Harpoon UFO Pumpkin


Beer: UFO Pumpkin
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Source: Can
Rating:  **** (8.4 of 10)
Comments:

I am fond of Harpoons UnFiltered Offering (UFO).  I am fond of spicy pumpkin beers.  So opening this can of delight made my autumn, beer wise.  It’s a beautiful orange beer with a foamy head.  The aroma is full of spice which also infuses that flavor, balanced with sweet malts.  Delicious!

 

From the same brewery:

Beer Review: Throwback Seasonal Spicy Bohemian


Beer: Spicy Bohemian
Brewer: Throwback Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.5 of 10)
Comments: A straw-yellow, cloudy body, a thin head, and the scent of mellow malts offer no warning of what’s to come.  This beer is SPICY!!! hot with jalapeno goodness.  This is the Tabasco sauce of beer!  Good stuff, and more than a novelty.  It pairs well with food.

Beer Review: Allagash Fluxus 2015


Beer:  Fluxus 2015

Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company 

Source: Draft

Rating: **** ( 8.6 of 10)

Comments:  A golden hazy brew with a pinky-width head, Fluxus gives off a sweet strawberry aroma. The taste is reminiscent of a hard candy, as if Jolly Rancher made beer. Thick lace clings to the glass after consuming. It’s not as sweet as my description would make it sound but it makes a good dessert beer. 

Beer Review: Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale


Beer: Ellie’s Brown Ale
Brewer:  Avery Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating:  **** (8.1 of 10)
Comments: Enjoyed a pint of this Colorado craft brew at Bella Luna on Father’s Day.  No surprise given the name, but this is a chestnut-brown ale with a buff head.  It offers a sweet caramel aroma and creamy malts are prominent in the flavor, with a roasted coffee finish.  Lots of lacing on the glass.  This is yummy good stuff.

 

 

Beer Review: Jack’s Abby House Lager


Beer: House Lager
Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Source: Can
Rating: *** (7.9 of 10)
Comments: A sparkly golden beer with a fresh cut grass aroma, this lager has a grain flavor with a balance of sweet malts.  It’s basically a beer’s beer, and it’s delightful

 

Beer Review: Backlash Groundswell


Beer: Groundswell
Brewer: Backlash Beer Co.
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.3 of 10)
Comments:  This “revolutionary” beer is orangish and opaque with very little head.  The aroma is sweet and fruity and the flavor is a sweet biscuit with citrus and hints of spice.  Light, frothy mouthfeel, and no lacing.  It’s a nice flavor, with a warming aftertaste.

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Beer Review: Shabadoo Black & Tan


BeerShabadoo Black & Tan
Brewer: Berkshire Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.5 of 10)
Comments:

A mix of Hoosac Tunnel Amber Ale and Drayman’s Porter, this “black & tan” is chestnut-brown, cloudy, and has a minimal head.  The smell is kind of roasted molasses and the taste is sweet, brown sugar with hints of burnt toast.  The lacing is clumpy and the mouthfeel is sticky.  It’s a hearty and fortifying quaff.

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Beer Review: Long Trail Unearthed Stout


BeerUnearthed Stout
BrewerLong Trail Brewing Co.
Source: Draft
Rating: **** (8.5  of 10)
Comments:

Wow!  This is a terrific stout.  The beer is chocolate-brown with a buff head.  There are also notes of chocolate in the aroma.  No pun intended, but the taste is earthy and rich with a sweet aftertaste.  Lovely lacing on the glass.  This is a brilliant beer from a great brewery!

From the same brewer:

Beer Review: Victory Hop Devil


Beer: Hop Devil IPA
Brewer:  Victory Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating:  * (5.6 of 10)
Comments:

This beer is copper-colored, and pours out with no head and kind of a flat appearance.  There’s a sweet toffee aroma and despite the name a rather malty and piney taste, before a mildly bitter aftertaste.  There’s light lacing and a medium mouthfeel.  Kind of a boring beer with no complexity.

Beer Reviews: Trapp Pilsner


BeerBohemian Pilsner
Brewer: Von Trapp Brewing
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.1 of 10)
Comments: A golden, sparkling beer with a musty grain and spice aroma.  The taste is of biscuits, but bitter around the edges.  No lace and no head quickly after you start drinking, just yummy basic Pilsner flavor.

 

Beer Reviews: Whetstone Prime Porter


Beer: Prime Porter
BrewerWhetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7 of 10)
Comments:

Another Brattleboro exclusive, this porter is jet black with a thin ahead and the aroma of roast coffee. The flavor is velvety milk chocolate.  The glass is lacey although the head dissipates.  Overall: yum.

