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November 2021 - 2021 Winter Beer Review

November 2021 - 2021 Winter Beer Review
Here are the results for the 2021 Winter Beer Review.

2021 Winter Beer Review Reviews

Fremont Brewing Head Full Of Dynomite Hazy IPA V.33
98 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas of orange oil, pineapple, mango, cannabis, and apricot with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, layered, long juniper, cranberry, and pine finish. A balanced, sumptuous Hazy IPA.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Platinum Medal - 2022 Best American Style IPA & Best of Show
Fremont Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout
97 points
Ebony color. Aromas and flavors of grilled black bread, ganache, chocolate covered pecans, and hints of soy with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry full body and a warming, complex, very long finish revealing suggestions of toasty waffle and white pepper. Great flavor integration and length; drink this.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Platinum Medal - Best Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Fremont Brewing 2021 Spice Wars Edition Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout
96 points
Ebony color. Aromas and flavors of artisan licorice, black tea, fine dark chocolate, candied ginger, lemon peel, cardamom, and bananas flambé with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elaborate, very long finish with notes of chocolate-covered espresso bean and raisin. A colossal, velvety Barrel Aged Imperial Stout for palate pampering.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal
Fremont Brewing 2020 B-Bomb Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Winter Ale
96 points
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of caramel, toasted panettone, dried figs, sticky date pudding, and hints of turmeric with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry full body and a warming, elaborate, very long finish that shows touches of coconut. Finesse and elegance. Try this Wood Aged Ale with exceptional integration of oak and malt.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Platinum Medal - Best Wood Aged Ale
Fremont Brewing Lush IPA
95 points
Light gold color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of juicy apricot, white grapefruit zest, and fresh cut grass with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish that shows notes of key lime zest, hints of cherry, and kumquat. Elegant, floral hop character delights in this sophisticated IPA.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Alcohol Free Lager
94 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of white corn and hints of herbs with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish thin body and a seamless, brisk lemon-ginger tea and croissant finish. A rock-solid N/A Beer that delivers the crisp clean flavor of your favorite everyday lager.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Non Alcoholic Beer
Burleigh Brewing Co. Japan Black Beer
93 points
Walnut color. Aromas of smoked chocolate soufflé, cured meats, toasted matzoh, and egg drop soup with a slightly chewy, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length black raisin bread and toasted nuts finish. An unabashedly complex black lager with an easy drinking appeal.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Black Beer
Fremont Brewing Golden Pilsner
93 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of lemon curd on fresh crumpets, orange zest, melon, and fresh apple with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish that presents accents of watercress. A fruity Pilsner with big aromatics.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal
Shortfuse Brewing Tropical Hurt Locker Fruited Sour Ale
93 points
Cloudy peachy copper color. Aromas and flavors of fresh, first harvest raspberries, peppercorn, and hints of dill and pickling spices with a satiny, tart, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-long finish that shows notes of tangy raspberry tea and hints of mango. A natural, deliciously balanced raspberry sour to share.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Sour Ale
Lift Bridge Beer Company Juice-Z New England Style IPA
92 points
Cloudy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of orange seeds, kumquat, hints of cardamom, clove, and rye seed with a slightly chewy, lively, finely carbonated, bone-dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish that presents notes of almond skins and toasted baguette with herb butter. A solid NEIPA that’s balanced and approachable.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best New England Style IPA
4 By 4 Brewing Company OZapft Is! Marzen
91 points
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of caramel-dipped pretzels, hints of maple, walnut, and cinnamon-dusted raisins with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with nuances of toasted panettone and bitter nut skins. A toasty, welcoming Marzen.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal
4 By 4 Brewing Company Mexican Pale Lager
91 points
Light gold color. Aromas of gooseberry, lime, green herbs, and soufflé with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, brisk bran flakes and orange pithe finish. A malty lager with a bitter edge; an easy lawnmower.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Mexican Style Lager
Fremont Brewing Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout
91 points
Ebony color. Aromas of vanilla cream, caramel latte, pumpernickel crust, chocolate, and cola with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long toasted coconut finish. A rich, malty beer that leads with a silky-sweet nose and finishes with pleasingly dry and bitter length.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Oatmeal Stout
Holzlager Brewing Company Blueberry Hard Seltzer
91 points
Medium fuschia color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry jam and ripe blackberries with a satiny, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of nougat. Pure fruit flavors and just a hint of fruity sweetness make this a super refreshing, crowdpleasing seltzer.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Hard Seltzer
Tsingtao Brewing Co. English Style IPA
91 points
