Beer Review: Harpoon Cambridge Uncommon

Beer: Cambridge Uncommon (100 Barrel Series, session #51)
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.8 of 10)
Comments:  These limited edition Harpoon beers are often brilliant, I wish they were around longer.  Batch 51’s official description: “This hybrid style balances IPA aromatics with a classic Pilsner base. Czech tradition meets American hops.” The beer is golden and bubbly with a grassy aroma, and a grainy orange flavor balanced with bitter.  I like it.  Get it while it lasts.

Beer Review: Pretty Things American Darling

Beer: American Darling – Good Time Lager
Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Source: 22 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass
Rating: *** (7.0 of 10)
Comments: Another beer from my new favorite local brewery.  It’s a lovely golden beer with a thick head, a grainy aroma, and tastes like a crisp pilsener with bready flavors and grassy hops.  After sipping the glass is lightly laced and the head sustains.  Lager is not my favorite style but this is lager done right.


Beer Review: High & Mighty Purity of Essence

Beer: Purity of Essence lager
Brewer: High & Mighty Beer Co.
Source: 650 ml bottle, poured in a pint glass
Rating: ** (6.8 of 10)
Comments: Lager is an ordinary beer, at least in the United States, and this tastes like an ordinary lager.  That’s no slight as it’s seemingly easy to make crappy lagers as our commercial brewers put forth.  It’s a golden beer with a thick, bubbly head.  The smell and taste are hoppy and plain, in a good way.  It gets a little sticky towards the end.  In the end, not a bad beer, but probably not one I’ll be coming back for.  Still, if you like lagers, check this one out.