American Beauty by Dogfish Head
An imperial pale ale brewed with granola and all-American hops
Nose: bitter, resinous hops, cereal grains
Taste: hop-forward, toasted almonds, honey
Well rounded pale ale with a distinct honey aftertaste. Interesting find, but there are better imperial pales for the price.
Righteous Ale by Sixpoint
Rye IPA, 6.3% ABV
Nose: hop resin with a malty, biscuity body
Taste: hop forward, rye spice mid-palate, malt backbone, resinous and rye spice finish
Verdict: solid, excellent full-bodied, hopped ale
Ommegang’s “Take the Black Stout”
Belgian style stout, 7% ABV, $10
Nose: chocolate, raisins, roasted malt
Taste: roasted malt, chewy bitter chocolate, soy sauce
Not the most complex stout out there, but it is quaffable.
It’s got enough malt body to balance the intense bitterness from a hefty dose of dry-hopping. Crisp, dry, balanced and hoppy.
Don’t be struck with sticker shock. This one is worth it.
Sometimes gems like these are just tucked away on the back of a shelf.
Taste notes: Dark roasted malt; dark fruit - raisin and plum; dark chocolate; slightly smokey bitter hop finish
Buy again? You bet.
National Premium is back. We couldn’t be happier.
Copper Fox Rye Whiskey by Wasmund’s
2/3 rye, 1/3 malted barley smoke-dried over applewood and cherrywood smoke and aged in used bourbon barrels. Sound interesting enough for you? It should be. Complex, artisan rye whiskey. If you see it — grab it. $38
Brewed three times a year using the same recipe by either Dogfish Head, Stone, or Victory. Saison du Buff is a savory beer perfect for food pairings.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey Canbys by Shwood
Reclaimed Bushmills Irish Whiskey barrels make for some pretty awesome limited edition shades. $225
One for now, one for four years later…