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.
Beer: Imperial Cream Ale
Brewer: Slumbrew Brewing Company
Rating: *** (7.8 of 10)
Comments: The beer is a hazy, copper-amber color with a thin head. The nose was a faint sweet smell. There wasn’t much expectation at this point, but the taste was a pleasant surprise. True to its name it has a creamy flavor with vanilla, but not overly sweet and it goes down smoothly. The high-alcohol content also left me with a pleasant buzz.
Beer: Field Mouse’s Farewell
Brewer: Pretty 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: Attic & Eaves Toasted Brown Ale
Brewer: Slumbrew (Somerville Brewing Company)
Source: Draught (in tulip glass)
Rating: **** (8.1 of 10)
Comments: Our local Boston-area breweries continue to duke it out for a place in my beer-loving heart, and Slumbrew packs a wallop with their Autumn offering (and not just due to the 7.5% ABV). This beer is a dark brown with a thin tan head. The aromas and flavors are like a chocolate liqueur with burnt, nutty flavors. The bitterness hits the tongue for a moment but is cleared away for a crisp finish. This is a rich, tasty beer and I’ll have to try it again as the leaves begin to turn.
Beer: Our Turn, Your Turn
Brewer: Pretty Things / Yeastie Boys collaboration
Source: 22 oz bottle
Rating: *** (7.5 of 10)
Comments: Our Turn, Your Turn and as the world turns, a collaboration of the Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project of Somerville, MA and the Yeastie Boys of New Zealand. The beer is a hazy, straw color with lots of fizz. Aromas and flavors seem to be heavily influenced by the Linden flower, a type of tea that gives the beer strong earthy and floral accents. The hoppiness packs a wallop, and I generally don’t like the bitterness of hoppy beers, but this one is good enough to make an exception. All in all, an imaginative and exceptional beer.