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…

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: 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…

Beer Review: Jack’s Abby Big Red Mitch


Beer: Big Red Mitch Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing Source: Draft Rating:  ** (6.9 of 10) Comments:  A different beer, a dark red almost blackish with a bitter grapefruit scent and aroma but balanced with an earthy maltiness.  There’s no lace and medium mouthfeel.  It’s different, in a good way. From the same brewer: 8.1 – Jack’s Abby…

Beer Review: Boont Amber Ale


Beer: Boont Amber Ale Brewer: Anderson Valley Brewing Company Source: 12 oz can Rating: (7.5 of 10) Comments: Appropriately amber colored, this is an effervescent beer with a big, bubbly head that disspates quickly.  The aroma is grassy and rye bread, with a balance of caramel and citrus in the flavor, and a lingering hop bitterness. Light…

Beer Review: Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat


Beer:  Twisted Pretzel Wheat Brewer: Shock Top Brewing Co (Anheuser-Busch) Source:  12 oz. bottle Rating: ** (6.9 of 10) Comments: I’ve not enjoyed Shock Top beers (a craft-style wing of Anheuser-Busch) in the past but a friend highly recommends this beer so I thought I’d give it a try when I saw it at the store.  The…

Beer Review: Guinness Nitro IPA


Beer:  Nitro IPA Brewer: Guinness Ltd Source:  Draft Rating:  *** (7.7 of 10) Comments: I’ve grown tired of every craft brewery and now every commercial brewery focusing so much effort on producing and flooding the market with India Pale Ales (IPA), a style I don’t like because it often tastes like bitter grapefruit.  I question why…

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Black Harbor Stout


Beer: Black Harbor Stout Brewer: Boston Beer Company Source: Draft Rating:  **** (8.3  of 10) Comments: Poured in a brandy glass, this beer is the color of black velvet.  The scent is candied cherries or raisins, while the flavor is kind of a mulled wine crossed with coffee (in a good way).  A delicious alternative to the…