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Tag Archives: MEAN MAX BREW WORKS
Richly complex barleywine aged eleven months in bourbon barrels retains bold ethyl-burnt 12% ABV. Beautiful bourbon whiskey luster picks up heavily spiced brown chocolate and vanilla sweetness that nearly drowns out the citrus-derived Citra-Cascade hop briskness – but never to the detriment of its dewy peat whiskey expressiveness.
Humbler, less complex and less aggressive (at 10.5% ABV) than brewer’s barrel-aged barleywine, letting dewy scotch malting embrace spiced toffee sweetness, brown chocolate sugaring, dried fig-prune-raisin whims and wispy cola-pecan nuttiness. Modest bourbon, spiced rum and burgundy illusions add latent serenity.
Fine New England-styled IPA with lemon-candied pineapple tang and gentle crystal-sugared creaming reinforced by mild resinous lupulin-oiled pining. Floral peach, mango and grapefruit tang gains light herbal respite beneath the surface.
Delectably centrist “moderately hopped” Imperial IPA layers floral citrus tang above bread-crusted pale malting and minor vodka-tinged alkaline astringency, retaining its creamily frothed head. Lemony grapefruit-peeled orange, tangerine and peach serenity provides spirited fruitfulness throughout.
Uniformly designed, though underwhelming and undetermined, midrange centrist. Lemony orange-grapefruit tang and candied citric-spiced lollipop tartness tepidly advance to contrast grassy herbal hop astringency and resinous pine snip.
Thinnish English-styled IPA enlightens the front end with bright citrus tang. But its subdued grapefruit-orange stead and tart lemon rot souring lack immediacy. And any English influence (such as dewy earthen mustiness, biscuity pale malting and musky herbal hop rusticity) is negligible.
Stylish caramel-spiced barley roast gains wavered candied orange tartness, herbal hop restraint and woodsy sawdust wisp for mannerly middling moderation.
GLENS FALLS, NEW YORK
Just across the street from the firmly established Davidson Brothers Brewing in the heart of Glen Falls, three-barrel nanobrewery, MEAN MAX BREW WORKS, came aboard during August 2014. Founding proprietors Matt Barry and Dave Wells craft fine standard fare that retain stylistic intent as well as interestingly robust ‘big beers.’
Four patina columns, reclaimed wood furnishings and several international flags don the narrow space. Clustered clear-balled chandeliers hang at the L-shaped serving station (with twelve taps, …