Harvester of Simcoe by Equilibrium Brewery (Middletown, NY) - DIPA
Piney and citrusy throughout - interesting mixture of piney, dank, herbaceous flavors mixed with grapefruit and lemon as the main, dominant taste. Some bready malts in the background and a quite bitter, dry finish. Intense, interesting but also a bit one note IPA.
Energy Equals by Equilibrium Brewery (Middletown, NY) - Hazy DIPA
Very tropical smell but the taste is surprisingly more subdued with hints of pineapple, mango and more dominant grapefruit. But these flavors fade quite fast and give room to herbal, dank notes and a quite bitter finish. Overall good hazy IPA but “feels” somehow unbalanced.
Big Papaya by Great Notion Brewing (Portland, OR) - Fruited Sour
Very tropical flavors which start quite natural tasting but unfortunately turn towards a quite artificial tasting note (the ingredients list includes “natural flavors”, beside regular fruits). The artificial flavor are quite overpowering and have a bitter, unpleasant note. Overall one of the weaker sour beers from Great Notion.
Vice POG by Wild Barrel Brewing (San Marcos, CA) - Fruited Sour
Wild Barrel’s Vice series of fruited sours us very predictable in a good way - exact the fruit flavors described on the can and a good counterbalance from the kettle sour to deliver a refreshing, not overly sweet sour. This POG version is no different and a great beer for the warmer days
Leisure Mode by Mayflower Brewing Company (Plymouth, MA) - Hazy IPA
Quite citrus heavy upfront with hints of tropical fruits try to come through but remain more in the background. Then a lot of herbal notes with quite a lot of hops and bitterness take over. Surprisingly flavorful for low ABV. High carbonation gives it also more body
Interesting viscous, chewy stout with notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, toasted coconut and peanut butter which gives a good mix of roasted and slightly sweet flavors. Towards the end molasses taste get more dominant with a nice slightly salty, boozy and quite bitter finish.
Double Stack by Great Notion Brewing (Portland, OR) - Imperial Coffee Stout
Strong upfront and lingering flavor of dark roasted coffee with a nice roasted malts backbone and growing flavor of maple syrup which adds some sweetness but doesn’t overwhelm. Overall brilliant breakfast stout.