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Funky Buddha More Moro

MORE MORO: 97 Points

The Real Deal

The Real Deal

This Fruit beer is released seasonally in Spring in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Blood Orange IPA. We ceremoniously slaughtered heaps of crimson-fleshed “Moro” fruit to retrieve its delicious ichor, and then blended it with caramel malts and grapefruity hops.”

My Description: Bring on Spring, this is the perfect beer to leave Winter behind. It begins with a weak head that fades quickly leaving nothing behind, probably from all the fruit juice. The aroma is very inviting because of how accurately it smells like a blood orange; there are also grapefruit hop undertones that add that IPA character. More Moro is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose closely with bright citrus hop notes that taste like the real deal. It almost feels like they juiced a bunch of oranges and then just added some hops to it. As the beer warms up a bit grapefruit hop notes become more apparent and taste great. This beer is slightly acidic and moderately bitter with a smooth texture. This is a really nice fruit beer that doesn’t taste like a novelty, it is well made. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Hawaiian pizza, fruit salads, or spicy Thai noodles.

ABV: 7% Color: Hazy Orange/Red Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

North Peak Mighty

MIGHTY: 78 Points

more like average foot soldier

more like average foot soldier

This Fruit beer is released seasonally in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Mighty Melon Ale is a not too hazy, mostly clear, sessionable ale with aromas of watermelon, berry and guava. This exceptionally drinkable beer is the perfect balance of malts, melons, and hops. Melon and tropical fruit notes run rampant. Gently hopped with Vanguard, crystal and Michigan Chinook. Enjoy refreshingly.”

My Description: Oh, how the mighty have fallen. It begins with a weak, white colored head that fades rather quickly leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is faint but you can detect light fruit notes, wheat malt, and a touch of berry. Mighty is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dryer finish. The faintness continues in the flavor profile. There is a tropical fruit presence throughout accompanied by notes of watermelon, berries, earthy hops, and a hint of sweetness but none of these flavors are bright or inviting. The aftertaste is minimally bitter bringing a nice balance to this brew. Overall, this beer isn’t too bad but the flavors are just too faint for a beer called Mighty. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with coconut shrimp, grilled veggie skewers, or blue cheese.

ABV: 4.8% Color: Golden Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Dogfish Head Romantic Chemistry

ROMANTIC CHEMISTRY: 90 Points

It's in the air

It’s in the air

This Fruit IPA is released seasonally in February in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “What you have here is a serious India Pale Ale shacking up and hunkering down with mango and apricots. At the same time! Romantic Chemistry is brewed with an intermingling of mangos, apricots and ginger, and then dry-hopped with three varieties of hops to deliver a tropical fruit aroma and a hop-forward finish. It’s fruity, it’s hoppy, it’s tasty!”

My Description: The balance of flavors and bitterness in this beer should be noted because it is executed beautifully. This ale begins with a decent sized, off-white colored head that lingers for some time leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is pleasant with lots of tropical fruit notes coming through like mangoes along with a touch of ginger and some citrus hops. Romantic Chemistry is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is pleasant but not as bright as the description would indicate. The fruit notes of mangoes and apricots can be detected but are subtle. However, they do blend cleanly with the rest of the beer and become more apparent as it warms up. Caramel malts and earthy hops are also present along with some ginger undertones. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering tropical notes. Overall, this is a great beer that is refreshing with a soft presence and tasty flavors. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with cheesecake, fruit tarts, or soft cheeses.

ABV: 7.2% Color: Orange/Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

Dogfish Fort

FORT: 94 Points

Raspberry Heaven

Raspberry Heaven

This fruit ale is a limited release in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “An ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberry juice. Fort has a Belgian-style base, then we follow a similar fermentation process to the one we use on beers like 120 Minute IPA and World Wide Stout. Fort is an excellent candidate for cellaring. Grab a few bottles, enjoy one now and lay the others down for a few years. Want to know when the Fort you find was bottled? Check the ‘Bottled On’ date on the neck of each bottle.”

My Description: What’s nice about this beer is that it is exactly as advertised; a big fruit beer that tastes like real raspberry juice and ages beautifully. It begins with a decent, light beige colored head that fades to a ring leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with bright raspberry notes and a hint of cherry. Fort is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is straightforward with clean raspberry notes, a hint of tart, and Belgian yeast notes such as light fruits. The alcohol is hidden better than I had anticipated given the high ABV. Overall, this ale is on the sweeter side with fruit notes dominating. This makes for a great sipper. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, dark chocolate, or a mild cigar.

