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842. Long Trail Brewing Space Juice

Long Traill Space JuiceI had really high hopes for this one since I enjoyed Limbo so much and Vermont has a pretty good reputation for DIPAs in 16 oz cans. Love the can design on this one.

The beer pours a super clear copper color with a thick white head. Aroma was a mix of tropical fruits and a bit of pine. Overall the aroma was not as big as I expected from an 8.7% DIPA.  Taste was just OK with those tropical fruits and pine but also a solid malt backbone and big lingering bitterness. Much more of a traditional IPA just bigger and different than so many of the murky, juice bombs that are out there today. Alcohol was well hidden and overall a beer worth trying but not one that I will seek out again.
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Alcohol Content: 8.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 82
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Brewery Website: Long Trail Brewing
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Brewer’s Description: A Double-IPA of the cosmic kind, this super-limited offering is brewed with two-row and caramel malts that lay the foundation for hops, hops and more hops.

The truth is out there, so send your taste buds to orbit with the out-of-this-world citrus and pine notes of Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra, Columbus and Ella hops

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837. Hill Farmstead Excursions #5

Hill Farmstead Excursions #5I sometimes feel like a broken record when I am reviewing a bunch of quality IPAs. While they all have their individual characteristics many have the big citrus, tropical fruits that I love with a slightly hazy appearance. I guess some call this the New England IPA as breweries like; Hill Farmstead, The Alchemist, Trillium, Tree House, Bissell Brothers and certain beers from other breweries all seem to fit nicely into this description. So many great IPAs in the Northeast that I rarely trade for IPAs from other parts of the country as I am usually disappointed.

Excursions #5 continues Hill’s use of experimental hops including the up and coming Vic Secret hop from Australia. Appearance is typical Hill Farmstead IPA with the hazy orange and bright white head, plenty of lacing remains on the glass. Aroma is full of tangerine, lemon and a bit of herbal/floral hops. Taste follows the nose but also adds a bit of dankness. Carbonation is light giving it the soft mouthfeel of most Hill Farmstead beers and very little bitterness.

Overall this is another excellent beer but is outdone by some of the other beers available at Hill. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Hill Farmstead
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Brewer’s Description: The fifth installment of our experimental hop series, this IPA is brewed with German Hallertau Blanc and Australian Vic Secret.

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832. Rock Art Brewery Limited Access

Rock ArtRock Art decided to have a little fun naming their new DIPA. If you have visited Rock Art or Lost Nation in the past several months you know there has been a significant road construction project near their facility. The project is complete and instead of driving right by Rock Art, Route 100 now brings you behind their building. If you are not paying attention you can easily drive right past. This is why they decided to call this beer Limited Access and put a map to the brewery on it.

Limited Access is another great Vermont double IPA in a 16 ounce can that might be overlooked by those seeking Heady or Sip of Sunshine. Slightly hazy orange in color with a really nice mix of pine, grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Taste follows with just enough of a malt presence to let the hops shine through. Very easy to drink for a DIPA with a nice amount of carbonation and reasonable bitterness.

Do not overlook this beer.
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Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 75
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Brewers Website: Rock Art Brewery
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828. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience #15

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience 15This is actually my first review of a beer from Hill Farmstead’s Civil Disobedience series even though I have tried several and have many more in the cellar. The Civil Disobedience beers are typically a blend of various barrel aged beers and have included some of the more rare offerings from Hill including Art, Ann, Mimosa and Juicy. CD15 is a blend of barrels that was then aged on “mangos… many, many mangos”.

CD15 pours a very clear pale orange with thin white head that disappeared quickly leaving a small ring and minimal lacing. Aroma was slightly funky with some mango, citrus and wine. Taste was juicy mango, very little brett funk and not a lot of wine barrel but just enough to be noticeable.

Overall this is an excellent beer that has enough complexity to make it interesting but isn’t overwhelming. 
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Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: A blend composed of beers from a diversity of barrels ranging from 16 to 30 months and further aged on organic, hand peeled mangos… many, many mangos, thanks to the able assistance of some great volunteers!

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824. Lost Nation Brewing The Wind

Lost Nation The WindI travel to Vermont often and for the past couple of years we have made the trip out for Hill Farmstead’s Festival of Farmhouse Ales a two day trip spending the night in Montpelier on Friday and then heading to Hill on Saturday for the event. Each time we spent a significant amount of time (and money) at Three Penny Taproom eating and drinking some great beer. The highlight of this years trip to Three Penny was The Wind from Lost Nation. Before going to Three Penny I had no idea this beer even existed but after having it I knew I had to find some bottles. Fortunately a few months later Lost Nation released another batch and I made a point to visit the brewery to grab some bottles.

For those that don’t know The Wind is Lost Nation’s Gose dry hopped with Citra and grapefruit added. Their Gose is excellent by itself but add some more hops and grapefruit and it makes it even better. Appearance is a pale yellow with a thick white head that disappeared quickly leaving a small rim around the glass, pretty typical of the gose style. Aroma give you a nice mix of citrus and grapefruit, no real surprise there. The Citra hops are essentially lost in the flavor leaving a tasty gose with plenty of grapefruit. Carbonation is low but seems intentional.

