ANCHOR LIBERTY ALE

First brewed in 1975 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s historic ride, Liberty Ale is hand crafted at small traditional brewery. Light spice-fruited aroma, resinous mocha palate, biscuit-y wheat spine, and dry-hopped lemon rind bite beget curious red and brown ale traits. Vivacious, bubbly, dry-bodied ale pleasantly funnels down the throat to rock you like a hurricane.

ANCHOR BOCK

Early woodsy cedar chip illusion fails to supplement oncoming toffee-like vanilla-backed theme of ruby-cola-hued springtime ’07 release. Barren prune-fig segue and astringent pecan-walnut toasting coarsen tannic red grape wisp, negating baker’s chocolate, powdered cocoa souring, and anise trace.

(DUTCH EXPORT) AMSTERDAM MARINER PREMIUM LAGER

Deviating a bit from the pungent malt theme of most Dutch beers, hop-roasted bittering counters corn sugar timidity before fluctuating sweet ‘n’ sour finish adds muted lemon-lime niceties. As generic as its brewery’s name, third string Heineken rip-off finishes like a cheap corn-dredged American malt liquor. Repellent dank malt sourness, flat head, and skunked yeast mustiness worsen raunchy pale-bodied saltine.

AMSTEL LIGHT LAGER

Not one of those processed American”lite” beers, but instead peppy, pliant, polite Euro lager with fewer calories – making it better than all domestic “lites,” if that’s progress. Soft, bubbly, lemon hop signature will be laughed off as lightweight and inconsequential by serious drinkers. In search of better yeast penetration, malt pungency, and citrus infusion, but not bad for saltwater.