Archive | July, 2011

Is that an Unidentified Flying Object? Nope – it’s UFO Pumpkin

29 Jul

No, it’s not fall yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to whip out the pumpkins! Not sold in stores yet, Harpoon Brewery’s UFO Pumpkin can be bought straight at their breweryies – located in Boston, MA and Windsor,VT.

Their Unfiltered Pumpkin Ale is brewed with pumpkin and spices – with additional spices added.

The label has your standard jack-o-lantern on it (typical of pumpkin brews)  with rings around it playing to its UFO name.

This unfiltered ale is cloudy and copper in color. It has a nice pumpkin spice scent. At first sip, the flavor doesn’t really hit you. However, it’s followed with a surprising rush of nutmeg flavor, It’s like Harpoon was okaying peek-a-BOO. (Get the Halloween reference? Okay, so maybe it was a corny joke!)

Lightly carbonated, this brew is very smooth and tasty.

It has an ABV of 5.9 percent.

Have you ever tried Harpoon’s UFO Pumpkin? What’s your favorite pumpkin beer?

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A Bittersweet Summer with Geary’s Summer Ale

28 Jul

My fiancé recently picked up Geary’s Summer Ale, which at first sight I was pumped to try. With a very cool, periwinkle blue and lime green label – it was very hip, almost retro, eye-appealing label. The label itself was covered in all fun, summer-related words such as: BBQ, Fourth of July, celebrations, fresh sea air, sunsets, bon fires and good times.

 

 

C’mon, this beer just looks like it is a good time! However, like I said in the past: don’t judge a book by its cover.

Expecting a light, crisp and refreshing beer, I was taken back by its bittersweet aftertaste. Which only made sense after checking out the site and seeing that it’s brewed similarly to a German kolsch that’s full bodied with a spicy hop tang.

Not exactly what I think of when it comes to summer brews.

But to each their own.

At 6 percent ABV, this brew is available from April to September and is brewed and bottled inPortland,Maine.

D.L. Geary Brewing Company was incorporated in 1983 by David and Karen Geary and it offers a selection of beer from ales, porters and IPAs.

Not the Summer of Lovers, The Summer of Lager

27 Jul

To continue on my summer beer bandwagon, I recently tried Summer of Lager by Cisco Brewers – based out of Nantucket,MA.

The label is old-school hippy-ish meets the Midwest with a sunflower center reminding me of a ying-yang.

Cisco Brewers brews this lager in the fall and ages the brew all winter long. In the spring they sample it until it’s ready for production. It’s brewed with DeWolf-Cosyn Belgian lager malt, a German Munich malt, and wheat malt, and it’s instilled with Mt.Hoodhops, “a triploid hybrid of the Hallertau.”

The Summer of Lager is a fairly light in flavor and refreshing with an ABV of 6.25-percent. While I know there are no coffee hues to this beer, I couldn’t help but keep thinking there was a slight coffee or caramel-flavored hint to it.

What do you think of the Summer of Lager? Have you tried any brews from Cisco?