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April 2014 - British and North American Ale Styles

April 2014 - 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

Stone Brewing Co. - 2013 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale
98 points
Lustrous copper orange color with a manila mousse. Attractive aromas of apricot pastry, exotic peppercorns, pine, and grapefruit chutney with a supple, fruity full body and a long, chewy pine resin, grilled kumquat, nut brittle, vanilla, and rapini finish. A delicious, textbook example of a West Coast, hop-driven barleywine.
Traquair House Brewery Traquair Jacobite Ale
95 points
Dark brown color. Complex spicy aromas and flavors of coriander, mace, cinnamon, pink peppercorn, turmeric, cocoa and peach-date bread with a rich, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chocolate toffee, radish, mocha, and heather accented finish. Amazing complexity and integration of flavors.
Goose Island Beer Co. India Pale Ale
94 points
Rich amber color. Aromas and flavors of tangerine preserves on rye toast with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nicely astringent bitter greens, nut, and pepper finish. Delicious and super sessionable.
Port City Brewing Co. Monumental IPA
94 points
Slight hazy amber color. Aromas and flavors of spicy apricot-orange marmalade on honeyed raisin toast with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a refreshingly bitter pepper and rapini-like finish. Very tasty.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Visionary Brew
94 points
Deep amber color. Aromas of caramelized citrus and nuts and pine with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, well-balanced finish with notes of honeyed dried fruits, pepper, and radish. A delicious and expertly crafted double IPA.
Samuel Adams Third Voyage Double IPA
94 points
Copper orange color, Interesting aromas of orange-pepper bread, peach custard pastry and and sautéed greens with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a savory and bitter, pretzel bread, grilled citrus and peppered rapini finish. A great food IIPA with rich maltiness; try with spicy curries.
Gaslight Brewery Slalom Ale
93 points
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of sourdough toast and light fruit jelly with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a honeyed corn, nectarine, and nutskin. A good representation of the style.
Goose Island Beer Co. The Illinois Imperial IPA
93 points
Lustrous deep amber orange color. Hoppy aromas of mint green tea, mossy pinecone, honey, and orange custard pastry with a fruity medium-to-full body and a frothy, warming jicama, cayenne on mango, peppercorn, and mustard greens finish. A nicely composed and warming IIPA.
Les Brasseurs du Nord Boréale IPA
93 points
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of citrus marmalade, honey, roasted nuts and grain, and toasted herb muffin with a foamy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rounded, wet stone, onion sprout, fruitcake, and white pepper finish. Lots of herbal complexity make this a distinctive, very food friendly IPA.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. Old Blarney Barleywine
93 points
Dark copper mahogany color. Aromas of spice cake, nut brittle, peppery jelly, and delicate herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a bold habanero hot sauce (without the heat), grilled citrus, pine, and kale like finish. Very distinctive and intensely concentrated hop flavors. Will be great with spicy foods.
Packinghouse Brewing Co. Ol Smudgepot
93 points
Luminous mahogany color with a fine mousse. Aromas of cracked pepper, caramelized stone fruits, and multigrain bread dough with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a gently warming, honeyed cranberry toast and mineral accented finish. A nice, mellow fireside sipper.
Samuel Adams Ruby Mild
93 points
Lustrous copper color. Aromas of caramelized peaches and sourdough raisin toast with a crisp, dryish medium body and a refreshingly balanced, honeyed melon, spiced banana and lettuce accented finish. Very easy going and tasty.
Stone Brewing Co. - Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
93 points
Dark brown black. Aromas of chocolate nuts and citrus peels, pepper, herbs, and chive jelly with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a crisp, grilled root vegetable, dried ham, and peppered kale finish. Deliciously vibrant and balanced.
The Boston Beer Co. Dark Depths Baltic IPA
93 points
Brown black color. Aromas and flavors of melted toffee and toasted fruitcake with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a satiny, savory caramelized nut, pepper, citrus, and watercress finish. Very nice depth and vibrancy.
