Beer: Bo-Steam-ian Lager
Brewer: Cambridge Brewing Company
Rating: *** (7.6 of 10)
Comments: An interesting blend of beers bringing together the Czech pilsner with the California-style steam beer. The beer has a rich golden color with a bit of haziness, but not much head. The aroma is an earthy bread crust. The taste is reminiscent of sweet pasty but with a spicy, fruity tang. There’s just enough hops bitterness for balance, but not enough to overwhelm the beer. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and leaves behind a light lacing. This is a well-crafted and tasty experiment.
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Beer: Bo-Steam-ian Lager
This amber ale is a comforting cloudy copper brown. The aromas include a biscuit scent with hints of fruit. The taste is bready with a peppery finish and a sweet caramel aftertaste. It’s a well-balanced brew that fills the mouth with flavor. My kind of beer.
Brewer: Night Shift Brewing
Rating: *** (7 of 10)
Comments: A hazy orange beer, with very little head. The aroma is citrus fruit with a bit of earthy yeast. The taste is tangy with spiciness and pepper flavor, balanced with sweet toffee. The mouthfeel is light. Overall this beer has a nice farmhouse aura to it.
Beer: Peak Organic Fresh Cut
Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. can
Rating: ** (6 of 10)
Comments: This is a summertime beer that looks like golden sunshine with a bit of haze and smells of fresh-cut grass. The taste is hop bitterness moderated with a little pepper spice. The head deflated quickly and the beer has a thin mouthfeel. This beer is bit too much on the bitter side for my taste but is a good summertime beer.
Curiously, I’ve reviewed this beer before from a bottle and liked it more then.
From the same brewery:
Beer: Golden Helles
Brewer: von Trapp Brewing
Source: 12 oz bottle
Rating: **** (8.1 of 10)
Comments: The helles are alive with the sound of music! This Austrian-style lager pours out with a golden effervescence and a finger-width head. The aroma is fresh-mown grass. The taste is sweet and bready with a spicy tang. Mouthfeel is medium, and over this beer is smooth and quaffable. This is my new favorite summer beer.
Beer: Narragansett Del’s Shandy
Brewer: Narragansett 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.
Previously: Narragansett Beer
Beer: Zen Arcade
Brewer: Notch Brewing
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.