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November 2014 - Ciders & British and North American Ale Styles

November 2014 - Ciders & British and North American Ale Styles
This month's Beer feature is Ciders & British and North American Ale Styles (2)

Ciders & British and North American Ale Styles Reviews

Southern Prohibition Brewing Barley Legal English Barleywine
96 points
Deep amber bronze color. Bright aromas and flavors of toasted rye fruit bread, apple-peach yogurt, chestnut toffee, and mocha with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, epic, very long finish with suggestions of peppercorns, arugula, honeyed dried fruit, and custard. A remarkable and very faithful English-style barleywine with vibrant, fruity hops.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. HopsickleTriple Hoppy Imperial IPA
95 points
Amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of grilled grapefruits and stones fruits, cannabis, herb bread, and pepper with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-full body and a bitter, complex, long finish that exhibits nuances of caramelized parsnips, bitter greens, and pine. A full throttle, yet balanced and intense IIPA for hopheads.
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh
94 points
Bright amber color. Bright aromas and flavors of green herbs, spinach, and honeyed dried lemon with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish that shows notes of pepper, radish, and date. A zesty and delicious IPA with a balanced European sensibility.
Epic Brewing Company Escape to Colorado IPA
93 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Bright aromas and flavors of roasted corn, herb pepper bread, and grilled citrus and root veggies with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy finish that shows notes of bamboo shoot, nuts, cream, and herbs. A nicely balanced, very sessionable beer that will shine at the table.
Mother Road Brewing Company Painted Racer ESB
93 points
Copper color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toasted rye fig bread and pineapple-orange custard with a silky, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, complex, long finish with suggestions of roasted nuts, cocoa, lemon pepper, and bitter greens. A delicious, robustly flavorful ESB for all occasions, fantastic!
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Local Fields - Gourdgeous
92 points
Dark brown color. Rich aromas and flavors of fresh baked spicy pumpkin pie, candied yams, and mincemeat with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long finish with notes of dark rye toast, arugula, pepper, and coffee. A great drier styled pumpkin with nice nuances of spice and roasted malt.
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus
92 points
Deep amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of ginger pepper jelly, herbal pizza crust, and peach and grapefruit marmalades with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish that presents elements of citrus creme brulee, pepper, bitter greens, and pine blossom. A zesty, vibrant hop-centric IPA that is sure to please.
Southern Prohibition Brewing Sinister Minister Black IPA
92 points
Opaque brown black color. Toasty aromas of grilled pumpernickel and chocolate covered grapefruit peels with a satiny, lively, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, long baking chocolate, pepper, and dark roasted espresso bean finish. An intense combination of dark roasted malt and brooding, bitter hop flavors.
Fort Pitt Brewing Company Fort Pitt Ale
91 points
Deep amber copper color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toasted baguette, caramelized dried fruit, and cocoa with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish displaying nuances of sprouts, delicate lemon pepper, and roasted grain. A spot on English style pale ale that really nails the style with a fresh, zingy American flair.
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Barrel Roll No. 3 - Pugachevs Cobra
91 points
Opaque brown black color. Rich aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroons, roasted nuts, dried fruits, and peppery spices with a vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, involved, medium-long finish revealing accents of grilled root vegetables and pepper with light oak. A deep and flavorful nightcap; give this a bit of time in the cellar.
Epic Brewing Company Smoked & Oaked
90 points
Bright copper orange color. Rich aromas and flavors of toasted wood and nuts, coconut creme brulee, dried fruits, and cherry pipe tobacco ash with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with overtones of spicy apple tart and earth with light oak. A nice dessert beer or fireside sipper.
Flix Brewhouse Kill Shot Scotch Ale
90 points
Dark bronze brown black color. Aromas and flavors of peach, apple, and toffee with a silky, tangy, petillant, fruity body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish revealing nuances of touch of greens, honeyed kiwi, hint of peat, and roasted chestnut. A solid Scottish ale with a nice fruity backbone.
Peter B’s Brewpub Citra IPA
90 points
Pale amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of grapefruit compote, banana flan, and pineapple-mango relish with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with elements of rapini, peppered kale, mineral, and pine bark. Great balance and drinkability.
