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April 2019 - Seasonal Debuts, New Brands, and Fresh Cans

April 2019 - Seasonal Debuts, New Brands, and Fresh Cans
This month's Beer feature is Seasonal Debuts, New Brands, and Fresh Cans

Seasonal Debuts, New Brands, and Fresh Cans Reviews

Hofmühl Weissbier Hell
96 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana soufflé, pressed flowers, apricot, and honeycomb with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, distinctive, medium-long finish displaying accents of sweet zucchini bread with butter, cashew caraway, coriander, and clove finish. A beautiful, nuanced hefeweizen with a celebratory quality; cheers!
Hofmühl Hell
95 points
Gold color. Aromas of fresh egg croissant, dried apricot, peach scone, and mead with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long tea with cream and herb focaccia finish. A very tasty Munich Helles with great integration of flavors; drink up.
Hofmühl Weissbier Leicht
95 points
Hazy light gold color. Pure aromas and flavors of fresh,spicy banana nut muffin and pudding with a creamy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish revealing notes of wheat wafer, banana chip, jicama, and watercress finish. A fantastically pure and delicious hefeweizen that is a great example of the style; liquid sunshine.
Lift Bridge Beer Company Juice-Z NE IPA
95 points
Cloudy golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit soufflé, honeyed grapefruit, and dried herbs with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, compelling, medium-long finish that exhibits nuances of French fruit custard tart, clementine, and corn pudding finish. A thoroughly satisfying and well poised New England IPA that is just plain delicious.
Hofmühl Original Rother Kellerbier
94 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of candied yams, zucchini bread with bran, orange marmalade, and cheese soufflé with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish evoking elements of pear butter and pretzel bread pudding finish. A delicious, malty yet buoyant Zwickl that will have you coming back for a second.
Hofmühl Zerberus Doppelbock
94 points
Hazy deep amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of bananas foster with nuts, frosted pound cake, chamomile tea, and pomegranate vinaigrette with a slightly chewy, soft, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, long finish revealing notes of toffee, banana soufflé, and daikon finish. A delightfully chewy and appetizing weizen bock to savor.
Fulton Brewing Company 300 Mosaic IPA
93 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed toasted onion roll and pineapple tart with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish full body and a tingling, medium-long finish imparting notes of citrus peels, charred broccoli, and pepper finish. An in-your-face IPA that hits all the right notes.
Unibroue Don de Dieu Belgian-Style Wheat Ale
93 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced praline, scrambled eggs with cheddar chive, zucchini raspberry bread with rosemary oil, and book pressed flowers with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying notes of frosted banana cake, apple cobbler with candied orange zest, and sweet and peppery spices finish. A finely balanced and delectable Belgian blonde ale for all occasions.
Unibroue Éphémère Pomme Flavored Wheat Ale
92 points
Gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed sliced apples on apple jack cereal and apple-scented candle with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish imparting elements of wheat wafer with apple butter finish. A very tasty, balanced and refreshing apple flavored beer that really hits the spot; one for the beach.
Vancouver Island Brewing Nanaimo Bar Imperial Porter
92 points
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and fruit cake dipped in rum with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with nuances of artisan dark chocolate bar with golden raisins and espresso beans, delicate spice, and cherry pipe tobacco finish. A rich, warming and deliciously chocolatey porter in the imperial vein.
Carolina Brewery Copperline Amber Ale
91 points
Copper color. Roasted aromas and flavors of honeyed raisin toast and caramel apple with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish that shows shades of potato corn chowder, radicchio, and peppered praline finish. A savory and table friendly amber ale.
Fulton Brewing Company Hopstar Session IPA
91 points
Brilliant yellow color. Herbal aromas and flavors of herb muffin with honey, roasted tropical fruit, and buttered toasted baguette with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, long finish that shows notes of onion roll, rapini and carrot greens, and peppercorns finish. A bright and light session ale that delivers a wallop of hoppy goodness.
Carolina Brewery Sky Blue Kolsch
90 points
