Monthly Archives: June 2011

CLOWN SHOES BROWN ANGEL DOUBLE BROWN ALE

Complex soft-textured dry body similar to newfangled Black IPA/ Cascadian Black styling due to resinous wood-charred hop oiling, enduring dark-fruited nuttiness and recessive pine comb bitterness contrasting creamy dark chocolate malting. Lingered French roast coffee finish picks up ashen walnut-seared peanut shelling,chewy  cookie-doughed hazelnut-pecan tangent,and tar-like Blackstrap molasses astringency reinforcing tertiary bruised cherry, fig, and prune nuances. ‘A sexy American interpretation’ of a heady brown ale, indeed.

ROGUE CAPTAIN SIG’S NORTHWESTERN ALE

Wily amber-hazed red ale appears brassier and heavier malted than iconoclastic Rogue Dead Guy. Perfectly robust blend of earthen mineral graining, woody Amarillo hop spicing and toasted caramel malting sidles frisky orange-peeled grapefruit bittering. Subsidiary cherry, apple, and berry illusions perk up dark floral undertones as toffee-butterscotch sweetness gathers strength. At finish, harsh alcohol burn deepens ripe fruited plain of limited edition liquid.

SARANAC SUMMER ALE

Brisk medium-bodied summer refresher (circa 2011) maintains syrupy peach-lacquered apricot tang above fizzy hop pep to honeyed wheat spine. Sweet lemonade whim caresses sunny Belgian witbier-like citron twist at midst. Herbal-spiced coriander, ginger, lemongrass, menthol, spearmint, and eucalyptus illusions make small cameos. A strapping seasonal bettering most delicate summertime lightweights.

SARANAC ADIRONDACK LAGER

Slick middle-of-the-road German-styled pale lager seemingly retains English Special Bitter or ‘pub’ ale attributes such as mild woody hop bittering, caramelized rye-breaded malting, and cellar-like fungi waft. Withered floral-spiced orange-apricot-grapefruit snip and insufficient pastry-caked spicing (nutmeg-coriander) never approach surface of short-headed amber-hued moderation

TAPPETO VOLANTE

Poor musty Italian blonde lager with pearly-headed opaque-cleared hue lacks body, texture, and complexity, though crisp alpine-watered sparkle revives salty club soda spritz. Thin, watery, washed-out and soapy, its doughy malt spine cannot carryover sour rye breading, swilled corn-floured murk, and phenol citric musk.

MOOSEHEAD LIGHT LIME

Cloying saccharine-like lime soda likeness may put off all but fruited malt beverage lunkheads. Dry lime spritzer (with acrid hop-fizzed aridity and straw-yellowed hue) picks up definite agave influence, but goes flat quick. Sugary lemonade snip, tart white-yellow grape parching, and zesty menthol herbage round out trendy light-bodied desiccation.