Posts Tagged ‘Beer’

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: 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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Photopost: Samuel Adams Brewery Tour

I’ve lived in metro-Boston for close to 17 years, 8 of those in Jamaica Plain, and I’d never taken the Samuel Adams Brewery Tour. I decided to address this omission on a recent Friday when I’d taken a day off from work. I don’t know what the brewery is like in the high season, but on a random Friday afternoon in snow-encrusted Boston, there were still more than 30 people in my tour group.

Those in the know that while Samuel Adams is advertised as a Boston beer, the majority of the beer is brewed at contract breweries out-of-state. The Jamaica Plain facility is primarily a research and development facility with small batches brewed for local clients (such as Doyle’s Cafe). Thus the brewery is pretty small and the tour rather short in distance. Our guide offered a wealth of knowledge on the brewing process, passing around hops to rub into our hands and samples of malts to chew on. We also saw the big tanks that the beer goes through in the brewing process.

Not much happening there, so we went to a tasting room to sample some fresh Samuel Adams beers. The beers on tap included the flagship Boston Lager, Cold Snap white ale, and Chocolate Bock. After generous samples, we were invited to visit the gift shop where more beer was on sale, including unique brews not available elsewhere. I will have to not wait so long for my next visit, or at least swing by the gift shop when looking for a special beer.

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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.

Beer Review: Peak Organic Pomegranate Wheat Ale

Beer: Peak Organic Pomegranate Wheat Ale
Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: ***(7 of 10)
Comments: A copper-colored, sparkling beer with a juicy fruit aroma, the Pomegranate Wheat Ale offers a spicy coriander flavor up front followed by a sweet bread and fruit taste.  It’s a mellow beer with a nice balance of sweet and spicy flavors, with neither too strong.

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