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings
90 points
Pink color. Fruity aromas and flavors of fruitcake, lemon custard, grilled citrus and romaine, and Italian herbs with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, long finish with notes of grapefruit marmalade on toast, peppery greens, mincemeat pie, and parsley root. A fun, flavor jammed IPA with a great balance of fruit and hoppiness.
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA
90 points
Cloudy gold color. Lively aromas and flavors of sourdough, dried apricot, citrus, and pine with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an astringent, stimulating, medium-long finish. A great marriage of Belgian yeast and malt with American hops.
Delafield Brewhaus Hop Harvest IPA
89 points
Golden amber color. Complex aromas of overripe peaches and pineapples, nougat, and dank greens with a vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and an astringent, refreshing, mango custard, kumquat, pepper, and leafy greens finish. A very nicely balanced, fruity IPA with a nice fresh, green and tropical fruit hop character.
Epic Brewing Company Hopulent IPA
89 points
Hazy deep amber color. Mild aromas and flavors of toasted nuts and toasted bread with a chewy, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting finish evoking nuances of dried fruits, pepper, arugula, and caramelized nuts. A thick chewy IPA with a nicely restrained hop character.
Fish Brewing Co. 10² Barley Wine Ale
89 points
Hazy copper mahogany color. Rich aromas and flavors of citrus, pine, and chocolate figs with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish revealing touches of creme brulee, white ash, and pepper. A very big and well-balanced hop-forward barley wine.
La Quinta Brewing Co. Poolside Blonde
89 points
Old gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cream puff and herb pretzel bread with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dryish medium body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-length finish with elements of roasted corn and turnip, pepper, arugula, and grapefruit. A nice hoppy golden ale with refreshing bitterness.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. Tipperary Pale Ale
89 points
Amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate peanut butter bar and peach and lemon marmalades with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-long finish evoking shades of pepper, kale, and mild pine. A broad shouldered West Coast style pale ale with balance and sass.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. Northern California IPA
89 points
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of vanilla mint bark, spiced grapefruit, pine blossoms, and ramps with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an astringent, medium-long finish revealing notes of mango chutney, pepper, radicchio, and radish. An intense, well balanced IPA that hophead will love.
Port City Brewing Co. Ways & Means
89 points
Hazy light amber color. Lively aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade, spruce tip, lemon pepper, and herb focaccia with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, stimulating, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of peppery spice, rapini, orange peel, and turnip. A zesty, flavor-packed IPA with good sessionability.
Reuben’s Brews London Calling
89 points
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of toasted nut bread with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a medium-length finish evoking accents of dried citrus, earth, coffee, and turnip. A very true to style bitter; bring on the pub grub.
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic
89 points
Amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of nuts, cocoa, greens, and grapefruit relish with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of turnip, cashew brittle, and lemon pepper. A bold, brash earthy IPA.
Vancouver Island Brewery Thirty Years Imperial Red Ale
89 points
Dark ruby mahogany color. Rich aromas and flavors of dried fruits, cocoa, caramel cookie, and beef jerky with a supple, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of spiced pear, nut, golden beet, and pepper. A sturdy strong ale for the fireplace.
Delafield Brewhaus Naga-Wicked Pale Ale
88 points
Amber color. Herbal aromas and flavors of bay leaf, kale, and caramelized dried fruits with a supple, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, easy finish manifesting impressions of roasted celery root, pepper, honeyed citrus, and melon. A sturdy pale ale for the table.
Fish Brewing Co. Fish Tale Hodgsons Bitter End IPA
88 points
Hazy deep amber copper color. Delicate aromas and flavors of roasted root veggies and corn bread with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish medium body and a warming finish with notes of reduced lemon, pepper, and earth. a vibrant, solid IPA.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. Celts Golden Ale
88 points
Golden yellow color. Lively aromas and flavors of toasted nut bread and dried citrus with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a polished, medium-length finish with notes of honey and pepper. A solid golden ale with a pleasant zestiness.
