Posts Tagged ‘Beer’

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.

Book Review:The Bluffer’s Guide to Beer by Jonathan Goodall

Author: Jonathan Goodall
TitleThe Bluffer’s Guide to Beer
Publication Info: Bluffer’s (2013)
Summary/Review:I received this ebook through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program.  Presented as a guide to faking knowledge among beer snobs, this book presents a snapshot of the beer brewing process, insights into different beer cultures around the world, and a bit about each of the most notable styles of beer.  It’s full of fun facts and suggestions for enjoying new types of beer.  While full of comical suggestions on how one might interject beer facts into conversation, this book is actually full of a lot more detail than I’d ever remember (especially if I’d been drinking for a while). It makes a good introduction to beer and beer culture.

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Rating: **1/2

Beer Review: Leinenkugel’s Big Butt Doppelbock

2015/01/img_0042.jpg Beer: Big Butt Doppelbock
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.0 of 10)
Comments: I like this beer, and a I cannot lie.  Well, punning aside, it’s an okay beer.  It’s a nice dark mahogany with a creamy head.  The scent is bready, and the beer has a dry roasted flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and the flavor not too strong, but it’s drinkable.  Leinenkugel beers kind tend to be good, but not great, and this is no exception.

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