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May 2016 - North American & British Ales

May 2016 - North American & British Ales
This month's Beer feature is North American & British Ales

North American & British Ales Reviews

Rogue Ales Old Crustacean Barleywine
97 points
Red oak color. Rich, sweet, complex aromas of toasted fruit cake, sweet and peppery spices, and praline with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long grilled and caramelized grapefruit and kumquat, peppered rapini, and chocolate cherries and nuts finish. A superbly balanced marriage of rich chewy malt and forget-me-not hop bitterness.
Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser
96 points
Bright amber color. Bright, attractive, citrusy dank aromas and flavors of orange-mango creme brulee, sliced grapefruit, grilled greens, and peppery spice with a chewy, racy, finely carbonated, fruity full body and an elegant, long bitter greens, honeyed grilled kumquats, and orange-mint jam on toast finish. A superb, chewy IIPA with great complexity, depth and length of balanced hop and malt flavors.
Upland Brewing Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA
96 points
Opaque brown black color. Fruity, hoppy aromas and flavors of pineapple marmalade on lemon scone, Italian herbs, pine cone, and dark rye bread with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, very long dark roasted nuts, espresso creme brulee, dried tropical fruits, and peppered greens finish. A fantastically smooth, vibrant, and balanced black IPA that will appeal to a wide range of palates.
BrickStone Brewery Galaxy Down Under Pale Ale
95 points
Pale bright golden amber color. Tropical, citrusy aromas of spiced pineapples and mangoes, toasted Hawaiian bread, bee pollen, and caramelized onions with a soft, vibrant, bubbly, off-dry medium body and a tingling, complex, long grilled tropical citrus, radicchio, and pepper finish. A fresh, nicely extroverted tropical hop bomb of flavor and goodness.
Reuben’s Brews Foreign Export Stout
95 points
Medium brown color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and chicory with a vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long pepper and dark rye toast finish. A great, flavor-packed stout that nails the rich export style.
Samuel Adams Crystal Pale Ale
95 points
Pale brilliant golden amber color. Bright, green, herbal aromas and flavors of pine forest, sage basil pepper muffin, caramelized citrus, and earl grey tea with a silky, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long grilled romaine and kiwi, peppercorns, hint of bark, and herbs de Provence finish. A nice herbal, earthy, hop-forward pale ale.
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery Singleton Strong Ale
95 points
Light bright gold color. Lively, attractive, herbal peppery boozy aromas and flavors of grilled root veggies and citrus, greens, and pepper dust with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, stimulating, breezy praline, fig paste, and sweet corn pudding finish. A smooth, earthy, very sessionable strong ale.
BrickStone Brewery BrickStone APA
94 points
Bright old gold color. Rich, citrusy aromas and flavors of spiced mangoes and apricots, chive-garlic-herb bread, and pine blossom with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, long tropical fruit custard, fresh herbs, and peppery greens finish. A super lively and tropical hop pale ale for fans of Zombie Dust and Heady Topper or sauvignon blanc.
Pearl Street Brewery Haggis Scotch Ale
94 points
Medium brilliant walnut color. Sweaty, smoky aromas and flavors of smoked jerky, bbq rub, dark caramelized nuts, and cigar embers with a velvety, bright, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a seamless, elegant, medium-long honeyed dried fruits, kale, chocolate caramel apple, and Worcestershire sauce finish. A super sessionable and nuanced smoked beer that will be a great intro to the style.
Peter B’s Brewpub Broken Hand Imperial IPA
94 points
Hazy gold color. Grainy, earthy curious aromas and flavors of wet greens, sourdough muffin, and roasted lemon and scallions with a chewy, racy, frothy, dryish full body and a warming, complex, very long grilled grapefruit peels and rapini, pepper, and pine sap finish. A bitter, earthy and savory IIPA that is a great marriage of UK and West Coast styles.
