THE BREWSKI REPORT Tommy Brewski: My Beer. My Life.

October 14, 2012

Rivertown’s Pumpkin Ale Beer Review 10.14.2012

Rivertown's Pumpkin Ale Beer with Maximum Head

Rivertown's Pumpkin Ale Beer with Maximum Head

TBR Reports on Rivertown’s Pumpkin Ale
File Date: 10.14.2012

File Name: A Fall Barn Door Folly
The Beer: Pumpkin Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Rivertown Brewing Co.
Web Site: rivertownbrewery.com
State/Country of Origin: OH, USA
Brewer Info: Welcome to the Rivertown Brewing Company. We specialize in brewing traditional Handcrafted Lagers and Ales, using only the finest and freshest ingredients available. Be sure to visit us at the brewery in our all new Tap Room! (Wasn’t much info in the way of brewery origin.)

tbr-rt-pumpkin-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Our Pumpkin Ale is a spice infused ale, using dark sugars, real pumpkin, and fresh ground spices. This is how we do pumpkin pie! Best served at 55ºF in a wide pub glass.
Label: Rivertown Brewing Co. Ale brewed with pumpkin, molasses and cinnamon with spices added. Hand crafted in small batches.

The Brewski Review: It was a strange fall day….warm and humid with isolated rain showers. I was working out in the garage after the wife took the kids to her sister’s house. It’s hard to believe but I was sweating out there trying to hang a barn door track inside my garage for the tool room. The door is approx. 11 feet long and just a smidge over 7′. It was a bear to get it together by myself. To install the 22′ of barn door track, I pulled out a new laser level I purchased 3 years ago and never had the opportunity to use. (That’s a pretty slick tool once you get it set up.) Finally, I just had to call it quits. Time to go inside and pay bills. (First, I had to watch  the last couple episodes of Breaking Bad on my DVR. (Loved it!) Then, I pulled out a nice fall pumpkin beer. This go ’round was Rivertown’s Pumpkin Ale. It had a nice aroma at the pour and a nice full head. The taste was rather spicy with a hint of molasses. It was a nice flavor but it didn’t remind me of a pumpkin pie. Overall though, it was tasty and worthy of a nice fall afternoon fire outside.

Drinkability: Would drink it again.
Appearance: Nice amber color.
The Buds: Spicy flavors abound.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5 caps.

September 29, 2012

Atlantic Brewing’s Blueberry Ale Beer Review 9.29.2012

Atlantic Brewing's Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

Atlantic Brewing's Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale

TBR Reports On Atlantic Brewing’s Blueberry Ale
File Date: 9.29.2012

File Name: The Green Raccoon Strikes Again.
The Beer: Blueberry Ale
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Atlantic Brewing Co. LLC
Web Site: www.atlanticbrewing.com
State/Country of Origin: ME, USA
Brewer Info: The Atlantic Brewing Company began brewing in 1991, on the eve of the microbrewing revolution. We have steadily grown over the years by having a strong commitment to tradition, quality and service. As a result, we have become the number one beer of the Bar Harbor region. Our new facility was built on the site of an old farm a few miles from downtown Bar Harbor. It was designed to create a more visitor-friendly environment similar to country wineries and breweries found throughout Europe. Our beers are now available in select areas throughout the eastern US.

tbr-bh-blubryale-insertBrewer Brand Hype: A light fruit ale, made with Maine wild blueberries. As opposed to many of the sweeter fruit beers on the market, our addition of fresh Maine wild blueberries in this light ale yields a subtle blueberry aroma, without the sweet aftertaste. A mixture of the following Mutton malts, pale, crystal, and Munich, are combined with wheat to give this ale its lighter body, and we only use minimal amounts of Target and Willamette hops.
Label: Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale. Atlantic Brewing Co. LLC., America’s Original Blueberry Ale. Brewed & Bottled in Maine.

The Brewski Review: I’m a picky individual. I’m at the lumber yard today sorting through the entire bin of boards looking for the cheapest, least bowed, warped, checked, split, cupped and knotty pieces to complete a garage project – an interior barn door to close off my tool area. My kids are getting a little older and I fret that I’ll one day my mower will find a rusty wrench in the springtime left behind from a summer day play period. This project reminds me of a time when I was a kid. My older brother and me had gotten into my dad’s tool crib in the basement of our house one day and wondered what would happen if we drove a nail into a can of green spray paint. Of course, I wanted to find out and since I wasn’t the one holding the hammer or the nail, I was all for it. When he punctured the can, a rush of green paint blasted him in the face. Good thing he wore glasses. When he took them off he looked like a green raccoon. It was hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing. Ah, good times. Anyway, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale is a decent beer but I really wouldn’t classify it as a blueberry ale. I noticed a twinge of sweetness, but far from a blueberry taste. It was mild and well balanced but overall it’s not a beer I’d purchase again if I wanted to taste blueberry. Aside from that, it’s a beer worth tasting.

Drinkability: Sure.
Appearance: Light amber in color. Minimal head.
The Buds: Mild taste but not much blueberry flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5 caps.

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