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November 2015 - British & North American Ale Styles

November 2015 - British & North American Ale Styles
This month's Beer feature is British & North American Ale Styles

British & North American Ale Styles Reviews

Elevator Brewing Co. "Dirty Dicks" Nut Brown Ale
95 points
Bright clear brilliant bronze color. Delicate, herbal, grainy aromas of praline and dark toast with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length peppered nuts and grains, arugula, and cocoa powder finish. A very nice dry English brown ale.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. Double Kiltlifter Strong Ale
95 points
Clear reddish mahogany color. Lively, complex aromas of caramelized fruits, brown sugar, apple vinaigrette, and prune with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, moderately sweet full body and a peppery, very long toffee and orange pepper finish. A rich, nicely balanced strong beer for contemplative sipping.
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA
94 points
Bright clear brilliant deep amber color. Bright, tropical aromas of tropical fruit custard tart, salted caramel, nougat, and peppercorns with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish. finish. A superbly fruity and delicious ipa.
Blue Pants Brewery Cream Ale
93 points
Bright brilliant clear golden yellow color. Delicate, toasty aromas of fruit custard tart, honeyed toast, and roasted golden beets with a silky, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length buttered raisin toast and arugula finish. A very nice cream ale with good vibrancy and length.
Full Sail Brewing Co. ESB
93 points
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Bright clear amber color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of orange marmalade and raisin scone with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length lemon cake, honeyed nuts, and kale finish. A fruity and refreshing bitter ale.
Peter B’s Brewpub Catch 24 English Pale Ale
93 points
Hazy amber color. Lively, toasty aromas of honeyed raisin toast and yams and dried fruits with a soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, breezy salted nuts, toasted grain, watercress, and chocolate mint cookie finish. A precise and pleasing English style pale ale.
Reuben’s Brews Altbier
93 points
Medium bright copper color. Lively, toasty aromas of raisin toast and chocolate with a lean, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length pretzel bread, roasted nuts and coffee, arugula, and pepper finish. A wonderfully balanced and delicious alt with snappy hops.
Revolver Brewing "High Brass" Blonde Ale
93 points
Bright brilliant clear old gold color. Lively, toasty, savory aromas of peach danish, honeyed nuts, and spice with an even, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length flan, pepper, and bibb lettuce finish. A spot on golden ale with lively, spicy hops.
St. Croix Brewing Co. Cream Ale
93 points
Bright brilliant clear gold color. Delicate, fruity, creamy aromas of peach granola in cream and golden raisin baguette with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length radish, arugula, and minerals finish. A clean, precise cream ale with great table appeal.
Vancouver Island Brewery "Sabotage" India Session Ale
93 points
Minutely hazy dusty old gold color. Lively, tropical, hoppy interesting aromas of lemon marmalade, jasmine tea, and spiced pineapple with an even, lively, fizzy, dry medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-length herbs, dried tropical fruits, peppered melon, and pine needle finish. A vibrant mouthwatering, very sessionable ipa.
Elevator Brewing Co. "Three Frogs" IPA
92 points
Minutely hazy old gold color. Lively, baked aromas of tropical fruits, peach custard, yams, and caramel corn with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, very sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, amusing, medium-long caramelized citrus, roasted nuts, lemon pepper, and grilled parsnip and cabbage finish. An astringently bitter and flavorful ipa that is sure to please hopheads.
Fairport Brewing Co. "Church & Main" IPA English Style IPA
92 points
Cloudy dark copper color. Bright, toasty aromas of lemon nut scone, herb bread, and brown sugar with a velvety, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length caramelized grains and nuts, dried citrus and fruits, and roasted carrot finish. A nice snappy ipa with balanced maltiness.
Reuben’s Brews Imperial Black IPA
92 points
Dark brown black color. Rich, dank, hoppy boozy aromas of chocolate toffee, dried citrus, and dark rye toast with a soft, lively, finely carbonated, bittersweet medium-full body and a hot, complex, very long nutskins, lemon pepper, grilled yams, and grass finish. A blockbuster black ipa.