Beer Reviews: Whetstone WIPA Snappa


Beer: WIPA Snappa
BrewerWhetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
Source:  Draft
Rating: *** (7.3 of 10)
Comments: The first of a couple of beers from this experimental brewpub in Brattleboro, VT.  It’s a cloudy, straw-colored beer with light carbonation and a thin head.  The aroma is a mix of grapefruit and sweet pastry, while the flavor includes lemon drops and rye bread.  It has a thin mouthfeel and leaves whispy lace on the glass.  Whatever it is, it works!

 

 

Beer Reviews: Peak Organic Super Fresh


Beer: Super Fresh
Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.7 of 10)
Comments:  This is a hazy orange beer with a finger-width head.  The aroma is floral with apricot.  The taste is bready with some citrus and spice and a grapefruit aftertaste.  There’s a nice balance and interesting complexity, but too much on the bitter side for me.

 

Beer Review: Peak Organic Fresh Cut (Can)


Beer: Peak Organic Fresh Cut
Brewer: Peak Organic Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. can
Rating: ** (6 of 10)
Comments: This is a summertime beer that looks like golden sunshine with a bit of haze and smells of fresh-cut grass.  The taste is hop bitterness moderated with a little pepper spice.  The head deflated quickly and the beer has a thin mouthfeel.  This beer is bit too much on the bitter side for my taste but is a good summertime beer.

Curiously, I’ve reviewed this beer before from a bottle and liked it more then.

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Beer Review: Narragansett Del’s Shandy


BeerNarragansett Del’s Shandy
BrewerNarragansett Brewing Co.
Source: 1 pint can
Rating: * (5.1 of 10)
Comments: Two of Rhode Island’s favorites, ‘Gansett Lager and Del’s frozen lemonade come together for a little bit of summer in a can.  The beer is straw-colored with little carbonation.  The aroma is a bit off-putting, kind of a mix of sour lemon and stale bread.  The lemon flavor is strong on first sip, but the beer becomes a bit bland after and leaves a sticky mouthfeel.  Overall it’s kind of bland and artificial, but it’s okay for a cheap summer drink.

Previously: Narragansett Beer

 

Beer Reviews: Notch Zen Arcade


Beer: Zen Arcade
Brewer: Notch Brewing
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.1 of 10)
Comments: A beer named for a Hüsker Dü album should be interesting.  It’s clear and caramel brown in color.  The aroma is all grapefruit, and a bitter grapefruit flavor with hints of melon.  The beer retained no head or left behind no lacing.  I’m not a fan of bitter beer or grapefruit so this is not a beer I’d like to revisit, but I acknowledge that it is a worthy effort.

Beer Reviews: Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale


Beer: Red Barn Ale
BrewerThe Lost Abbey 
Source: 1 pint, 9.4 fluid oz bottle
Rating: ** (6.7 of 10)
Comments: A golden, bubbly beer with an apricot aroma, and the flavor of a bread roll and spices with a grapefruit aftertaste.  There are clumps of lacing on the glass with a medium mouthfeel.  Not a flavor to my taste but the effort to make a balanced beer is evident

 

Beer Reviews: Smuttynose Hayseed


BeerSmuttynose Hayseed
BrewerSmuttynose Brewing Company
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.7 of 10)
Comments: This beer is a trip to the farm in a bottle.  The beer pours out golden with a matrix of tiny bubbles.  The aroma is sweet timothy and the flavor is a subtle blend of grass and pepper.  There’s minimal lacing on the glass and a light mouthfeel.

Beer Review: Notch Infinite Jest


Beer: Infinite Jest Bitter
Brewer: Notch Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.5 of 10)
Comments: A golden beer, clear & Bubbly, with a thin head.  There’s a STRONG apricot aroma.  Despite the hoppiness, the beer is not overly bitter and maintains a citrus tang.  There’s a thin mouthfeel, and lovely lacing.  The head remains thin but sturdy.  I was worried by the scent but surprised by this solid beer.

Beer Review: The Shed Mountain Ale


Beer: Mountain Ale
Brewer: The Shed Brewery
Source: 12 oz bottle
Rating: ** (6.7 of 10)
Comments: This hearty bear seems like the type of thing to drink in a shed on a mountain on a winter’s night.  It’s a caramel-colored ale with light carbonation.  The aroma is wheat bread with a whiff of alcohol (as it is 7.40% ABV ).  The flavor is sweet and nutty with a hint of butterscotch (and real scotch when the alcohol kicks in).  There’s a kick of citrus in the aftertaste and a medium mouthfeel.  This could make a good, everyday beer especially if you like your beer sweet and malty.