Now Taza what I am talking aStout…

Now Taza what I am talking aStout…

Night Shift Brewing, Taza Stout, Everett, MA

Night Shift Taza Stout poured into a nonic pint glass.
Night Shift Taza Stout.

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.

Better than a Royale with Cheese…

Better than a Royale with Cheese…

Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company, Pulp, Williamsburg, MA

Greater Good Imperial Brewing Co. Pulp poured into a nonic pint glass.
Greater Good Imperial Brewing Co. Pulp

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.

Lieutenant Starbuck approved…

Lieutenant Starbuck approved…

Clown Shoes Beer, Galactica Double IPA, Ipswich, MA

Clown Shoes Galactica Double IPA poured into a nonic pint glass.
Clown Shoes Galactica Double IPA.

Can dated 7/26/17 so this is about 10 days old. 8% abv. Pours a rich dark copper color with a thick white head. Awesome Belgian lace. Tropical fruit and ripe apple and pear on the nose with some herbal notes. Some white pepper spiciness from the alcohol with a subtle warming in the belly after a few sips. Chewy malt backbone with caramel, dry cracker, and maybe even a touch of spicy rye. Floral, herbal, and citrus hop bite at finish with juicy mango and papaya mixed in. Some pine and spruce notes as well. Pine resin flavors get more prominent with each sip. Certainly not a summer BBQ sipper, but a very solid example of the style that I would add to the rotation.

Dang(ko) this is a great beer…

Dang(ko) this is a great beer…

Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company, Danko Double Dry Hopped Rye Ale, Framingham, MA

Danko Double Dry Hopped Rye Ale poured into a nonic pint glass.
Danko Double Dry Hopped Rye Ale.

6% abv. Canned on 4/5/17.  Made with Valley Malt Danko Rye and Simcoe hops. Pours a somewhat ugly murky tan orange gold color, but looks are not everything. Interesting aroma includes citrusy hops, fresh cut grass, and floral and citrus notes. A nice hefty mouthfeel with a subtle hop tingle all around the mouth.  A mildly spicy and delicious rye bite compliments the hop bitterness. Ridiculously drinkable and thirst quenching. Again, love the mouthfeel on this beer. Some peach and dried apricot fruitiness as well. More and more grapefruit as you move through it. Some french bread and dried cashew nut maltiness balance it as well.  I really love this beer

I said a boom chicka boom…

I said a boom chicka boom…

Lord Hobo Brewing Company, Boom Sauce, Woburn, MA

Lord Hobo Boom Sauce IPA poured into a nonic pint glass.
Lord Hobo Boom Sauce IPA

8% abv. Thanks to my brother Tim who brought it over for our 2016 July 4th celebration. Pours a beautiful hazy gold color with a white head. Huge grapefruit, orange zest, and pineapple aroma.  First sip brings a nice hop tingle all over the mouth. Alcohol is masked well, but you know it is there, sneaking around the corner, waiting to knock you down. Juicy tropical fruit with pine and fresh cut grass flavors.  Some caramel and dry cracker malt flavors help balance it. Hop bitterness lingers with pine, herb, and floral notes. It has the slightest burst of lemony candy at finish as well.  This is a tasty beer that goes down too quickly.

Gold Mettles before the Summer Olypmics…

Gold Mettles before the Summer Olypmics…

Trillium Brewing Co. Mettle Double IPA, Boston, MA

Trillium Mettle Double IPA poured into a tulip beer glass.
Trillium Mettle Double IPA poured into a tulip beer glass.

8.4% abv. Pours orangish gold with a thin white head. Great Belgian lace. Peach, apricot, grapefruit and pineapple aromas smack you right in the face. This beer just plain smells amazing. First sip is fresh hops and no alcohol at all and that is scary with such a high abv.  So fresh tasting and thirst quenching. I swear it tastes like summertime in New England. Some spicy, white peppery bite at finish which feels like a combination of the hops and the alcohol. Hops dominate, but the slightest caramel and rye malt flavors help balance it. The hop bitterness never overwhelms, this is a thoroughly enjoyable beer. Super juicy, but with a slightly dry finish. I will be honest, this beer is fantastic and you should definitely try it, but the price will certainly keep me from buying it again.

Don’t worry Be Hoppy…

Don’t worry Be Hoppy…

Wormtown Brewery, Be Hoppy IPA, Worcester, MA

Wormtown Be Hoppy IPA poured into a nonic pint glass.
Wormtown Be Hoppy IPA poured into a nonic pint glass.

6.5% abv. 70 IBU. 16 oz tall boy can. Super fresh…this one is only 12 days old. Pours straw gold with a thick white head. Grapefruit, lemon, and pine resin on the nose. First sip is floral hops, pine resin, and orange zest. Slightly spicy hip flavors as well. Hop tingle lingers for a while, but it is smooth with a really great mouthfeel. I don’t love the $3 per can price point, but it is an excellent beer. Brewed in Worcester, MA. My liver took a beating during my college years at Holy Cross in Worcester…it sure would have been great to have something that tasted this good back then.

Find it, buy it, drink it…rinse, repeat…

Find it, buy it, drink it…rinse, repeat…

Nightshift Brewing Company, Whirlpool, American Pale Ale, Everett, MA

4.5% abv. Pours a murky yellow gold color with a nice white head. Good lace. Very pleasant citrus and floral hop aromas. First sip has a crisp hop bite that is quickly balanced by a sweet cracker malt flavor. Just the lightest touch of caramel malt. Some grapefruit, mango, and peach. Ridiculously smooth. This may be the ideal summer BBQ beer, of course I am reviewing it in February! Hop flavors linger on the back of the throat and gums. This is an excellent beer. Find it, buy it, drink it…rinse, repeat.