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April 2013 - British and North American Ale Styles

April 2013 - British and North American Ale Styles
This month's Beer feature is British and North American Ale Styles

British and North American Ale Styles Reviews

Fort Collins Brewery Doppelbock
97 points
Beautiful blood red bronze color. Intriguing aromas of lightly smoky bacon bits, herb butter on nut toast, and omelet with a plush fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a complex tangy, peach creme brulee, citrus marmalade on dark rye, root beer float, chocolate smoked nuts, and grassy hops. A flavor dynamo that will be awesome with bbq and chili.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. Hop Craic XXXXIPA
96 points
Deep amber color. Rich aromas of grapefruit-apricot-coconut chutney on pound cake with a vibrant fruity-yet-dry full body and a big, but surprisingly balanced flourish of citrusy, piney hops and mango custard on the long chewy finish. A great example of the OTT imperial IPA style.
Fort Collins Brewery Obsessed Barley Wine
95 points
Mahogany brown color. Rich aromas of cacao nibs, praline, and fruit compote with a chewy, fruity full-body and a long cornucopia of fruits, nuts, grainy pasty, and peppery hops. A spectacular and super balanced barleywine; try with chocolate desserts.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. Moylander Double IPA
95 points
Intriguing aromas of dried apricots, grapefruit zest, lemongrass, and oregano scream hop kiln with a supple, dryish medium-full body and a wonderfully astringent barky hop finish. Malt is the shy, but supportive partner in this hop dance.
Oskar Blues Brewery GKnight Imperial Red IPA
95 points
Deep amber copper color. Fruity Brach’s caramel aromas suggest pineapple, coconut, mango gelatos and old school cannabis with a satiny, medium-full body and a tangy, roasted sweet potato, honey yogurt, kale and kumquat marmalade finish. Rich, well balanced and sensationally drinkable.
City Steam Brewery Café Blonde on Blonde Pale Ale
94 points
Pretty golden amber color. Aromas of pepper bread with dried stone fruits and tangerine. Supple and frothy with a dryish medium body and a salty baguette, citrus cream, and pine sap accented finish. A hoppy, zesty pale ale that will be great with spicy foods; try with chili.
Samuel Adams Wee Heavy
94 points
Dark brown black color. Rich aromas of exotic spiced chocolate, nuts, and artfully smoked peat with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, decadent chocolate liqueur, pepper jelly on rye date bread, and grassy hop flourish. A monstrously delicious, lightly smoked Scottish ale that will be sensational with smoky bbq.
Stone Brewing Co. 2012 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale
94 points
Deep copper color. Aromas of grapefruit buttercream, dried peach, blossoms, and toffee with a crisp, chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, buttery fruit cake, grapefruit zest, brown sugar, and pine finish. A serious, well hopped and age worthy barleywine that will improve with time.
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery Ellies ESB
94 points
Deep amber color. Well meshed aromas of herbal European hops and bready malt with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, symphonic finish with a layers of dried fruits, nuts and delicate peppery, leafy hops. A paradigm of the style.
Granville Island Brewing Co. Cascadian Dark Ale
93 points
Dark brown color. Earthy, somewhat rustic aromas of barnyard, chocolate, vegetable, and citrus bread toast with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a stewed and roasted vegetable, chocolate pudding, cheese rind, and roasted nut driven finish with peppery, citrus rind hops.
Oskar Blues Brewery Old Chub Scotch Ale
93 points
Dark mahogany brown color. Dense aromas of chocolate, smoked nuts, apricot jam, and heather peat moss with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a dried pineapple compote, orange spice cake, nut butter, and grilled romaine nuanced finish. Delicious and well composed flavors.
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Organic Pale Ale
93 points
Deep copper color with a manilla head. Inviting aromas of honeyed toasted English muffin and lemon curd with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a satiny, exceptionally well balanced finish with the emphasis on herb bread and grassy, earthy hops. Very true to style and a pleasure to drink.
Double Take Amber Ale
92 points
Lightly hazy copper color. Aromas of fresh grainy pepper bread, nuts, and mineral with a crisp, dry medium body and a zesty, grassy, radish sprouts like hop finish. Excellent purity and freshness.+
Fish Brewing Co. Reel Ales Starfish Imperial Red Ale
92 points
Deep reddish copper color. Bright dried hop aromas of grilled grapefruit and peach, honey, pine blossom and pink peppercorn with a chewy, fruity medium-full body and a honey roasted corn, grain and root vegetable and chocolate mint accented finish. Sip with caution, this is dangerously drinkable.
