Beer Review: Almanac Pilsner


Beer: Craft Pilsner Brewer: Almanac Beer Co.  Source: Can Rating: **** (8.5 of 10) Comments: Almanac pours out golden, yet cloudy with a lot of effervescence and a thick head.  The aroma is of fresh cut grains and citrus with a flavor of mild hops balanced with a hint of sweet cream.  There’s minimal lacing and…

Beer Review: Allagash Sixteen Counties Ale


Beer: Sixteen Counties Ale Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: **** (8.8 of 10) Comments: A golden/orange beer offering yeasty and grassy aromas.  The flavor is a complex balance of fruits, spices, yeast, and grains.  A smooth and robust beer.  I love it.   From the same brewery: 8.0 – Allagash Saison Ale 6.1 – Allagash…

Beer Review: Peak Organic IPA Evergreen 


Beer: Evergreen IPA Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Company Source: Can Rating: *** (7.7 of 10) Comments: A cloudy golden/orange in color, this beer offers an appropriately piney aroma.  The flavor is grassy with hints of spice and a hop aftertaste.  It’s basically a liquid Christmas tree, and a like it. From the same brewery: 7.5 –…

Beer Review: Riverwalk Gnomad


Beer: Gnomad Farmhouse Ale Brewer: Riverwalk Brewing Co. Source: Bottle Rating: **** (8.4 of 10) Comments: Beer pours out golden with much effervesence and a thick head.  The scent is caramel with a warm, yeasty malt flavor.  The head is persistent while drinking and offers a light mouthfeel.  A nice example of the style.

Beer Review: Baxter Pamola 


Beer: Pamola Session Ale Brewer: Baxter Brewing Co. Source: Can 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…

Beer Review: Harpoon Flannel Friday


Beer: Flannel Friday Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: 12 oz. bottle Rating: ** (6.3 of 10) Comments: Another autumnal beer, amber in color without much head or carbonation.  The beer offers floral and caramel notes and tastes mildly hoppy with some sweet citrus. Seems like an okay beer for the season, but it doesn’t excite me…

Beer Review: Harpoon Octoberfest


Beer: Octoberfest Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: Can Rating: ** (6.7 of 10) Comments: A copper-colored beer that pours out with light carbonation and a thick head.  It offers a toffee aroma and a flavor of roasted grain, caramel, and mild hops on the aftertaste.  The head evaporates swiftly making the beer look flat.  It’s drinkable, inoffensive.  A…

Beer Review: Goose IPA


Beer: India Pale Ale Brewer:  Goose Island Beer Company Source: Draft Rating:  ***(7.4  of 10) Comments: I generally shy away from IPAs, but apparently I’ve listened to Sound Opinions enough times to give Chicago’s flagship craft beer a try.  This copper ale had a thin head and a grainy, floral aroma.  The taste was a…

Beer Review: Mystic Table Beer


Beer:  Table Beer Brewer: Mystic Brewery Source:  Draft Rating: ** (6.7 of 10) Comments:  A hazy golden brew with a bread crust aroma and a mild banana flavor.  It’s light, refreshing, and low alcohol and drinkable if not very exciting.  Seems like a good summer beer for people who do not like bold beer flavors.

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Otra Vez


Beer: Otra Vez Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Source: 12 oz. bottle Rating: *** (7.6 of 10) Comments: This beer is brewed with prickly pear cactus, which reminded me of the time I fell into a prickly pear cactus and since there were no tweezers handy I tried to extract the needles from my hand with…

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: 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…