Funky Buddha Last Snow

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“Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter is an ode to that special time in Florida where the needle dips just south of 75 – even for the briefest of moments. This rich, creamy porter is layered with coconut and freshly-roasted coffee for a taste that recalls a winter wonderland – even if, in our state, that’s just a state of mind. ”

Final Rating: 4.6/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Funky Buddha tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown body with cherry highlights with a light brown 2 finger head that reduces to leave spotty lacing and a ring of foam. Not thick and inky, very porter-like.

Aromas are mind-blowingly inviting! This is one of the best smelling beers I’ve ever had. Rich coconut, light coffee, and chocolate. Mostly coconut though. Tons of coconut.

On the tongue there’s more.. you guessed it, coconut, light coffee, milk chocolate, almond joy, and maybe some vanilla. Again, mostly coconut but not in a bad way, very delectable. Finish is subtly bitter, probably from the coffee. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but I can’t knock it because it’s a porter. Sip demanding. Medium carbonation.

Awesome beer. Surpassed my expectations. If you like coconut, you’ll like this.

Treehouse King Julius

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“The holiday season has a way of stirring up nostalgia. In late 2012, we brewed King Julius on our original Brew Magic brewing system – a whole ten gallons of it! Despite the size of the batch, the memory of it is enormous in our hearts. The thought of it brings us back to our cozy Brimfield barn, with the wood stove cranking, the record player spinning, Santa Dean mulling about, and Lauren and Kim filling growlers out of a modified chest freezer in a small nook under a wooden staircase. As we continue to move forward in our journey it felt like the perfect time to pay homage to our beginnings. King Julius is our endeavor to marry our past with what we aspire to be in the future. King Julius is an American Double IPA brewed to be an exceptionally flavorful, juicy, and hop saturated beer while never tiring the palate. It’s vivid citrus aromas give way to flavors of orange creamsicle, mango smoothie, and a bounty of fresh tropical fruit. We find it to be supremely soft in the midst of an onslaught of flavor. . . A beer we are quite proud of.”

 

Final Rating: 4.73/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a Treehouse tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery yesterday.

Pours an orange-juice like super cloudy body with a big, frothy off-white head that sticks around for a while, eventually reducing to a layer of foam, leaving dotty lacing. Really nice head.

Aromas have that typical Treehouse over-ripe fruit, super citrusy, tropical character, fresh hops straight out of the bag, grapefruit, tangerine.

On the tongue it’s a tad sweet upfront with lots of citrus / clementine, orange creamsicle, grapefruit, pineapple, and very little if any bitterness. A straight tropical fruit bomb.

Mouthfeel is creamy but there is zero indication of alcohol which is crazy considering this is 8.2%. A little low on the carbonation, I prefer a little more.

Just as great as I had expected. Honestly a little smoother than Julius.

 

 

The Bruery Melange 3

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“Mélange #3 is a blend of three bourbon barrel aged strong ales. White Oak Sap, a wheat wine, our Anniversary Series old ale and our imperial Stout, Black Tuesday, join forces in this luxurious strong ale that links some of the best characteristics of each of the contributing beers. Chocolate, dark fruits, oaky vanilla and rich toffee-like character reach through the bourbon veneer for an intensely satisfying quaff.”

Final Rating: 4.63/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Thanks Scott for trading this to me a couple years ago. I think this is a 2013. Bottle says 15%.

Pours a muddy brown opaque body with not much of a head, it’s off white and reduces quickly to leave pretty much nothing but a very faint ring. Good amount of sediment. /

Aromas are outstanding.. complex.. rich.. molasses, vanilla, lots of dark fruits to the point of being reminiscent of a heavy red wine, nutty, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, bourbon, chocolate, crazy amount of complexity coming through here, letting this warm up really woke it up.

On the tongue it’s equally as complex and rich.. overall its super sweet with notes upfront of molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, chocolate cake, lightly boozy bourbon, followed by chocolate chip cookies, char and roastyness, syrupy malt extract, finishes sweet and rich. Body is heavy with low carbonation.

This is the definition of a dessert beer.. sweet, rich, and complex, you could spend forever analyzing the flavors and nuances of Melange 3. Very nice.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze

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Like any traditional geuze, Drie Fonteinen’s Oude Geuze is tart, earthy, and incredibly complex, but also spritzy as champagne and greatly refreshing.

 

Final Rating: 4.49/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a 3F tumbler glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a fizzy, effervescent white head that reduces rather quickly but leaves a nice layer of foam. Little lacing.

Aromas are very inviting – hay, funk, tart green apple, lactic acid, white wine, oak, lemon, citrus.

On the tongue it’s perfectly balanced for a gueuze, lemony tartness, green apple and white wine, farmhouse funk and hay, light bitterness, and a very dry, nearly astringent finish. Mouthfeel is very refreshing, highly carbonated, and medium-light. Crisp, champagne-like.

Overall a solid beer. Really nice, preferred to some other gueuzes I’ve had. Benchmark of the style.

 

Treehouse Juice Machine

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“Juice Machine was originally devised and brewed to support our very first trip to Extreme Beer Festival in 2014. We’ve revived and tweaked the original recipe on a 60 BBL scale and brought new life and experience into the idea of an obscenely hop saturated yet juicy and delicate Double IPA. It is essentially a marriage of the King Julius malt bill with a hopping intensity schedule similar to that of Very Green. The use of Magnum, Columbus, Amarillo, Citra, and Galaxy creates a deeply complex drink with unapologetic flavors of tangerine, mango, lime, papaya, and grapefruit with waves of dankness. Hop burp nirvana, indeed.”