Berghoff Brewery Reppin Red Ale
92 points
Dark copper color. Aromas of caramelized citrus, fig, and pepper bread toast with a crisp, frothy, dryish medium body and a nice wave of bittering hops on the long finish. An excellent, dry, well balanced food beer with a good dose of hops.
Elm City Brewing Company Armageddon Black IPA
92 points
Dark brown with a bronze cast and taupe head. Aromas of chocolate drizzled and grilled citrus, cayenne pork rind, with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a lingering, astringent and bitter baker’s cocoa, peppercorn, and rapini finish. The bitterness is aggressively agreeable and makes this a great food beer.
Goose Island Beer Co. Ten Hills Pale Ale
92 points
Rich amber color. Aromas of pepper-oregano focaccia and peach pastry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, nicely astringent, honeyed grilled pineapple, banana, and papaya and pepper finish. Very pleasurable and well balanced.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company New Mission Organics  IPA
92 points
Rich copper color with a khaki lace. Aromas of caramelized citrus and stone fruits and honey butter on cinnamon rolls with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rich, frothy, grilled carrot, nut, brown sugar, strawberry preserves, and peppery greens flourish on the finish. Impressive richness and dimension.
Hopcat Brewery PT Brown
92 points
Deep brown color. Attractive hoppy aromas of citrus marmalade, oregano honey, and pine with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, mocha latte, peppercorn, roasted grain, pine cone and mineral finish. Tasty.
Island Brewing Company Jubilee Ale
92 points
Lustrous copper color with a khaki lace. Aromas of buttered toasted nut bread and lemon pepper with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, honeyed grilled pear, blood orange, roasted nut, and radish sprouts accented finish. Very nicely composed flavors with solid balance.
Mother Road Brewing Company Roadside American Ale
92 points
Lustrously clear amber copper color with frog eye bubbles. Aromas of margarita pizza, cracked pepper, and fig paste with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and pleasant buttered raisin toast and salty roasted corn finish. A nice savory food beer that is sure to please.
Rogness Brewing Company Holiday Winter Ale
92 points
Copper color. Aromas of cinnamon raisin oatmeal cookie and fresh gingerbread with a tangy, silky, medium-to-full body and a long creamy white cherry toffee, Asian spices, and pepper jelly finish. Delicious, balanced, and a very festive. Try with vanilla based desserts.
Samuel Adams Hazel Brown
92 points
Deep reddish bronze color. Bright aromas and flavors of milk chocolate coated hazelnuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing creamy chocolate cherry mousse finish. Very tasty and sure to please.
Samuel Adams Juniper IPA
92 points
Lustrous copper orange color. Aromas of orange spice cake, pink peppercorn, lemon custard, and lavender with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a frothy, bitter finish with a notes of juniper jelly, pepper, radicchio, and violet gelato. Quite a clever and uniquely flavorful brew. Try with goat cheeses
Belching Beaver Brewery Dammed Imperial IPA
91 points
Copper color. Aromas of mango chutney, peach-pineapple cobbler, and roasted grain with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, caramelized citrus, radicchio, and pepper finish. Great intensity and style.
Elevator Brewing Co. Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale
91 points
Deep reddish copper color. Aromas of grilled citrus, wet pine and moss, and pepper herb bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, honey roasted carrot, rapini, radish and peppercorn accented finish. A nicely balanced, hoppy red ale.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Pub Series English Pale
91 points
Rich amber color. Aromas of apricot and grapefruit marmalades, pink peppercorn, and honey buttered raisin scone with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy roasted nut, quince, dried violet, and grassy hop finish. A very nice and sessionable British style pale ale.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company Belknaps Bock
91 points
Dark copper bronze color. Interesting aromas of teriyaki roasted nuts, chocolate, cola, and toasted fig bread with a crisp, supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a great, balanced interplay of roasted grain, peppercorn muffin, and grassy, watercress like hops. A great domestic bock that begs for sausages and cheeses.
