Redhook Longhammer IPA

Redhook Ale Brewery, Seattle, WA; Portsmouth, NH 6.2% ABV Hazy dark gold in color with a strong hoppy smell.  Light in body but hoppy: lighter than many Pale Ales that we have reviewed.  Bitter but not astringent.  A very easy to drink IPA: Father Jack’s go-to opening beer at a bar for years. Would we…

Redhook ESB

Redhook Ale Brewery, Seattle, WA; Portsmouth, NH 5.8% ABV Hazy red in color with a nose of faint maltiness.  Very smooth and drinkable with a tiny bit of the ESB-esque apple juice taste at the very end.  Bitterness is not off-putting.  Fairly seamless and balanced. Would we have it again?  Yes Would we get a…

Gnarly Barley Brightside American IPA

Gnarly Barley Brewing, Hammond, LA 6.8% ABV Hazy gold in color with a light citrus nose.  More bitterness than we anticipated: bitterness overwhelms the fruit and lingers.  Not balanced.  Disappointing, as we have liked the other offerings from Gnarly Barley.  Does not taste like it smells: we expected a more fruity beer from the nose…

Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA; Mills River, NC Inspired by the island life, we created an IPA completely disconnected with the mainland.  We used our one-of-a-kind Hop Torpedo to deliver an intense rush of hop flavor and the lush aromas of mango, papya, and passionfruit with every sip.  Enjoy our tropical twist on the…

Oskar Blues Priscilla American Wit

Oskar Blues Brewery, Brevard, NC This AmeriCAN take on the Belgian Classic Wit, featuring orange peel and coriander spice emanated from the basement blues music legacy Dave McIntyre (Oskar Blusologist) built at the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, CO. On draft for over a decade, Priscilla’s zesty citrus and light fresh baked…

Forêt Blanche Belgian White Beer

Brasserie Dupont, Tourpes, Belgium Forêt Blanche is a traditional, rustric white beer with unmalted wheat and spiced with coriander and orange peel.  Tangy, and drier in the Brss. Dupont style, Forêt Blanche is wonderful with cheese and chacuterie and deliciously refreshing on its own.  5.5% ABV Cloudy gold in color with not much of a…

Avery White Rascal

Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, CO A truly authentic Belgian-style White Ale, this Rascal is unfiltered (yep, that’s yeast on the bottom) and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel and Belgian yeast. 5.6% ABV Cloudy gold in color with a nose of a typical White beer: orange peel and lemon.  Bit of sweetness.  Starts…

Clown Shoes Clementine White Ale

Clown Shoes Brewery, Ipswich, MA Clementine is an ale conceived in a dream in the middle of a blistering beatdown of a day.  We used Clementine essence, sweet orange peel, coriander and premium hops to smack that mean day upside the head with a refreshing clown shoe. 5.9% ABV Hazy gold color with a sweet,…

Mikkeller Wit Fit

Mikkeller, Copenhagen, Denmark Imperial American Wit beer brewed with spices. 6.2% ABV Wit Fit is a hazy golden color.  It smells like a wheat beer.  The taste has a bit of a grip to it – easy drinking, but it has a complexity to it.  Simple, but complex.  There is a bitterness on the aftertaste…

St. Bernardus Wit

Brouwerij St. Bernard NV, Watou, Belgium 5.5% ABV St. Bernardus Wit is a clear gold color.  It smells like a lemony Sprite.  And guess what?  It takes like a lemony Sprite!  It is very sweet and carbonated, with a string bean aftertaste.  This is more like an alco-pop for people who like the taste of…

Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale

Ballast Point Brewing Co, San Diego, CA Our Grunion Pale Ale wasn’t born on a beach, but in a backyard.  Originating from an employee-only homebrew contest, this award-winning hoppy Pale Ale is named after the tiny local fish known for late night frolics on shore.  A pair of new hop varieties lend strong yet balanced…