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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.

Beer Review: Peak Organic Citrus Saison

Beer: Citrus Saison
Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.8 of 10)
Comments: Getting ready for spring with this shandy-esque beer from Peak Organic.  The beer is a very light golden/straw color with LOTS of carbonation and a thick head.  The aroma is strong on lemon with hints of wheat.  Flavor is sour lemon with a bit of grapefruit but no too bitter.  The beer has a light mouthfeel, and settles down to a thing head with spotty lacing. A unique flavor and change of pace for me.

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Beer Review: The Shed Mountain Ale

Beer: Mountain Ale
Brewer: The Shed Brewery
Source: 12 oz bottle
Rating: ** (6.7 of 10)
Comments: This hearty bear seems like the type of thing to drink in a shed on a mountain on a winter’s night.  It’s a caramel-colored ale with light carbonation.  The aroma is wheat bread with a whiff of alcohol (as it is 7.40% ABV ).  The flavor is sweet and nutty with a hint of butterscotch (and real scotch when the alcohol kicks in).  There’s a kick of citrus in the aftertaste and a medium mouthfeel.  This could make a good, everyday beer especially if you like your beer sweet and malty.

 

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Boston 375 Colonial Ale

Beer: Boston 375 Colonial Ale
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Source: Growler
Rating: *** (7.5 of 10)
Comments: On my recent tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery, I picked up a growler of this beer not widely available elsewhere.  It is a cloudy, dark brown beer with a big, bubbly head.  It has a sweet yeasty aroma with maybe a hint of orange.  The flavor is of sweet cream and a nutty smoked taste with a medium mouthful.  The head dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lacing.  This is a tasty beer and one that does Boston proud.

 

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

BeerSamuel Adams Rebel IPA 
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.6 of 10)
Comments: Rebel IPA is amber-colored with a good-looking head, but not much visible carbonation.  The aroma is piney, and the flavor offers spicy grapefruit with an apricot aftertaste and a medium mouthfeel.  The beer leaves lovely lacing on the glass.  I’m not a fan of overly hoppy beers, and there seems to be an arms race to make the most bitter beer these days, but Samuel Adams has done a great job of extracting the best from the hops in this nicely balanced beer.

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