Archive for the ‘Beer Reviews’ Category

Beer Review: Narragansett Del’s Shandy

BeerNarragansett Del’s Shandy
BrewerNarragansett Brewing Co.
Source: 1 pint can
Rating: * (5.1 of 10)
Comments: Two of Rhode Island’s favorites, ‘Gansett Lager and Del’s frozen lemonade come together for a little bit of summer in a can.  The beer is straw-colored with little carbonation.  The aroma is a bit off-putting, kind of a mix of sour lemon and stale bread.  The lemon flavor is strong on first sip, but the beer becomes a bit bland after and leaves a sticky mouthfeel.  Overall it’s kind of bland and artificial, but it’s okay for a cheap summer drink.

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Beer Reviews: Notch Zen Arcade

Beer: Zen Arcade
Brewer: Notch Brewing
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.1 of 10)
Comments: A beer named for a Hüsker Dü album should be interesting.  It’s clear and caramel brown in color.  The aroma is all grapefruit, and a bitter grapefruit flavor with hints of melon.  The beer retained no head or left behind no lacing.  I’m not a fan of bitter beer or grapefruit so this is not a beer I’d like to revisit, but I acknowledge that it is a worthy effort.

Beer Reviews: Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale

Beer: Red Barn Ale
BrewerThe Lost Abbey 
Source: 1 pint, 9.4 fluid oz bottle
Rating: ** (6.7 of 10)
Comments: A golden, bubbly beer with an apricot aroma, and the flavor of a bread roll and spices with a grapefruit aftertaste.  There are clumps of lacing on the glass with a medium mouthfeel.  Not a flavor to my taste but the effort to make a balanced beer is evident

 

Beer Reviews: Smuttynose Hayseed

BeerSmuttynose Hayseed
BrewerSmuttynose Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.7 of 10)
Comments: This beer is a trip to the farm in a bottle.  The beer pours out golden with a matrix of tiny bubbles.  The aroma is sweet timothy and the flavor is a subtle blend of grass and pepper.  There’s minimal lacing on the glass and a light mouthfeel.

Beer Review: Jack’s Abby Sunny Ridge

Beer: Sunny Ridge Pilsner
Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Source: 12 oz bottle
Rating: **** (8.1 of 10)
Comments: A beautiful golden beer full of busy little bubbles. The aroma is grassy and the taste has that pilsner tang of citrus and biscuits.  There’s light lacing on the glass and a light mouthfeel.  Very crisp and refreshing. This is a good interpretation of a classic beer style.

 

Beer Review: Notch Infinite Jest

Beer: Infinite Jest Bitter
Brewer: Notch Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.5 of 10)
Comments: A golden beer, clear & Bubbly, with a thin head.  There’s a STRONG apricot aroma.  Despite the hoppiness, the beer is not overly bitter and maintains a citrus tang.  There’s a thin mouthfeel, and lovely lacing.  The head remains thin but sturdy.  I was worried by the scent but surprised by this solid beer.

Beer Review: Jack’s Abby Cee-Lo

Beer: Cee-Lo
Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.2 of 10)
Comments:  Although this beer does not seem to exist on the web, I swear that I did quaff a pint at a local pub recently. It’s a golden, clear and bubbly with a thin head. The aroma is a light, bready scent. The taste is sweet and creamy at first followed by bitter hops. There’s a medium mouthfeel and significant lacing on the glass. It’s a good beer and warms as you go.

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