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Reviews for 2017

January 2017 - New Release Beer & Cider

January 2017 - New Release Beer & Cider
This month's Beer feature is New Release Beers and Ciders

New Release Beer & Cider Reviews

Reuben’s Brews Bourbon Barrel Auld Heritage
95 points
Dark sunburst color. Complex aromas and flavors of creme brulee, honeyed cherries, and maple nut brittle with a slightly chewy, bright, off-dry medium-full body and a warming, elegant, very long finish with notes of toasted coconut, peach cobbler, and cherry cola and brandy finish. A very lively and stimulating barrel-aged ale that will make a great fireside winter warmer.
Reuben’s Brews Crikey IPA
93 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Tropical aromas and flavors of honeyed grilled pineapple and mango, white toffee, and honeycomb with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, amusing, medium-long finish revealing notes of peppered watercress and roasted peaches and apples finish. A super sessionable IPA with lovely balance of fruit and bitter notes.
Reuben’s Brews Pilsner
91 points
Light gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of toast and roasted corn and nuts with a soft, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-length finish displaying notes of honeyed fruit and citrus, pepper, and sweet lettuce finish. A well balanced, refreshing lager with a nice touch of fruitiness.
Reuben’s Brews Life on Mars IPA
90 points
Dusty amber color. Grassy aromas of caramelized citrus, honey roasted nuts, and grass and pine blossom with an finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long orange pepper, radicchio, and candied yams finish. A rich chewy IPA, bordering on a double, that delivers a boat load of hop flavor and bitterness.
Granite City Food & Brewery Prairie Vixen Hefeweizen
89 points
color. Artificial, tropical aromas and flavors of banana nut muffin and delicate brown spices with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish evoking overtones of wheat cracker, honeyed nuts, and radish finish. A very tasty and refreshing hefe with clean, balanced flavors.
Reuben’s Brews Lilywhite Wit
88 points
Light color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced citrus, coriander, and buttered baguette with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length finish manifesting elements of melon, yellow apple, peppered arugula, and edible flowers finish. A nicely balanced wit beer.