Westbrook Gose

This was a brewery that I visited last year and although I really enjoy their beers, the tap room was a bit boring. It didn’t have many rare beers on tap and the room itself didn’t have much character. At least they had cornhole to play outside, although when I went to the brewery, it was way too hot to even think of going outside. Anyways, let’s talk about this beer.

westbrookgose

ABV: 4.0%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced ‘Gose-uh’), a traditional German-style sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback.”

Random: This was first released in April of 2012.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a big crown on top of the cloudy, bright yellow body. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some sourness with white vinegar, grain and salinity. The taste was really flavorful for the ABV. It had some lemon along with white vinegar and a touch of pilsner malt. The body was incredibly light, without being watery. It had a lot of carbonation as well. The finish was lengthy with tartness and white grapes and a dash of sea salt. A can of this cost me $2.99, which came to $.25 per ounce. This beer had so much flavor while being incredibly light. This is a new go-to beer for me.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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Beau’s Haters Gonna Hate

I’ve never heard of this brewery, so I was curious to see how it was. Let’s crack it open.

hatersgonnahate

ABV: 8%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Haters Gonna Hate is an extra-strong interpretation of our flagship beer Lug Tread, which is a Kölsch-style lagered ale. Tropical aromas and a mildly ‘catty’ character are contributed with the addition of some Nelson-Sauvin hops. Haters Gonna Hate is a tribute to the very first batch of Lug Tread, which ended up getting accidentally imperialized – that is, brewed to higher strength and intensity – due to some faulty beer-making equipment. The results were super tasty and ended up winning ‘Best of the Fest’ at the Golden Tap Awards. Ten years later, we’ve recreated this happy accident with Haters Gonna Hate. Haters Gonna Hate is unfiltered, strong, and has a golden orange hue. The aroma suggests funky tropical fruits such as mango or papaya, and is also enhanced with some mildly musky Nelson Sauvin hops. A clean malt presence allows for full display of the hop-driven fruit flavours and balanced moderate-to-high bitterness.”

Random: I never get sick of watching “Top Chef.”

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was very floral and fragrant with some pilsner malt. The taste had a little bit of funk with flower petals and mineral water. It had some tropical fruit as well with mango. The alcohol was well-hidden. It had a moderately thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and floral. A bottle of this was $8.99, which came to $.41 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot and the label being adorable was just a bonus. If you see this on the shelf, I would give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Troegs Scratch Beer 250 – 2016 (Hibiscus IPA)

This was the second beer that I had at Uno’s for the tap takeover. They also had some interesting beer combinations with Mad Elf, but given how high the ABV was, I thought it was best not to try them. I’m always shocked at how good the tap selection is at Uno’s is, but it’s a little far from the house and the food always seems to be hit or miss. Anyways, let’s see how this is.

troegs250

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A standby in teas and juices, hibiscus flowers provide Scratch #250 with its lovely pinkish hue and vibrant floral aroma. A mix of spicy, fruity hops gives this IPA a berry-like tanginess with underlying tropical notes. Availability: draft & growler fills only.”

Random: I’ve been getting into tea more. I always liked green tea, but I found one that has hot pepper in it that’s a new favorite.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick, off white head. It dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of floral notes, specifically hibiscus. It also had some grass and citrus. The taste was really bright with citrus and mango flesh with hibiscus tea. It had a shockingly thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and floral. I enjoyed this one a lot and it paired really well with pizza. If you find this one on tap, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Troegs Naked Elf

Val and I went to Uno’s in Hamilton and they happened to have a tap takeover from Troegs along with a craft beer craft festival. We ended up getting some very cute things there, although the space was incredibly small and it felt quite crowded. Anyways, I tried this beer, which I had been looking to try for awhile.

nakedelf

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Gone are the cherries, honey and chocolate malt that dress up our holiday favorite Mad Elf, leaving ‘him’ stark-raving nude to reveal notes of cinnamon, allspice, clove and tangy fruity esters.”