Revolver Brewing "Mullet Cutter" Double IPA
92 points
Bright clear brilliant dark copper color. Bright, fruity aromas of tropical fruit chutney, lemon marmalade, and raisin toast with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length pepper, arugula, and turnip finish. An even and balanced imperial ipa.
Burleigh Brewing Co. 28 Pale Ale
91 points
Pale clear golden amber color. Tropical aromas of pineapple-mango chutney, gooseberry jam, and peppercorn muffin with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-length nuts, delicate spice-sage bread, and grassy earth finish. A nice, fruity, easy drinking pale ale.
Newcastle "Foreign Extra" IPA
91 points
Bright golden amber color. Lively, earthy, grassy herbal aromas of tropical fruit pastry, flan, and saltine with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length peppered greens, citrus peels, pine, and spiced nuts finish. A bright zesty English ipa with a fruity nod to the states.
Revolver Brewing "Cinnamon Girl" Spiced Amber Ale
91 points
Copper color. Aromas of gingerbread, mincemeat pie, and chocolate graham cracker with a velvety, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length spicy roasted carrots and apples, peppercorn muffin, and nutskin finish. A great combination of savory and spicy flavors with a table friendly balance.
Fairport Brewing Co. "Peter J IPA" Double IPA
90 points
Amber color. Aromas of caramelized mango and root vegetables, honeyed lemon scone, and brazil nuts with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length citrus peel, grass, radish, and bamboo shoot finish. A malty, almost British styled imperial ipa.
Morland Brewery "Old Speckled Hen" English Ale
90 points
Brilliant medium light copper color. Rich, peppery, toasty nutty earthy aromas of caramelized nuts, dried fruits, and honey buttered toast with an even, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, breezy brown sugar, roasted nuts, arugula, and minerals finish. A spot on session bitter.
Newcastle Scotch Ale
90 points
Clear bronze color. Lively, attractive aromas of chocolate nuts, fig pastry, and spice with a glycerous, crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long lemon peppercorn muffin, roasted grains and nuts, peppered greens, and minerals finish. A superbly balanced and vivacious Scottish ale.
Reuben’s Brews Koyt
90 points
Clear gold color. Lively, interesting, citrusy aromas of spiced oranges, chocolate mint, exotic tropical fruits, and bubblegum with a velvety, lively, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long sweet potato chip, spicy chutney, toasted lemon grass pastry, and alpine herbs and grasses finish. An intriguingly spicy Belgian style beer.
Big Top Brewing Company "Circus City" IPA
89 points
Clear copper color. Rich, buttery, grainy malty nutty aromas of pineapple cake, toast, lemon vinaigrette on greens, and sorghum with a velvety, flat, fizzy, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long toasted pepper bread, dried fruits, pine, and jalapeño finish. A rich and satisfying, full throttle version of a British ipa .
Blue Pants Brewery "Dry Hopped" Pale Ale
89 points
Pale brilliant clear golden amber color. Fruity, creamy aromas of pineapple custard, caramelized caramelized guava, pine, and chili jelly with a glycerous, bright, bubbly, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, long toasted nut bread, candied yams, bitter greens and root vegetables, and grapefruit pepper finish. A nice punchy, hoppy pale ale that will be versatile.
Capital Brewery "Ghost Ship" IPA
89 points
Hazy light gold color. Delicate, tropical, sweet piney herbal aromas of banana flan, spice cake, citrus compote, and seaweed salad with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length panettone and arugula finish. A nicely balanced, very crushable white ipa.
Capital Brewery "US Pale" Ale
89 points
Bright pale amber color. Delicate, citrusy, dank earthy grassy aromas of lemon marmalade on toast, orange cream brulee, floral honey, and pine with a satiny, crisp, fizzy, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length honeyed herbs, nutskin, and earth finish. A well balanced "old school" American pale ale.
Capital Brewery "Mutiny" IPA
89 points
Brilliant pale light old gold color. Mild, floral, herbal aromas of orange blossoms and marmalade, roasted sweet potatoes, herbal honey, and pine bark with a glycerous, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, appealing, medium-length tropical fruit custard, roasted nuts, grilled root vegetable, and peppered kale finish. A nicely balanced and very sessionable ipa.
