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Tonight’s beer is a relatively new beer from Allagash that I was excited to try. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “While Hoppy Table Beer was inspired by the Belgian tradition of low-ABV, easily drinkable beers, it still occupies a hop-forward spot all its own. Brewed with our 2-row malt blend, Maris Otter malt, and oats, the beer is then spiced with a subtle addition of coriander. We ferment it with our house yeast for classic Belgian citrus aromas. Hoppy Table Beer is hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Comet, and Azacca hops, then dry hopped with more Comet and Azacca. A mildly hoppy aroma full of grapefruit springs from this straw-colored, light-bodied ale. Flavors of pine and stone fruit balance the beer’s clean, slightly bitter finish.”

Random: Angel, our older cat, keeps trying to walk on the computer as I blog.

The beer poured with a two finger, fluffy white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and yellow in color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some funk to it and a light vinegar sourness. It had a touch of Sour Patch Kid with lemon juice. The taste started with fresh grass clippings and a touch of piney hops. It quickly transitioned into a sour, vinegar note, which was not as strong as the nose. It had a yeasty and earthy note as well. The body was thicker than I expected with high carbonation. It had a quick and yeasty finish. The bottle set me back $2.75, which came to $.23 an ounce, which was on the more expensive side for a session beer, but still a solid choice.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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I really want to go back to Maine. Every time I have an Allagash beer, I miss going to Slab, which is the best pizza place in all of Maine. While I dream of Slab, let’s see how this beer was.

farmtoface

ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Drinking this medium-bodied beer is like biting into a juicy, yet tart, peach. Farm to Face is brewed as a pale ale and then fermented for ten months in stainless tanks with house yeast. After primary fermentation, we add Pediococcus, Lactobacillus, and a whole lot of peaches. In fact, for every gallon of beer we add three pounds of peaches from our friends at Applecrest Farm in New Hampshire. Aromas of green apple and graham cracker accompany a lingering peachy finish.”

Random: I still haven’t tried the drone I got for Christmas.

The brew poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright orange with lots of carbonation. The nose had a lot of funk and yeast along with peaches. There was also lightly toasted oak with white wine grapes. The taste had marked tartness with peach and white grapes. It didn’t have as much yeast as the nose, but there was a lot of white vinegar. It also had a lot of fresh apricots. The body was on the lighter side with intense carbonation, but it didn’t go overboard. The finish was lengthy with tartness and peach. A bottle of this was ridiculously expensive at $18.99, which came to $1.12 per ounce. Despite the shocking pricetag, I thought this beer was wonderful. This wasn’t an everyday beer, but I’m so glad that I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

This morning’s beer is one from Allagash, a brewery that I tend to love.

hive56

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hive 56 is a dark sour ale aged with honey in an oak foudre for eighteen months. The beer is deep mahogany in color with aromas of strawberries, lemon, and tropical fruit; notes of dark chocolate, raspberries, and figs present themselves upon the first sip, followed by a lingering tartness. We brew this beer with a blend of dark Munich malt, chocolate wheat, midnight wheat, and roasted barley, and hop with Cascade and Northern Brewer. Hive 56 undergoes initial fermentation with our house yeast; we then transfer the beer to a foudre with Brettanomyces bruxellensis and fresh honey from our Allagash beehives. Over the course of the next 18 months, the Brettanomyces transforms the honey, resulting in a beer with bold, roasty flavors, and a hint of tropical fruit.”

Random: This beer should be consumed within a year of bottling.

The beer poured with a half a finger of off white head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown in color with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose was filled with Brett, dark fruit which manifested specifically as cherries and red wine grapes with oak barrels. The taste also had significant Brett notes. I didn’t get tropical fruit, but cherries, dark chocolate and some smoke came through. There was a sweetness from the honey that paired well with the red wine grapes. The alcohol did not make an appearance in the taste. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and tart and reminded me of a complex Balsamic vinegar. Despite how complicated this beer was, it wasn’t cheap. I paid $16.99 for the bottle, which came to $1.32 per ounce. This is a beer that is worth trying, but pop the bottle open on a special occasion.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Allagash that gets high marks. Everything from their barrel collection tends to be pretty solid.

evora

ABV: 9%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Evora is a golden hued ale with aromas of tropical fruit, honey, and spice. Citrus, oak, and earthiness dominate the flavor and give way to hints of bread crust. Malty and robust, this medium bodied beer finishes fruity, dry, and slightly tart. We brew this beer with Maris Otter Malt and flaked oats, and hop with Sorachi Ace, Hallertau and Northern Brewer. Evora begins fermenting on stainless steel with a classic Belgian yeast strain, then moves over to Portuguese Brandy Barrels, where it ages with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis for over a year.”

