Kennebec River India Pale Ale

Today was another long day. I really can’t wait until the weekend. I have a few bombers calling my name. Anyways, I hit up the gym and had a really good session. I also got another 70 pages read of the Andrew Carnegie biography that I started yesterday. He was actually a pretty interesting guy, from what I’ve read so far. Now, I’m planted on the couch watching “Gangland” from the History Channel and getting ready to crack one of the last beers of my Massachusetts stash open.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “The Kennebec River is a 150-mile (240 km) river in the state of Maine in the northeastern United States. It rises in Moosehead Lake in west central Maine. The East and West Outlets join at Indian Pond and the river then flows southward where it is joined, at The Forks by the Dead River, also called the West Branch then continues southward past the cities of Madison, Skowhegan, Waterville, and the state capital Augusta. At Richmond, it flows into Merrymeeting Bay, a 16-mile (26 km) freshwater tidal bay into which also flow the Androscoggin River and five smaller rivers. The Kennebec then runs past the shipbuilding center of Bath, thence to the Gulf of Maine in the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean tides affect the river height as far north as Augusta. Tributaries of the Kennebec River include the Carrabassett River, Sandy River, and Sebasticook River. The name ‘Kennebec’ comes from Eastern Abenaki, meaning ‘large body of still water, large bay.'”

Random: Pictures of the Kennebec look really pretty. Although, I do love Maine, so I’m not surprised that I like it.

First of all, holy head Batman! This initially poured with a three finger, fluffy, off white head that hung around forever, yet left no lacing on the glass. That surprised me for some reason as I poured it pretty slowly. The body was a hazy burnt orange with mild carbonation. On the nose, I got some grass and earthiness, followed by a bit of caramel malt. This was definitely not a West Coast IPA. It was more subtle. On the first sip, I was a little surprised. I got a lot more caramel malt and sweetness than bitterness. It was almost a struggle to find the hops. The bitterness came out slightly at the end, right before the insanely quick finish. It also had more carbonation than was visible initially. Honestly, I was disappointed at the lack of bitterness in this brew. Pass on this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Kennebec Summer Ale

I went with my parents to look at houses yesterday. I seriously hate looking at houses. I’m not the type of girl who knows anything about decorating or can appreciate it. So, it’s basically like torture for me. But, with it being Father’s Day weekend and all, I figured it would be nice for me to do it. Although, they did find this one house that was absolutely amazing in Millstone. So, this was the beer that I had after we were house hunting. And apologies for the picture being blurry…I took it on my iPhone.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the Maine Brewers’ Guild, “A classic American pale ale handcrafted with domestic malted barley, and fresh Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest. The result is a sublime brew that’s as refreshing as a ride down the Kennebec River!”

Random: I love picking up random brews when I leave New Jersey. Even if they’re not the best brews I ever had, at least I get to try something that’s a little different.

This brew poured a cloudy orange color with lots of visible carbonation. The head was crazy. It was fluffy and at least two fingers worth. I had to wait to pour the entire thing because it was so crazy. It also took forever to dissipate. The nose was pretty mild, but I picked up some orange and lemon citrus notes. I also got another scent that I really just couldn’t put my finger one. The taste was…interesting. I really couldn’t figure out what type of beer this was until I looked it up on BeerAdvocate (I later found out it was a pale ale, which surprised me as I got no real bitterness to it). It had lots of carbonation and a decent amount of grass. The citrus that I got on the nose was pretty much limited to a hint of lemon on the last. The beer itself was pretty light, but I couldn’t really figure out what this beer was about. It was generally a boring beer and didn’t work for me. On the positive side, it had a quick finish and it was pretty low alcohol. But, it would definitely be a stretch to have enough of these to feel them as I wouldn’t have it again. But, at least I got to try it, right?

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0