Rogue Ales New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta
94 points
Light amber color. Bright, malty aromas of egg croissant, honeyed dried mango, and grapefruit scone with a chewy, racy, finely carbonated, fruity full body and a warming, complex, long roasted pineapple and coconut custard, orange pepper, pine, and rapini finish. A super rich and chewy strong ale with lots and lots of bittering hops.
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA
94 points
Bright golden amber color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized citrus, lemon curd, honeyed toast, and pinecone with a vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long orange pepper and radicchio finish. A great, super balanced and tasty IPA that will be a crowd pleaser.
BrickStone Brewery Hop Skip IPA
93 points
Brilliant gold color. Tropical, hoppy complex aromas and flavors of caramelized mangos and pineapples, pepper herb muffin, pine blossom, and sage with an crisp, fizzy, fruity sweet medium body and an effortless, appealing, breezy honeyed grapefruit peel, spicy orange soufflé, roasted sweet potato, and birch bark finish. A great tropical, new-school IPA that will appeal to "citra heads".
Burleigh Brewing Co. My Wifes Bitter
93 points
Pale medium sunburst color. Delicate, baked, buttery creamy nutty aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee and coffee beans, rye crisp and puff rice, and hint of turnip with a satiny, crisp, fizzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, snappy arugula, mocha, beets, and touch of pepper finish. A solid, earthy bitter with nice table appeal.
Rogue Ales Fresh Roast Ale
93 points
Dark nearly opaque bronze color. Lively, creamy, malty nutty toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and coffee gelato with a silky, crisp, bubbly, off-dry medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length honeyed greens, peppered chocolate, and dried fruity granola finish. Nice roasted ale with great balance and vibrancy.
Rogue Ales Dead Guy Ale
93 points
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of peach tart, dried mango, honeyed biscuit, and bread pudding with a silky, crisp, fizzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, appealing, breezy honeyed raisin rye toast, spiced orange and yams, and radicchio finish. Not really a golden ale, but very tasty and satisfying none-the-less.
Samuel Adams Irish Red
93 points
Medium brilliant sunburst color. Delicate, artificial aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts and frosted banana cake with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy peppered greens, grass, and buttered cinnamon roll finish. A very refreshing and mouthwatering red ale with great flavor and balance.
Samuel Adams Session Ale
93 points
Dusty pale golden amber color. Muted, savory, earthy aromas and flavors of omelet, turnip, and orange slice with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, amusing, brisk greens, earth, and orange pepper finish. A crisp and refreshing very sessionable earthy ESB that is a nice American nod to the style.
Samuel Adams Scotch Ale
93 points
Dark copper color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of buttered dark rye toast, lightly smoked nuts and jerky, and dried fruit with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long chocolate espresso beans and orange peels, creme brulee, pepper roasted nuts, and lapsang tea finish. A spot-on Scottish ale that delivers loads of sweet and lightly smoky flavor.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Fantasyland Midwest Coast IPA
93 points
Hazy amber color. Bright aromas and flavors of honey baked peaches and grapefruits, raisin rye toast, and pinecone with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long chocolate orange peels, pepper, and roasted carrots and mangos finish. A super smooth and sessionable IPA with lots of delicious citrus hop and malt notes.
Branchline Brewing Company "The Visitor" IPA
92 points
Light bright old gold color. Bright, clean, citrusy aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, panettone, carob bar, and pine needle with an even, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long citrus custard, herbs, and earth finish. A wonderfully fresh, clean and balanced IPA.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Nut Brown Ale
92 points
Bright dark medium brown color. Bright, attractive aromas of chocolate nuts and ham sandwich with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk pear salad, caramelized nuts, mocha, and pepper finish. A delicious, vibrant nut brown ale.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Slipknot IPA
92 points
Golden amber color. Bright, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon-orange custard pie, lemon pepper, honeyed nut toast, and arugula with a satiny, racy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long citrus vinaigrette on greens, pepper, mangos and kiwis, and pine finish. A bright and refreshing IIPA with lots of snappy citrus flavors and lingering bitterness.