Clear light gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasty cheese roll, plantain, floral honeycomb, and coriander with a bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a polished, medium-length finish with elements of tortilla, arugula and starfruit, and roasted nut finish. A clean and tasty kolsch that refreshes and delights.
Fulton Brewing Company Lonely Blonde Ale
90 points
Golden yellow color. Floral, tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple cake, orange blossom soap, and egg croissant with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that shows accents of herb buttered toast, roasted pecans, peppered kale, and saltine cracker finish. A rock solid golden ale with a deft use of floral hops.
Hofmühl Privat Pils
90 points
Straw green color. Earthy, vegetal aromas and flavors of spinach and artichoke flatbread, roasted corn, and honeycomb with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium-full body and a silky, long finish with accents of apple fritter, salty nuts, and pepper finish. A crisp and earthy pilsner with a long finish.
Stawski Classic Honey Beer
90 points
Gold color. Aromas of buttered corn husk, fresh baked baguette, and hint of chestnut honey and caramel with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long apple butter and honey on toast, ripe pear and honeydew melon, and peppered watercress finish. A pure and tasty honey flavored ale with nice length, balance, and solid beer character underneath the fruity sweetness.
Unibroue Blanche de Chambly Belgian-Style White Ale
90 points
Golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of floral talc, egg sandwich, and banana chips with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, appealing, relaxed finish that shows suggestions of wheat cracker and banana pudding finish. A refreshing delicately balanced witbier.
Veza Sur Brewing Co. La Yuma Dark Lager
90 points
Minutely hazy walnut color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate nut muffin, granola, and grilled romaine with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-long finish manifesting notes of roasted nuts and turnips, endive, and minerals finish. A crisp and quenching dark lager that will pair nicely.
Unibroue Á Tout Le Monde Megadeth Saison
89 points
Hazy light gold color. Floral aromas of lemon and lavender soap, herb and cheese focaccia, fennel custard, and tea and leather with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long spiced pineapple slices with lychee, peppered nuts, and radicchio and mustard greens finish. A crisp and spicy saison crusher.
Veza Sur Brewing Co. Mala Yerba Session IPA
89 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple mango Danish and hard boiled egg with Canadian bacon with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish that shows notes of lemon peppercorn muffin, endive, dried papaya, and rooibos finish. A mouthwatering and quenching session IPA that is sure to please.
Veza Sur Brewing Co. Mangolandia Blonde Ale
89 points
Yellow color. Interesting, toasty aromas of rice krispies cereal and sesame mango pastry with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length peach-mango salsa and sorbet and chilaquiles finish. A nice tropical fruit beer for carefree sipping.
Fulton Brewing Company Standard Lager
88 points
Brushed gold color. Fruity aromas of orange sherbet, sliced banana, and oregano with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy mango and papadum finish. A friendly, pleasing, fuller bodied lager.
Unibroue Blonde de Chambly Saison
88 points
Golden amber color. Spicy, floral aromas and flavors of floral honeycomb, egg white omelet with fresh basil, spicy banana bread, and corsage with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-to-long finish that exhibits accents of wafer and peppered jicama finish. An attractive and appetizing dry saison with great drinkability and a lovely floral note.
Vancouver Island Brewing Champagne Powder Belgian Brut IPA
88 points
Yellow color. Curious aromas and flavors of lit vanilla-coconut candle, grilled artichoke, and plastic wrapped crayons with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, somewhat odd, breezy finish imparting notes of roasted grapefruit and orange, stone ground mustard on rye toast, raw sage, and cornmeal finish. Belgian yeast with intense hops to create an IPA for adventurous drinkers.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Burleigh Blonde
85 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of chickpeas, celery, and geranium with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a silky, quick water chestnuts and caramel sauce finish. An everyday Helles with a nice bubbly pop.
Veza Sur Brewing Co. Spanglish Lager
80 points
Pale golden emerald straw color. Aromas of lemonade, artichoke flatbread, corn pudding, tinned cabbage, and fruit stripes gum with a supple, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk corn chips finish. A solid beer for the ballpark or lawn.
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