Fairport Brewing Co. "Big Merican" Imperial Brown Ale
89 points
Opaque medium brown color. Smoky aromas of cigar ash, peat, chocolate, and coffee with an even, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long chocolate pudding and nuts finish. A pleasant, chocolatey smoked ale that will be good with bbq.
Kassik’s Brewery "Statny Statny" Imperial Stout
89 points
Opaque ebony color. Lively, smoky aromas of chocolate molasses cake, black licorice, smoked peppercorns, and cigar ash with a chewy, tart, finely carbonated, moderately sweet fat body and a peppery, very long creme brulee, candied citrus peels, ash, and peppercorns finish. A rich and rewarding chocolate imperial stout.
Mother Road Brewing Company Tower Station American IPA
89 points
Amber color. Aromas of kumquat pastry and mango creme brulee with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long honeyed orange peel, grilled radish, and pepper finish. A big, tasty, nicely astringent ipa.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. Dannys Irish Red Ale
89 points
Clear amber color. Delicate, attractive aromas of caramelized citrus, lemon pastry, and floral honey with an even, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length roasted yams and root vegetables, caramelized nuts, and pepper dust finish. A flavorful, very even and balanced amber ale.
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling Texas Bourbon Barrel Series Imperial Brown Ale
89 points
Nearly opaque brown color. Rich, interesting aromas of coconut custard and vinaigrette and spicy pickle with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-full body and a peppery, elegant, medium-long caramelized citrus, milk chocolate, cola, and pink peppercorns finish. A nicely warming barrel aged ale.
Reuben’s Brews "Rustic" Saison
89 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Bright, inviting, toasty floral aromas of spice cake, peppercorn muffin, and banana chips with a soft, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, breezy wafer, roasted root vegetables, mint, and salt finish. A nice chewy saison with fine table appeal.
Tremols Pale Ale
89 points
Brilliant light yellow straw color. Muted, buttery aromas of roasted corn, baked fruits, and toast with a supple, soft, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, crisp banana muffin, kale, pepper dust, and canned fruits finish. Not really a pale ale, more of a cream ale or even lager, but nicely quaffable.
Big Top Brewing Company "Ashley Gang" Imperial IPA
88 points
Brilliant copper color. Rich, tropical aromas of caramelized mangoes and oranges, banana nut muffin, and flan with a creamy, tart, finely carbonated, dryish medium-full body and a hot, complex, endless pepper, roasted grapefruit, and pine finish. A big bruiser of an ipa for hopheads.
Morland Brewery "Old Golden Hen" English Beer
88 points
Clear copper color. Mild, citrusy, curious piney unusual aromas of caramelized citrus, praline, and pine with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, compelling, medium-length butter roasted nuts, dried fruits, and pepper finish. A vibrant and refreshing bitter.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. Afternoon Tea Light English Ale
88 points
Brilliant old gold color. Bright, fruity, spicy floral aromas of lavender, bergamot, and honeyed fruitcake with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy toasted bread, dried tropical citrus, spiced tea, and sweet potato finish. A fun tea flavored ale.
Revolver Brewing "Ironhead" IPA
88 points
Bright clear brilliant golden yellow color. Lively, fruity, floral aromas of citrus custard tart and floral honey with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, breezy citrus peel, watercress, and light peppered nuts finish. A solid ipa.
Capital Brewery "Grateful Red" IPA
87 points
Clear dark copper color. Lively, fruity aromas of caramelized tropical fruits, grapefruit-apricot custard, and mocha latte with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length tootsie roll, fruit caramel, grapefruit marmalade, and watercress finish. A nicely sessionable, fruity ipa.
Elevator Brewing Co. "Bear Ass" Pale Ale
87 points
Pale clear amber color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of fruitcake, honeyed pepper bread, pine, and kelp with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy spiced citrus, overripe melon, turnip, and pepper finish. A nice zesty choice for the table.
Guinness Nitro IPA
87 points
Dusty bright maroon color. Lively, interesting aromas of floral honey, granola, kiwi marmalade, and moss with a supple, soft, bubbly, dryish light body and a smooth, odd, quick white chocolate nuts, fig bread, vanilla-orange custard, and river stones finish. An interesting creamy malty ipa with a soft hop impression that is more of a mild ale.