Granville Island Brewing Co. Brockton IPA
92 points
Rich amber color. Biscuity malt, honey butter, and delicate baking spice aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, piney, fruit pastry, almond cookie, and watercress accented finish. Very British and malt driven in style and quite tasty, balanced and refreshing.
Lancaster Brewing Company Rumspringa Golden Bock
92 points
Bright amber color. Aromas of banana custard and baklava with chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, honeyed pepper bread and flan accented finish. Very tasty and well balanced.
Reuben’s Brews Wheat IPA
92 points
Golden amber color. Enticing aromas of lavender, jasmine rice, and peach pastries with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a grapefruit creme brulee and grassy hop driven finish. This is really delicious and a great fusion of styles. A great choice for spicy curries.
Blue Tractor Brewery SupaFly Rye Roasted Pale Ale
91 points
Cola brown color. Mustard, pumpernickel rye, root vegetable, tomato, and piney hop aromas and flavors with a nicely meshed, supple medium body and a vanilla, roasted nuts, chocolate wafer, and lingering peppery hop finish. Nice interplay of rye and hops.
Blue Tractor Brewery Oak-Aged Bumper Crop IPA
91 points
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Buttery peach pastry and custard aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body with a creamy vanilla tapioca, dried citrus, and balancing leafy, peppery hops. A successful marriage of oak, malt and hops. Very nice.
Kichesippi Beer Co. Wuchak Black
91 points
Dark brown black color with a manilla head. Aromas of baker’s chocolate, coffee, and toast with a supple, dryish medium body and a crisp, balance between roasted grain, mocha, and grassy, leafy greens like hops in the finish. A great session and food beer.
Orkney Brewery Red MacGregor Ale
91 points
Deep reddish copper color. Aromas of lemongrass, dried flowers, and herb bread with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a frothy pine and citrusy hops driven finish with hints of melon, cocoa nuts, and turned earth. Lively and stimulating in a India brown style.
Oskar Blues Brewery Deviant Dales IPA
91 points
Copper color. Explosively hoppy aromas of orange, mango and apricot marmalades on Hawaiian toast,grilled parsnip, and spruce with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, exotic peppercorn and grilled radicchio like hop finish. A vivacious IPA for hopheads.
Peter B’s Brewpub Crabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
91 points
Dark mahogany color with tan head. Aromas of scrambled eggs, nut toast, and sweet lettuce with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body with fruit cake, salty roasted nuts, pepper, and mossy earthy. Fun, flavorful and balanced. A great choice for the table.
Stevens Point Brewery Point Burly Brown Ale
91 points
Dark reddish mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple and apricot marmalades on scone and nutty toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nicely balanced roasted nut, dried fruit, mineral, and delicate leafy green hops. A rock, solid fruity session brown.
Traquair House Brewery Traquair House Ale
91 points
Dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, molasses and scone with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grainy, dried fruit compote, peppercorn, dried banana and grass accented finish. A beautifully styled and balanced.
Broughton Ales Black Douglas Ale
90 points
Ruddy copper brown color. Aromas of dark chocolate mousse, roasted nuts and root vegetables, dried fruits, pomegranate molasses and tamari with a dry medium body and a baker chocolate, shittake, turnip, and watercress accented finish. A complex medley of roasted and earthy umami flavors that will work well at the table.
Kichesippi Beer Co. Kichesippi 1855
90 points
Deep copper brown color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, cocoa, salty pretzel bread, nuts, and elote with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a chewy, honeyed dried citrus and stone fruit, turnip, and grassy hop driven finish. A superb beer for the table.
Moorhouse’s Brewery Blonde Bitch Ale
90 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Lush dried fruit and chocolate macaroon aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a rich, smooth, citrus marmalade and leafy greens-like hop finish. Delicious and super table friendly.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. Moylans Extra Special Bitter
90 points
Bright amber color. Aromas of grapefruit marmalade and apricot butter on toast with a crisp, fruity-yet-fry medium-to-full body and a juicy marriage of fruity malt and hops and roasted root vegetable and greens nuances on the finish. A really nice hoppy take on the style.
Reuben’s Brews American Brown
90 points
Murky brown color. Aromas of salty roasted nuts and pretzels, cocoa, and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smoky and piney, herbal hop accented finish. Pleasant and very food friendly.