ABV: ~17% Color: Orange/Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez

OTRA VEZ: 93 Points

Again and again

Again and again

This Fruit Ale/Gose is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “On our search for the perfect warm weather beer, we wanted something light bodied and thirst quenching, yet filled with complex and interesting flavors. We stumbled across the fruit of the prickly pear cactus, native to California. This tangy fruit is a great complement to the tart and refreshing traditional gose style beer. Otra Vez combines prickly pear cactus with a hint of grapefruit for a refreshing beer that will have you calling for round after round. Otra Vez!”

My Description: This beer crisp with a delightful and easy drinking body, this is an easy choice for a session ale. It begins with a large, white colored head that lasts for some time leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming and bright with notes of citrus fruits, some barnyard presence, and a hint of salt. Otra Vez is lighter bodied with a moderately higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is refreshing and follows the nose closely. Crisp fruit notes accompany a slightly tart barnyard feel. Grapefruit and other citrus notes can be detected along with an interesting fruit note that I guess would be the cactus fruit. The flavors blend nicely together to deliver a tasty and satisfying quencher. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled mahi, Thai noodles, or a light salad.

ABV: 4.5% Color: Pale Yellow Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

Terrapin Vapricot

VAPRICOT: 78 Points

Lacks flavors

Lacks flavors

This collaboration with Cigar City is released for a limited time in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “When you can’t see the smoke through the haze, reach for a beer the cuts right through. Two neighboring breweries in the South, Cigar City and Terrapin Beer Co., introduce “Vapricot” Apricot Ginger Imperial IPA. Brewed with apricot puree and ginger for a sweet and spicy profile, this multidimensional beer will help you see things more clearly.”

My Description: This is not an apricot lover’s dream but it makes for an interesting sipper. It begins with a decent, off-white colored head that fades to a thin film that holds the whole way leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is pleasant with notes of caramel malt, stone fruits, with faint ginger notes. Vapricot is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is a slight letdown because it all seems weak. There are notes of pale malts, apricot puree, and hints of hops. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering ginger notes. The alcohol is slightly tasted because this beer needs more body, more bitterness, and more hop flavors. It is definitely a drinkable beer but lacks in taste. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with shrimp stir-fry, Thai noodles, or cheesecake.

ABV: 9.05% Color: Hazy Apricot Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

Boulevard Collaboration No. 5

COLLABORATION No. 5: 90 Points

It's Tropical Beer!

It’s Tropical Beer!

This collaboration with Cigar City is a limited release in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Combining Cigar City’s expertise with tropical fruit flavors and Boulevard’s love of pale ales, Collaboration No. 5 – Tropical Pale Ale begins with a base of pilsner malt layered with Marris Otter, Munich, and caramel malts. Huge late hopping with a blend of Mosaic, Citra, Lemondrop, and Azacca lends bright citrus flavors. Freshly sliced grapefruit and passionfruit added at the end of the boil add a refreshing acidity and tropical fruit flavor and aroma.”

My Description: This is a nice collaboration between two great breweries; the fruit flavors really pop. It begins with a decent, off-white colored head that fades quick leaving very little lacing. The aroma is welcoming and it feels like I’m in the islands with notes of mangoes, pineapples, and grapefuit. Collaboration No. 5 is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely but it almost feels like I’m drinking tropical juice with alcohol; the beer notes get slightly lost behind those potent tropical notes. Flavor notes of mangoes, pineapples, grapefruits, and citrus hops are apparent. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with a slight acidic note. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with coconut shrimp, jerk chicken, or spicy sushi.

ABV: 7.2% Color: Hazy Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

Oddside Ales Nectar of the Brewer

NECTAR OF THE BREWER: 79 Points

Not my nectar.

Not my nectar.

This Fruit Wheat Ale has no specific release date and is available in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: Wheat Ale brewed with apricots.

My Description: This beer is easy drinking but the flavor profile could use a little work. It begins with a decent sized, with colored head that fades to a thin film that holds for a while leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is pleasant enough with notes of wheat malt, apricots, and a hint of citrus hops. Nectar of the Brewer is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is fairly straightforward with wheat malt taking center stage along with a noticeable apricot note. A slightly earthy presence in detected throughout and some tart notes come through as well. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering fruit notes. Overall, this is a decent beer but the overall execution was lacking slightly; it just didn’t feel like the flavors were working cleanly together. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, salads, or a fruit tart.

ABV: N/A Color: Hazy Orange Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Oddside Ales Pineapple IPA

PINEAPPLE IPA: 85 Points

Potent Pineapple Notes

Potent Pineapple Notes

This fruit IPA is available in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Fresh cut pineapples brewed in an IPA…need I say more?”