Narragansett Brewing Company "Town Beach" IPA
87 points
Hazy gold color. Lively, dank, tropical aromas of honeyed citrus, banana custard, pine cone, and toast with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length spiced nuts, roasted sweet potato, and peppered mustard greens finish. A nice savory ipa that will be great with pub grub.
Reuben’s Brews Gose Sour Ale
87 points
Clear golden yellow color. Bright, citrusy aromas of lemon marmalade, lemon-orange custard, Cherrios, and coriander with an even, tart, effervescent, fruity sweet body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long buttered toasted pretzel bread, lemonade, spiced kiwi, and nutskins finish. A tasty, easy drinking gose with a nice combo of toast and lemon.
Vancouver Island Brewery Pipers Pale Ale
87 points
Medium brilliant clear deep amber color. Delicate, woody, toasty sweet spicy aromas of caramel, dried fruits, corn bread pudding, and sautéed carrots and mustard greens with a supple, crisp, bubbly, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, relaxed dried citrus, turnip, kiwi, and pepper finish. An earthy pub beer.
Big Top Brewing Company "A Hotter Blonde" Ale
86 points
Bright gold color. Lively, peppery aromas of grilled jalapenos and pepper jelly on raisin toast with an even, soft, effervescent, dryish medium body and a hot, interesting, long honey cream, chili powder, and pickled jalapeno finish. A fun, well balanced pepper beer with a slow steady burn.
Newcastle Brown Ale
85 points
Pale mahogany color. Bright, dank, hoppy herbal aromas of light skunky cannabis, fresh buttered baguette, chocolate, and apple-banana pastry with a satiny, soft, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk starfruit, honey, and radish sprouts finish. A lively, highly sessionable brown ale.
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co. Daddy Fat Sacks IPA
85 points
Bright clear brilliant golden amber color. Bright, nutty, grassy aromas of spiced praline, dried herbs, and roasted corn with a satiny, bright, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, captivating, buoyant turnips, mossy earth, dried citrus, and brazil nuts finish. A dry earthy ipa.
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co. Old Jail Ale
85 points
Bright brilliant clear copper color. Nutty, vegetal toasty aromas of cocoa dusted nuts, roasted corn and sweet potatoes, and buttered toast with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk turnip greens, melted toffee, and bamboo finish. An earthy food beer.
Blue Pants Brewery "Hop Bursted" IPA
84 points
Minutely hazy amber color. Delicate, herbal, hoppy hot aromas of honeyed stewed spinach, overripe tropical fruit, putty, and orange aspirin with an even, racy, finely carbonated, bone-dry medium body and a peppery, quirky, medium-length succotash, nutshell, pepper, and radish finish. A very vegetal food-only beer.
Moylan’s Brewing Co. Orange & Black Congrats Ale
84 points
Dark brown color. Bright, attractive aromas of chocolate, orange peels, sautéed greens, and green tea leaves with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a peppery, snappy white ash, bamboo, grass, and pepper finish.
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co. Best Blonde Ale
84 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Faint, grainy aromas of toast, baked vegetable, and starfruit with a supple, bright, fizzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy pepper and citrus peel finish. A toasty, savory kolsch.
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co. Ichabods Midnight Ride Belgian Style Ale
84 points
Copper color. Aromas of roasted nuts and squash and delicate spice with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, ginger ale, raisin bread pudding, pepper, and turnip and dried tomato finish. A pleasant fall spiced beer.
Blue Pants Brewery "American" Amber Ale
81 points
Clear deep amber color. Mild, phenolic, herbal medicinal rubbery aromas of stewed fruits, mango yogurt, and root veggies with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a tingling, quick burnt sugar and rubber, roasted nuts, pepper, and turnips finish.
Fairport Brewing Co. "Trail Town" Nut Brown English Brown Ale
80 points
Dark walnut color. Lively, phenolic aromas of burnt rubber, smoked nuts, and succotash with a glycerous, soft, finely carbonated, fruity full body and a tingling, medium-length plastic, sprouts, ash, and carob finish.
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