Random: Mad Elf seemed to have been less popular this past year. Normally, it’s insanely hard to find on the shelves and this year it was insanely easy.

This beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly cloudy and reddish-brown. There was light carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of fruit notes, despite no cherries being in the beer and some oak. It had alcohol and a certain sweetness to it. The taste was equally sweet with golden fruit, yeast and light coriander. It had a lighter body than the regular version, but was still thick with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with golden fruit. I enjoyed this beer a lot and even without knowing, it would have reminded me of the regular version. If you see this one out and about, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lord Hobo Consolation Prize

It’s been awhile since I’ve been in the Boston area. I went in my early twenties and haven’t been back since. I remember it being incredibly pretty and wanting to visit a bunch of museums and not having time to go. I think Val and I need to visit there. I’ve also heard that there are a bunch of outstanding restaurants there. When I was last there, I went to Dick’s Last Resort, where they make paper condom hats. That may have been cute when I was 21, but not exactly what I’m looking for now. Anyways, if we end up going, I want to hit this bar up and the brewery, assuming they allow tours.

consolationprize

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: There is basically no information about this beer on line.

Random: The other beers I had from the brewery were solid.

This beer poured with less than a quarter of a finger of head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a small crown on top of the body. The body was light yellow and cloudy with some carbonation visible. The nose had pine needles, lemon flesh and pine sap up front. The taste did have some alcohol with pine needles and quickly transitioned into sweet caramel. It had a thick and syrupy body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet. This was expensive at $4 a can, which came to $.25 per ounce. I thought the beer was a bit simple and out of balance. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Atwater Whango

Mangoes are one of my favorite fruits. I work by a Wawa and they sell a package of ready to eat mango that I purchase quite often.

whango

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “American-Style Wheat Beers are similar in malt bill to their German Weizen cousins, but exhibit much less yeast characteristic. These may be filtered or unfiltered and exhibit low to medium hop bitterness and aroma. Inspired behind artwork: This character represents the stereotypical surfer guy relaxing on the beach, with shaggy hair and no shirt. Instead of a surfboard in the background we actually put a paddleboard because it has become a very popular sport by the Bell Isle Detroit River area. The background also includes Detroit’s skyline. We included colors like salmon, pink, orange and yellow to represent the fresh mango puree that is added to the boil in the brewing process.”

Random: I love all of the Real Housewives series. It’s complete fluff, but it’s the best to watch after work.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, lemon yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a combination of mango and lemon juice along with mango flesh. The taste had notes of mango juice and mango flesh and wheat with a weird twang at the end. The body was heavier than expected with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with mango juice. The bottle was $1.83 and came to $.15 per ounce. This beer wasn’t complicated, but satisfied me. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Davidson Brothers Welsh Braggot

Tonight’s selection is another beer from Davidson Brothers. As you can tell, I got a lot of them as a gift. Let’s crack this one open.

welshbraggot

ABV: 7.3%

Style: Braggot

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We bought our current building at 184 Glen Street in 1996. It was a great decision, but came with the kind of hard work you only find in old buildings. It was an all-hands-on-deck endeavor as we removed all the trash, junk, wiring, pipes and over 700 cubic yards of interior building materials from the 130-year-old building. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, refrigeration specialists and more worked tirelessly for over 2 years to realize the vision we had for the space. Today it sits proudly in the center of a thriving downtown, something we always knew would happen. We look forward to continuing to create history here in the Exchange Street Plaza.”

Random: Both the cat and I can’t stop sneezing.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy mahogany with light carbonation visible and a lot of floating material. The nose had sharp alcohol, pine, and dirt. The taste was slightly smoother with pine, some currants, dirt and a lot of alcohol that finished with brown bread crust. It was quite earthy. The body was thinner than expected with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and earthy with dirt. The beer was free, since this was a gift, but I just didn’t enjoy this beer at all. Although I give the brewery a lot of credit for making a style that isn’t all that popular, this was a miss.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0