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Beer Review: Peak Organic Fresh Cut

BeerPeak Organic Fresh Cut
BrewerPeak Organic Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.5 of 10)
Comments: Hoppy.  But pleasantly so.  Straw-colored, bubbly and foamy, Fresh Cut has a grassy/grainy aroma with a spicy/hoppy flavor.  I like it.

 

Beer Review: Wayerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Beer: Imperial Pumpkin Ale
BrewerWeyerbacher Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: **** (8.0 of 10)
Comments: Enjoyed a pint of this during prime pumpkin ale season and it is among the best of its type.  Pouring an amber orange, the beer gives off a sweet cinnamon scent.  The flavor is clearly pumpkin with ginger, and a strong taste of alcohol to boot (it is 8% ABV).  A yummy treat.

 

Beer Review: Harpoon Cambridge Uncommon

Beer: Cambridge Uncommon (100 Barrel Series, session #51)
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.8 of 10)
Comments:  These limited edition Harpoon beers are often brilliant, I wish they were around longer.  Batch 51’s official description: “This hybrid style balances IPA aromatics with a classic Pilsner base. Czech tradition meets American hops.” The beer is golden and bubbly with a grassy aroma, and a grainy orange flavor balanced with bitter.  I like it.  Get it while it lasts.

Beer Review: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Beer: Sculpin IPA
Brewer: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Source: 12 fl. oz. can
Rating: ** (6.6 of 10)
Comments: Poured from a can into a jam jar (not your usual presentation), this beer appears cloudy orange with a thick, big bubble head.  The aroma is a musty apricot, with apricot, mango, peach and other fruit flavors balancing out the typical IPA bitterness.  A nice, well-rounded beer

Beer Review: Harpoon Pilot Coconut Porter

Beer: Pilot Coconut Porter
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.2 of 10)
Comments:  This special Pilot beer, allegedly only available at the Harpoon Brewery, was on tap at the Granary Tavern in Boston.  It seemed like it would be a unique beer, and it certainly was.  As expected for a porter, it was a deep dark brown, although surprisingly my pint had no head and actually the beer seemed very flat (perhaps a bad pour?).  I could only smell a faint hint of coconut, but it was definitely in the flavor along with a bitter dark chocolate taste and a velvety mouthfeel.  The porter seemed to be strong in alcohol and more like a strange cocktail than a beer in many ways.  An interesting beer experience, but not one that will go down as a favorite.

Beer Review: Ommegang Rare Vos

Beer: Rare Vos
Brewer: Brewery Ommegang
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.8 of 10)

Comments: A yummy beer enjoyed on draft at the Doubleday Cafe in Cooperstown, NY.  A golden amber brew with a floral aroma, the beer has a bready, malt flavor with spices and hints of fruit, like apricot.  A very well-crafted and quaffable beer with ineffable qualities.

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Beer Review: Yuengling Traditional Lager

Beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager
Brewer: Yuengling Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: * (5.2 of 10)
Comments: Yuengling has long been a sentimental favorite.  First, the Yuengling Brewery is based in the same Pennsylvania county where by grandparents lived when I was a child.  Second, when I came of age in Virginia and began drinking beer regularly, Yuengling was a standard.  I’ve missed it since I moved to Massachusetts and was happy to see it reintroduced to the commonwealth this year.  So, recently when a friend and I went to a swanky bar in the South End, I saw that Yuengling was on tap (and furthermore was the only reasonably priced beer on tap).  And …. it wasn’t as good as I remembered.  The flavor isn’t strong and the aroma is tad skunky.  That being said, for the price it’s a decent quaff on a hot day.  So, I’ll add this back to my list of cheap beer standbys.

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