Hopcat Brewery Right Meow Pale
91 points
Deep amber color. Aromas of peach butter and mango chutney on biscuits with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a lovely caramelized citrus, nut, and carrot accented finish with balanced peppery hops. A great, vibrantly flavorful and balanced choice for the table.
Les Brasseurs du Nord Boréale Blonde
91 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toasted baguette and herb butter with a supple, dryish, cream-like foamy light-to-medium body a nice, lightly peppery, radish sprout and nut finish. A rock solid golden ale for sessions.
Rogness Brewing Company Rook Scotch Ale
91 points
Dark copper bronze color. Smoky peat, herb roasted nuts, and caramelized fruit aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a spicy smoked paprika, grilled carrot, cigar ash, and kale finish. True-to-style smokiness and a great choice for spicy bbq.
Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog Six Hop India Pale Ale
91 points
Amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of Bananas Foster, creme brulee, and onion-quince marmalade with a chewy, fruity medium-full body and a pepper bread toast, brown sugar, and a grilled carrot. More of a strong ale than an IPA, but very tasty and food friendly.
Stone Brewing Co. - Stone IPA
91 points
Golden amber color. Hoppy aromas of grilled and caramelized tropical citrus on brioche with a supple dryish medium-to-full body and a snappy. bitter, peppercorn chive muffin, radicchio, and grilled turnip accented finish with great astringency.
Stone Brewing Co. - Stone Pale Ale
91 points
Deep amber color. Aromas of dried grapefruit, dark toast, pepper, and roasted corn with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a nicely astringent grilled citrus, rapini, and pine sap smack on the long finish. Lots of hoppy attitude.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. 420 Extra Pale Ale
91 points
Amber color with floating particles. Mild aromas of toast and dried citrus with a tangy medium body and a melon, starfruit, pepper, and lettuce finish. A pleasant, supple golden ale.
August Schell Brewing Co. Schells Bock
90 points
Deep copper color. Aromas of citrus and stone fruit marmalades on raisin rye bread with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, peppery snap on the finish. A little on the fruity side, but quite tasty and balanced.
Belching Beaver Brewery Rabid Beaver Rye IPA
90 points
Brilliant deep amber orange color. Fruity aromas of mango-pineapple compote, pine, and pepper bread with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, medley of grilled tropical fruits, pepper, and a bitter mustard greens. An intense, borderline imperial IPA that delivers the hoppy goods.
Caldera Brewing Company India Pale Ale
90 points
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Brash aromas and flavors of apricot-pineapple jam, cheese rind, pine cone, and toasted herb bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a very dry and astringent herbal pizza crust, white pepper, and bitter grapefruit pith finish. A robustly bitter IPA for hop heads; try with a shot of bourbon.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Pub Series ESB
90 points
Copper color. Aromas of honeyed toast with a hint of cocoa. Crisp and dryish with a medium-to-full body and a zesty dried citrus, melon and peppered greens finish. A great, vibrantly flavorful version of the style.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company 1826 IPA
90 points
Deep copper mahogany color. Bold aromas of chocolate covered orange peels and Brach’s caramels with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a fruit salad and peppered greens and nuts finish. Quite lively and fruit driven.
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co. Hopnosis IPA
90 points
Old gold color. Nice dank hop aromas suggest pepper-scallion-oregano bread, mustard greens, and kumquats chutney with a frothy, dryish medium body and a snappy cayenne, radish, rapini, and grilled grapefruit finish. Aggressive hoppy fun.
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Oloroso Cask Oak Aged Beer
90 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of peach-raisin chutney, buttercream frosting, and roasted almonds with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nicely balanced sweet and salty pasty and pepper finish. Tasty and refreshing with intriguing layers of flavor.
Les Brasseurs du Nord Boréale Rousse
90 points
Pure copper brown color. Aromas of grilled root vegetables and citrus, dark roasted nuts, and toasted baguette with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and an elegant, layered finish with notes of sprouts, toffee, honeyed grain, and earth. A great session or table beer.
Packinghouse Brewing Co. Bell Tower Blonde
90 points
Golden yellow color. Fruity caramel spread on toast aromas with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing kiwi, pepper, and kale finish. Very clean, tasty and well balanced.
