Clear ruby amber Scottish-styled ale integrates smoked tobacco and black tea illusions with comely roasted caramel malt setting. Mild toasted hops simmer beneath smooth moderate body.
Chalky fruit ale starts fine with sweet peach cobbler aroma, but washed out apricot acidity, bitter phenol hopping, and diacetyl maize-wheat backdrop ruin momentum to dismal laminated finish. Chintzy blueberry-nectar reminder barely suffices.
Label’s kickin’ mule welcomes fine unassuming 6% alcohol brew as assured fruited spicing and persistent malted hop dryness reminiscent of holiday ale styling. Smooth honeyed flow welcomes amateur consumption.
Well-hopped full body with refreshing Minnesota spring water, malt-thickened richness, and placid grain bitterness barely provides enough momentum to make it a bargain over mass-produced American ales.
Brewed since 1874, northern Minnesota brew is classified as “smooth, creamy, full-bodied lager with sweet nutty flavor.” But its funky compost aroma, peach-y pertinence, and honeyed almond presence make strange bedfellows. A weird soured fruit-rotted finish consumes otherwise easy to drink, if unusual, lager.
Blackberry added to rich malted grain roast and pure spring water for bold initiation, but processed, ambiguous, derivative nature precludes punctual wheat essence by indistinct finish. Softly sweet raspberry-boysenberry nuance dribbles forth with veiled tartness.
Originally crafted by an Italian immigrant, softly bitter Scotch-scented brew is as delicately simplistic as it is light and pale. Instead of being a fine “alternative to table wines” (as the label proudly proclaims), its wheat-based saltwater flow, malt-soured lemony tang, and suspect grain mesh put it closer to non-spicy hop-fizzed Mexican brew.
Fetching molasses overtones and cola-like flow turn sourly dry mid-palate, appropriating blood-thickened mocha bitterness and burnt nuttiness taking hold of mahogany-hued British-styled victor.
Contract brewed for Belmont Brewery, this disappointingly soapy pale body falters due to washed out strawberry gum opening and weaker watermelon follow-up. Frail cracked wheat backbone crumbles behind blanched off-dry hops. Brewery defunct: 2009.
Richly expressive honeyed wheat surge immerses roasted barleymalt sweetness and butternut-vanilla illusions of cloudy amber-hued winner. Tangy apricot-tangerine-nectarine amiability adds juicy sub-texture. Brewery defunct: 2009.
Palest yellow whitest-headed golden lager rightfully popularized by topless models hidden beneath peel off label rather than boring liquid inside. Faded peach-grapefruit dryness layers bland white bread base of negligible session beer. Brewery defunct: 2009.
Mildly gold-hazed dry body retains off-putting rotten vegetal aroma thankfully displaced by bittersweet grapefruit-lemon tang and pleasant grassy hop fizz. Sadly, tinny metallic mouthfeel obstructs cracked corn-wheat base. Brewery defunct: 2009.