Archive for the ‘Broken Bow Brewery’ Category

Now that we’re finally getting settled into the new house, I can relax a little bit and review some beers. I even planted 2 lilac plants over the weekend that my parents gave us. The other half bought me a shovel so I could get the little guys in the ground, despite the fact that she wants about twenty more of them for the yard. But, it’s a start. Anyways, this was a beer that I picked up at Half Time that was crazy local to that area. Despite this, I still haven’t been to the brewery, but I think I’ll get there at some point.

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ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pale & Crystal malts are the foundation of this beer made with American ingredients. A heavy dose of Columbus & Palisade hops add bitterness & a thirst-quenching flavor & a final touch of Cascade hops give it a strong citrusy aroma.”

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This beer exploded when opening, so the initial pour (not pictured) had like an eight finger head. After I poured the rest, it had a three finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright orange color with high carbonation visible. The nose had grass and a lot of bright citrus, especially orange. The taste was not at all like the nose. It had a little bit of grass and bright citrus, but then went into marked sweet malt and then back to bitterness. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a long, floral and grapefruit finish. For $2.09 a can, this broke down to $.17 per ounce. For this price, there are definitely better options out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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After spending a few days at Val’s mother’s house, we went to Larchmont to have lunch with her grandmother. We went to Polpettina, which has really good food. They have this eggplant chips that are drizzled with honey that I absolutely adore. I got an Italian beef sandwich for lunch with giardinara that was incredibly tasty, although it got a little bit soggy toward the end. This was a really local beer that they had on tap. Let’s see how I liked it.

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ABV: 5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Broken Red Ale begins with a light toffee & herbal hop notes. This beer has a malty, lightly sweetened personality that is smooth & easy on the palate. Subtle caramel aroma, topped with a cream-colored head, this beer is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to food pairings.”

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This beer poured with a one finger, relatively thick, tan head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. It had a clear, dark reddish body with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was toasty with slight nuttiness and grain. The flavor was quite pleasant. It had sweet malt with nuttiness and touch of mineral water. The body was medium thickness with generous carbonation. The finish was warm, toasty and nutty. This was a beer that didn’t pull any punches, but it paired really well with my Italian beef sandwich. I would have this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

We’re finally getting to the end of the original Half Time run from September. Let’s see how this one was.

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ABV: 11%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to westchestermagazine.com, “Broken Bow Brewery, which started as a home-brewing operation in the Lamothe family’s Bedford Hills home in 2002, is just one of the dozen or so craft breweries that has popped up in the county over the last several years. The family-owned business, which opened August 17 of last year by former Merrill Lynch wealth manager Lyle Lamothe, has quickly attracted a rabid fan base. In its first month of operation, Lyle’s son—Michael Lamothe, founding partner and head brewer—whipped up about 10 barrels. Now, they’re moving approximately 100 barrels a month, self-delivering to stores like Stew Leonard’s, Fresh Market, and A&P, and quenching the thirst of diners at restaurants like Mambo 64, Burrata, and L’inizio. Aside from the 100-plus locations in which Broken Bow is sold, Westchesterites flock to the brewhouse’s tasting room, which sits stoically on Marbledale Avenue in Tuckahoe, the site of a former tile factory. But Westchesterites aren’t the only ones showing love; its Broken Heart Stout won the Judge’s Award Gold Medal at the Citi Field Bacon and Beer Classic last year.”

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This brew poured with a four finger, light brown head that dissipated slowly. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was big, with smoke and lots of roasted malts and espresso. There wasn’t any hint of booze on the scent. The taste was equally big. There was a lot of espresso, baker’s chocolate and smoke along with roasted malts. The booze was very well hidden and could easily knock you on your ass. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long, bitter chocolate finish. For $15.49, this was a beer that was on the more expensive side, but was a nice sipper on a cold night. If you see this one, it is definitely worth picking up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

As I’ve mentioned before, my other half is originally from New York, as am I. This brewery happens to be very close to where she grew up. I’ve had two other beers from them and picked this one up at Half Time. Hopefully it’s a good one.

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ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A remarkably smooth dark beer that boasts roasted malt & coffee flavors accentuated by a hit of chocolate. Mt Hood & Fuggle Hops provide a dynamic bitterness to this beer that finishes dry.”

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This brew poured with a huge, four finger tan head that left lots of lacing on the pint glass. It took about a full two minutes to dissipated. The body was a dark brown, but not quite black, with no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose was filled with the usual plethora of stout smells. I got coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. I also got an odd, slightly off-putting medicinal smell. The taste was chalky with milk chocolate and stale coffee. Roasted malts were present as well. It was also very yeasty and also had a doughy note to it that really didn’t work for me. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with chalk and roasted malts. For $2.09 for the can, I would consider this reasonably priced if it were a half-decent stout. Unfortunately, the flavors fell flat and I won’t be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

On the way up to Connecticut, the other half and I stopped at a place on the way for dinner. I originally ordered this beer, especially since it was brewed in the town that we had stopped in for dinner. The other half didn’t like the cider that she ordered, so she ended up drinking this one. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 7.3%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This honey blonde ale is a clear golden beer with a floral malty blossom aroma. The initial honey flavor with notes of pear on the nose is supported by a caramel maltiness and followed by a spicy herbal bitterness. She packs a flavorful punch veiled by an alluring sweetness.”

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This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cooper color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose was sweet with some honey and sweet malt along with caramel. There was also floral notes present as well. The taste was even better than the nose. It started with honey and toffee with some nuttiness. Then, light flowers came through as well with a touch of spice and herbs. It had a thick body with hidden booze and light carbonation. It had a long and sweet finish from the honey. I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

If I haven’t mentioned it before, the other half is from Westchester, NY. So, whenever she goes up to the area, she picks up brews for me. This brewery happens to be from a town or two over from where she grew up. She called me from the beer store and said that this was her first time seeing this brewery and asked me if I wanted to try a beer from there. Absolutely I did! And to make it even better, this brew came in cans and looks pretty serious with the can art. Let’s pop this one open and see how a beer from her hometown is.

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ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the website, “Lager: smooth, light, flavorful and refreshing. No need to say more.”

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This beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light sienna color with moderate carbonation. The nose was really nutty with lots of malt to it. There was some caramel sweetness as well. The taste was clean and good. It was very sweet with lots of caramel malt. There was a lot of nuttiness to, specifically with hazelnuts. The body was thicker than expected with moderate carbonation along for the ride. The finish was very quick with caramel malt and nuts. This brew was shockingly good. I would definitely have this again. I love when local breweries put out really solid stuff, especially in cans.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0