Rogue Ales Juniper Pale Ale
90 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Restrained aromas of toasted bread and lemon marmalade with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a well balanced herbal and peppercorn-like hop finish. Very nicely composed flavors and texture.
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery India Ale
90 points
Pale amber color. Aroma of honeyed oranges and pears with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and refreshingly balanced honey butter, date, and arugula finish. Very well balanced, nicely fruity and sessionable.
Wychwood Brewery Co. Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale
90 points
Copper color. Aromas of peach butter on pumpernickel toast with a crisp, dry medium body and an earthy nut, dried fruit, mineral, and watercress accented finish. A spot on dry bitter.
Belching Beaver Brewery Hop Highway IPA
89 points
Golden amber color. Interesting aromas of herbs, honey, grilled mangos and papayas, brown sugar, and grapefruit yogurt with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and juniper candy, pinecone and arugula accented finish. A nice session IPA that will shine at the table.
Caldera Brewing Company Ashland Amber Ale
89 points
Deep orange amber color. Dank hoppy aromas of toasted tortilla, grilled citrus, and polenta and salted nuts with a supple, dryish medium body and a radish, golden beet, pepper, soapy cilantro, and citrus rind finish.
Epic Brewing Company Epic Imperial IPA
89 points
Hazy copper orange color. Aromas and flavors of tarragon honey, grilled citrus and root vegetables with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a bitter papaya-banana custard, pine, pepper and mineral accented finish. Very well balanced and flavor packed.
Fort George Brewery and Public House Next Adventure Black I.P.A.
89 points
black color. Aromas of grilled citrus, pine, pizza herbs, and chocolate with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a long refreshing, citrusy hop, roasted parsnip and cauliflower, and dark herb bread driven finish. A very nice food beer.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company Red Ramona Ale
89 points
Copper brown color. Aromas of malted chocolate toffee and mocha latte with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long chocolate nut and citrus and lettuce. Walking down more of a English brown path, but quite tasty and satisfying.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company Gerald Rye Ford Imperial IPA
89 points
Dark copper meets reddish mahogany color. Dense aromas of caramelized citrus, pine sap, and Indian spice cake with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, concentrated pineapple marmalade, peppery greens, radish and earth accented finish. Big, but balanced hop and malt flavors.
Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. Edwyns Warm-Up Ale
89 points
Brilliant dark amber color. Aromas of peanut brittle, raisin rye toast, and grilled romaine with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, honeyed citrus, pepper, and nougat finish. Bold and appetizing.
Lake Superior Brewing Deep Water Black IPA
89 points
Brown black color. Aromas of chocolate coffee bean, nut and orange peel, and fruit cake with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, grapefruit, roasted chestnut, and pine accented finish. A nice emphasis the malt and balance for drinkability here.
Packinghouse Brewing Co. Heritage Pale Ale
89 points
Amber color. Enticing aromas of pumpkin cheesecake with graham cracker crust, honey, and apple butter on rye toast with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and refreshing grilled citrus and root vegetable and peppered greens flourish on the finish. Flavor packed and mouthwateringly appetizing.
Peticolas Brewing Company The Duke Barley Wine
89 points
Rich amber color. Aromas of toasted baklava, chives, caramelized fruits and peppers with a tangy, fruity, medium-full body and a zesty spiced lemon cake, nut, exotic peppercorn, and earth accented finish. Great fruity-driven vibrancy and drinkability in a "lighter" style of barleywine.
Port City Brewing Co. Essential Pale Ale
89 points
Hazy sunset color. Aromas of mango chutney on raisin rye toast and cherry vinaigrette with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppered melon, sweet cream, and golden beet accented finish. A very nice food beer.
Revolver Brewing Revolver Bock
89 points
Russet brown color. Intriguing aromas and flavors suggest chocolate graham crackers, root beer float,and a hint of roasted marinated pork loin with plush dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppered, dried apple and root vegetable finish. A fun beer to pair with bbq.
