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August 2016 - North American & British Ales

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

North American & British Ales Reviews

Lagunitas Brewing Company Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale
97 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Herbal, hoppy citrusy aromas and flavors of grilled tropical fruit, herbs, and rye toast with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long pepper, spice, and bitter greens finish. An absolutely delicious hoppy wheat ale.
Knee Deep Brewing Co. "Hop-Trio" Triple IPA
96 points
Golden amber color. Citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of lemon pepper, mango yogurt, raisin bread pudding, and fresh herbs with a chewy, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, very long honeyed grilled pineapple, spiced tangerines, arugula, and mixed peppercorn finish. A rich, superbly fruity, complex, and balanced triple IPA.
Knee Deep Brewing Co. "Lupulin River" Double IPA
95 points
Bright old gold color. Curious, savory aromas and flavors of roasted mango and root vegetables, radicchio, spiced nuts, and pinecone with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long coconut cream, herb-pepper muffin, and sweet potato and plantain finish. A superbly smooth and elegant balanced DIPA with shocking crushability.
Lagunitas Brewing Company Dogtown Pale Ale
95 points
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced mango and pineapple, herb toast, and pepper with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, nuanced, long roasted root vegetables and citrus, watercress, and rye toast finish. A robust, wonderfully flavorful and hoppy American pale ale.
Aviator Brewing Company HogWild IPA
94 points
Deep amber color. Citrusy aromas of lemon herb muffin, mango custard tart, and roasted grain with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, very long pine, grilled radicchio, and pepper finish. A flavor-packed, finely balanced IPA with a mile long, hoppy finish.
Two Roads Brewing Company Lil Heaven Pale Ale
94 points
Golden amber color. Interesting, tropical savory aromas and flavors of pineapple-peach-pepper salsa, toasted Hawaiian bread, and honeyed chives with a supple, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long pine cone, peppery greens, and kiwi finish. A fun combination of savory and tropical hop notes.
Aviator Brewing Company Wide Open Red Ale
93 points
Dark copper color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate muffin and nuts, grilled baguette, and figs with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, involved, long spiced citrus, salty roasted nuts, and pepper finish. A superb, toasty and delicious Irish ale that is a pleasure to drink.
Knee Deep Brewing Co. Citra Extra Pale Ale
93 points
Amber color. Herbal, citrusy piney aromas and flavors of grilled tropical fruits, fresh herbs, baguette, and creme brulee with a round, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, long peppered greens and pine sap finish. A luscious, robustly herbal and tropical IPA that will delight hopheads.
Samuel Adams Rebel Raw Imperial IPA
93 points
Hazy golden amber color. Herbal aromas of toasted herbs, pine sap, and char-grilled tropical citrus with a chewy, racy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, pineapple-mango custard, rapini, and toffee finish. A rich, chewy juicy IIPA with lots of tropical goodness.
Shmaltz Brewing Company Messiah Nut Brown Ale
93 points
Dark mahogany color. Grainy aromas and flavors of fresh baked wheat bread and roasted chestnuts with a round, crisp, effervescent, medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long peppered watercress, sprouts, and cocoa-dusted nuts finish. A nice nutty brown ale for easy enjoyment.
Aviator Brewing Company FrostNipper Brown Ale
92 points
Dark sunburst color. Spicy, toasty aromas and flavors of gingerbread and snaps, spiced caramelized yams, and toasty pie crust with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length peppered nuts and arugula finish. A light smoky, spicy brown ale that has a holiday feel to it.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Classic IPA
92 points
Amber color. Citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of lemongrass, spiced orange and pineapple, nougat, and citrus blossoms with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-long spiced apricot and mango and arugula finish. A juicy tropical IPA treat.
Knee Deep Brewing Co. "Breaking Bud" IPA
92 points
Brilliant gold color. Tropical, dank aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad and chive muffin with a satiny, racy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, long pepper, pine, and arugula finish. A well composed very tropical hop forward IPA that is sure to please.
Knee Deep Brewing Co. Simtra Triple IPA
92 points
Gold color. Earthy, tropical sweaty aromas and flavors of dried peaches and tropical fruits, cheese, and lemon herb toast with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and an appealing, long bitter greens and sweet spice finish. A fruity, boldly hoppy IIPA to savor our pair with cheeses.
Church Street Brewing Company Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
91 points
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, dark raisin toast, and citrus spritzed melon with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length arugula and hint of spice finish. A lovely, smooth and chewy Scottish ale with great drinkability and authentic UK style.
Shmaltz Brewing Company Wishbone Session Double IPA
91 points
Brilliant old gold color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of lemon herb muffin, dried pineapple and mango, and nougat with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity body and a warming, complex, peppered nuts, pine, and grilled grapefruit finish. A flavor packed and surprisingly sessionable IIPA.