Random: I can’t remember if I’ve ever had apple brandy on its own.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a golden-yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was bright with apple juice, apricot and golden raisin and light spice. The Sorachi Ace hops came through with lemongrass too. The taste had some bright tropical hops. Again, the Sorachi Ace really stood out. There was also an apple brandy note which gave it more depth. The spice characteristic was lacking, but what did come out was clove. It had some tartness at the end. The body was lighter than expected with high carbonation. It had a lengthy lemongrass and tart finish. The bottle was $18.99 as you can see from the convenient price tag on the bottle. It came to $1.50 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but the price point is prohibitive of buying a second bottle. If you have the extra cash, this is worth picking up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is another one from Allagash that I’ve never tried. I love that they used lots of ingredients from Maine for this beer. Let’s crack it open.

sixteencounties

ABV: 7.3%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We named this beer to honor the rich tradition of farming in the sixteen counties of Maine. We brew the beer with malted Maine-grown barley, unmalted Maine-grown red wheat, and Maine-grown organic oats. Sixteen Counties has a bright copper hue with aromas of lemon rind, flowers, and candied grapefruit. The first sip opens with herbal hop notes, wheat cracker, and citrus and ends with a balanced, dry finish.”

Random: This uses Jarrylo, Chinook and Centennial hops.

The beer poured with a huge and thick, four finger head. It was cream-colored and took forever to dissipate. Once it went away, it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a warm orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose started with citrus, specifically lemon zest. It then went into a slightly green herbal note and lilacs. Bread came through next. The taste had even more going on than the nose. It had the same lemon zest and floral notes, but also had a light clove spice that I really enjoyed. Dates were next and then it went into the herbal note I picked up in the nose with white pepper. I also found a yeasty note which was a nice way to end the sip. The body was on the thick side, but didn’t go to the point of being syrupy. The carbonation was moderate. It had a lengthy finish with yeast and white pepper. I picked this bottle up for $10.99 ($.50 per ounce), which isn’t a terrible price for a quality Allagash beer. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

So, my hotel is right by a Carl’s Jr. I made the mistake last night of getting food from there. It was by far, one of the worst fast food chains I’ve been to. I threw out one thing and couldn’t finish a chicken sandwich. This beer, conversely, is one I had no problem finishing.

tiarna

ABV: 7.1%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tiarna is a blend of two beers, one aged in oak and fermented with 100% brettanomyces, and the other fermented in stainless with a blend of two belgian yeast strains. Both beers were brewed with a combination of 2 row and wheat malt in addition to specialty grains and hopped with Hallertau, Styrian Goldings and Cascade hops. The finished beer is dark golden in color with aromas of citrus, pineapple and bread. Notes of grapefruit, lemon, and bread crust punctuate the flavor with a long, dry finish.”

Random: Gas is self-serve and insanely expensive here.

The beer poured with a one finger, pillow-like, white head. It dissipated slowly and didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. What it did leave was a white crown on top of an almost clear, straw yellow head. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was really tart with lemon flesh. After a sniff, I picked up white vinegar too. There wasn’t much in terms of oak on the nose, which was a bit disappointing. The taste, on the other hand, did not disappoint. It had light funk and lemon tartness, but it wasn’t overwhelming. Then, vanilla and toasted oak came through. It also had saltine cracker. This beer showed a remarkable amount of balance on it. The booze was well-hidden. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with toasted oak and vanilla. This beer was just outstanding, as it should be for $15 a bottle ($1.25 per ounce). If you like sours and oak, this is a beer for you.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Today, we’re reviewing another beer from the state of Maine, and it’s the second beer in a row. This beer gets some really good reviews and was plenty expensive, so time to pop this one open.

midnight brett

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Midnight Brett gets its name from the Midnight Wheat we brew it with. The dark wheat gives it a deep, dark chocolate color. The aroma opens with fresh berries and sour cherries, and ends with a warm roastiness. Each sip offers smooth drinkability met with the zip of tart fruitiness on the palate. We brew this beer with 2-row, Midnight wheat, raw wheat, and rye malt. It’s hopped with a blend of Perle, Glacier, and Simcoe hops. We then add our house strain of local, wild Brettanomyces yeast. The yeast works its magic over the next eight months where the beer ferments in a stainless tank. Midnight Brett begs to be shared no matter the hour on the clock.”

Random: This was first brewed in November of 2013.

When I popped the cork on this bottle, I fully expected major overflow from it. I was surprised when all of the liquid remained in the bottle. This beer poured with a thin, light khaki colored head. It dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on my Teku glass. The body was a dark brown with high carbonation. The nose was filled with brett, tart cherries and then transitioned into a musty note with leather. The taste had brett as well, but it wasn’t as intense as the nose and the beer wasn’t all that tart. The berry note was also more pronounced with the same tart cherries and blueberries. There was a tinge of a roasty note as well with cocoa powder. The body was on the thicker side with intense carbonation, which was a bit overwhelming. The finish was quick with roasted malts and cocoa powder. This was $18.99 for the bottle, which came to $1.50 per ounce. No one can argue that this was a complex beer, but given the price tag, the transitions weren’t seamless and it could have used more tartness and less carbonation. I’m glad I got to try it, but I won’t be searching it out again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0