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Gandhi-Bot (craft can) – New England Brewing Co. (2014)

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Gandhi-Bot is an elusive Double IPA from New England Brewing Company that isn’t distributed locally where we live, though once again Kevin’s brother Michael came through and brought us home a four pack. Like many of NEB’s other beers, it’s only available in a can or on draft. Having never even seen a tap handle for this one, we have only tried the canned version so far. As you may or may not know, a Double (or Imperial) IPA is basically what it sounds like: a stronger, hoppier version of a standard IPA. The style was started by west coast American brewers and in addition to the higher hop content, the ABV is typically above 7.5%. This is a beer style for the hoppy at heart and Gandhi Bot certainly delivers. keep reading...

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June 20th, 2014 at 11:32 am

Sea Hag IPA (craft can) – New England Brewing Company (2014)

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“The Sea Hag” refers to an old New England legend that the deceased wife of a Don Draper of the sea (aka a bit of a cheater) still haunts the New Haven harbor. If you want to really read some insane stuff, check out how to ward her off. Ironically enough, one tip is to avoid drinking because just the smell of beer will attract the hag and make her pretty damn angry.

On that bizarre note, New England Brewing Company has been canning their Sea Hag IPA since 2006, back in the day of few craft cans. For the sake of the review, we did pour one of the six into a glass and it’s a fairly clear golden color with a bright white head and foamy lacing. Sweet hops immediately hit your nose, with lots of citrus, pine and sugar present. The malt does provide a bit of balance and makes itself known, but the aroma is really a showcase for the hops. Same can be said of the taste, though again the candied malt comes through with a bit of a sweet cracker-like quality to it. Candied citrus peel, mostly orange, is present with herbs, pine and event a hint of wood. A tiny bit of alcohol comes through in the finish, but it mostly ends on a bitter, dry note that coats the entire palate. keep reading...

Written by A+K

June 16th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

668 Neighbor of the Beast (craft can) – New England Brewing Co.

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668 Neighbor of the Beast is a Belgian Golden Strong Ale by New England Brewing Co. of Woodbridge, Connecticut. As the second brewery on East Coast to can their beers, they know a thing or two about the format. In fact, most of their year round line is only offered in cans or on tap. Though New England Brewing is not currently distributed on Long Island, Kevin’s brother was nice enough to bring us a plethora of their cans when he came home from college. NEB’s beer is readily available throughout the Nutmeg State, so if you find yourself driving through or taking the ferry over, stop in a package store and grab some of their brews. keep reading...

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June 11th, 2014 at 8:00 am

Driftwood Ale (craft can) – Montauk Brewing Company (2014)

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20140602-083828.jpgBLC Says: Montauk Driftwood Ale is an ESB, aka Extra Special Bitter, a style that you don’t see too often and see even less frequently in a can. Surprisingly, this is Montauk Brewing Companies Flagship Ale and they have been brewing it since their opening in 2012, though it just made it’s way into cans in March. Though Montauk beers are currently not made on site, you can visit their tasting room to sample their offerings year round. There are plans to build a brewery, so hopefully we will be reporting back with a grand opening date soon. Now, onto the beer. We had previously only tried Driftwood Ale on draft, since that was the only option, and it actually does taste a bit different in the can. It pours a light copper color with golden highlights and a thick, white head that leaves behind lots of lacing should you choose to pour it into a glass. The aroma is heavily lemon scented, with notes of both malt and hops, though neither are overpowering. There is a bit of sweetness and light fruit present, though the citrus is really front and center. Though the malt aroma is in the background, it really comes through in the taste, with lemon still being prevalent as well. Throughout the sip there is a bready, caramel sweetness and it finishes on a bitter, hoppy note. Carbonation is prevalent throughout and the medium body builds to a slick finish followed by a dry aftertaste. We plan on taking the trip out to Montauk soon (while the canned version is still fresh in our heads) to sample the draft version and contrast and compare. keep reading...

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June 2nd, 2014 at 7:39 am

Summer Ale (craft can) – Narragansett Brewing Company (2013)

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We enjoyed Naragansett Summer Ale last year on the beach, but due to one too many seasonal craft cans we never got the review up. Since we are now in the warm pleasant month of May and it’s been hitting the shelves, now is a great time to revisit this one. Should you choose to empty this craft can into a glass, it pours with a bright straw yellow body that is crystal clear and has tons of active carbonation throughout. The head is a foamy brilliant white that eventually falls to a thin foam cap that leaves clumpy lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Definitely a nice, clean looking beer whose appearance indicates it is going to be light and refreshing. The aroma keeps on that theme as well, with slightly sweet and citrusy hops coming through over a malty background. The taste follows suit, with a light, well carbonated body carrying the mild, fruity hops. Easy drinking, both the malt and hop presence are not overwhelming, but the sip is still flavorful throughout.
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Written by A+K

May 28th, 2014 at 12:01 pm