the size of the head significantly. Aroma was almost entirely roasted malts; chocolate, coffee with a bit of citrus hops and some alcohol present. Taste follows with a big roasty start and the hops come through only in a big bitter finish. Not sure where the oysters come in but this beer was brewed with oysters at some point in the process.

If you like black IPAs you would probably enjoy this one but it seems to be a style that many craft beer drinkers avoid. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Baxter Brewing
Brewers Description: Black India Pale Ale brewed with Oysters

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819. Bissell Brothers Brewing Lux

Bissell Brothers LuxBack to back hoppy rye beers with Light in the Window from Burlington Beer and now Lux from Bissell Brothers. I believe this is the last of the Bissell Brother’s beers for me to review. I will have to go back through and update some photos as they now have brand specific cans for Lux and Baby Genius and I am sure Noah and Peter will have some new options soon enough.

Lux pours a deep hazy orange, not nearly as murky as some of their other beers but still far from clear. Head is bright white with big soapy bubbles that left a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a mix of spicy rye and lemon and taste pretty much follows with the rye dominating and the hops there for some added flavor and complexity.

Overall a very good beer from Bissell but I prefer most of their others over Lux. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Bissell Brothers Brewing
Brewers Description: This rye ale is our tropical escape to a sunnier state of mind.

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818. Burlington Beer Light in the Window

Burlington Beer Light in the WindowThere are so many great breweries out there and Vermont seems to have a lot of them. Burlington Beer may not get as much attention as The Alchemist, Lawson’s or Hill Farmstead but Joe is making some truly unique beers in Williston. Yes Burlington Beer is not actually located in Burlington but in the town right next door Williston. Everything they do is just a little different making them one of my favorite breweries. It’s Complicated Being a Wizard was the first IPA in a long time that was truly unique and you can check out their website to see the many other offerings from Burlington Beer including Strawberry Whale Cake and Bee Keeper.

This beer is their Rye IPA which generally I am not a huge fan of but this one worked. Appearance is a slightly hazy burnt orange with a solid white head. Aroma has loads of floral, earthy hops and a bit of citrus and spice from the rye. The taste was very interesting and complex with some citrus, grapefruit but also a fair amount of peppery spice. Very earthy and the finish is dry and slightly bitter. All of this might sound like an odd mix of flavors but it works.

Light in the Window is another unique offering from a very talented brewer. If you haven’t tried any of Joe’s beer yet let me know and I will bring some back on my next trip to Vermont.
Pros: Unique
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Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Burlington Beer Company
Brewers Description: A crispy Rye IPA brewed with barley and rye. Densely hopped and bursting with grapefruit hop flavors to compliment the soft and spicy nature of rye. We’ve balanced the soft malt profile with a fresh and aggressive hop flavor.

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817. Newburyport Brewing Melt Away

Newburyport Brewing Melt Away Session IPAIt seems like most breweries added a session IPA or session pale to their line up during 2015. Some were excellent and some just seemed like watered down versions of other beers. Some of my favorites include Rising Tide’s Maine Island Trail, Baby Genius & Diavoletto from Bissell Brothers.

Melt Away appears to be the newest can release from Newburyport Brewing adding a session beer to an already solid line up. This beer pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a solid white head, really nice looking beer. Aroma is abundant for a session beer with plenty of citrus and tropical hops. Taste follows with plenty of hop flavor on top of a light malt base. Slightly creamy and very little bitterness making this a super crushable session IPA.

This will definitely be added to the list of beers for my golf cooler next summer. 
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Alcohol Content: 4.6% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Newburyport Brewing
Brewers Description: A refreshing session IPA shining with Citra and Amarillo hops uniquely balanced by malt sweetness for a crisp, easy finish. A tasty way to kick back and melt away.