Reuben’s Brews Imperial IPA
90 points
Aromas of grilled grains, citrus, and root vegetables have a lightly soapy note with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, well balanced kumquat marmalade, pine sapling, and creme brulee accented finish. A rich, yet elegant and earthy IIPA. Try with carrot cake.
Rogue Ales Portland State IPA
90 points
Meaty aromas of dried apricot, pineapple yogurt, artichoke heart with a tangy, dryish medium body and a bitter grilled nectarine and grain, arugula, and grassy hop finish. An earthy, visceral IPA that will be good with food.
Southport Brewing Co. Mambo Bock
90 points
Hazy copper brown color. Aromas chocolate mousse, cake, and dried fruit compote on artisan cheese with a supple, chewy medium-full body and a warming vanilla custard, cherry, coffee, and pepper bread finish with grassy hops. Nice vibrancy and flavor and balance that will be great with food.
The Boston Beer Co. Tasman Red
90 points
Murky deep reddish brown. vibrant aromas of fresh herbs, chocolate nuts, sarsaparilla, and citrus compote with a velvety fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long fruity, zesty peppery finish. Delicious and well balanced malt and hops.
Blue Heron BrewPub Honey Blonde
89 points
Pale amber color. Aromas of toasted raisin bread with a touch of honey butter. Soft and frothy with dry light-to-medium body and on the finish a hint of creamy vanilla and water chestnut. An on the money cream ale that will deliver easy-drinking good times.
Broughton Ales Merlins Ale
89 points
Pale amber color. Aromas of fresh nut bread, roasted corn, orange blossom honey, and dried tree fruit with a crisp, dryish medium body and a nicely astringent and foamy rapini, nut, and earth finish. A spot on session bitter.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company Fishladder IPA
89 points
Pale amber color. Aromas of dark nut toast and lemon curd with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honeyed peach and peppered citrus finish. A rock solid IPA for all occasions.
MOA Brewing Company MOA Pale Ale
89 points
Beautiful sunset orange color. Zesty hoppy aromas and flavors suggest caramel orange cake, lemon pepper, and pine with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lightly phenolic, charred nut, melted wax, peach custard, and pine needle nuanced finish.
Oskar Blues Brewery Dales Pale Ale
89 points
Bright amber color. Dense aromas of caramel, dried citrus, and pine blossom with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon, grainy dough, nut and peppery citrus and arugula like hop finish. A really nice and fresh, hoppy pale ale.
Samuel Adams Griffins Bow Barley Wine
89 points
copper color. Rich vanilla cream, candied ginger, yuzu gelato, and piney herbs notes aromas with a supple, chewy, dry-yet-fruity full body and a cherry bonbon, medicinal herb and bark, Asian tea, pine sap and cedar finish. A bold in your face barleywine that demands attention. Will be better with some age.
Stone Brewing Co. - Stone Levitation Ale
89 points
Floral, spicy hop leads aromas of grapefruit, pine sap, and melon with a supple, very dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, bitter, barky hop, grilled root vegetable, and peppery arugula like finish. A hop dominatrix of an amber ale.
August Schell Brewing Co. Schells Stag #7 Barleywine Style Ale
88 points
Aromas and flavors of toast, caramel, and molasses with a supple, chewy fruity medium-full body and a tangy, soy, rye, pepper, and earthy nut finish.
Blue Heron BrewPub Loch Ness Scotch Ale
88 points
Russet brown color. Aromas of chocolate covered nuts, creamy cupcake, and dried fruits with a satiny fruity medium-to-full body and sweet, plush honeyed fruitcake, mocha, nut, and green pear accented finish. No discernible smoky character, but very tasty and sure to please.
Broughton Ales Old Jock Ale
88 points
Rich copper mahogany color. Aromas of chocolate yogurt and dark roasted cashew brittle with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body a honey roasted grain, dried fruit, radish, and mineral accented finish.
Caldera Brewing Company Pale Ale
88 points
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of salt buttered toast, dried pears and oranges, and subtle baking spices with a crisp, dryish medium body and a lively grassy, lemon, peppery, leafy greens like hop finish. Tasty.
Chicago Beer Company Chi-Town Pier Pale Ale
88 points
Bright golden color. Pleasant aromas of toasted fruit custard pastry, leafy hops, and delicately spicy white chocolate with a supple fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a crisp, delicately balanced finish. A tasty session beer.