Grapevine Craft Brewery "Sir Williams" English Brown Ale
92 points
Medium dark brilliant reddish mahogany color. Bright, baked, grainy malty nutty aromas of caramelized fruits and nuts, chocolate pastry, and brown sugar with an even, bright, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long creme brulee, arugula, latte, and pepper finish. A clean, invigorating, spot-on English brown.
Peter B’s Brewpub Inclusion Amber Ale
92 points
Minutely hazy medium light deep color. Bright, sweet aromas and flavors of chocolate turtles and coffee cake with a glycerous, bright, fizzy, fruity medium body and a graceful, subtle, medium-length chocolate citrus peels, melon, and bibb lettuce finish. A crisp, very refreshing amber ale that is sure to please.
Potosi Brewing Company "Good Old Potosi" Golden Ale
92 points
Pale brilliant gold color. Delicate, toasty, savory aromas and flavors of buttered nut toast and fig soufflé with an even, soft, bubbly, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, swift lettuce, nutskin, and lemon muffin finish. A rock solid, super drinkable golden ale that hits all the right notes and will be a great pivot for macro lager drinkers.
Reuben’s Brews "Blimey thats Bitter" Imperial IPA
92 points
Brilliant deep amber color. Citrusy, tropical fruity hoppy aromas and flavors of apricot-pineapple compote, toasty warm granola, sesame-nut brittle, and fruit cocktail with a creamy, lively, fizzy, fruity sweet full body and a peppery, very long orange marmalade and dreamsicle, raisin rye toast, peppered grapefruit, and pine finish. A full throttle citrus bomb of an IIPA that is sure to delight hopheads.
Rogue Ales 6 Hop IPA
92 points
Minutely hazy amber color. Delicate aromas and flavors of dried peach, roasted corn and root vegetables, and pepper bread with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, charming, medium-long rapini, peppery pineapple relish, and pine finish. A fine, aggressively bitter IPA with a nice core of fruity malt.
Samuel Adams Nitro IPA
92 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Mild aromas and flavors of baked citrus and stone fruits, honeyed yams, and lemon poppyseed muffin with a creamy, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long nougat, grapefruit custard, peppery greens, and pine finish. A super smooth and creamy nitro IPA that is sure to please.
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig
92 points
Reddish mahogany color. Bright, spicy aromas and flavors of spicy carrot cake, sassafras float, and gingerbread with a lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length honeyed nuts, red licorice, and delicate sweet and pepper spices finish. A fresh, lively delicately spiced winter ale.
Upland Brewing Coastbuster Imperial IPA
92 points
Brilliant light gold color. Bright, toasty, citrusy aromas and flavors of toasted lemon scone, grapefruit marmalade, and nuts with a vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long rapini, orange pepper, and roasted root vegetables finish. A savory, well-balanced IIPA
Upstate Brewing Company "Double" Imperial IPA
92 points
Hazy light copper color. Bright, citrusy, tropical aromas and flavors of grilled mango and pineapple, grapefruit custard, and pepper with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long roasted yams and root vegetables, honeyed raisin toast, molasses cookie, and peppered greens finish. A rich and savory double IPA with nice layers of flavor.
Potosi Brewing Company "Snake Hollow" IPA
91 points
Brilliant amber color. Rich, sweet, tropical aromas and flavors of baked tropical citrus, spicy toffee, fruitcake, and lemon basil with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, appealing, breezy grapefruit chutney on graham cracker, peppered arugula, roasted root vegetables, and pine finish. A nicely balanced, super-sessionable IPA.
Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale
91 points
Reddish mahogany color. Lively, nutty aromas and flavors of chocolate, buttery toasted hazelnuts, and fig bread with a supple, bright, frothy, medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-long mocha custard, peach cobbler, kiwi, and radish sprouts finish. A fun, flavor-packed hazelnut flavored brown ale.
