I have been trying and tasting a number of new beers lately, as usual. This time I made sure to document each one of them and I will give you a quick writeup/opinion/comment on each one. So without further ado...
Berkshire Brewing Company - Goodnight Irene - I had mentioned tasting this at BBC's brewery before and it tastes just as excellent bottled. For $3.99 with a portion of profits going to charity, the value can't be beat. BBC specializes in English style ales, but this is an attempt at a West Coast (American) hop-forward IPA. It is well executed, like the Franklin County Land Trust Preservation Ale. I do, unfortunately, believe that the hops have faded, ever so slightly.
Full Sail Brewing - Elevation DIPA - This brewery is not one that I am particularly familiar with, although I have heard good things about their lagers which come in stubby Red Stripe bottles. This Imperial IPA may be past best drank by date, as it is bottled in 2011. I didn't see that while at the store picking it up, but hops had faded significantly, so I do not feel a review would truly represent the beer. It looked nice though!
Sierra Nevada - Bigfoot (2012) - Fresh Bigfoot is one of my favorite barleywines. The hops are right in your face, but taste fresh and delicious. Don't get me wrong, I love a good aged malty alcohol laden barleywine, but this beer is superb fresh from being bottled!
Pretty Things - Lovely Saint Winefrede - Pretty Things of MA's newest brew is called a Euro Dark Lager, which is certainly not one of my most commonly sampled styles. This beer really delivers though, the dark, roasted qualities, mix with a hoppy finish, and present a complex but extremely drinkable brew. Pretty Things never misses, and I recommend picking up a bomber if you have access! (Whatup Stephen Colbert)
Ommegang - Hennepin - I have had this excellent saison many times before, but have not mentioned here on the interwebs. It is one of my favorite, easily accessible, American saisons, it is in the mid 7% ABV so it packs a punch, but it is definitely a great thirst quenching beer. I detect a lot more citrusy lemony zest than in other saisons, which is the only thing holding me back from saying this is a perfect saison.
Slumbrew - Porter Square Porter - named after Somerville/Cambridge's Porter square this local porter is one of my absolute favorite new beers. Smuttynose' Robust Porter is still the best value on the market, but Slumbrew's offering is certainly superior, if not much more expensive. They use local chocolatier Taza's cacao nibs to impart even more chocolatey flavor with the dark malts. Excellent desert or cold weather beer.
Sixpoint - Resin DIPA - I had been looking forward to this beer a lot after enjoying all of Sixpoint's other offerings including Autumnation and Diesel. This left a little to be desired. I really enjoyed the Red Bull cans that the beer came in, and as a hop-head, the ~9% ABV hop loaded beer tickled my senses. My issues were that I had expected a west coast style IPA, which is a lot lighter, as you can see this beer is dark and the malts are definitely present. Maybe my hopes were too high, but I was slightly disappointed with this brew.
Peak Organic - Simcoe Spring Ale - I am a sucker for beers that display the hop type, especially if that hop happens to be Nugget, Simcoe, or Citra! This is certainly a pale ale, not an IPA, but the delicious Simcoe hops still shine through. I believe this is fresh as it is the first I have seen or heard of this beer, so that may be a factor. It is nothing like an IPA or DIPA, so make sure to temper your expectations, but this is a solid offering from Maine's Peak Organic.