Archive for the ‘Beer Reviews’ Category

Beer Review: Ballast Point Wahoo White

Beer: Wahoo White
Brewer: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. beers
Rating: **** (8.2 of 10)
Comments: This is a cloudy, straw-colored beer with a bubbly, thin head.  The aroma is a fruity spice, while the taste is orange and spice with a malty happiness.  This is a spectacular beer with a nicely-balanced, mellow flavor and is a new favorite.

 

Beer Review: Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry

Beer: Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer
Brewer: Samuel Smith Brewery
Source: 500 ml bottle
Rating: No stars (4.7 of 10)
Comments: I’ve been impressed by Samuel Smith’s beers in the past, so I decided to give this unique beer a try.  The rosy red color is a pleasant surprise, but the sickly-sweet smell is a big turnoff.  Unfortunately, the taste is not much better, falling somewhere in-between a fruit smoothie and cough medicine.  I will say that as the beer mellowed in the glass and I took a few more sips, I was able to overcome my initial revulsion, but overall this is not a beer I will try again.

Beer Review: Allagash Saison Ale

BeerAllagash Saison Ale
Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: **** (8.0 of 10)
Comments: A hazy pale yellow beer with light carbonation, this Farmhouse Ale offers a peppery spice aroma with hints of herb and citrus.  The taste is a pleasant balance of spice and citrus which leaves a fruity tingle on the tongue and a yeasty aftertaste.  There’s not much of a head or lacing after a few sips.  This is a tasty, complex beer.

 

Beer Review: Leinenkugel’s Big Butt Doppelbock

2015/01/img_0042.jpg Beer: Big Butt Doppelbock
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.0 of 10)
Comments: I like this beer, and a I cannot lie.  Well, punning aside, it’s an okay beer.  It’s a nice dark mahogany with a creamy head.  The scent is bready, and the beer has a dry roasted flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and the flavor not too strong, but it’s drinkable.  Leinenkugel beers kind tend to be good, but not great, and this is no exception.

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.

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