Rogue Ales Beard Beer
91 points
Old gold color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of orange marmalade on muffin, nectarine, and papaya custard with a supple, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length honey roasted corn, spiced apple, and sweet lettuces finish. A nice sessionable, fruity ale with light and lively hops.
Rogue Ales 4 Hop IPA
91 points
Old gold color. Bright, malty, fruity aromas of pineapple-peach tart, honey roasted corn, lemon herb muffin, and orange pepper with a supple, crisp, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long mango, radish and radicchio, and minted sweet potatoes finish. A nice hoppy session IPA.
The Bronx Brewery Brazen Fox IPA
91 points
Light bright golden yellow color. Bright, green, herbal aromas of orange tea, lavender, herb focaccia, and spic and span with a satiny, soft, fizzy, off-dry light body and a tingling, nuanced, crisp minted melon and citrus, herb pepper spice mix, and blueberry fruit salad finish. A fun, lively, lightly minty IPA.
Upland Brewing Helios Pale Ale
91 points
Brilliant old gold color. Bright, citrusy aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple mango and grapefruit, fruit cake, and lemon herb muffin with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length honeyed raisin nut toast and lemon pepper finish. A sassy and super tasty pale ale pleaser.
Upstate Brewing Company "I.P.W" IPA
91 points
Hazy light copper color. Citrusy, herbal dank aromas and flavors of grilled mangos and scallions and peppercorn muffin with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long pepper, pine needle, and grilled radish and pineapple finish. A clean, nicely astringent and savory IPA that hopheads will love.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company STLIPA Double IPA
91 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Bright, toasty, citrusy aromas and flavors of baguette, orange marmalade, and peppered greens with a supple, tangy, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long roasted sweet potato, honeyed grapefruit, spice, and pine finish. A rich, tingling IIPA with a fine balance of citrus and earthy flavors.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Session IPA
90 points
Brilliant old gold color. Delicate, sourish, tropical toasty perfumed aromas and flavors of egg sandwich, lemon herb biscuit, roasted root vegetables, and pine needle with a satiny, bright, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, elegant, long grilled baguette and romaine, dried citrus and stone fruits, grapefruit sorbet, and pepper finish. A nice savory hop forward APA with a nod to England.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Session Cream Premium Summer Ale
90 points
Pale brilliant golden amber color. Mild, creamy, grainy nutty yeasty aromas and flavors of egg croissant, salted lemon muffin, and tortilla chips with an even, crisp, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length apple, peppered starfruit, and grass finish. A lively snappy cream ale with nice astringency.
Reuben’s Brews Baltic Porter
90 points
Medium dark brilliant dark brown color. Mild, vinous aromas of caramelized nuts, tropical fruit yogurt, and chocolate with a supple, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, buoyant buttered pumpernickel toast, arugula, earth, and bouillon finish. A rich, savory, and mouthwatering.
Rogue Ales Chipotle Ale
90 points
Dark copper color. Bold, smoky, peppery aromas and flavors of chipotle, grilled pumpernickel, and chocolate figs with an lively, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, interesting, long chili pepper, pepper jelly on rye, and radishes finish. A rock solid pepper beer with nice balance and pleasing peppery, tingling, warmth.
Stevens Point Brewery Point Session Pale Ale
90 points
Brilliant light golden yellow color. Fruity, floral spicy aromas and flavors of tropical fruits and blossoms, dried apricot, mango custard, and baking spices with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long honeyed melon, toasted nut bread, spiced gooseberry jam, and pine needle finish. A deliciously vibrant and fruity, super-sessionable pale ale.
The Bronx Brewery Session IPA
90 points
Pale dull gold color. Mild, grassy, green alliaceous aromas and flavors of fresh cut grass and alfalfa, grilled parsnips, herb garden, and garlic onion bread with an even, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-length orange candy, roasted nuts, pink pepper, and green coffee bean finish. A well made, savory, earthy, and very sessionable IPA.
