Springdale Really, Though

Tonight’s New Year’s Eve. We tend to stay close to home, so I’m sure we’ll be doing something low key tonight. But, it will definitely involve a few beers.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Springdale Beer experiments with innovation, drinkability, and balance while exploring the boundaries of fermentation and flavor. Launched by industry veterans in 2016 as an offshoot of Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, Springdale is a taproom and blendery in Framingham, MA, crafting characterful, creative ales and barrel-aged beer, which are available throughout the Northeast. Ales, IPAs and barrel-aged beers make up the core of Springdale’s portfolio. Pearly, our country-style can-conditioned witbier is light, lively and expressive, while our breakfast stout Brigadeiro is packed with luscious flavors of coffee and chocolate. We also can our IPAs and suggest drinking them fresh; they’re packed with huge, expressive hop flavors from American and Australian hops. Our barrel-aged series, on the other hand, can be cellared indefinitely. This includes unfruited wild ales and beers fermented on a wide variety of fruit, including apricots (Apriculture) cherries (Kriek Mythology) and raspberries (Poive Raz).”

Random: I start a reading challenge on Goodreads for Nonfiction on the 1st. I read 168 books this year, so I’m hoping to get 200 this year.

The beer poured with a one finger, pillowy white head. It dissipated at a fast pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange color with no visible carbonation. The nose had some tropical fruit, but not much. I picked up some guava and then it quickly went into grain. The taste had some grass along with guava and mango. There was some grain to it coupled with some alcohol that dried it out. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with fruit. I thought this was a great beer and definitely would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Springdale Brigadeiro

So, Val and I are finally on vacation. We decided to spend a week in Cape Cod, and I’m making sure that we have enough time to relax. Val is taking a nap in the room and I’m outside blogging a table. Anyways, this beer is one that I was very excited to give a shot. It’s been awhile since I had a breakfast stout and I wanted to see how this one was.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website,”Brazilian coffee, cacao, oats and milk sugar are all parts of this complete breakfast stout. Roasty, rich, and smooth. (N.B. dairy allergy) 7.5%ABV”

Random: I love me a good breakfast stout.

The beer poured with a huge head. It was four fingers high and light brown in color. The body was a dark brown that was almost black. There was no carbonation visible. The nose was filled with roasted malts and smoke from the coffee. There was also a dark berry note as well. I picked up some sweetness, which I assume was from the sweet, milk sugar. The taste had a significant creaminess to it. It also had dark chocolate along with roasted malts and smoke. The booze did not make an appearance, but it had a nice body to it. There was significant carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with roasted malts. Since this was a gift, I’m not sure how much it was, but this was a solid beer. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Springdale Melange De Mures

A few months ago, I hit 3,000 reviews on the blog. I completely missed the milestone and only realized it after I decided to take a look out of sheer curiosity. At some point, I’ll have to take a look back and see what exactly was beer 3000. Anyways, let’s get to this beer, which hails from Massachusetts.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Saison, soured in foudres, aged on Marionberries, a type of blackberry, in wine barrels for 6 months. 6%ABV”

Random: I’m really loving the Springdale labels.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left a slight crown on top of a brown body. It was slightly hazy with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant with funk along with red berries, specifically raspberry and blackberries. There was some warm oak and vanilla as well. The taste started with blackberries and raspberries, but it wasn’t overwhelming. It then went into some tartness and quickly transitioned to red wine. The oak came through next with vanilla and crackery malt. Some lemon came through as well. The body was on the medium side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with funk and tartness. This beer was another gift from my parents, so there is no commentary on the price. Either way, I really enjoyed the depth of this sour and that the berries didn’t overwhelm the rest of the taste. This is highly recommended.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Springdale Ghost Species

This is my first beer from Springdale Barrel Room, which is an offshoot of Jack’s Abby. All of these beers are barrel-aged and it’s where they allow themselves to experiment. The labeling is a bit different than Jack’s Abby (and honestly, I like it a bit more). Let’s crack this open and see how it was.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by the Flemish brown beers, a tawny-brown blend of wine barrels aged sour beers. Tart, vinous and complex. 6%ABV”

Random: This beer is available on draft and in bottles.

The beer poured with a two finger, off white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass and a slight crown on the body. The body was a medium amber color with some haziness to it. I could still see some moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of funk to it up front with lots of oak and vanilla. The taste started with a lot of lacto and quickly went into some oak notes. It had leather and vanilla and toasted wood chips. There was no booze that made its way through. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tartness and oak. I received this beer as a gift, so I have no idea how much it was. I thought this beer was good, but it wasn’t very interesting. I wouldn’t rush back to have this.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0