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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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812. Dieu du Ciel! Moralite

Dieu Du Ciel La MoraliteI don’t drink a lot of beer from outside of the US but this summer someone from Quebec came down to Portland and brought a bunch of beer from Canada and Vermont with him. I traded some stuff from Maine for a few bottles and cans which included a couple bottles from Dieu de Ciel! This is their American style IPA which was brewed in collaboration with John Kimmich from The Alchemist Brewery in Vermont.

Moralite pours a hazy orange with a great white head that left a ton of lacing, great looking beer. Aroma is full of pine, citrus and tropical fruits, very nice. Taste continues with citrus, tropical, pine just what I like in my IPAs. My only complaint with this beer is the bottle was far too small.

Not sure if bottles of this make it to the US often but if you see it be sure to buy some.
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Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Dieu du Ciel!
Brewers Description: The concept of Morality may give rise to various interpretations and Quebec, it has a historical link with alcohol. Certainly, we use an immoral amount of hops from a mix of Simcoe, Citra and Centennial. This results in a dry finish, aromatic and slightly resinous evoking tropical fruits and revealing a sharp bitterness. Morality was born from a collaboration with John Kimmich The Alchemist Brewery Vermont. (Translated using Google Translate)

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811. Grey Sail Brewing Captain’s Daughter

Grey Sail Brewing Captain's DaughterThis beer from Rhode Island has been getting a lot of press lately and I finally got a can through an in person trade. First beer I have tried from Grey Sail Brewing but hopefully it won’t be the last as this beer is worth seeking out.

Slightly hazy pale orange color with an inch thick white head, similar to many other DIPAs. Aroma had loads of grapefruit and citrus hops. Taste follows with plenty of citrus, grapefruit and lemon zest with just enough malt to call it balanced. Mouthfeel, carbonation and bitterness were just right.

This is a very well crafted beer right up there with the top DIPAs. I can see why so many are trying to track down this beer. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Grey Sail Brewing
Brewers Description: Our newest year-round is an Imperial India Pale Ale brewed with high-quality pilsner malt and flaked oats, making this beer light in color but certainly not in body or alcohol content. It is aggressively hopped with Mosaics out of the Pacific Northwest, giving the Captain’s Daughter a strong aroma and flavor of tropical and stone fruits.

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809. Bissell Brothers Brewing Reciprocal

Bissell Brothers ReciprocalAnother hop forward beer from Bissell Brothers Brewing. This one comes in at 7.3% which is a big increase in ABV from Baby Genius (4%) and Diavoletto (2.6%) and only marginally less than Swish at 8%. So far I have really enjoyed all of Bissell’s hoppy offerings and not as impressed with Seed or i-Lucky.

Reciprocal may be the murkiest beer I have tried. The only other that comes to mind is Lotus Eater from Candia Road Brewing that I had 3 years ago. This beer looks like a combination of orange and grapefruit juice with a nice white head. Aroma has loads of citrus, pineapple, mango. Taste follows with lots of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and just enough of a malt base to keep things in check. Minimal bitterness in the finish and the 16 ounce can was gone in no time.

Another excellent beer from Bissell Brothers and I believe this beer is now part of their normal brew schedule so I look forward to more Reciprocal in the future. 
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Cons: Some people may not like the haze
Alcohol Content: 7.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Bissell Brothers
Brewers Description: A showcase of Southern Hemisphere hops, and a giant thank-you to the true fans & supporters.

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808. Hill Farmstead Song of Joy

Hill Farmstead Song of JoyI really enjoyed Hoponius Union from Jacks Abby so I have been on the lookout for more IPLs. Hill Farmstead released Song of Joy in August and I grabbed a 750 on one of my many visits to Greensboro.

Unlike most of the beers from Hill Farmstead Song of Joy pours a super clean and clear pale yellow, as a lager should. Aroma is light with some nice pale malts and earthy hops, a bit of grapefruit as well but mostly herbal, grassy hops here. Taste is incredibly clean and bright with a nice lager start followed up with a fair amount of citrus, herbal and grassy hops. Only slightly bitter in the finish and very refreshing.

Another excellent beer from Shaun Hill. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Hoppy India Pale Lager

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