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Samuel Adams Irish Red

Samuel Adams Boston Beer Irish Red Ale
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Another solid offering from a powerhouse brewery, Samuel Adams Irish Red ale is a smooth, seriously quaffable brew. Pouring dark bronze, almost copper, this beer is brilliantly clear with glints of burnished gold at the edges.

Buffalo Gold

Boulder Beer Buffalo Gold
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

A Rocky Mountain standard, Buffalo Gold is a pale, straw-colored ale boasting a substantial, creamy-white head that lasts and lasts. Aromas are generally subdued, as expected for the style, and are dominated by bready malt, peppery spice and a... Read More

Export Ale

Shipyard Beer Export Ale
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
75
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Alan Pugsley has built a well-deserved reputation as one of America’s premier producers of British-style ales. Shipyard Export Ale stays true to Pugsley’s vision and has built a substantial following throughout New England.

River Falls Red Ale

River Falls Red Ale
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
27 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

A respectable venture into the classic Irish Red Ale style, Thomas Creek’s version shines with an attractive red/orange color and a moderate ivory head. Excellent clarity also shows through.

Hanssens Oude Kriek

Hanssens Oude Kriek Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
99
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

In the interest of full disclosure, this was a sample from my cellar that had roughly two years of age on it, in addition to the three-plus years it already matured prior to shipping. Still, this is truly a world-class beer, irrespective of its... Read More

Hefe-Weissbier

Hefeweissbier Weihenstephaner Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
97
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Though it is unclear precisely when Weihenstephan began producing weissbiers, beer has been made at their site for close to a millennium – at least as far back as 1040.

Saison DuPont

Saison DuPont Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

For more than a century and a half, Brasserie Dupont has produced what is surely the benchmark by which all farmhouse ales are measured – Saison Dupont.

Hofbräu Hefe Weizen

Hofbräu Hefe Weizen
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Hofbräuhaus, in Munich, is truly a “must see” spot for beer lovers, and their beers are rightfully legendary. Hofbräu Hefe Weizen is an elegant interpretation of this classic style, displaying all the trademark aromas and flavors of banana,... Read More

Cuvée René

Lindemans Beer Cuvee Rene
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

A classic example of what some consider the oldest existing beer in the world, gueuze, Cuvée René is a traditional blend of young and old lambics produced in Belgium’s Senne River Valley.

Oberon Ale

Bell's Oberon Ale Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

An effervescent, refreshing example of the rather ubiquitous American wheat beer style, Bell’s Oberon deftly balances hop, malt and yeast characters in a highly quaffable brew. It pours a pale, cloudy straw color topped by a creamy, meringue-like... Read More

Allagash White

White
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Tucked away just off the Maine Turnpike in the seaport of Portland, Allagash Brewing has been turning out superb beers since 1995, and Allagash White – the brewery’s original brand and still its flagship – is no exception.

Saison Vos

Saison Vos Sly Fox Beer
Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The good folks at Sly Fox, nestled quietly in the western Philadelphia suburbs, have been brewing quality beers for close to 15 years, and they have developed a large, seriously loyal fan base.

Double White Ale

Reviewed by: BC Review
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

With his Double White Ale, Southampton Publick House’s brewmaster, Phil Markowski, has taken a sublimely American turn on this classic style.

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