Upstate Brewing Company "Common Sense" Amber Ale
90 points
Cloudy mahogany color. Toasty, grainy aromas of toasted raisin bread, chocolate, and roasted nuts with an crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-length grilled romaine, dried fruit, and pepper finish. A crisp, well balanced amber ale with a nice grainy backbone.
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co. Kentucky Irish Style Ale
89 points
Pale brilliant golden amber color. Bright, green, toasty aromas of sweet bibb lettuce and Meyer lemon curd on toast with an even, bright, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, quick radish sprouts, butter roasted nuts, and hint of water chestnut finish. A smooth and easy, lager-like Irish ale that is super crushable.
Infamous Brewing Company "Infamous" IPA
89 points
Pale bright light gold color. Delicate, toasty, citrusy aromas and flavors of caramelized citrus, panettone, and herbs with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, amusing, medium-long candied yams, lemon custard, salad greens, and pepper finish. A smooth and savory IPA.
Infamous Brewing Company "Double Tap" Imperial IPA
89 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Bright, sweaty, fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and peach creme brulee with a creamy, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-full body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long fruit cake a la mode, peppered greens, and pine sap finish. A boldly malty and hoppy IIPA that is in your face, but has a creamy, warm underbelly.
Potosi Brewing Company "Cave Ale" Amber Ale
89 points
Brilliant deep amber color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of dried tropical fruits and lemon cake with a satiny, soft, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, brisk honeyed sprouts, praline, dark orange bread toast, and yams and carrots finish. A very tasty, well balanced, and crushable amber ale.
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery Beer Divided Pale Ale
89 points
Minutely hazy amber color. Bright, sour, tropical funky fruity aromas and flavors of roasted root vegetables, orange peels, toast, and mint and herb garden with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, involved, breezy Brussels sprouts, kale, pepper, and grass finish. A savory, earthy food beer.
Upstate Brewing Company "X.P.A" American Pale Ale
89 points
Hazy copper color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of spiced tropical fruits, pepper-herb focaccia, and roasted root vegetables with an vibrant, frothy, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long grilled citrus peels, pine bark, peppercorns, and dusty sweet potato finish. A dry and astringent pale ale with a nice wallop of hops.
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co. Kentucky IPA
88 points
Pale bright golden amber color. Delicate, floral aromas and flavors of honey roasted nuts, peach custard pie, lemon pepper, and dried flowers with an even, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length bitter greens, pepper, and caramelized grapefruit finish. A solid easy drinking IPA.
Branchline Brewing Company "Silver & Black" IPA
88 points
Dark opaque dark brown color. Bright, hoppy, toasty roasted citrusy aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, pepper bread, and citrus creme brulee with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-length mocha latte and nutskins finish. A lively and smooth black ale with great hoppiness.
Pearl Street Brewery DTB Brown Ale
88 points
Medium bright mahogany color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, artisanal coffee, dark chocolate, and char-grilled corn with an even, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long arugula, dried fruits, and pretzel bread finish. A rich and nicely balanced brown ale.
Samuel Adams Rebel Rider IPA
88 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Bright, toasty, grainy grassy aromas and flavors of lemon pepper muffin and grapefruit marmalade with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length orange-mango chutney, arugula, and pepper finish. A solid, toasty, session IPA with nice crushability.
The Bronx Brewery American Pale Ale
88 points
Medium dull dark copper color. Delicate, tropical, citrusy grassy green aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, orange pepper, and toast with an even, crisp, fizzy, off-dry medium body and a seamless, medium-length peppered lettuce, herb muffin, pine bark, and cocoa finish. A rock solid, nicely balanced American pale ale.
Upland Brewing Dragonfly IPA
88 points
Gold color. Bright aromas and flavors of orange creme brulee, spiced peaches, and raisin toast with a supple, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length peppered kale and honeyed nuts finish. A smooth and even IPA with nice drinkability.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Trafalgar Bitter Ale
88 points
Hazy golden amber color. Lively, grassy, nutty aromas and flavors of char-roasted walnuts, dried fruits, and toasted sourdough with a velvety, crisp, frothy, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy watercress, orange pepper bread, and mustard greens finish. A nice rustic food beer.
