Exhibit ‘A’ Hair Raiser

When Val and I were in the Boston area, we stopped at a few breweries, one of them being Exhibit ‘A’. It was outside of the city and basically empty. They had an outside area, which it was a bit too hot to be in and the indoor bar which was dark and empty. We decided to grab some beer to go instead of having a beer there. This is what we brought home.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big citrus peel hop aroma greets your nose followed by flavors of citrus zest, grapefruit and hints of mango and peaches. Hop bitterness is balanced by sweet malt with a smooth, full mouthfeel.”

Random: This is a year-round offering from Exhibit ‘A.’

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. The head took awhile to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow in color and very cloudy. There was no carbonation visible as a result. The nose was filled with tropical fruit. I picked up mango, kiwi and pineapple. There was some passionfruit as well. The taste was even more fruity and upfront. I got the same mango, kiwi and pineapple along with oranges. There was a touch of grass at the end of the sip. There was a touch of alcohol, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tropical fruit. I thought this beer was exceptional and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Exhibit ‘A’ Pink Boots

One of the coolest things that I own is a heating pad. I have a really bad back and whenever I get to spend quality time with my heating pad is amazing.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to pinkbootsociety.org, “Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day was born from our members’ desire to take part in International Women’s Day (IWD) March 8th by raising the profile of women’s roles in the beer industry. Chapters and members of Pink Boots Society get together along with supporting breweries and individuals, put on their pink boots and brew their version of the selected beer style. Pink Boots Society receives proceeds from sales of this collaboration brew, which it applies to educational scholarships for its members.”

Random: Val has a thing for the decorative birds that Target sells.

The beer poured with a one and a half finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy yellow body with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with wheat and lemon and lemongrass. The taste started with a lot of lemon zest, lemon flesh and lemon grass. There was also a raspberry note as well. Wheat and grains of paradise came next. The body was light with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with lots of wheat. I have no idea how much this cost because it was a gift. Either way, this was an easy drinking beer that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Exhibit ‘A’ Demo Tape Sixteen: India Pale Ale

When I was a kid, mix tapes were a big thing. You’d give them to your friends and play them until they got “played out” and didn’t sound right or if the actual tape came out, you’d have to get a pencil to put it back in.

ABV: 5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company offers a fun look at storytelling through beer with a subtle nod towards the meaning of life. While we may know the answer (42), it’s the questions that keep us searching. We are all about experiencing life and having a great beer or three along the way. If the beer came from our own brewery, even better! We keep our lives, and our beers, simple and honest. Beer was meant to be enjoyed together. So we invite you to join us at our brewery in Framingham, Massachusetts. While you are here, enjoy full, half or sample pours of our beers in our brewery taproom and 16 ounce cans and growlers to go. We think our beers taste the best in our brewery, but they will probably taste even better in the comfort of your own home, shared with friends and family. That’s because we believe it’s the way beer was meant to be enjoyed. We believe we have a responsibility to our customers to protect our environment, our community, our industry and most of all our staff. We take our obligation to sustainability and acting in an environmentally friendly way very seriously. So we use efficient modern procedures, care for the beer from brewing to packaging to ensure a quality product and use the freshest and tastiest ingredients available. Above all else, we promise to cultivate and foster a positive place to work for our staff and design and operate a brewery where our guests feel welcome and appreciated. Come visit our brewery in Framingham, MA and sample our liquid evidence for yourself.”

Random: I do remember asking my sister what an eight-track was when I found one in the garage.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body looked a bit like orange-tinged mud. I couldn’t see much carbonation through the murkiness. The nose was very grassy and citrusy. It had lots of orange and grapefruit pith. The taste was equally citrusy and grassy. There was no malt to it, which was unfortunate because the beer could have used some malt. It had grapefruit juice and pith along with lemon peel. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick, pithy finish. This was another beer gift, so no commentary on the price. I thought this beer was alright, but nothing amazing.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Exhibit ‘A’ The Cat’s Meow

When I saw this beer in part of my beer gift from my parents, I absolutely loved the can. Val is a lawyer and we love cats, so immediately I loved the idea of the beer. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Where are we today? A lush hop farm, the late summer’s warm moist air, and the full aroma of freshly picked hop cones on your hands. Take time to savor moments like this. Smell. Taste. Consider. Enjoy. Repeat. This beer features Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops.”

Random: When it’s cold, all of the cats sleep in a giant cat pile.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left some lacing on the glass, along with a crown. The body was incredibly cloudy and dark yellow in color. I couldn’t see much carbonation because of the haziness. The nose was filled with lemon peel and also had a touch of tropical fruit. The taste had pineapple and mango along with lemon zest. There wasn’t much malt to speak of. Grapefruit flesh came through next. The body was on the thicker side with just enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy and filled with grapefruit and lemon zest. I’m not sure how much this pounder can was since I received it as a gift. I still found this beer to be a bit unbalanced and wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0