Gold color. Aromas of mixed fruit compote, banana nut muffin, caramel ginger cookie, and tea leaves with a round, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, agreeable fruit cake with nuts, coconut macaroons, and rosemary finish. Classic English IPA flavor.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best English Style IPA
Lift Bridge Brewery Getaway Pilsner
90 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of soft baguette and lemon curd with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of hints of pear, parsley and endive. A pillowy, refreshing, clean pilsner that satisfies.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Bronze Medal
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Amber Lager
90 points
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, buttery toasted raisin sage baguette stuffing, fig and date sweet potato muffin, and wet clay with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an engaging, long finish with accents of honeyed sunflower toast, dried fruit chutney, and molasses cookie. A delicious, spot-on, autumnal amber lager with great flavor and style.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Amber Lager
Burleigh Brewing Co. Sublime Mexican Pale Lager
89 points
Yellow color. Aromas of lime and pear with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length crisp tortillas and hints of passion fruit finish. A citrusy, shandy-like lager for daytime sessions.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal
Burleigh Brewing Co. Blonde Bier Garden
88 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toast, custard, and snipped chives with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length pickled peach and yeasty dinner rolls finish. A crisp, clean, easy-drinking Helles the wets the whistle; have a couple.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Wheat Beer
88 points
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of toasted hawaiian bread, corn flakes, and hint of lemon vinaigrette with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length finish imparting touches of water chestnut, radish sprouts, and vanilla cream. A refreshing and quenching wheat ale pleaser.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Wheat Ale
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Tsingtao Rose Flavored Wheat Beer
88 points
Minutely hazy peachy copper color. Aromas of raspberry candies, banana soufflé, and hawaiian rolls with a velvety, crisp, petillant, off-dry light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length smooth taffy, spun sugar, crushed coriander, and honey finish. A creamy, fruity Wheat Beer that’s not too sweet yet offers delightful dessert-like flavors.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Flavored Wheat Beer
Wild Heaven Beer Euro-Style Pilsner
88 points
Light gold color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of mango, orange oil, hints of dried pineapple, and pulque with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, light body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length finish evoking nuances of hints of brazil nut, cane syrup, and fluffy white bread. A new school hopped pilsner with big tropical notes.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Bighead No-Carb Reduced Calorie Lager
87 points
Light gold color. Aromas of soufflé and hints of asparagus with a satiny, effervescent, dry thin body and a smooth, breezy hints of veggies and fresh lettuce finish. A light, savory lager in the easiest-drinking style.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Reduced Calorie Lager
Kanavan Panimo Sulku Pils
87 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of mandarin orange, pineapple, and hawaiian rolls with a round, crisp, dry light body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long tamarind, cola, and charred orange peels finish. A fruity, bitter Pilsner that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Lift Bridge Brewery Farm Girl Belgian Style Golden Ale
87 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas of whipped banana soufflé, coriander, and hints of aniseed with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long ripe peach, nectarine, and fresh french baguette finish. A round, balanced and complex Belgian Style Golden Ale that’s sure to please.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Belgian Style Golden Ale
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Centennial Journey Marzen-Octoberfest
87 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of mandarin orange, hints of banana custard, and dried figs with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish displaying impressions of spiced caramel and marasca cherry. A rich, dense and flavorful Marzen.
Bangor Beer Company Catchphrase New England Pale Ale
86 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of candied orange peel, ripe mango, fresh romaine, and apricot with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, breezy finish evoking notes of veggies and fresh cut grass. A full-bodied, juicy Pale Ale for warm weather refreshment.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal
Burleigh Brewing Co. Fifteen Dusseldorf Dunkel Smoked Beer
86 points
Dark copper color. Aromas of ripe fig, smokehouse, and buttery pumpernickel croutons with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium body and a charming, medium-long hints of dark roast coffee and chocolate covered smoked almonds finish. A bold and smoky beer that will be a solid winter warmer.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Smoked Beer
Crossroads Signature American Style Pale Ale
86 points
Hazy yellow color. Attractive, citrusy aromas and flavors of citrus and stone fruit pastry, mango smoothie, and honey cream with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish with notes of tapioca with mango and lychee, parmesan peppercorn muffin, and watercress. A very crisp, yet juicy American pale ale that borrows from the New England playbook.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Bronze Medal
4 By 4 Brewing Company Parkside Pineapple New England Style IPA
85 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas of pineapple salsa and sweet mango with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-long pineapple upside down cake, citrus juice, and yeasty dinner rolls finish. Bold pineapple aromas and flavors make this one of the fruitiest, juiciest NEIPA’s.