 

Final Rating: 4.62/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Tree House tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery a couple weeks ago.

Pours an orange-juice color super hazy body with a pretty big foamy white head that reduces slowly to leave lacing and a little retention.

Aromas are quite juicy (hence the name), oranges and grapefruit dominate, citrus and guava, bursting tropical fruit.

On the tongue is big bursting tropical fruit, lots of guava, pineapple, tangerine, watermelon, graperuit, .. all of them. This is so juicy it’s awesome. Very very light bitterness on the finish.. the hops aren’t bitter, just flavorful. Mouthfeel is medium with pretty low carbonation. So juicy like.

Loved this beer, as the name implies this is just a tropical fruit bomb. Nothing bitter about this beer, just juicy.

Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy DIPA

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Double Galaxy is an American Imperial Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Galaxy hops from Australia.  7.8% abv.

Final Rating: 4.53/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Purchased at the brewery a few days ago.

Looks beautiful.. pours a hazy golden orange body with a big, frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave moderate lacing and some chunky retention.

Aromas are super inviting, bursting citrus, pine, tropical fruit, grapefruit. On the tongue is a delicious cornucopia of fresh hop notes, tons of citrus and grapefruit, light pine on the follow through with a light resinous hop zing on the finish that sits on the tongue for a while. Medium body and low-ish carbonation. Wish it was a little more carbonated but that’s really not a big deal.

Overall delicious, another winner from HF. Clean, crisp and nicely balanced, easy to drink. Recommended.

Westbrook Barrel Aged Mexican Cake

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Westbrook Bourbon Barrel aged Mexican Cake is a 10.5% ABV American Imperial Stout brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon, and habenero peppers.

Final rating: 4.31/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Mexican Cake tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a jet black inky body with a dark brown 2 finger head that sticks around for a while before reducing to a ring of foam, not much lacing.

Aromas come through as it warms up, start off slightly muted but near room temperature I get a lot of cocoa, dark fruits, hot peppers (pretty heavy), some soy notes on the aroma.

On the tongue is milk chocolate, cocoa powder initially, lots of hot peppers on the follow through that creates a light burn on the tongue, caramel and vanilla, bourbon, and on the finish is a light roastyness that sticks around for a while. Body is medium to medium-heavy, pretty rich and lightly boozy, low carbonation.

Overall a very nice experience, the heavy peppers and burn combined with the bourbon/vanilla made this very complex.

Allagash FARM TO FACE

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FARM TO FACE was brewed as a pale ale and fermented in stainless with our house yeast. After primary fermentation, pediococcus and lactobacillus were added along with 3lbs of peaches per gallon. Ten months later, the finshed beer is bright amber in color with peach, graham cracker and green apple in the aroma. Drinking this medium bodied beer is like biting into a juicy peach with tartness throughout. The finish has a long lasting peachyness

 

Final Rating: 4.51/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an Allagash tulip glass. Thank you Steve (Big Julius) for getting me this!

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange body with a fizzy white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave spotty lacing and some retention.

The acidity on the aroma is very potent – a punch of sourness, lactic tartness, giving way to light fruity notes, some hay, funk. On the tongue it’s pretty sour, delicious tart peaches, oranges, some lemony tartness, finishing with a light oakyness and funk. Mouthfeel is pretty dry but not astringent, medium-high carbonation with a very refreshing, easy drinking body.

What a great beer, I just wish there was more! Very complex and flavorful.

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience 15

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A blend composed of beers from a diversity of barrels ranging from 16 to 30 months and further aged on organic, hand peeled mangos… many, many mangos

Final Rating: 4.74/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.  Bottled 8/12/15.

Pours a cloudy orange body with a 2 finger white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave spotty lacing and a ring of retention.

Lots of funk and fruit on the nose, citrus and tart fruit skins, pepper and mango definitely comes through as well as some oak and white wine, grapes.

On the tongue.. upfront I get immediate tartness, lots of tart fruit, mango, white wine, grapes, funk, peppery saison yeast, oak, follow through is more mango and possibly banana. The finish is very dry, crisp, refreshing, medium high carbonation. Overall very flavorful and complex.

I really enjoyed this variant of Civil Disobedience. Nice tart saison qualities with a subtle mango taste. Balanced and complex.

 

 

Lawson’s Double Sunshine

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This American Double India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit flavors and bright herbal aromas, thanks to the abundance of US-grown hops.

Final rating: 3.9/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Lawson’s tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep amber body with a nice frothy white head that sticks around for a while, leaving some lacing and a good amount of retention that sits on the surface for a while.

Aromas seem muted and subdued.. I get some grapefruit and pine, peppery and floral hops, a little buttery diacetyl, sweet caramel maltyness. Doesn’t smell as potent or inviting as others.

Upfront on the tongue is sweet caramel malt, followed by grapefruit/citrus rind bitterness, floral notes, creamy orange sorbet, but it takes a hit because I still get a buttery diaceytl off-note that distracts from the overall hop character.. on the finish is a somewhat cloying bitterness. A little off-balance. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Somewhat underwhelmed by Double Sunshine.. between the muted aroma and odd flavor profile, I probably wouldn’t seek this out again, but I am happy that I got to try it!

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