Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse

Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse, German brewery of the same name is 5.5 ABV and pours hazy yellow with a large foamy head.  The nose and taste are yeasty and banana and mildly spicy without much hop bitterness.  For a surprisingly good treat throw in some manzanilla olives to this or any well made wheat beer.  This adds a funky briny saltiness to the beer and flavors the olives wonderfully.

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Millstream Black Road Stout

Millstream (Iowa) Black Road (Oatmeal) Stout is 6.7 ABV and pours jet black.  The nose is roasty malt which leads into the taste, smooth roasted oatmeal malt with the expected notes of coffee and chocolate.  Mouthfeel and texture are creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation.  This is a very solid Oatmeal Stout but the variety has some really strong heavy hitters.  This one is good and well drinkable but nothing memorable.

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Flying Dog Bloodline

Flying Dog Bloodline is a 7 ABV 40 IBU AIPA.  The appearance is hazy orange and the nose citrus zest.  The profile is well balanced AIPA with sweet malt and dirty earthy bitter hop.  The blood orange adds a great astringent citrus bitterness without getting too hoppy.  Overall mouthfeel is well rounded but drinkable.  Bloodline is solid and well represents a consistent brewery.

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Westbrook One Claw Rye Pale Ale

Westbrook One Claw Rye (American) Pale Ale is 6 ABV and pours hazy orange amber.  The nose and palate are sweet malt and fruity pine hop with the added spice and bitterness from the rye.  Overall mouthfeel, carbonation and texture are all moderate, drinkable crisp and quite refreshing.  This is my third Westbrook and I’ve yet to be let down whatsoever.  Very good.

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Westbrook White Thai

Westbrook White Thai is a 5 ABV witbier and pours a golden hazy orange.  The nose and flavor include lemony citrus, lemongrass, hay and ginger on top of a smooth wheat malt and Japanese Sorachi Hop.  This is a really interesting and flavorful wit that would pair so well with Southeast Asian cuisine.  Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth and super drinkable.  Definitely recommended.

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Trout Town Rainbow Red

Roscoe Trout Town Rainbow Red  (Summer 2015 edition) is 7.5 ABV and 62 IBU.  The appearance is darkish red and the nose sweet caramel malt and earthy hop.  The profile is sweet caramel and toffee malts you’d expect out of a red but with a much stronger hop presence.  The higher IBU and ABV give to a creamier and fuller body than your standard amber yet it remains very drinkable and smooth.  Congratulations to tje Roscoe Brewery on their expanded facilities and beautiful tap room.

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Southern Tier Gemini

Southern Tier Gemini is a 9 ABV American Strong Ale replacing its 2008-12 “Imperial Blended” namesake.  The appearance is coppery orange and the nose pine and resin.  The palate is a great balance of sweet malt and that pine resin hop showing deep depth of character as it includes 4 malt and 6 hop varieties.  Gemini is of the better if not best of what I’ve had from Southern Tier.  The mouthfeel is creamy and the hops pungently bitter yet it remains of utmost drinkability.  I picked this up at the brewery but I’ll be looking around locally for more.

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Ommegang Upside Brown

Ommegang Upside Brown is a 7 ABV Biere de Garde and brewed with wild Brettanomyces yeast, a strain known for being funky and tart.  The appearance is hazzy copper with a large and frothy head and the nose fruity and funky.  The fruit and funk is present on the palate finishing bittersweet with earthy tones throughout.  Overall mouthfeel is moderate with fizzy carbonation.  Upside Brown is interesting for sure and only my second Biere de Garde, a style that is known to cellar well.  If you find this, put one away and let it age, I know I’ll be doing the same if I find another.

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Southern Tier Grand Arbor

Southern Tier Grand Arbor is an 8 ABV Farmhouse / Saison.  The appearance is hazy light orange and the nose yeast and spice.  The palate is malt, fruit and spice finishing with a sweetness from the maple syrup.  Mouthfeel is a little heavier with a higher carbonation typical of the style.  Grand Arbor is good but that sweetness from the maple syrup can start to overpower.  I was glad I was able to share the 750 mL bottle, having this alone would get a bit heavy.  Glad to have brought this home from STB.

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Ommegang Nirvana

Ommegang Nirvana is a 6.5 ABV 60 IBU AIPA.  Appearance is hazy light orange and the nose citrusy and sweet malt.  The palate is well balanced AIPA with sweet malt and light tropical fruit hop.  Ommegang’s wheelhouse may be big Belgians but they nailed this AIPA, with a crisp but creamy texture, fresh hop presence, and utmost drinkability.  Hop package includes Bravo, Simcoe, Centennial, Topaz, and Mosaic and dry-hopped with Centennial, Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo.  A well done AIPA.

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