My Description: It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head that fades to a film that holds the whole way leaving behind some lacing. The aroma bursts with fresh pineapple notes that smell delightful along with some tropical notes, citrus hops, and a hint of malt. The aroma is the best part of this beer. Pineapple IPA is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely with pineapple notes being dominant along with some malt notes and a hint of citrus hops. The aftertaste is moderately low in bitterness and lingers slightly. This beer is smooth, pleasant, and a great Summer choice but I feel it would help the overall drinkability to calm the pineapple down some, so it is more of an accompanying note or make this beer more bitter. After drinking this I didn’t really want to drink another one right away. Still, I do recommend this for the IPA fan. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, Thai noodles, or a salad.

ABV: 6.5% Color: Cloudy Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4/10

Oddside Wheatermelon

WHEATERMELON: 55 Points

Wow! Pure Garbage

Wow! Pure Garbage

This Fruit Wheat Ale is released in the Summer in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The perfect summer treat. A wheat ale brewed with tons of fresh cut watermelon.”

My Description: This beer is hard to stomach. It is horribly balanced and the aftertaste is so unpleasant that it makes me want to dump the rest of the glass down the sink. It begins with a sub-par, white colored head that fades to a film that holds the whole way leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is not welcoming; notes of watermelon starburst, artificial strawberries, and diacetyl makes me loath the idea of taking a sip. Wheatermelon is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. I knew taking a sip was a bad idea. The flavor profile tastes like strawberry candy with a hint of wheat malt, watermelon, and butterscotch. The aftertaste is the cherry on top. It tastes like there is rotten vegetables in my throat. I don’t understand how anyone who appreciates beer and loves grains and hops can drink this. It is not refreshing, flavorful, or enjoyable. I may try this again just to make sure it wasn’t a bad bottle, but I won’t pay for it.

ABV: 5% Color: Golden/Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Great Lakes Alberta Clipper

ALBERTA CLIPPER: 97 Points

Excellent use of raspberries

Excellent use of raspberries

This beer is released in the Winter in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A Winter Porter made with Belgian Chocolate and Raspberries.”

My Description: This is a beautifully crafted porter and perfect for the season. It begins with a good sized, beige colored head with a good retention level that leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma smells rich with notes of chocolate, subdued roasted malts, and raspberries that smell fresh and not that artificial crap. Alberta Clipper is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile tastes delicious. Tasty raspberry notes blend smoothly with the rest of the beer, which include notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of char. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing great balance and drinkability. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and I’m impressed at how clean this beer is. Elegant is the adjective that comes to mind when drinking this beauty. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted lamb, dark chocolate, or rich cheeses.

ABV: 7.8% Color: Deep Mahogany Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Short’s Soft Parade

SOFT PARADE: 88 Points

Great Summer Flavors

Great Summer Flavors

This Fruit Beer is released in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Imperial Soft Parade is a gourmet specialty pour that is brewed with toasted rye flakes and two-row malted barley. Loaded with pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, we refer to this fermented potion as a fruit infused rye ale. The result is a refreshing fruit delicacy that’s easy to drink, appealing to look at, and finishes dry.”

My Description: It begins with a weak, light beige colored head that fades quick but does leave some lacing behind. The aroma is interesting and fruit forward with notes of raspberry puree and some tartness. If you search hard enough there are also some deep rye notes, which add depth and character. Soft Parade is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is slightly complex with tasty fruit notes but I feel that the individual berry notes don’t stand out much but are muddled together. However, I could detect strawberry which tasted great. Short’s does a good job keeping this a beer instead of entering that malt beverage zone. This beer does lack some of the rye flavors I thought I would taste because of the aroma but that’s okay. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and helps to keep the sweetness in check. All in all, this is a nice fruit beer that hides the alcohol nicely and makes for a great Summer Ale.

ABV: 8.5% Color: Dirty Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Boulevard Entwined Ale

ENTWINED ALE: 78 Points

White Wine Quality

White Wine Quality

This Blonde Ale/Fruit Ale is released seasonally between May and October in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Entwined Ale is the first production batch of a test beer formerly referred to as Nelson. While the recipe was adjusted slightly from the original tests, the use of Muscat juice remains the focus. The juice was combined with pale malt in the brewhouse for a beer that is light both in body and in color. It was hopped exclusively with a New Zealand hop variety called Nelson Sauvin, known for its tropical fruit and white wine-like aromatics. This unique session ale has a refreshing, slightly tart finish.”

