Posts Tagged ‘Beers’

Beer Review: Pretty Things Lovely St. Winefride

Beer: Lovely St. Winefride
Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: **** (8.0 of 10)
Comments: Lovely St. Winifrede is dark & foamy.  The aroma is sweet with a whiff of alcohol.  The taste is spicy, then hoppy, with a clean finish.  The head dissipated quickly with no lacing.   This is a good “meat & potatoes” beer

 

 

Beer Review: Slumbrew My Better Half

Beer: My Better Half
Brewer: Somerville Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.9 of 10)
Comments: A golden amber with very little carbonation, this caramel-scented beer has the unique flavor combination of sweet orange cream with a chocolate aftertaste.  The head is thin and the lacing is erratic, but this brew is yummy.

 

Beer Review: Cold Smolder Smoked Lager

Beer: Cold Smolder
Brewer: The Tap Brewing Company
Source: 22  oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.7 of 10)
Comments: A straw-colored beer with a thin head.  The “smoked” scent if faint, but it offers a toasted and pleasantly bitter flavor.  Lots of lace lines the glass post-quaffing.  A nice take on the smoked beer.

 

Beer Review: Allagash Dubbel Ale

Beer: Dubbel Ale
Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.3 of 10)
Comments: This beer pours a cloudy amber with a big-bubbled head.  There’s a whiff a caramel, and the beer is tingly then sweet.  A well-crafted, strong all-around ale.

Beer Review: CBC Big Man IPA

Beer: Big Man IPA
Brewer: Cambridge Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.2 of 10)
Comments: Not a big IPA fan, so take that into account.  This beer poured out with no head and an ice tea brown color.  There’s a sort of sweet, caramel malt aroma with hints of floral hops.  The hops packed a bitter wallop up front followed by a clean finish.  This seems like a real meat & potatoes kind of beer.

 

Beer Review: The Tap Snowbound English Old Ale

Beer: Snowbound English Old Ale
Brewer: The Tap Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.5 of 10)
Comments: This beer is designed for sipping in front of a fire in a pub on a cold winter’s eve, and it fills this role well.  It’s a dark brown beer, with a thin head, and lots of bubbles.  The aroma is malty with a red wine scent.  The taste is very malty with hints of burnt chocolate and raisins.  The beer leaves light lacing on the glass.

 

Beer Review: Maine Beer Company MO

Beer: MO
Brewer: Maine Beer Company
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.2 of 10)
Comments: I tried this beer on-tap at the Dogwood Cafe.  It pours out with a golden amber, no head or no carbonation.  It has a faint citrus aroma and a lot of hop bitterness and graininess in the flavor, with more hints of fruit.  There is light lacing on the glass after drinking.  I thought it was ok, but this style is not my favorite.

Beer Review: High & Mighty Purity of Essence

Beer: Purity of Essence
Brewer: High & Mighty Beer Co. 
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.4 of 10)
Comments: Solid gold without much carbonation or a head. The aroma is doughy and the flavor is front-loaded with hops followed by spice.  For a hoppy lager, it is light enough to quaff.

 

 

Beer Review: Rising Tide Daymark

Beer: Daymark
Brewer: Rising Tide Brewing
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.6 of 10)
Comments:  This is the first beer I sampled from the January selection of the City Feed & Supply New England Craft Beer Share.  This American Pale Ale is the flagship of the Portland, ME  brewery.  The beer presents as a hazy, tangerine orange with lots of tiny bubbles.  The aroma is grassy and spicy.  The flavor is bitter with a tingly kick and a spicy aftertaste.  After drinking there is splotchy lacing and still a lot of bubbles with a lot of foam left behind.  This is a complex and unique beer and definitely one I’d like to try again.

My wife Susan adds that the likes the aftertaste and that the froth is kind of nice.

According to my City Feed notes, “The rye is malted by Valley Malt, a malthouse in Hadley, MA (and one of the only malthouses this side of the Mississippi River) especially for Rising Tide.”

Beer Review: Harpoon Winter Warmer

Beer: Winter Warmer
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.4 of 10)
Comments: Boston’s best brewery presents this seasonal beer each winter.  The beer pours a deep copper color and gives off a musty caramel aroma with a hint of spice.  The taste is malty sweet with a whiskey finish.  The dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.  Otherwise a nice, warming beer for the season

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