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…

Beer Review: Shabadoo Black & Tan


Beer: Shabadoo 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…

Beer Review: Long Trail Unearthed Stout


Beer:  Unearthed Stout Brewer: Long 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…

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…

Beer Reviews: Trapp Pilsner


Beer: Bohemian 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 Brewer: Whetstone 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 Brewer: Whetstone 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…

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…

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…

Beer Review: Narragansett Del’s Shandy


Beer: Narragansett Del’s Shandy Brewer: Narragansett 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…

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….

Beer Reviews: Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale


Beer: Red Barn Ale Brewer: The 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…

Beer Reviews: Smuttynose Hayseed


Beer: Smuttynose Hayseed Brewer: Smuttynose 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…

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…

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%…

Beer Review: Ballast Point Wahoo White


Beer: Wahoo White Brewer: Ballast Point Brewing Company Source: 12 oz. beers Rating: **** (8.2 of 10) Comments: This is a cloudy, straw-colored beer with a bubbly, thin head.  The aroma is a fruity spice, while the taste is orange and spice with a malty happiness.  This is a spectacular beer with a nicely-balanced, mellow…

Beer Review: Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry


Beer: Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer Brewer: Samuel Smith Brewery Source: 500 ml bottle Rating: No stars (4.7 of 10) Comments: I’ve been impressed by Samuel Smith’s beers in the past, so I decided to give this unique beer a try.  The rosy red color is a pleasant surprise, but the sickly-sweet smell is a big…

Beer Review: Allagash Saison Ale


Beer: Allagash Saison Ale Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: **** (8.0 of 10) Comments: A hazy pale yellow beer with light carbonation, this Farmhouse Ale offers a peppery spice aroma with hints of herb and citrus.  The taste is a pleasant balance of spice and citrus which leaves a fruity tingle on the tongue…

Beer Review: Harpoon Pilot Coconut Porter


Beer: Pilot Coconut Porter Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.2 of 10) Comments:  This special Pilot beer, allegedly only available at the Harpoon Brewery, was on tap at the Granary Tavern in Boston.  It seemed like it would be a unique beer, and it certainly was.  As expected for a porter, it was…

Beer Review: Pretty Things Lovely St. Winefride


Beer: Lovely St. Winefride Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Source: 22 oz. bottle Rating: **** (8.0 of 10) Comments: Lovely St. Winifrede is dark & foamy.  The aroma is sweet with a whiff of alcohol.  The taste is spicy, then hoppy, with a clean finish.  The head dissipated quickly with no lacing.  …