Wild Onion Brewing Co. Misfit IPA
88 points
Minutely hazy dull amber color. Bright, fruity aromas of spiced peaches and papaya, honeyed nuts, and lemon and orange pepper with a soft, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length grapefruit curd on toast, sweet and peppery spices, watercress and pine, and onion jam finish. A nice combination of sweet and savory flavors make this a natural at the table.
Australian Beer Company Yenda Red
87 points
Dark copper color. Faint, confected aromas and flavors of caramel pastries and fudge and Werther’s butterscotch with a silky, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, weird, medium-length peppered greens and nuts, rye bread, and latte finish. A distinctively caramely amber ale.
Australian Beer Company Yenda Golden
87 points
Brilliant light gold color. Mild, curious, savory meaty aromas and flavors of schmaltz doughnut, dried meat, and frosted corn cereal with a satiny, bright, spritzy, fruity light body and a polished, refreshing, swift roasted corn, peppered spinach, and Playdoh finish. An very savory and interesting golden ale for the table
Infamous Brewing Company "Party Juice" Session IPA
87 points
Hazy golden amber color. Fruity, earthy aromas of toasted grain and nuts and sourdough toast with a dry medium body and a chive butter on rye toast and lemon peppered lettuce finish. A solid English-style IPA with good restraint and a nice backbone of malt.
Infamous Brewing Company "Hijack" Golden Ale
87 points
Pale brilliant gold color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of apricot jam on raisin toast, yams, and corn bread with an even, bright, fizzy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, breezy honey roasted corn, praline, and watercress finish. A savory and flavorful golden ale that is sure to please.
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery Rams Head IPA
87 points
Brilliant medium sunburst color. Mild, yeasty, sourish savory sour aromas and flavors of sourdough raisin toast, roasted root vegetables, and cedar bark with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, carefree rapini, pepper, and dried stone and citrus fruits finish. A dry, earthy English style IPA.
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery Plott Hound Rye Pale Ale
86 points
Light dusty gold color. Lively, vegetal, savory sourish aromas and flavors of mustard greens and ore, caramelized citrus, turnips, and rye cracker with an even, crisp, spritzy, sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length pepper and bark finish. A very bitter and vegetal food beer.
Branchline Brewing Company "Shady Oak" Blonde Ale
85 points
Pale light brilliant amber color. Muted, toasty aromas and flavors of toast and herbed citrus with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, brisk lettuce, pepper, and grassy earth finish. A solid quaffer.
Capital Brewery King George Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
85 points
Brilliant reddish mahogany color. Bright, woody aromas and flavors of dried green apples, clay, nut butter on dark toast, and hint of glue with an even, soft, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length honeyed fruits and nuts, root beer, and chocolate macaroon finish. A fruity, easy drinking Scotch ale.
Grapevine Craft Brewery "Brewers Reserve - Wee Heavy" Scotch Ale
85 points
Nearly opaque walnut color. Rich, artificial aromas and flavors of banana cake, chocolate toffee, and bubblegum with a lively, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, breezy pear salad, nuts, and latte finish. A very tasty and balanced Scottish ale.
Infamous Brewing Company "Busgys Fire Brush" Amber Ale
85 points
Medium minutely hazy deep amber color. Mild, baked, vegetal toasty fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate cereal, yams, and salad lemon vinaigrette with an even, crisp, bubbly, fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed honeyed toast, dried citrus, and wheatgrass finish. A pleasant easy drinking amber ale.
Rogue Ales American Amber Ale
85 points
Minutely hazy dark copper color. Delicate, savory, dank aromas of sauerkraut, caramel yogurt, brown sugar praline, and grilled pineapple with an even, crisp, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length succotash, baked grapefruit, peppered mustard greens and celery, and pine finish. A sturdy, bitter amber ale for pub grub.