Knee Deep Brewing Co. "Hoptologist" Double IPA
90 points
Hazy amber color. Citrusy, green aromas and flavors of herb roasted root vegetables, spiced lemon custard, and white toffee with a chewy, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long honey roasted corn and grain, watercress, and grass finish. A surprisingly crushable ’session’ IIPA.
La Quinta Brewing Co. Even Par 7.2 IPA
90 points
Brilliant amber color. Fruity, tropical aromas and flavors of honey roasted pineapple, toasted herb-mint bread, pink peppercorns, and cumin and turmeric with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long onion-pepper tart, grilled grapefruit, pine, and nutskins finish. A rock solid IPA with fine balance and drinkability.
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Nut Brown Ale
90 points
$2.50
Dull reddish mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of bread crust, dark roasted nuts, and hints of coffee and dried apple with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, honeyed dried fruits, crushed nuts, mesclun, and grass finish. An appetizing, very sessionable food beer.
90 points $2.50
La Quinta Brewing Co. Heatwave Amber Ale
89 points
Brilliant copper red color. Dank, herbal aromas and flavors of grilled pineapple and grapefruit, pinecone, and honeyed toast with a round, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, peppery greens, radish, and roasted nuts finish. A vibrantly hoppy and quenching amber ale.
Peter B’s Brewpub Golden Tides Mosaic IPA
89 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Alliaceous aromas and flavors of chive muffin and lemon-garlic chutney with a round, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, long grilled grapefruit peel, lemon pepper, pine, and rapini and turnip finish. A robustly astringent and green IPA that delivers a palate-waking slap of hop bitterness.
Church Street Brewing Company Fire IPA
88 points
Pale golden amber color. Grainy aromas of honeyed fruits, toasted bread, and apple-pumpkin tart with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, coconut mango custard, peppered nuts, rapini, and hint of peach brandy finish. A nice creamy, lightly warming IPA.
Lagunitas Brewing Company IPA
88 points
IPA
Brilliant gold color. Fruity, tropical attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple and mango, herb sourdough bread, and pine and maple with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long radish sprouts, pepper, and grass finish. A well balanced and flavorful IPA that is sure to please.
Sixpoint Brewery PUFF Cloudy IPA
88 points
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of papaya-mango relish and onion bread with a slightly chewy, lively, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, charming, long peppercorns, honey roasted pineapple, pine, and arugula finish. Rich and satisfying DIPA with excellent balance and sessionability.
Kawaba Sunrise Ale
87 points
Cloudy copper color. Grainy aromas and flavors of bread crust, dried fruits, and buttery praline with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy starfruit and nectarine, sweet potato skin, wet grass, and pepper finish. A snappy bready amber ale.
Stevens Point Brewery Beyond the Pale IPA
87 points
Bright amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade on soda raisin bread toast, hint of pepper jelly, and toasted bbq woods with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length roasted nuts and kale finish. A pleasant warming IPA with good balance and crushability.
Narragansett Brewing Company Summertime Citra Ale
86 points
Gold color. Toasty, grainy aromas and flavors of buttered corn pepper muffin and hint of citrus and melon with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a touch of pepper and hint of apple and sprouts finish. A nice, mellow lawnmower beer.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. The Fort Worth Wheat Ale
85 points
Minutely hazy color. Aromas of baked lemons, dried lavender, and rye toast with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity body and a sleek, easy lemon pepper, orange zest, and greens finish. A nice citrusy wheat ale crusher.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Pride of Texas Pale Ale
85 points
Bright gold color. Grassy aromas and flavors of honey roasted pineapple, corn husk, flax, alfalfa, and slaw with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length orange slice, apricot, peppercorn muffin, jicama with cayenne, and grass finish.
Two Roads Brewing Company Road 2 Ruin IPA
84 points
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Buttery, fruity chemical aromas of kettle corn, apple butter, caulk, and orange pepper with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a roasted turnip, grass and pepper, and pepper finish.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Hasslehop Pale Ale
82 points
Brilliant dark amber color. Curious aromas of succotash, grilled grapefruit and banana, fresh herb bread, and chives and gardenia with a supple, bright, spritzy, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, quirky, brisk blue cheese puff, roasted vegetables, and pepper finish.
Church Street Brewing Company Brimstone IPA
80 points
Dusty deep amber color. Flawed, hoppy herbal grassy aromas and flavors of lemon yogurt, yeasty fruitcake, and hint of latex and cleanser with a satiny, crisp, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, charming, medium-long pine, caramelized grapefruit and radishes, and coconut milk finish. A bold, chewy hoppy IPA with lots of tropical notes.
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