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Harvest by Long Trail Brewing Company

You should never look a gift horse in the mouth or turn a free lunch down.  That being said…lets drink…

Beer #327 is Harvest by Long Trail Brewing Company.  This American Brown Ale with an ABV of 4.6% is brewed in Vermont.

Appearance – The color of brown, nice and clear, with a small cream colored head.

Nose – Very malty…caramel and a toasted bready aroma.  There was also a very slight maple aroma buried in there too.

Taste – Caramel and toast make up the majority of the flavors.  There was kind of an earthy nutty thing here also.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall – An average American Brown Ale with the added bonus of maple syrup even know that didn’t translate to the taste.

Rating: C

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Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout by Rock Art Brewery

Tonight is the last night of the MLB regular season and the Yankees (in the playoffs…again) are doing their best to eliminate those pesky Tampa Bay Devil Rays….oh…sorry…can’t say Devil now a days.  I wish there was a way the Yanks could also eliminate the Red Sox.  I just have this feeling the Red Sox are going get things going again.  Maybe we will see a Yanks/Red Sox ALCS?

Anyways…on to beer #304, Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout by Rock Art Brewery brewed in Morrisville, Vermont.  This is brewed in the style of an American Double or Imperial Stout with an ABV of 8%.  Of note here is that this is brewed with pumpkin and spruce tips just like in colonial times for flavor and bittering.  I love the little saying on the label…”This ain’t for no mama’s boy or daddy’s girl”.

It poured black as night with a one finger width tan head.  It had a vegetable like aroma (must be the pumpkin) along with the typical Stout smells of chocolate and coffee.  It started off with a pine like flavor from the hops and then got into some roasted, almost burnt coffee flavors from those lovely malts.  There was an herbal quality to the flavor also.  It had a decent bitter bite near the end of it.  I didn’t get anything in the taste resembling pumpkin.  It was lighter in the body that I was expecting being somewhere between medium and light.  The carbonation was fairly low and the alcohol was hidden very well.

For me, this was pretty average.  I was expecting the pumpkin to make a bigger splash here taste wise and it just didn’t.  It showed in the nose though.  I still love Rock Arts use of Kokopelli though.

Rating: C

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Hex by Magic Hat Brewing Company

What a difference a day makes weather wise.  Summer like temps yesterday, fall like today (and for the next 3 days).

Beer #291 (slowly approaching that magic 300 mark) is Hex by Magic Hat Brewing Company.  Brewed in South Burlington, Vermont, this American Amber Ale or Red Ale has an ABV of 5.4 %.  I liked the label on this one with some witches and other spooky creatures sitting around drinking Magic Hat’s Ourtoberfest (I guess their play on Oktoberfest).

It started off on a good note with a nice amber color.  The head was…wait…there was no head.  I took a whiff…there was not much going on there.  It had a faint malt aroma.  I took a sip…very bread like in the taste…toast would be a good way to describe it.  There was a slight caramel sweetness from the malts.  There was also a bit of a pine like hop thing (flavor and bitterness) on the back end.  It had a medium body and was quite carbonated.

This was an OK brew…nothing special to see or taste here.  Let’s move on…shall we?

Rating: C

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Ridge Runner by Rock Art Brewery

As Hurricane Irene approaches, I sit here drinking a beer instead of getting the things I may need…water, batteries for the flashlight, etc.  What the heck is wrong with my priorities?

Anyways…on to beer #270.  Ridge Runner by Rock Art Brewery is an English Barleywine brewed in Morrisville, Vermont.  The ABV comes in at 7.5% .  Rock Art uses my favorite “icon”, Kokopelli.  I don’t know why I like that little horn playing deity of Native American cultures from the Southwestern United States…I just do.

Now to the beer, it poured a dark slightly reddish brown with no head whatsoever.  The nose was earthy and smelled like raisins with caramel and brown sugar thrown in for good measure.  It was a quite light nose wise for a Barleywine.  Lets taste it shall we?  I know you can’t taste it…unless you have it on hand that is.  The dark fruitiness of the raisins mixes well with the caramel and brown sugar.  There is a nice hop kick in there also providing a nice bitter bite.  It was not nearly as sweet as some Barleywines I have had and I liked that.  It had a slight alcohol kick near the end of it that intensified slightly as it warmed up.  It had a medium body and fairly higher amount of stinging carbonation.

Not to shabby…I would get this again.  And now I’m at a loss for words…

Rating: B

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Whitetail Golden Ale by Rock Art Brewery

Time for an early review.  This will be the only time today I will have access to a PC and an internet connection…I know…hard to believe in this day and age.  So lets get to the beer.

Beer #217 is Whitetail Golden Ale by Rock Art Brewery from Morrisville, Vermont. The ABV on this American Blonde Ale is 5%.  I love the label on this, it depicts Kokopelli, the deity of fertility in some Native Ameican cultures.  It reminds me of my trip many years ago to Sedona, Arizona where I remember seeing the image of Kokopelli quite often.  Awesome place, awesome trip…I love Arizona.

I just love that Warsteiner glass this went in to.  That particular glass seems to accentuate the head, just look at that huge white foamy head sitting atop that golden colored brew.  The nose was very grainy with wheat aromas.  There was also a touch of yeast bread like aromas.  The taste was pretty much grains and wheat with just a touch of lemon at the back end.  It was a crisp, light bodied brew with light carbonation.

I’m not a big fan of American Blonde Ales and this does nothing to win me over. I could see this being enjoyed on a hot summer day though as it is light and would probably be thirst quenching.  For that and Kokopelli, I will give it a slight bump from something to give to the Peasants to a drink suitable for Jesters.

Rating: C

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McNeill's Dead Horse India Pale Ale by McNeill's Brewery

I have absolutely nothing to say today.

As I type this, I look down and see an ant on my deck carrying what looks like to be a dead ant to who knows where…do they bury their dead, maybe they eat them.  Is it some odd ant ritual?  Do ants have souls?  Do they go to heaven or hell?  Anyone here think Daenerys Targaryen (Game Of Thrones) is hot???  So much for having nothing to say…

Beer #189 is McNeill’s Dead Horse India Pale Ale by McNeill’s Brewery from Brattleboro, Vermont.

Stats – English India Pale Ale with an ABV of 5.7%
Appearance – Hazy orange amber with a minimal white head
Nose – Malty with a biscuit like aroma,  there was a bit of a citrus & herby hoppy thing going on here
Taste – Very malty…again…like biscuits, some caramel, bitter orange like finish to it
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, smooth, low carbonation

Decent beer here…nothing to write home about.  Does anyone ever really write home…about anything?  Who the heck writes anymore anyways.  Ahh…enough of my yackin’ (movie reference there…be the first to get it and win a prize).  Time to read.  And maybe nap…

Rating: C

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Blackberry Wheat by Long Trail Brewing Company

Beer #162 is Blackberry Wheat by Long Trail Brewing Company.  Brewed in the Green Mountain State of Vermont, this Fruit/Vegetable Beer has an ABV of 4%.

The color was golden yellow and very clear.  It had no head whatsoever to speak of.  The nose was very light.  You could smell the blackberry but only if you really swirled the beer and then took a deep whiff.  I really didn’t get much else.  The blackberries were much more noticeable in the taste.  It also had a light bread like flavor.  It was a light bodied brew, fizzy, and crisp.  It went down real easy…almost too easy.

I really wanted to like this much better than I did as I love blackberries.  It reminded me of a drink I used to enjoy in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Clearly Canadian Mountain Blackberry.  That was great…this not so much.  It was just too…light.  Light nose, light flavors, light body…you get the idea.

Rating: D

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