Saucony Creek Maple Mistress

The other half is really not thrilled with choice of Netflix today. We’re on Engineering an Empire: Disc 2. Last night was a disc about the Vatican Museums. I think she’ll be very happy when we get to the things on the queue that she picked out. Anyways, let’s see how this brew was.


ABV: 9.5%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In the autumn of 1720, Captain Jack Rachman and his pirate-mates were celebrating their victories in typical hard-drinking tradition. Suddenly a British Navy sloop surprised them. The drunken pirates hid below deck, leaving Captain Jack’s mistresses Anne Bonney and Mary Read to defend the ship. The women shared a reputation as ‘fierce hell cats,’ but the British Navy eventually overtook the pirate ship. Captain Jack and the pirates were sentenced to hang. Anne visited her lover in his cell before his execution, and instead of loving words her scathing comments live on throughout history, ‘Had you fought like a man, you need not have been hang’d like a dog.’ Their legacy inspired us to brew an equally ferocious Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed with pirate rum spices. We added a touch of autumn flavor with roasted butternut squash and natural maple syrup.”

Random: The Eagles better win against the Titans today…even with Sanchez at the helm.

This beer poured with a seriously thick, three finger cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, light orange color with high carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant with squash and nutmeg. The taste was really sweet with brown sugar, squash, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. It was almost like a liquid pumpkin pie. The body was on the thicker side with generous carbonation. It had a long finish with brown sugar sweetness. I really enjoyed this one, even though it was really sweet. The alcohol was well-hidden and it had all of the fall spices that I look for. If you see it still on shelves, it’s definitely worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Saucony Creek Hexerei White Magic Witbier

I love when I go through my drafts and see a beer that I was almost positive I posted a review of, but instead, only half finished. Anyways, this was a brew that I picked up down in Delaware (yes, I’m still getting through some of those beers). I haven’t had anything from this brewery yet, so let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 5%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A traditional witbier that we brew to style with a balance of soft white wheat and malts that offer a slight sweetness and distinct citrus orange aroma and flavors with the additions of coriander and sweet orange peel. Hexerei is then filtered over blood oranges for an enhanced citrus flavor experience that is extremely refreshing.”

Random: The Eagles better win today. I was so angry at them for the game last week.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. It left a crown on top of the cloudy, yellow color with lots of visible detritus that eventually settled to the bottom of the glass. The nose had lemon zest and coriander with some yeast. The taste was light and citrusy with navel oranges and coriander with lemon yeast. The body was really thin, even for the style with moderate carbonation that needed a bit more. The finish was quick with coriander and yeast and citrus. This was a nice beer, but won’t be the best witbier you’ve ever had. It’s definitely drinkable and relatively local and has a cool label. So, in short, it’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0