Rogue Ales Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale
89 points
Slightly hazy golden color. Aromas of fresh toast, honeycomb, and dried citrus blossoms with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, orange and melon, pepper, nut, and root vegetable accented finish. A racy, savory food beer.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Bernese Barley Wine Ale
89 points
Minutely hazy deep copper color. Aromas of butter roasted nuts, chocolate orange peel, and peppercorn muffin with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, honeyed raisin toast, herb and pepper. Very tasty and balanced.
Eddyline Brewing Crank Yanker IPA
88 points
Pale amber color. Aromas of peach yogurt, orange peppercorn vinaigrette, and steamed broccoli with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a dried cherry, pepper, orange, and glazed yam accented finish. A touch wild and wooly, but fun and good choice for pairings.
Eddyline Brewing River Runners Pale Ale
88 points
Brassy amber color. Fruity aromas of pineapple cake, mango gelato, and juniper jelly with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a buttery caramel, rye toast, and peppered greens driven finish. A pleasantly fruity and snappy pale ale.
Excelsior Brewing Co. XLCR Pale Ale
88 points
Deep amber color. Aromas of peach danish and apple sauce with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy caramelized citrus, melon, and grassy hop finish. A pleasant easy-drinking pale ale.
Excelsior Brewing Co. Shattered Solstice Ale
88 points
Hazy amber copper color. Aromas of ginger beer and coriander-turmeric spice rub on poultry meat with a fruity medium body and a ginger snap, caramel corn, and grilled parsnip finish. Vibrant, festive, and fun.
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Toasted Oak IPA
88 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins and dried apricot pastry with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a creamy, tangy sweet citrus and melon gelato finish. An interesting oak-aged take on the classic style.
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Yorkshire Stingo
88 points
Dark copper color with a fine mousse. Aromas of baked spiced apples and banana, bees wax, and hint of polish with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy creme brulee, stewed white raisin, molasses, and peppery arugula finish. A pleasant fireside sipper or food beer.
Theresianer Pale Ale
88 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana custard, pear marmalade on sourdough toast and melon sorbet with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery hop and dusty root vegetable accented finish. Not very British pale ale like upfront-a bit too fruity, but finishes dryly with a nice snappiness. Serve with spicy curries.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Irish Setter Red
88 points
Lustrous copper color. Aromas of buttery nut brittle, buckwheat honey, and chocolate mousse with a supple, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a pleasant honeyed oatmeal, raisin, marinated cucumber and kale finish. Tasty.
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. General Sherman IPA
88 points
Golden amber color. Aromas bitter lemon, chicken fat chips, and pineapple marmalade with a supple, dryish medium body and a rutabaga, watercress, honey, and pepper accented finish. A savory food beer.
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. Double Dry Hopped General Sherman IPA
88 points
Slightly hazy golden amber color. Aromas of frosted apple strudel, grilled pepper, and dried mango with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lingering hoppy, grilled citrus, pine, greens, and pepper finish. A burly IPA for hopheads.
Blue Heron BrewPub Golden Road
87 points
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Aromas of apricot creme brulee and pineapple vinaigrette with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a toasty meringue, banana yogurt, pepper, and clay on the finish. A sweet and savory food beer.
Elm City Brewing Company Session Ale
87 points
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of pepper bread and and scallion omelet with a very crisp, dryish medium body and a highly astringent, nettle-like bittering hop finish. Not really a mild, but a good match for hot wings.
Elm City Brewing Company Christmas Scotch Ale
87 points
Dark brown with a copper cast and a khaki lace. Aromas of toasted nut bread, grilled greens, cocoa and lemon pepper with a frothy, dryish medium body and a deft hint of smoked nuts and chocolate on the nice grassy hop finish. A mild Scotch ale.
Excelsior Brewing Co. Bridge Jumper IPA
87 points
Golden amber color. Fruity caramel and citrus pastry aromas with a frothy, dryish medium body and a honeyed, stewed apricot and root vegetable and kale finish with peppery hops. A nice, fruity food IPA.