Bangor Beer Company Juri New England IPA
85 points
Hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of fresh tangerines, green mango, hints of golden beets, and eucalyptus with a round, lively, finely carbonated, dry medium body and an effortless, complex, long finish with notes of green peppercorn, endive, and pine. A juicy, in-your-face NEIPA.
Fremont Brewing Sky Kraken Hazy Pale Ale
85 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas of lime pith, orange blossom, hints of almond shortcake, and honeydew melon with a satiny, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long pineapple, mango, and peaches on pound cake finish. A a fruit-forward, creamy APA with snappy bitterness and a juicy appeal.
Holzlager Brewing Company Hawaiian Hammer IPA
85 points
Old gold color. Confected aromas of tropical fruit punch and gomae with a slightly chewy, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long orange marmalade, passionfruit shake, and hint of buttered bitter greens finish. The bitterness is definitely in the back seat of this tropical fruit cart of a flavored IPA, but it’s hard to deny its sheer crowd pleasing flavor.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Flavored IPA
Penn Cove Brewing Co. Fireside Belgium Sour
85 points
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, roast pineapple, molasses, kosher dills, and toasted barley with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish revealing notes of sassafras. A creative Sour with big roasty malt, zesty herbal tang and piles of complexity.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal - Best Belgian Style Strong Ale
4 By 4 Brewing Company Smooth Criminal Double Dry Hopped Imperial IPA
84 points
Bright old gold color. Aromas of banana candies, candied grapefruit, and malt biscuit with a round, bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length frosted banana cake, toasted marshmallow, candied orange peel, and crushed nuts finish. A high-octane IIPA with big fruit character.
4 By 4 Brewing Company Strawberry Blonde Ale Fruit Beer
84 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of rich strawberry puree, banana smoothie, peach vinaigrette, and buttered popcorn with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dryish light body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length finish that shows elements of multigrain toast, mixed fruit preserves, and hints of herb butter. A tropical vacation in an easy drinking package.
Bangor Beer Company Nomad Czech Pilsner
84 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of lemon-ginger tea, hints of licorice, honey, and mango with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, dry light body and a sleek, medium-length finish with accents of dill and mustard seed. A hoppy, chewy pilsner for hot day refreshment.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Razzle Dazzle Wheat Beer
84 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas of underripe nectarine, lemon curd, fresh, and yeasty bread with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length celery, orange peel, and endive finish. An easy Wheat Beer with a strong, bitter finish.
Burleigh Brewing Co. OFD Dark Lager
84 points
Walnut color. Savory aromas of chocolate mousse, hints of hickory, and asparagus with a satiny, finely carbonated, light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium carob-molasses cake, grilled watermelon, and cucumber finish. A carefree dark lager for pub grub.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Old Skool Amber Ale
84 points
Dark copper color. Funky aromas and flavors of chocolate yogurt, roasted corn, and grapefruit peel with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, medium-to-full body and an eccentric, short-to-medium finish with accents of grilled radicchio, extra dark roasted coffee, molasses cake, and hints of wormwood. An earthy and astringent amber lager for the table.
Penn Cove Brewing Co. Patmore Porter
84 points
Walnut color. Aromas and flavors of char-roasted coffee, hints of smoked meats, vanilla custard, hints of green apple, and tobacco with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish. A dominating rich and smoky porter best as a nightcap.
Penn Cove Brewing Co. Penn Cove Pilsner
84 points
Gold color. Aromas of butterscotch, corn fritters, and green tea with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a silky, engaging, medium-long dill, eucalyptus, fir, and pretzel finish. A flavorful, bitter pilsner that lasts.
Mankato Brewery Cross-Czech Pilsner
81 points
Old gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of roasted pears with honey, toffee, fruit cake, and rye crisps with a satiny, soft, effervescent, fruity watery body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length finish. An atypically fruity and whiskey-like Pilsner for when you’re looking for something different.
Penn Cove Brewing Co. Madrona Way IPA
81 points
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of sherry, caramel, dates, and caramel-dipped biscuit with a supple, effervescent, dryish medium body and an even, breezy finish. A toothsome and distinctive IPA.
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