Coastal Extreme Brewing Company made an appearance on this site earlier this year, with its Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale.
I enjoyed the Hurricane Amber and promptly bought two more Newport Storm brews, one of which I opened up to drink tonight. Unfortunately, I’m not nearly as impressed with their Munich Dark.
The brewery describes Newport Storm Cyclone Series: Henry as:
. . . an 8% abv Munich Dark Ale. With over 75% of the malted barley in this beer being of the Munich Malt variety, the body and flavor of this beer are unmistakable. The full bodied and malty seet backbone is married to plentiful amounts of roasted malt to give this pitch black ale balance. A variety of German hops are used to add further balance to this unique version of the style.
Yesterday, I enjoyed Colorado’s first microbrewery. Today, I sampled beer from the first microbrewery in New England.
The D.L. Geary Brewing Company was founded in 1986 in Portland, ME, building a brewery around its flagship Pale Ale and influences from Scotland and England.
Geary’s Wee Heavy Scottish Ale is described on the brewery’s website as simply:
A Scottish ale with a rich roasted maltiness blended with mellow hoppiness, and an alcohol by volume of 8%.
Succinct and to the point. I’ll try to take a cue from their copywriter and keep tonight’s article brief.
A “trippy” IPA seemed required on an IPA Monday like today, and the colorful label on Boulder Beer Company’s Mojo IPA fit the bill.
Boulder Beer Company boasts the 43rd brewing license in the country (receiving it in 1979) and was the first microbrewery licensed in Colorado. They originally focused on English-style ales, but branched into bigger, bolder styles starting with a beer called “Hazed & Infused”. Hazed is intense, aromatic, and hoppy — or so the Boulder Beer website claims, as I haven’t had the pleasure of trying it. They designed bold, colorful packaging for Hazed to make it stand out from their other beers, and the Boulder Beer “Looking Glass Series” was born.
Mojo IPA is the fourth beer released in the Looking Glass Series. The label contains the following definition:
Mo-Jo: 1: A magic spell or charm; magical power; 2. Herbaceous ale that summons hop attacks.
Imperial! Imperial White! Samuel Adams Imperial Series!
“Enough with the shouting,” I thought, “Let’s see what this beer actually tastes like.”
I’ve heard great things about the Imperial White from Sam Adams. But after having the seasonal Samuel Adams White Ale yesterday, I wasn’t expecting much from this new year-round Imperial version.
But it delivered. And how!
The beer poured much darker than the regular White Ale — the Imperial White was a coppery amber, while the regular White Ale was a straw-like gold color. And while both beers were quite hazy, the Imperial White was much more visually appealing, lacking the tiny, scattered suspensions that were so present in its little brother.
What an aroma! The Imperial White’s smell is full of juicy, sweet fruit with just a hint of coriander. There’s a profile of fruity, Belgian-style yeast combined with lots of alcohol. If the color was my first indication that something new was afoot, the aroma removed all doubt.
Sweet grapes, sugar, and raisins exploded like a muscat wine on my tongue with the first sip. There’s that hint of spice again, but the sweet malt is dominant. This has a full and honeyed mouthfeel, moving thickly through the mouth and leaving a brown sugar and warm alcohol aftertaste.
Boston Beer Company’s Samuel Adams seemed an appropriate “welcome home” after a week in Texas.
Samuel Adams White Ale is a seasonal brew that has been in the back of my refrigerator for some time now. I almost drank it weeks ago, but several helpful folks on Twitter recommended I drink the Imperial White instead — which I didn’t have in my arsenal at that time.
With the unusual restrictions of this beer-a-day challenge, the only way I can compare two beers is to drink them on back-to-back days. So I bought a bottle of the Imperial White and waited for a weekend when I could do just that.
I poured the White Ale into one of my curvy Sam Adams glasses, and the pour was fun to watch. It started out as a fairly clear straw gold color, but at the end yeast and sediment from the bottom of the bottle poured out and darkened the beer, cascading and swirling like a mini-tornado. Before long, the sediment evened out and left behind thousands of tiny suspended particles.