My Description: There is nothing bad about this beer but also nothing memorable. The grape juice addition is interesting but does nothing to get my taste buds excited. It pours a good sized, white colored head that fades to a film but holds most of the way leaving behind some lacing. The aroma is pleasant with notes of pale malts, lemon juice, white grapes, and some earthiness. Entwined Ale is light/medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish that is crisp. This beer has an overall sparkling white wine characteristic in flavor. It is slightly tart with white grape juice notes. As the beer warms up and the carbonation begins to settle down, some light fruit notes begin to emerge along with some pale malt notes and some Nelson Sauvin hop notes. The aftertaste is minimally bitter but enough to balance out the beer. This is a good integration of grape juice with a beer but overall this is a mediocre offering. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with a grilled salmon salad, coconut shrimp, or roasted asparagus.

ABV: 4.1% Color: Light Straw Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth

SPOOKY TOOTH: 93 Points

It's a scary!

It’s a scary!

This Imperial Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally before Halloween in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Rich amber color with aroma of sweet pumpkin pie and savory spices with hints of sweet malt. Rich and creamy with a chewy mouthfeel that you can sink your teeth into. Flavors of pumpkin up front then sweet malt, pie crust, spice, hints of brown sugar and a clean finish. We stopped just short of the whipped cream. But we like the way you think.

My Description: This a memorable Imperial Pumpkin Ale because the flavors are clean and the pumpkin actually comes through. It begins with a good sized, light beige colored head that fades to a film that holds most of the way leaving behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is full of spices with nutmeg being the dominate scent. There are also notes of brown sugar, sweet malt, and pie crust. Spooky Tooth is fuller bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. A big malt backbone gives this beer depth and body while holding up notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. The aftertaste is where the pumpkin flavor comes through and lingers into the finish. The alcohol is nicely hidden with very little flavor detected. This beer is slightly bitter but more on the sweet side. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with baked turkey, pumpkin pie obviously, and roasted duck with a fruit sauce.

ABV: 9% Color: Amber/Orange Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Fat Head’s Bumble Berry

BUMBLE BERRY: 88 Points

Real Blueberry Flavor

Real Blueberry Flavor

This Fruit Beer is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Brewed with fresh harvested spring honey stolen from some very angry bees (we have the welts to prove it) and infused with fresh blueberries. Creating a light, refreshing ale with a nice blueberry aroma, crackery malt flavors, a hint of sweetness and a refreshing blueberry finish. Get yo buzz on!

My Description: The brewer’s description is right on with this beer. It has a great balance of flavors between the malt, the honey, and the blueberry. It begins with a large, white colored head with an excellent retention level and it leaves behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting and pleasant with notes of fresh blueberries and pale malts. There is also a hint of sweetness in the aroma from the honey, I assume. Bumble Berry is light/medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. A pale malt backbone holds up notes of wheat malt, honey, some fruit notes and a touch of sweetness. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter with an intriguing blueberry finish. Overall, this beer is refreshing and the blueberry and honey additions don’t get old like in other fruit beers. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with salads, grilled chicken, or cheesecake.

ABV: 5.3% Color: Deep Gold Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

Bells Cherry Stout

CHERRY STOUT: 85 Points

Strong Tart Notes

Strong Tart Notes

This Stout is released seasonally between September and May in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This unique ale begins its life as a powerful and richly sweet stout to which Michigan tart cherries are added. The resulting black brew is complex, sweet and tart with a distinct cherry finish. It will improve with cellaring.”

My Description: It begins with a good sized, dark beige colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of cherry. Cherry Stout is medium/full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is interesting in that the cherry tastes great and the roasted notes too but they seem to somewhat clash when blended together in this ale, perhaps because there is just too much tart for this stout. Chocolate notes and some bitterness add to the flavor profile nicely and the alcohol is beautifully hidden. This is a good beer every now and then but it is hard to have more than one bottle and a time. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, strong cheeses, or roasted duck.

ABV: 7%  Color: Black  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 3/10

Founders Rubaeus

RÜBAEUS: 92 Points

The raspberry is on point

The raspberry is on point

This Fruit Ale has an IBU of 15 and is released between May and August in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Not another boring summer wheat beer or lemonade shandy—Rübæus is Founders’ way to celebrate the season’s warmest months. Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries added at multiple stages during fermentation, this stunning berry red masterpiece is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. No question about it, with a hefty malt bill and 5.7% ABV, this beer is 100% Founders.”