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery Lost Colony Ale
87 points
Dark brown bronze color. Aromas of brown butter, green peanuts, and kale with a supple, dryish medium body and a caramelized banana, nut, pepper and grass finish. A zippy quaffer.
Hopcat Brewery Son of Hoppo IPA
87 points
Dark amber copper color. Aromas of wet roasted grain, powdered citrus cleanser, dusty herbs, and brown grain with a crisp, racy dryish medium body and a grilled root vegetable, stewed spinach, and rapini finish.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Twisted Kilt Ale
87 points
Beautiful bronze color. Aromas of salty crackers, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and smoked cheese rind with a supple, dryish medium body and a grain husk, pepper, pear. and sprouts accented finish. Nice restraint and balance.
Worthy Brewing Co. Worthy Pale
87 points
Golden amber color. Compacted aromas of minty, green tea and tropical citrus like hops and toasted peach pastry with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity and a pleasantly drying, toasty finish with notes of dried mango, orange, and radicchio. A rock solid pale ale that is quite sessionable.
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery Vitamin O ESB
86 points
Amber copper color. Aromas of roasted corn and toasted fruitcake and rice cake with a slightly sour and fruity medium body and a roasted grain, lemon peel, and smoked peppercorn accented finish.
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery Baltimore Blonde
86 points
Golden amber color. Honey butter, white blossoms, and roasted corn aromas are reminiscent of Corn Pops cereal with a supple, dryish medium body and tangy, citrus custard and peppered arugula accented finish. A sturdy quaffer that will stand up to greasy pub grub.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company Stickley Brothers Standard Bitter
86 points
Amber color with a fine mousse. Aromas of overripe pear, peach custard, caulk, toasty nut bread with a supple, dry medium body and a molten plastic, arugula, Nutella, and mossy earth accented finish.
Rogness Brewing Company Gigantophis Imperial IPA
86 points
Slightly hazy copper orange color. Aroma nutshells and dried fruits with crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a roasted grain, flour sack, cedar, and peppercorn finish. Very grain driven.
Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
86 points
Copper bronze color. Aromas of chocolate gingerbread and cola float with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium and a creamy, fruity caramel flan, cherry, and grass accented finish. Simple, pleasant, and highly quaffable.
Dad & Dude’s Breweria Dank IPA
85 points
Luminous copper color. Aromas of apple cider vinaigrette and pineapple slices on mesclun with a sourish dry medium body and a breezy pinecone, clover, and parchment finish.
Mother Road Brewing Company Lost Highway
85 points
Aromas of over roasted nuts, clay, and dark sour dough with a dry medium body and a bitter turnip, sassafras and peppered mustard greens finish. A racy, spicy food beer.
Badger State Brewing Company Bunyan Badger Brown Ale
84 points
Reddish bronze color. Diametric aromas of dried banana, chocolate caramel fudge and stalky vegetables with a supple, dryish medium body and a slightly sour poached pear, pepper, cocoa, and chestnut honey on greens finish.
Gaslight Brewery 80 Shilling Wee Heavy
84 points
Reddish amber color. Disparate aroma suggest honeyed sundried peaches, butter roasted nuts, and molten wax with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a minutely sour apricot vinaigrette on watercress finish.
Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. Final Repose Ale
84 points
Hazy copper brown color with fish eye bubbles. Aromas of stewed fruits and root vegetables and spiced nuts with a somewhat flat, fruity medium body and a honeyed raisin scone, brown sugar,and chocolate finish. British in style and restraint.
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. 99 Golden Ale
84 points
Rich amber color. Aromas of asparagus omelet and buttered fruit pastry with a supple, dry light-to-medium body and a sweet potato, pepper bread, nutshell and grass finish. A cleansing food beer and drinks a bit like a lager.
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery Big Bertha Brown Ale
84 points
Reddish bronze brown color. Earthy aromas of crispy pig skin, chocolate nuts, and dark pepper bread toast with a crisp, dryish medium body and a whole nut, latte, dried banana and peppered kale accented finish. A little odd, yet somewhat appealing.