This beer is every bit as refreshing as the original Gose and bit more flavorful with the grapefruit coming through nicely. Excellent beer and if someone out there happens to have the Brett version of this beer let me know as I would really like to try it.
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Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
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Brewers Website: Lost Nation Brewing
Brewers Description: Introducing our latest bottled beer, The Wind. The Wind is our classic Gose dry hopped with Citra hops and grapefruit. Some of you may have had this beer in the past as a cask beer. Well we liked it so much that we figured out how to bottle it.

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821. Lost Nation Brewing Vermont Pilsner

Lost Nation Vermont PilsnerPilsners are often overlooked in the craft beer world but there are a few good ones out there with my favorite being Banded Horn’s Pepperell Pilsner. Lost Nation does a great job with their beers so when I came across a 4-pack of Vermont Pilsner I grabbed one to take home.

This beer is a crystal clear yellow with a very deep white head and plenty of carbonation. Aroma is entirely earthy with some crackery malts and some nice grassy hops. Taste is very similar to the nose with those same grassy hops, lightly sweet malt base and a very crisp and clean finish.

A solid craft pilsner that will not disappoint and could be enjoyed by craft beer drinkers as well as non-craft drinkers. 
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Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 20
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Brewers Website: Lost Nation Brewing
Brewers Description: Our golden lager is a crisp, clean, easy drinking beer that has a full, balanced hop finish. This Franconian style Pils is perfect for any occasion

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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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805. Hermit Thrush Brewery Brattlebeer

Hermint Thrush BrattlebeerMy first beer from Hermit Thrush Brewing which is one of the few breweries in Vermont that is in the southern part of the state. Now that they package in 16 ounce cans you can expect to see more reviews of their beer in the coming months.

Brattlebeer sounds really interesting, a sour ale brewed with apple cider, so I brought home a couple of 4-packs during a recent trip to Vermont. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with almost no head. Aroma has lots of cider characteristics and almost no traditional beer aroma. Taste starts with a sour apple tartness followed by a slightly earthy funk and finish is clean and refreshing.

An interesting beverage that was easy to drink but not something I would drink on a regular basis. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hermit Thrush
Brewers Description: Inspired by the town of Brattleboro, the unique sour ale captures the best of local flavors. Brattlebeer is slightly tart, light bodied and dry with both fruity and malty undertones, and a rocky, champagne-like head.  Fermented spontaneously with a blend of local apple cider, malt, and hops, this delicate pale ale pairs well with soft cheeses and herbal entrees, and often compliments seasonal fruit desserts.

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802. Prohibition Pig Bantam DIPA

Prohibition Pig Bantam DIPAIf you spend any amount of time in Vermont you are probably familiar with Prohibition Pig as they are a very popular beer spot in Waterbury. They recently opened their own brewery adding several of their own options to a very solid tap list. The actual brewery is located just behind the restaurant and sells crowlers and 16 ounce growlers.

Bantam was the only DIPA that was available when I visited and the only beer I brought home from the brewery. I sampled others when I was there and all were very good. Nice orange color with a thin white head and great lacing get this beer off to a great start. Aroma is slightly sweet and full of citrus goodness. Taste starts with a solid sweet malt base but quickly gives way to the tropical and citrus fruits. Carbonation is light but seemed like that was intentional as the other beers I tried at the brewery had similar levels. Clean, slightly bitter finish with absolutely no alcohol coming through even though it is 8%.

Overall very impressed with the beer from Prohibition Pig and I will have to get out there more often to enjoy the excellent food and bring back more beer. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Prohibition Pig
Brewers Description: Hopped with Chinook, Columbus, and Simcoe.

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799. Lawson’s Finest Liquids Super Session #2

Lawson's Finest Liquids Super Session #2Super Session #2 is Lawson’s second beer to be contract brewed in Connecticut at Two Roads and distributed in cans. Sip of Sunshine was the first and is still much more popular than Super Session #2. I was in Vermont recently and found many places selling 6 and 12 packs of Super Session with no limits while Sip of Sunshine was harder to find and typically limited to one or two 4-packs.

Session beers are great but at 4.8% ABV this is on the high side of the session category. SS#2 pours a clear yellow with big white head. Aroma is light as expected with this style but has plenty of citrus and pine. Flavor is similar to the nose, light citrus, floral and a bit of lemon. Finish is crisp, clean with very little bitterness.

I liked this beer but Maine Island Trail from Rising Tide and Baby Genius from Bissell Brothers are still my go to session beers. 
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Alcohol Content: 4.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Lawson’s Finest
Brewers Description: Super Session #2 is designed to be a light and refreshing beer with low alcohol, yet the full hop character of a Session IPA. Go ahead, you can have more than one… Cheers!

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