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…

Beer Review: Long Trail Sick Day


Beer: Sick Day Brewer: Long Trail Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: **** (8.5 of 10) Comments: A copper-colored beer with a solid head, Sick Day offers up a piney nose with a nicely balanced flavor of pine, nut, bread and citrus with a slight bitterness.  There’s a luscious lacing left behind on the glass.  Long Trail does it again!…

Beer Review: Ballast Point Victory at Sea


Beer: Victory at Sea Brewer: Ballast Point Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: ****(8.4 of 10) Comments: This  Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter pours out black with a thick, cream-colored head.  The nose is chocolate and roasted coffee bean, and the taste is a rich chocolate with hints of vanilla sweetness and a bitter coffee atertaste. At 10%…

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner


Beer: Nooner Pilsner Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Source:  Can Rating: *** (7.7 of 10) Comments:  Pours a clear, golden color with lots of bubbles and a frothy head.  It offer a classic pilsner scent and taste, grainy with grass and lemons and hints of spice.  Very malty with a crisp aftertaste.   The beer…

Beer Review: Magic Hat Single Chair


Beer: Single Chair Golden Ale Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing Company  Source: 12 oz. bottle  Rating: ** (6.6 of 10) Comments: This effervescent golden ale has scent of lemongrass, and the taste of lemon and honey with a grainy aftertaste. The flavor is not strong and the mouthfeel is light. Despite the ski lift on the…

Beer Review: Ommegang Three-Eyed Raven


Beer: Game Of Thrones: Three-Eyed Raven Brewer: Brewery Ommegang Source: 750ml bottles Rating: *** (6.6 of 10) Comments: This is a Game of Thrones themed beer so there was a chance that drinking it would lead to choking, convulsions, and turning a deep shade of purple, but luckily that didn’t happen.  I actually found the…

Beer Review: Couch Surfer Oatmeal Stout 


Beer:  Couch Surfer Oatmeal Stout Brewer: Otter Creek Brewing Source: Draft Rating: **** (8 of 10) Comments:  A dark black beer with a buff head, this beer has a sweet and creamy aroma and flavor with chocolatey taste a hint of coffee bean in the aftertaste.  The head persists and coats that glass with some nice lacing….

Beer Review: Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout


Beer: Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company Source: 650 ml. bottle Rating: ****  (8.4 of 10) Comments: Cryptozoology is a big thing in my household, so I hoped it would pair well with beer.  No worries as the big Yeti bottle pours out a midnight black with a thick and foamy head….

Beer Review: Tasty Ale


Beer: Tasty Ale Brewer: Boston Beer Company Source: Draft Rating: ( of 10) Comments: Served in a frosty mug at Tasty Burger, this golden beer holds a thin foamy head with a mild grassy aroma.  The flavor is grainy with malt sweetness, but I think much of the flavor is deadened by the iced glass….

Beer Review: Breckenridge Vanilla Porter


Beer: Vanilla Porter Brewer: Breckenridge Brewery Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.6 of 10) Comments: Beer pours out chocolate brown with a buff head. As advertised in the name it has a sweet vanilla aroma and flavor. Other flavors are muted. Seems like a unique idea, but it offers nothing exciting.

2015 Beer in Review


This will be sweet and simple (and sometimes hoppy and complex).  A list of the ten best beers I tried for the first time in 2015.  See my full list of beer reviews for more. 8.2 – Ballast Point Wahoo White  8.1 – Jacks Abby Sunny Ridge 8.1 – Von Trapp Golden Helles 8.1 –…

Beer Review: Rising Tide Ishmael


Beer: Ishmael Brewer: Rising Tide Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: (6.8 of 10) Comments: This beer pours out with a deep amber color and a thin head.  The aroma is a sweet, bready caramel with a mild flavor that follows the nose. Medium mouthfeel, no lace, no head leftover.  A plain ordinary beer.  I like it….

Beer Review: Lagunitas Brown Shugga Ale


Beer: Brown Shugga Ale Brewer:  Lagunitas Brewing Company Source: Draft in a tulip glass Rating: **** (8.1 of 10) Comments:  This beer pours out a pleasant dark amber color with a pinky-width head.  The aroma is sweet with hints of grass and spice.  The flavor is complex – juicy fruit, brown sugar, and a touch of…