High Noon Saloon & Brewery Deorganizer IPA
88 points
Pretty orange copper color. Dense aromas of roasted citrus, root vegetables and rubber tire with a fruity, slightly sourish medium body and a very astringent tangerine juice, pine, and peppered mesclun like finish. Intense.
Lancaster Brewing Company Lancaster Pale Ale
88 points
Pale amber color. Aromas and flavors of peach and mango jams on toast with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, watercress, citrus custard and sprouts-like finish. A fun fruity pale ale that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale
88 points
Copper color. Aromas of ginger cookie and spicy pumpkin pie with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy sassafras and chestnut toffee finish. Very tasty and well-balanced spices.
Williams Bros. Brewing Co. Scottish Session Golden Ale
88 points
Pale amber color. Aromas of roasted whole nuts, leaves, and citrus marmalade with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, dulce du leche, kiwi and grassy hop snap on the finish. Refreshing.
Double Take India Pale Ale
87 points
Engaging aromas of creme brulee, roasted nut, clay, dried citrus and stone fruits with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy fruit cake, bubblegum, pepper, and grassy hop finish. A nice fruity IPA that is a pleasure to drink and will be good with pub grub.
Rogue Ales Wet Hop Ale
87 points
Copper amber color. Aromas of fresh pine sap and sliced grapefruit with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty and astringent Key lime custard, nut, and peppered kale like hop finish. A nice fresh hop ale.
Tetley’s English Ale
87 points
rich amber color with an invincible blanket of fine foam. Aromas of cocoa dusted cashews, fig bread, and honeycomb with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a dainty starfruit, pear, and delicate spice finish. An effortlessly drinkable English session ale.
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery The Intimidator Double IPA
87 points
Aromas of roasted nuts, malt vinegar, grass, cocoa, and dried fruits with satiny, finely carbonated dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body a warming toasted cherry-date bread and spicy and pepper noble hop accented finish. An interesting UK-styled double IPA.
Barrel Trolley IPA
86 points
IPA
Pure amber color. Well integrated aromas of fruit, honey, and grainy toast with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a clean, tropical fruit custard and baking spice accented finish with a nice dash of grassy, earthy hops. A very nice, easy drinking IPA that is sure to please.
Birrificio Brúton Lilith
86 points
Hazy copper color with a taupe head. Aromas of caramelized nuts and figs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and highly roasted grain and nuts and hint of phenols on the crisp finish. A refreshing food beer.
Blue Heron BrewPub Tigers Eye
86 points
Bronze color. Aromas of chocolate coated biscuit and mocha with a very supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a touch of toasted fruitcake, jicama and latté on the finish. A solid, clean mild.
Capital Brewery Hop Cream
86 points
Pale golden amber color. Aromas of eggy fruit pastry, prom corsage, pink peppercorn, herbal tea, with a supple, dryish medium body and a roasted carrot and lettuce greens accented finish. A nice food beer.
DC Brau Brewing Company "The Public" Pale Ale
86 points
Pale copper color. Vibrantly hoppy aromas of citrus peels, pine needle, and slightly sourish succotash with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a apricot jam, medicinal bark and grassy hop driven finish. A big bold and earth and citrus hop affair for hopheads.
Double Take Pale Ale
86 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of banana cake and pineapple pastry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a grainy, honeyed citrus, alfalfa sprouts, and chestnut accented finish. A decent quaffer.
Fort Collins Brewery Rocky Mountain IPA
86 points
Deep amber copper color. Aromas of sourdough, nut butter, and overripe citrus with a chewy dryish medium-to-full body and a husky grainy grass, roasted root vegetable and pepper and finish.
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Irish Whiskey Cask Beer
86 points
Interesting aromas suggest crusty beef pot pie, baker’s chocolate, beach grass and moss, and yams with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried fruit, dark roasted coffee bean, mustard greens, cigar ash, and earth finish.
Orkney Brewery Dark Island Ale
86 points
Dark brown black color. Rich aromas of chocolate nuts and yogurt, edamame, dried fruit chutney with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dark roasted nut, lightly smoky peat, and arugula like hops.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Hoppus Maximus
86 points
Copper color with an olive cast. Hoppy aromas of sweet grapefruit marmalade and honey butter on pumpernickel toast with a very crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a bold pineapple-mango tart, radicchio, and citrusy, peppery hop finish. A hop driven amber.
Track Town Triple Jump Pale Ale
86 points
Deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of sourdough toast and candied dried citrus with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, lightly piney hop and nut finish. A nice snappy, hoppy pale ale with good balance.