Reuben’s Brews Imperial Rye IPA
88 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of rye raisin toast, floral honey, and dried citrus with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a bitter, stimulating, medium-long finish with notes of pine, rapini, and earth. A earthy, nicely bitter, low impact IIPA.
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe
88 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa, pepper, edamame, and spice with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish. A nice savory IPA.
Southern Prohibition Brewing Jack the Sipper ESB
88 points
Bright amber color. Earthy aromas of toasted sour dough raisin bread, citrus peel, and cereal with a supple, lively, frothy, medium body and a mildly astringent, breezy mustard greens and pepper finish. A zesty ESB with a nicely astringency and balance.
FireWheel Brewing Co. Texas Pale Ale
87 points
Dark ruby bronze color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, caramelized citrus, and pepper focaccia with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-length finish with elements of roasted nut, pepper, and minerals. A tasty pale ale with a lot of roasted grain character that will play out nicely at the table.
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Local Fields - Polycot
87 points
Cloudy golden yellow color. Lively aromas and flavors of egg sandwich and dried apricot with a supple, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of wheat cracker, apricot marmalade, and alfalfa sprouts. A tasty, purely flavored apricot wheat beer.
The Lonetree Cider Company Authentic Apple Cider
87 points
Pale golden silver color. Delicate aromas and flavors of baked apple and honey with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy finish with accents of mineral, melon rind, and green apple skin. A relaxing easy drinking cider.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Session Premium Pale Ale
85 points
Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of salty roasted root vegetable, greens, and bread with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a mildly astringent, relaxed finish with impressions of dried citrus, pepper, and radish. A nice IPA.
La Quinta Brewing Co. Indian Canyon IPA
85 points
Golden amber color. Bold aromas and flavors of grilled grapefruit, peppery spices, pinecone, and chive with a supple, racy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a bitter, medium-long finish with notes of bitter greens and bark, roasted turnip, peppercorns, and wormwood tea. A lashingly bitter IPA for IBU nuts.
Vancouver Island Brewery Storm Watcher Winter Lager
85 points
Copper mahogany color. Creamy aromas of coconut custard, vanilla yogurt nuts, and nectarine with a supple, frothy, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, breezy cream soda, sprouts, and hint of pepper finish. A pleasant, easy going quaffer with interesting sweet creamy flavor.
Delafield Brewhaus Amber
84 points
Amber color. Aromas of butterscotch, caramel corn, and toast with a soft, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk peach jam finish. A carefree quaffer.
Flix Brewhouse 10 Day Scottish Ale
84 points
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa, coconut, incense, and taffy wrapper with a bright, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish with shades of nuts and bread dough. A solid quaffer.
La Quinta Brewing Co. One Eleven Pale Ale
84 points
Light amber color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed grapefruit and mangoes and toasted herb muffin with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dryish medium body and an astringent, delightful, medium-long finish manifesting accents of peppercorns, grilled radicchio, and radish. A nice vibrantly bitter pale bordering on an IPA.
Faust Brewing Company Vinnys ESB
83 points
Deep amber color. Mild aromas of honeyed date bread, brown sugar, and orange marmalade with a soft, crisp, effervescent, light-to-medium body and a mildly astringent, brisk okra, jicama, celery, and lemon pepper finish. A pleasant food beer.
Flix Brewhouse Lupulus IPA
83 points
Hazy deep amber medium brown color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach cream danish, apple cider, nuts, and hint of glue with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of citrus marmalade, pepper, and mustard greens. A nice food beer.
FireWheel Brewing Co. Midnight Ninja Imperial Black Ale
82 points
Brown black color. Curious aromas and flavors of waxy chocolate covered cherries, overripe pineapple, coconut yogurt, corn silk, and beans and edamame with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length finish with suggestions of spiced apple, honeyed lettuce, nutshell, and root veggies. A somewhat vegetal and savory food beer.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. Kilt Lifter Scotch-Style Ale
82 points
Mahogany copper color. Inviting aromas and flavors of mocha, toffee, dried fruits, and boiled peas with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length finish revealing impressions of grilled romaine, roasted carrot, date, and citrus marmalade. A vegetable laden Scottish ale.
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