Beer: Pamola Session Ale
Brewer: Baxter Brewing Co.
Rating: *** (7.7 of 10)
Comments: A straw colored beer with a thin head, this beer offers the scent of fresh mown hay. The flavor is sweet with a touch of spice. It’s a nice balance of subtle flavors in basic ale, good to pair with spicy food.
From the same brewery:
Beer: Camp Wannamango
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
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 is beer akin to a fruit spritzer, effervescent on the tongue and sweet with just a hint of bitter grapefruit. Lots of lacing a sustained thin head even after quaffing. This is good stuff!
Brewer: Portico Brewing Company
Source: Draft (Cask)
Rating: **** ( 8 of 10)
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 lace on the glass. This beer is tasty and brings me to my happy place.
Beer: Candlepin Pale Ale
Brewer: Castle Island Brewing Co.
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 that balances the bitter with a palatable, bready aftertaste. The beer leaves light lacing and sticky mouthfeel. Better than expected!
Beer: Rain In Blood Orange Pale Ale
Brewer: Dark Horse Brewing Company
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 be a bit stronger in flavor.
From the same brewer:
Beer: Shackmeister Ale
Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Rating: ** (6.2 of 10)
Comments: The house beer at the Shake Shack pours a beautiful amber color with lots of bubbles. The smell is sweet with fresh grains and the flavor is a malty caramel that sits somewhere between a frat house and summer in the Adirondacks. Yummy, and good with a shroomburger.
Brewer: Maine Beer Company
Rating: ** (6.2 of 10)
Comments: I tried this beer on-tap at the Dogwood Cafe. It pours out with a golden amber, no head or no carbonation. It has a faint citrus aroma and a lot of hop bitterness and graininess in the flavor, with more hints of fruit. There is light lacing on the glass after drinking. I thought it was ok, but this style is not my favorite.
Beer: Samuel Adams New Albion Ale
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: **** (8.0 of 10)
Comments: This beer is a recreation of one of the earliest craft beers brewed 40 years ago by Jack McAuliffe whose New Albion brewery had to close up shop in 1982. It’s a bright golden beer with a thick head and grassy/citrus aroma. The flavor is sharp with an orange and hints of malt sweetness. The head thins out quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. This is an easy beer to drink and I hope it sticks around this time.
Brewer: Rising Tide Brewing
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.6 of 10)
Comments: This is the first beer I sampled from the January selection of the City Feed & Supply New England Craft Beer Share. This American Pale Ale is the flagship of the Portland, ME brewery. The beer presents as a hazy, tangerine orange with lots of tiny bubbles. The aroma is grassy and spicy. The flavor is bitter with a tingly kick and a spicy aftertaste. After drinking there is splotchy lacing and still a lot of bubbles with a lot of foam left behind. This is a complex and unique beer and definitely one I’d like to try again.
My wife Susan adds that the likes the aftertaste and that the froth is kind of nice.
According to my City Feed notes, “The rye is malted by Valley Malt, a malthouse in Hadley, MA (and one of the only malthouses this side of the Mississippi River) especially for Rising Tide.”
Beer: Comet Tail Pale Ale
Brewer: Blue Hills Brewery
Source: 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle
Rating: ** (6.0 of 10)
Comments: The beer is orange/brown with a lot of sediment floating around making it appear much like the come tail of its name. Not too much aroma and a malty flavor with some fruity hints. Not too bad but not too great either.