Australian Beer Company Yenda Pale Ale
84 points
Pale bright golden amber color. Lively, buttery, baked fruity yeasty aromas of caramel pastry, butterscotch, and coconut creme brulee with a supple, soft, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, medium-length pineapple buttercream, peach nut tart, rye cracker, and lettuces finish. An interesting caramel and sweet fruit driven pale ale.
Australian Beer Company Yenda IPA
84 points
Medium light gold color. Hoppy, alliaceous aromas and flavors of baked tropical citrus, herb garden, and onion focaccia with an even, vibrant, spritzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, brisk caramelized citrus, peppered greens and nuts, and pine finish. An very vibrant and distinctive golden ale that drinks more like IPA.
Casella Family Brands Yellow Tail Pale Ale
84 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Mild, candied, fruity grassy nutty aromas and flavors of honey nut cereal, cinnamon raisin toast, dried peach, and sticky rice with a velvety, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, cheery lemon pepper and scone, toffee, and greens finish. A pleasant, toffeed pale ale.
Rogue Ales Brutal IPA
84 points
Pale amber color. Mild, roasted, fruity savory aromas and flavors of charr-grilled grapefruit and orange, dried and overripe tropical fruits, bbq turkey leg, and smoked cheese with a satiny, vibrant, fizzy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long grilled romaine, pepper, pine, and tomato jelly finish. A funky, meaty hop forward IPA.
3 Daughters Brewing Rod Bender Red Ale
83 points
Dark copper color. Delicate, tropical, nutty grainy grassy aromas of peach vinaigrette and greens, roasted grains, nuts and and flax with a satiny, soft, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length coffee, rye fig bread, and pepper finish. An interesting savory beer.
Australian Beer Company Yenda Big Red IPA
83 points
Medium bright dark copper color. Lively, curious aromas and flavors of roasted sweet potatoes, chocolate pudding and yogurt, herb roasted peppers, and silly putty with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, odd, breezy roasted corn finish. A very different kind of IPA.
Grapevine Craft Brewery "Lakefire" Rye Pale Ale
83 points
Minutely hazy amber color. Muted, creamy, nutty toasty green aromas and flavors of honey roasted sweet potato and dark sourdough rye baguette with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, fast catsup on a bun, peppered watercress, peaches, and celery stalk and parchment finish. A nice, crushable pale ale.
Two Rascals Brewing Co. Cream Ale
83 points
Minutely hazy silvery straw color. Delicate, toasty aromas of buttered baguette, roasted corn, stewed veggies, and hamster cage with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity light body and a silky, brisk sweet potato, caramel apple, kiwi, and pepper finish. A refreshing and easy drinking cream ale.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company H.M.S. English IPA
83 points
Minutely hazy old gold color. Odd, vegetal aromas and flavors of orange-pear soufflé, roasted nectarines, banana and Brussels sprouts, ham and beans, and herb salt with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk apricot and lemon marmalade on scone, arugula, wheatgrass, and turnip and potato peels finish. A funky, earthy, and very savory IPA for the table.
Mother Road Brewing Company Tower Station IPA
81 points
Brilliant minutely hazy amber color. Bright, vegetal, piney fruity yeasty aromas and flavors of honey baked apricots and parsnips, stewed mustard greens, dried coconut, and hint of glue with a silky, bright, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, breezy grass, praline, and pepper finish. An earthy, slightly vegetal IPA for the table.
Branchline Brewing Company "Evil Owl" Amber Ale
80 points
Brilliant medium light copper color. Bold, vegetal aromas and flavors of toasted corn bread, figs, and pretzels with an even, bright, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy bamboo shoot, turnips, grass, and pepper finish. An earthy, dry ale for pub grub.
St. Croix Brewing Co. Maple Cream Ale
80 points
Minutely hazy medium dark copper color. Bright, vegetal, yeasty nutty grainy aromas and flavors of molasses, brown butter on toast, and baked lemon in baking cloth with a bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, rapid maple fudge, pepper muffin, mashed sweet potato, and crisp pig skin finish.
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