Williams Bros. Brewing Co. Joker IPA
86 points
Pure golden amber color. Pine bark, buttery peach honey pasty, and pickled okra aromas and flavors with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy citrus marmalade, praline, peach, and pepper accent finish.
Williams Bros. Brewing Co. Scottish Heavy Eighty Schilling Beer
86 points
Charred nuts, coffee beans, and roasted root vegetable medley aromas and flavors with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, balanced, chocolate and grassy hop accented finish. Direct and stylish.
Barrel Trolley Nut Brown
85 points
Rich chestnut brown color. Aromas of tropical fruit custard, caramel spread on toast, and nuts with a pillowy fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy and crisp, citrus, melon, mint, and nougat accented finish. Solid and flavorful; serve with food.
High Noon Saloon & Brewery Rough Rider Pale Ale
85 points
Aromas of buttery brioche and delicate fruit preserves with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a grilled root vegetable and peppered watercress-like hop finish. A nicely tame pale ale that will be great with pub grub.
Port City Brewing Co. Essential Pale Ale
85 points
Lightly hazy deep gold color. Aromas of buttered toast, candied clementine, and creamed corn with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a coconut cream and grain finish with a dash of peppery leafy hops. A nice fruity session ale.
Vancouver Island Brewery Spyhopper Honey Brown Ale
85 points
Pretty golden color. Aromas of honeyed pastry and nuts with as crisp dryish light-to-medium body and a very clean, grainy, earthy hop finish. A pleasant, dry quaffer with just a hint of honey character.
Four in Hand IPA
84 points
IPA
Lightly hazy amber color. Aromas and flavors of fruit custard pastry, raisin bread, and agave syrup with a supple, fruity medium body and a touch of jicama, caramel, and grassy on the finish. A simple quaffer that could use a bit more hops for the category.
Four in Hand Winter Brew
84 points
Hazy deep copper color. Aromas of chocolate sauce, caramelized nuts, and dried fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honeyed toasted grain, Playdoh and alfalfa sprouts like finish. Not very evocative of a winter beer.
Kichesippi Beer Co. Kichesippi Natural Blonde
84 points
Pale golden color. Aromas grilled cornbread and root vegetables with a very crisp, dryish medium body and a very astringent bittering hops driven finish. A very crisp, lager-like golden ale.
Lancaster Brewing Company Hop Hog IPA
84 points
Bright copper penny color. Aromas aromas of hominy, floral soap, honeydew, and pepper corn bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a ripe kiwi, nectarine, turnip, and mesclun-greens like finish.
Southport Brewing Co. Connecticut Pale Ale
84 points
Aromas of toasted nuts, tahini, and edamame with a supple, dry medium body and a tangy, very grain driven finish with leafy greens like hops and earth in support. A nice pale ale for the table.
Southport Brewing Co. Big Chill Winter Warmer
84 points
Deep copper cherry wood color. Slightly worty aromas suggest potter’s clay, carob, and yeasty raisin bread dough with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, caramelized nut, and pear vinaigrette on frisée accented finish. A nice food beer.
City Steam Brewery Café The Naughty Nurse Amber Ale
83 points
Deep bronze color with a lacy taupe head. Aromas of oily crushed nuts and roasted cabbage with frothy, dry medium body and a molasses on rye, brown grass, and nutskin finish.
DC Brau Brewing Company "The Corruption" India Pale Ale
83 points
Dense aromas pine cone, citrus compote, and chocolate yogurt with a supple, dryish medium body and a mellow candied peach, lettuce greens, and wheat grass like finish.
High Noon Saloon & Brewery Annies Amber Ale
82 points
Aromas of caramel on fig toast and a hint of stewed veggies with a supple, dryish medium body and root vegetable puree, cacao nib, and nutshell dominated finish.
Peter B’s Brewpub Legend of Laguna IPA
82 points
Golden amber color. Vibrant aromas and flavors of mango, pineapple, and peach gelatos with a dollop of herbs with supple, dryish medium body and touch of crayon, clay, and cannabis on the bitter peppery, charred nut and grass finish. A bit uneven.
City Steam Brewery Café Innocence IPA
81 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of corn chowder, toast and paprika with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, very astringent nutshell, grass and grilled citrus like hop finish.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company John Ball Brown
81 points
Dark brown color. Somewhat jumbled aromas of cocoa, nuts, soy and earth with a crisp, dryish medium body and a tangy date nut bread and brown sugar accented finish.
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