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  

Beer Review: Shipyard Summer Ale


Beer: Summer Ale Brewer: Shipyard Brewing Co. Source: Can Rating: *** (7.3 of 10) Comments: A copper ale with beaucoups bubbles and a thin, but solid head.  The scent is musty cereal grains and the taste is a mellow blend of malts and yeast with a little tang.  Yummy, simple and unique.   From the Same Brewery:…

Beer Review: Leinenkugel’s Ginger Shandy


Beer: Ginger Shandy  Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing  Source: Can Rating: ** (6.8 of 10) Comments: A cloudy golden beer with a big foamy head.  Like it says on the tin, the beer smells and tastes of sharp lemon with a hint of ginger, and is very tangy. Lazy lacing lines the glass and the foamy head disappears…

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…