Beer Review: Almanac Pilsner


Beer: Craft Pilsner Brewer: Almanac Beer Co.  Source: Can Rating: **** (8.5 of 10) Comments: Almanac pours out golden, yet cloudy with a lot of effervescence and a thick head.  The aroma is of fresh cut grains and citrus with a flavor of mild hops balanced with a hint of sweet cream.  There’s minimal lacing and…

Beer Review: Allagash Sixteen Counties Ale


Beer: Sixteen Counties Ale Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: **** (8.8 of 10) Comments: A golden/orange beer offering yeasty and grassy aromas.  The flavor is a complex balance of fruits, spices, yeast, and grains.  A smooth and robust beer.  I love it.   From the same brewery: 8.0 – Allagash Saison Ale 6.1 – Allagash…

Beer Review: Peak Organic IPA Evergreen 


Beer: Evergreen IPA Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Company Source: Can Rating: *** (7.7 of 10) Comments: A cloudy golden/orange in color, this beer offers an appropriately piney aroma.  The flavor is grassy with hints of spice and a hop aftertaste.  It’s basically a liquid Christmas tree, and a like it. From the same brewery: 7.5 –…

Beer Review: Riverwalk Gnomad


Beer: Gnomad Farmhouse Ale Brewer: Riverwalk Brewing Co. Source: Bottle Rating: **** (8.4 of 10) Comments: Beer pours out golden with much effervesence and a thick head.  The scent is caramel with a warm, yeasty malt flavor.  The head is persistent while drinking and offers a light mouthfeel.  A nice example of the style.

Beer Review: Baxter Pamola 


Beer: Pamola Session Ale Brewer: Baxter Brewing Co. Source: Can Rating: *** (7.7 of 10) Comments: A straw colored beer with a thin head, this beer offers the scent of fresh mown hay.  The flavor is sweet with a touch of spice.  It’s a nice balance of subtle flavors in basic ale, good to pair with…

Harpoon UFO Pumpkin


Beer: UFO Pumpkin Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: Can Rating:  **** (8.4 of 10) Comments: I am fond of Harpoons UnFiltered Offering (UFO).  I am fond of spicy pumpkin beers.  So opening this can of delight made my autumn, beer wise.  It’s a beautiful orange beer with a foamy head.  The aroma is full of spice…

Beer Review: Harpoon Flannel Friday


Beer: Flannel Friday Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: 12 oz. bottle Rating: ** (6.3 of 10) Comments: Another autumnal beer, amber in color without much head or carbonation.  The beer offers floral and caramel notes and tastes mildly hoppy with some sweet citrus. Seems like an okay beer for the season, but it doesn’t excite me…

Beer Review: Harpoon Octoberfest


Beer: Octoberfest Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: Can Rating: ** (6.7 of 10) Comments: A copper-colored beer that pours out with light carbonation and a thick head.  It offers a toffee aroma and a flavor of roasted grain, caramel, and mild hops on the aftertaste.  The head evaporates swiftly making the beer look flat.  It’s drinkable, inoffensive.  A…

Beer Review: Goose IPA


Beer: India Pale Ale Brewer:  Goose Island Beer Company Source: Draft Rating:  ***(7.4  of 10) Comments: I generally shy away from IPAs, but apparently I’ve listened to Sound Opinions enough times to give Chicago’s flagship craft beer a try.  This copper ale had a thin head and a grainy, floral aroma.  The taste was a…

Beer Review: Mystic Table Beer


Beer:  Table Beer Brewer: Mystic Brewery Source:  Draft Rating: ** (6.7 of 10) Comments:  A hazy golden brew with a bread crust aroma and a mild banana flavor.  It’s light, refreshing, and low alcohol and drinkable if not very exciting.  Seems like a good summer beer for people who do not like bold beer flavors.

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Otra Vez


Beer: Otra Vez Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Source: 12 oz. bottle Rating: *** (7.6 of 10) Comments: This beer is brewed with prickly pear cactus, which reminded me of the time I fell into a prickly pear cactus and since there were no tweezers handy I tried to extract the needles from my hand with…

Beer Review: Throwback Seasonal Spicy Bohemian


Beer: Spicy Bohemian Brewer: Throwback Brewery Source: Draft Rating: *** (7.5 of 10) Comments: A straw-yellow, cloudy body, a thin head, and the scent of mellow malts offer no warning of what’s to come.  This beer is SPICY!!! hot with jalapeno goodness.  This is the Tabasco sauce of beer!  Good stuff, and more than a…

Beer Review: Allagash Fluxus 2015


Beer:  Fluxus 2015 Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company  Source: Draft Rating: **** ( 8.6 of 10) Comments:  A golden hazy brew with a pinky-width head, Fluxus gives off a sweet strawberry aroma. The taste is reminiscent of a hard candy, as if Jolly Rancher made beer. Thick lace clings to the glass after consuming. It’s not…

Beer Reviews: 21st Ammendment Toaster Pastry


Beer: Toaster Pastry India-Style Red Ale Brewer: 21st Ammendment Brewery Source: Draft Rating: **** ( 8.0 of 10) Comments: Beer pours with a gorgeous amber color, but no much head or carbornation.  Fruit and malts are apparent in the nose.  The taste is a balance of sweet and bitter with wood, nut, and strawberry favors….

Beer Review: Harpoon Trippel


Beer: Trippel Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: Bottle Rating: ** (6.9 of 10) Comments:  Harpoon’s version of a Belgian Trappist ale is golden, a bit cloudy, and effervescent.  The aroma is clove and musty grains.  The taste is a mix of bananas, apricots, and spices.  The beer leaves not lacing and the head evaporates quickly as…

Harpoon Sticke Alt


Beer: Sticke Alt Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: Bottle Rating: *** (7 of 10) Comments: Another product of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series celebrates a recent trip of staff to Germany. This beer is a reddish-brown with lots of carbonation looking all the world like a root beer. The aroma is sweet too, chocolate with some…

Beer Review: Stone Citrusy Wit


Beer: Citrusy Wit Brewer: Stone Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: **** (8 of 10) Comments: On tap at Saus in Boston, this is a good beer to accompany Belgian specialties.  The beer appears cloudy and orange with a foamy head.  The citrus is strong with this one from the muted orange peel aroma to the…

Beer Review: Beer Works Zwickel Stick


Beer: Zwickel Stick Brewer: Beer Works Source: Cask conditioned Rating: *** (7.9 of 10) Comments: This cask conditioned German unfiltered lager was on tap at the Boston Beer Works on Canal Street on Independence Day weekend.  It’s a honey colored beer with a finger-width head.  The aroma is mildly grainy and grassy, while the flavor…

Beer Review: Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale


Beer: Ellie’s Brown Ale Brewer:  Avery Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating:  **** (8.1 of 10) Comments: Enjoyed a pint of this Colorado craft brew at Bella Luna on Father’s Day.  No surprise given the name, but this is a chestnut-brown ale with a buff head.  It offers a sweet caramel aroma and creamy malts are prominent…

Beer Review: Jack’s Abby House Lager


Beer: House Lager Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing Source: Can Rating: *** (7.9 of 10) Comments: A sparkly golden beer with a fresh cut grass aroma, this lager has a grain flavor with a balance of sweet malts.  It’s basically a beer’s beer, and it’s delightful