Worthy Brewing Co. Worthy IPA
84 points
Old golden color. Aromas of perfumed lipstick and dried mango with a dryish medium body and a water chestnut, pear in syrup, and pepper-onion bread finish.
Badger State Brewing Company Robin Red IPA
83 points
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of poached pears and fruit salad with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a slightly phenolic melted wax note and greens on the finish.
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery Stone of Destiny Scotch Ale
83 points
Hazy copper brown color. Aromas of succotash, toasted corn bread, and caramelized and stewed stone fruits with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a bubblegum, spiced pear, and fig Newton accented finish. Not really a Scottish ale, but a decent choice for pub grub.
Mother Road Brewing Company Whitewalls Extra Pale IPA
83 points
Golden amber color with little carbonation. Aromas of fruity taffy and sweet vinaigrette with a soft, fruity medium body and a tangy fruit salad and watercress finish.
Rhinelander Brewing Company Imperial Jack Double IPA
83 points
Amber color. Aromas of caramelized peaches and pineapples, white toffee, and fruitcake with a sweet medium-to-full body and a candied fruit and honeyed greens and carrot driven finish. Pleasantly fruity, but quite sweet and cloying with not enough hop presence for the style on the finish.
Minhas Craft Brewery Swiss Amber Ale
82 points
Pale copper color with a slight haze. Aromas of honeyed tropical fruit pastry and cling peaches with a frothy, fruity medium body and sweet toffeed nut, banana nut muffin, and wheatgrass finish.
Badger State Brewing Company Green Chop Session IPA
81 points
Pale copper color. Aroma of overripe citrus, melon balls, nutskin, apple butter on sourdough toast with a dryish medium body and a peppered jicama, apple peel, and radish finish. Not a lot of hop character, but a decent pub grub quaffer.
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery Devils Own IPA
81 points
Amber color. Aromas of potato bread dough with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a vegetal, melon, peppery hop and straw mat finish.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company Minnow Ladder Pale Ale
81 points
Anemic hazy yellow amber color. Aromas of dried apricot, herb bread, and caramelized nuts with a very crisp, dryish medium body and a long, drying, pine, okra, tobacco ash, cooked corn, and peppercorn driven finish. A savory pale ale for pub grub.
High Noon Saloon & Brewery Centennial Brown Ale
81 points
Deep reddish brown. Sweaty aromas of tomato paste, pencil eraser, fruity coffee cake, and nougat with a tangy, sourish medium body and a tomato jelly, peach butter on rye and peppery turnip greens finish.
Pacific Western Brewing Company Mt. Everest Barley Wine
81 points
Hazy orange amber color with a fleeting rim of frog’s eye bubbles. Unusual aromas of oily cashew butter, gingerbread, tropical soda, tomato soup, and lime curd with a prickly, fruity medium body and hoppy, flat ginger ale and cola, nougat, arugula, citrus rind, and toasted pepper bread finish. Very atypical and somewhat jumbled.
Dad & Dude’s Breweria One Big Shot in the Dark Ale
80 points
Russet brown color with big bubbles. Clumsy aromas of candle wax, brewer’s yeast, candy sugar, and honeyed dried fruits with a glycerous, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a flat sassafras, pine cone, and circus peanut finish. A bit disjointed.
Dad & Dude’s Breweria Fathom Amber Ale
80 points
Hazy amber color. Aromas and flavors of frittata, funky cheese rind,nettles, dusty straw mat, and sour overripe grapefruit and stone fruits with a tart, sourish medium body and a tangy, orange vinaigrette on watercress and clay finish. Flawed, but interesting.
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery Paddy Wagon Ale
80 points
Reddish bronze color. Muscular aromas roasted grain, clay, whole peanuts, and salted jerky with a soft, limpish dry light-to-medium body a bold grilled root vegetable, coffee substitute, and molasses bread dominated finish. Not together flavor wise.
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