My Description: You can judge the quality of a brewery when they make a fruit beer. Some taste like wine coolers, others taste like the fruit was just thrown in randomly, and then there’s breweries like Founders. They have created a fruit beer that tastes like real raspberry juice without forgetting that you are still drinking a beer. It is not overly sweet but it is the dominate flavor. Granted, you are not going to drink a six pack of this in one night but it makes for a great dessert beer now and then. It pours an average, white colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma smells wonderful with subtle yet noticeable raspberry notes that smell sweet and tart at the same time. Rubaeus is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. This beer is on the sweeter side with an apparent tart presence. Raspberries are the center of the flavor profile with some cherry notes and a clean malt backbone. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and refreshing. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with cheesecake, roasted duck, or grilled pork tenderloin.

ABV: 5.7%  Color: Ruby/Garnet  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

Dogfish Head Piercing Pils

PIERCING PILS: 90 Points

Pears are a great additon

Pears are a great addition

This Pilsner/Fruit Lager is available seasonally in Winter in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A Perry-Pils hybrid, Piercing Pils is a Czech Style Pilsner brewed with a White Pear Tea and Pear juice.  Both the juice and the tea were added in the kettle during the whirlpool (after the boil) for maximum flavor and aroma contribution.  The Pear fruit complexity pierces right through the spicy Czech Saaz hops beautifully, adding a gentle acidity to this pale lager that makes for a crisp refreshing sipper.  Amarillo hops add nuanced citrus notes that meld perfectly with the fruit.”

My Description: Only Dogfish could come up with a beer like this. It’s not complex but to pair pear juice and pear tea to a Czech Pilsner is creative and it blends cleanly. It pours a big, white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is welcoming and enticing with notes of pale malt, Saaz hops, some floral notes, and a touch of pear juice. Piercing Pils is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. Clean and smooth are the first thoughts when drinking this lager; crisp and refreshing are the second. Pale malts and floral hop notes shine through with a touch of spice. The pear tea adds an intriguing element without overpowering or becoming old. It feels like it belongs. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing good balance and an easy drinking experience. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with fish tacos, BBQ ribs, or pasta primavera.

ABV: 6%  Color: Gold  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 3/10

Sam Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock

CHERRY CHOCOLATE BOCK: 89 Points

The cherry blends cleanly

The cherry blends cleanly

This Fruit Bock is randomly released in the Winter variety pack in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This special release is brewed just for the holidays. For a new approach to a classic favorite, we added cherries to our traditional Chocolate Bock for a sweet, slightly tart note. Aged on a bed of dark cocoa nibs, the malty, chocolaty, and dark fruit flavors create a rich, complex beer perfect for winter. Cheers.”

My Description: The cherry addition to this seasonal bock adds a pleasant and tasty flavor that blends cleanly with the rest of beer. It begins with a decent, beige colored head that fades to a film and holds for a while leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is malty with a pronounced cherry aroma and hidden chocolate notes that smell great. Cherry Chocolate Bock is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is somewhat rich with malty undertones and dark chocolate with cherries that taste real, not artificial, and don’t overpower the other flavors. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and smooth. This makes for a nice Christmas beer that is memorable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, blue cheese, or grilled lamb.

ABV: 5.8%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10

Dogfish Head Kvasir

KVASIR: 88 Points

Ancient Scandinavian Beer

Ancient Scandinavian Beer

This Ancient Ale is a limited release and is available in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The recipe for Kvasir was developed with the help of chemical, botanical and pollen evidence taken from a 3,500‐year‐old Danish drinking vessel. The vessel, made of birch bark, was found in the tomb of a leather‐clad woman Dr. Pat says was probably an upper-class dancer or priestess. The analysis pointed to the ingredients used in this unique brew: wheat, lingonberries, cranberries, myrica gale, yarrow, honey and birch syrup.The base of Kvasir is a toasty red winter wheat, and the bog-grown berries deliver a pungent tartness. While a handful of hops is used, the earthy, bitter counterpunch to the sweet honey and birch syrup comes from the herbs.”

My Description: This is an interesting ale and it is amazing that people could have drank this 3,500 years ago. Kudos to Dogfish to resurrecting this to the best of their ability. This beer is flavorful and definitely a sipper. It pours a large, light beige colored head with a decent retention that lasts for a couple of minutes but then disappears completely leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting and on the sweet side with notes of honey and berries with a touch of birch syrup and alcohol. Kvasir is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavors and drinkability of this ale reminds me of a dry white wine. There is a prevalent tart note throughout along with some earthiness, cranberries, and other sweet berries. The birch syrup really brings out an herbal element that adds complexity giving this beer some dryness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, which helps to relieve some of the sweetness. The alcohol is nicely hidden and overall the beer is smooth and clean. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with smoked salmon, beef tacos, or sweet-and-sour pork.

ABV: 10%  Color: Reddish/Brown  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10