Beer Review: Riverwalk Gnomad


Beer: Gnomad Farmhouse Ale
Brewer: Riverwalk Brewing Co.
Source: Bottle
Rating: **** (8.4 of 10)
Comments: Beer pours out golden with much effervesence and a thick head.  The scent is caramel with a warm, yeasty malt flavor.  The head is persistent while drinking and offers a light mouthfeel.  A nice example of the style.

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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Beer Review: Pretty Things Field Mouse’s Farewell


BeerField Mouse’s Farewell 
BrewerPretty Things Beer and Ale Project
Source: Draft in a tulip glass
Rating: *** (7 of 10)
Comments: This feels like a fancy beer with a golden orange glow and a thin head.  The aroma was sweet and spicy with some fruit, perhaps apricots?  The taste is dominated by bitter hops with a clean citrus finish.  It’s apparent from the complex flavors that this is a well-crafted beer, although I found it too bitter for my taste.

Beer Review: Mystic Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Saison


Beer: Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Saison
Brewer: Mystic Brewery
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.2 of 10)
Comments:  A limited edition farmhouse ale aged in wooden barrels once used for chardonnay from Chelsea, what could go wrong.  The beer sparkles like champagne and has the smell of apples.  The taste is crisp with a white wine / sparkling cider flavor.  It leaves a lot of lace behind on the glass.  If you want a fancy beer for a special occasion, this may be a good choice.

 

Beer Review: Harpoon Saison Various


Beer:  Saison Various
Brewer: Harpoon Brewery
Source: Draft
Rating: *** (7.5 of 10)
Comments: #47 in Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series, this saison is actually a blend of four different beers crafted by four different brewers.  The beer is a deep golden color with very little head or carbonation.  I caught a strong whiff of tropical fruit in the aroma.  The taste is sweet with hints of spice and a bready quality with a crisp finish.  It’s tasty and unique.

Beer Review: Cambridge Brewing Co. Sgt. Pepper


Beer: Sgt. Pepper Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Brewer: Cambridge Brewing Co.
Source:  22 oz. bottles
Rating: *** (7.8 of 10)
Comments: The beer is a nice cloudy copper with lots of bubbles and a foamy head. The smell and taste stand out as the peppercorns give the beer a spiciness that is unique.  It also has fruity, citrus flavors and a pleasantly spicy aftertaste.  It’s good to have something different.

Beer Review: Notch Saison


Beer: Notch Saison
Brewer: Notch Brewing
Source: 22 oz. bottle, poured in pint glass
Rating:  **(6.8 of 10)
Comments: Inspired by a style of beer once enjoyed by farm laborers, this beer is refreshing and goes down almost too easily on a beastly hot summer evening. The beer is a hazy, sunny orange with a slightly floral, hoppy aroma. The taste is simple and clean, a little spice and a little bubblegum but nothing too challenging for these temperatures. Definitely a great summer beer and a good reward for a hoeing a field.