Beer Review: Cisco Summer of Lager


Beer: Summer of Lager Brewer: Cisco Brewers Source: Can Rating: **** (8.4 of 10) Comments: Poured from a can, Summer of Lager grows a foamy head with lots of carbonation bubbling through the golden liquid. The scent is of fresh-cut grass, and the taste follows the nose with a grassy flavor followed by spicy hops…

Harpoon Camp Wannamango


Beer: Camp Wannamango Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: Draft Rating: *** (7.5 of 10) Comments: Harpoon prepares us for summer with this refreshing, light and fruity beer.  Wannamango pours out a golden color with a full head and tiny bubbles.  As the name implies, mango is strong in the aroma, although there’s some apricot too.  This…

Beer Review: Hermit Thrush Poo-Tee-Weet


Beer: Poo-Tee-Weet Brewer: Hermit Thrush Brewery Source: Draft Rating: **** (8.3 of 10) Comments: This is a unique beer with a cloudy orange appearance and a big bubbled head.  The scent offers hints of sweet citrus while the taste is a sour mash with malty, sweet biscuit aftertaste.  The mouthfeel is light and the beer leaves…

Beer Review: Portico Escher


Beer: Escher Brewer:  Portico Brewing Company Source: Draft (Cask) Rating: **** ( 8 of 10) Comments: Sampled a glass of Escher from a cask. The aroma is of raw grains and grass, while the taste is citrus with a smoothly bitter background.  Nice balance of a variety of hops.  The mouthfeel is light.  Lots of…

Beer Review: Baxter Window Seat


Beer: Window Seat Brewer: Baxter Brewing Company Source: Can Rating:  *** (7.4  of 10) Comments: Window Seat pours out a deep black with lots of bubble and a thin head.  The coconut is strong in the nose, while the taste is coconut with a prominent almond flavor and a roasted coffee aftertaste. The mouthfeel is…

Beer Review: Backlash Groundswell


Beer: Groundswell Brewer: Backlash Beer Co. Source: Draft Rating: *** (7.3 of 10) Comments:  This “revolutionary” beer is orangish and opaque with very little head.  The aroma is sweet and fruity and the flavor is a sweet biscuit with citrus and hints of spice.  Light, frothy mouthfeel, and no lacing.  It’s a nice flavor, with a…

Beer Review: Shabadoo Black & Tan


Beer: Shabadoo Black & Tan Brewer: Berkshire Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: *** (7.5 of 10) Comments: A mix of Hoosac Tunnel Amber Ale and Drayman’s Porter, this “black & tan” is chestnut-brown, cloudy, and has a minimal head.  The smell is kind of roasted molasses and the taste is sweet, brown sugar with hints of burnt…

Beer Review: Long Trail Unearthed Stout


Beer:  Unearthed Stout Brewer: Long Trail Brewing Co. Source: Draft Rating: **** (8.5  of 10) Comments: Wow!  This is a terrific stout.  The beer is chocolate-brown with a buff head.  There are also notes of chocolate in the aroma.  No pun intended, but the taste is earthy and rich with a sweet aftertaste.  Lovely lacing on…

Beer Review: Harpoon Kettle Cup Thunder Foam


Beer: Kettle Cup Thunder Foam Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: 22 ounce bottled Rating:  **** (8.0 of 10) Comments: Poured into a glass, this porter is a dark brown with a thick head with a cocoa aroma a sweet chocolaty flavor with subtle spice.   The glass has a velvety mouthfeel and leaves a spotty lacing…

Beer Review: Castle Island Candlepin Pale Ale


Beer: Candlepin Pale Ale Brewer: Castle Island Brewing Co. Source: Draft Rating:  ** (6.7 of 10) Comments: A new Massachusetts brewery from Norwood presents this APA named for the regions hardest bowling game.  It’s VERY pale, more of a straw-colored cloud with negligible head.  The aroma is apricot, a bit skunky, with a grapefruit taste…

Beer Review: Dark Horse Rain In Blood Orange Pale Ale


Beer: Rain In Blood Orange Pale Ale Brewer: Dark Horse Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.3 of 10) Comments: Orange in color with a thin head, this beer is also orange in aroma and taste.  Kind of bready, not too sweet.  There’s no lace and a light mouthfeel.  Pretty good, but I think it could…

Beer Review: Jack’s Abby Big Red Mitch


Beer: Big Red Mitch Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing Source: Draft Rating:  ** (6.9 of 10) Comments:  A different beer, a dark red almost blackish with a bitter grapefruit scent and aroma but balanced with an earthy maltiness.  There’s no lace and medium mouthfeel.  It’s different, in a good way. From the same brewer: 8.1 – Jack’s Abby…

Beer Review: Victory Hop Devil


Beer: Hop Devil IPA Brewer:  Victory Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating:  * (5.6 of 10) Comments: This beer is copper-colored, and pours out with no head and kind of a flat appearance.  There’s a sweet toffee aroma and despite the name a rather malty and piney taste, before a mildly bitter aftertaste.  There’s light lacing…

Beer Review: Boont Amber Ale


Beer: Boont Amber Ale Brewer: Anderson Valley Brewing Company Source: 12 oz can Rating: (7.5 of 10) Comments: Appropriately amber colored, this is an effervescent beer with a big, bubbly head that disspates quickly.  The aroma is grassy and rye bread, with a balance of caramel and citrus in the flavor, and a lingering hop bitterness. Light…

Beer Review: Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat


Beer:  Twisted Pretzel Wheat Brewer: Shock Top Brewing Co (Anheuser-Busch) Source:  12 oz. bottle Rating: ** (6.9 of 10) Comments: I’ve not enjoyed Shock Top beers (a craft-style wing of Anheuser-Busch) in the past but a friend highly recommends this beer so I thought I’d give it a try when I saw it at the store.  The…

Beer Review: Guinness Nitro IPA


Beer:  Nitro IPA Brewer: Guinness Ltd Source:  Draft Rating:  *** (7.7 of 10) Comments: I’ve grown tired of every craft brewery and now every commercial brewery focusing so much effort on producing and flooding the market with India Pale Ales (IPA), a style I don’t like because it often tastes like bitter grapefruit.  I question why…

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Black Harbor Stout


Beer: Black Harbor Stout Brewer: Boston Beer Company Source: Draft Rating:  **** (8.3  of 10) Comments: Poured in a brandy glass, this beer is the color of black velvet.  The scent is candied cherries or raisins, while the flavor is kind of a mulled wine crossed with coffee (in a good way).  A delicious alternative to the…

Beer Review: Long Trail Sick Day


Beer: Sick Day Brewer: Long Trail Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: **** (8.5 of 10) Comments: A copper-colored beer with a solid head, Sick Day offers up a piney nose with a nicely balanced flavor of pine, nut, bread and citrus with a slight bitterness.  There’s a luscious lacing left behind on the glass.  Long Trail does it again!…

Beer Review: Ballast Point Victory at Sea


Beer: Victory at Sea Brewer: Ballast Point Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: ****(8.4 of 10) Comments: This  Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter pours out black with a thick, cream-colored head.  The nose is chocolate and roasted coffee bean, and the taste is a rich chocolate with hints of vanilla sweetness and a bitter coffee atertaste. At 10%…

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner


Beer: Nooner Pilsner Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Source:  Can Rating: *** (7.7 of 10) Comments:  Pours a clear, golden color with lots of bubbles and a frothy head.  It offer a classic pilsner scent and taste, grainy with grass and lemons and hints of spice.  Very malty with a crisp aftertaste.   The beer…