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.
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 flavor and is a new favorite.
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 turnoff. Unfortunately, the taste is not much better, falling somewhere in-between a fruit smoothie and cough medicine. I will say that as the beer mellowed in the glass and I took a few more sips, I was able to overcome my initial revulsion, but overall this is not a beer I will try again.
Beer: Allagash Saison Ale
Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company
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 and a yeasty aftertaste. There’s not much of a head or lacing after a few sips. This is a tasty, complex beer.
Beer: Pilot Coconut Porter
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
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 a deep dark brown, although surprisingly my pint had no head and actually the beer seemed very flat (perhaps a bad pour?). I could only smell a faint hint of coconut, but it was definitely in the flavor along with a bitter dark chocolate taste and a velvety mouthfeel. The porter seemed to be strong in alcohol and more like a strange cocktail than a beer in many ways. An interesting beer experience, but not one that will go down as a favorite.
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. This is a good “meat & potatoes” beer
Beer: My Better Half
Brewer: Somerville Brewing Company
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.9 of 10)
Comments: A golden amber with very little carbonation, this caramel-scented beer has the unique flavor combination of sweet orange cream with a chocolate aftertaste. The head is thin and the lacing is erratic, but this brew is yummy.