Gift from my friend Brian Souza. 6.8% abv. Interesting concept nano brewery run by the Sevigney Family. They experiment with hypothesis beers and get feedback and then tweak the recipes to create theory beers that may become part of their flagship beer list. Pours a rich, semi-opaque gold color with a one inch white head. First whiff is lemon zest, dried apricot, and ripe mango. Smooth and super drinkable. Tropical fruit and floral hop flavors. More juicy than bitter. Gentle hop tingle at finish with the slightest herbal spiciness, a touch of berry sweetness. A very nice offering from this this unique Maine nano brewery. Keep them coming.
Foundation Brewing Company, Epiphany Maine IPA, Portland, ME
Gift from my friend Brian Souza after a trip to Portland. 8% abv. 85 IBUs. Pours gold with lots of floaters. Wonderful Belgian lace. Ripe pineapple, spruce, and a touch of peppery spice on the nose. First sip is a zesty combination of white pepper and citrus rind. Smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable. Perhaps lacking a bit in carbonation. Some hearty malt sweetness helps balance things off, but mostly a hop bomb. Very enjoyable, but falls a bit flat given all of the hype surrounding it. I’ll take anything by Bissell Brothers over this any day.
6% abv. Can dated 11/6/17 so this is about 3 weeks old. Only mosaic hops used in this one. Pours a murky yellow gold with a white head. Lemon, grapefruit, and fresh cut grass on the nose. Jumping with tropical fruit notes including mango and papaya with the slightest tart blueberry flavor. Slight bready and dry cracker malt flavors, but this is pretty much a delicious hop bomb. Bitterness lingers on the gums and back of the throat with floral, citrus, and herbal flavors. It is fun to distinguish the differences in this recipe with each batch using a different hop varietal. This is the 6th on I have tried and they have all been great.
Aeronaut Brewing Company, Hop Hop & Away, Somerville, MA
A gift from my friend Derek O’Brien. Batch 384, can dated 10/26/17. 4.6% abv. 42 IBUs. Made with citra and mosaic hops. As always, super cool can art by Raul Gonzalez III. Pours murky gold with a inch thick fluffy white head. Grapefruit, mango, and orange zest on the nose. Surprising first sip is popping with citrus flavor…this is no ordinary session IPA. Touches of dried apricot, fresh cut grass, and apple skin. Smooth, drinkable mouthfeel, but plenty of hop bite to keep it interesting. Bitterness is balanced well by a rye bread and caramel sweetness. An excellent session beer for a summer bbq or to quaff over the holidays. Brewed in Somerville, MA, so drink local!
Bissell Brothers Brewing Company, Nothing Gold, Portland, ME
8.2% abv. Brewed with citra, amarillo, and equinox hops. This is the hoppiest beer made by Bissell Bros. Pours an opaque dirty orange color. Citrus aroma bursts out of the can with an amazing combination of pink grapefruit and sweet clementine notes. I really love the smell of this beer. Touches of caramel apple and oat flakes on the nose as well. First sip is grapefruit rind, spruce tips, and fresh cut grass with the slightest touch of peppery alcohol. I love the medium-to-full body mouthfeel on this one. Ridiculously drinkable and satisfying and the 8.2% abv in a 16oz can is downright dangerous in all the best ways. I have never tried Swish, but it blows my mind to think that it could be better than this beer. I am hoping that Bissell Bros. is still going strong when I retire to Maine in about 25 years!
7.5% abv. Canned 9/5/17 so this is about a month old. I first had this beer at the Walt Disney World EPCOT Center Flower and Garden Festival in 2015 during a family trip. I remember it was about 97 degrees in May and I drank it way too fast to adequately rate it. I recently picked it up at Wegman’s in Easton, PA during my trip to the Martin Guitar Factory and Museum.
It pours a rich copper gold color with a thin white head. Wow, it is bursting with orange zest and grapefruit aromas. First sip is orange zest and pine with a touch of white pepper. Thirst quenching and therefore dangerous due to the relatively high ABV. Excellent Belgian lace. This is certainly a hop forward IPA, but the sweet caramel and candy sugar malt flavors try to help balance it. Hop flavors linger forever on the gums and the back of the throat. Papaya and pineapple flavors get stronger at finish. Some vegetative tobacco earthiness as well. This is a delicious IPA and I only wish it was something we could get distributed to Massachusetts.
5.5% abv. 30 IBUs. A generous gift from Caroline Herr. Made with all Vermont ingredients. Pours a gorgeous iridescent straw yellow and gold color with a fluffy white head. Cloves, banana bread, peaches, and fresh ground white pepper on the nose. Sour lemon tartness with orange zest on first sip. Cloves, coriander and subtle pepper flavor follows. Ridiculously drinkable. Gets a touch drier with each sip. Fresh and fruity apricot and peach flavors linger on the tongue and sides of the gums. This is a very well-balanced beer. Really nice complexity for a low alcohol quaffer. Well done Frost Beer Works.
Poured into a nonic pint glass from a tall boy can. 8% abv. Thanks to Jeff for dropping this one off after picking it up at Redstone. Pours a beautiful murky gold yellow. Amazing hop aroma…pine resin, grapefruit, fresh cut grass and herbs. First sip is fantastic and you know immediately this is a special beer. Pine, lemon, orange rind, and sweet grapefruit flavors. A touch of white pepper, cilantro, dry crackers, and lemon ball candies. Hops mask the alcohol and make this an incredibly drinkable Double IPA. I could drink this all night.
Trying this a second time. Many thanks to Caroline Herr for bringing this back for me while on vacation! Pours a lighter murky gold color than I remember from last time I had it. Decent head with good retention. Grapefruit, caramel apple, and lemon on the nose. First sip is mango with slightest touch of white pepper, Juicy tropical fruit flavors with a delayed tingle on the sides of the tongue and gums. Tons of piney bitterness. Slightly dank. More alcohol esters this second time around. Still smooth and very drinkable.
Canned on 7/7/17.Throwback series of this previously retired beer. Stout brewed with chicory root and ginger and aged cacao nibs from Taza Chocolate.6.6% abv. Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Coffee, oatmeal, and cacao nibs on the nose with the slightest hint of candied ginger. First sip is chocolate covered espresso beans, black strap molasses, bourbon vanilla, and orange rind. Full-bodied chewiness of sweet malts, but finishes with a surprising hop snap. Coffee, espresso, and chocolate flavors come in and out with each sip. A very enjoyable stout.
Can dated 8/15/17, so this is only 10 days old. 8% abv. Pours a dark gold color with an orangish hue with a thin white head. Good Belgian lace. Spruce tips, pine, and tropical fruit on the nose.First sip is orange zest with touches of white pepper and pine. A quick warming in the belly and around the gums, but the alcohol is hidden quite well, making this a very dangerous beer. To put it plainly, this shit will get you drunk! Juicy tropical fruit flavors from start to finish with touches of candy sugar like sweetness. Some dry water cracker and caramel malt helps balance it. Earthy, tobacco leaf notes as well. I guess I was expecting something a little more chunky and more full-bodied with the name Pulp, but this is a solid IPA.