Jabby Brau (Jack’s Abby Brewing Company)

Style: American Pale Session Lager 4.5% ABV 20 IBU’s 11.5º Plato Brewer’s Notes: “Deep golden in color, this low ABV lager balances Pilsner and Munich malt with an aromatic American hop aroma. This beer starts hoppy but finishes unexpectedly malty with very low bitterness. Impressively flavorful and drinkable for the lightest beer we brew. We dub this beer a “Session Lager,” as we once again … Continue reading Jabby Brau (Jack’s Abby Brewing Company)

Old Brown Dog (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Style: American Brown Ale 6.7% ABV 18 IBU’s Malt Bill: North American 2-Row, Munich 10L, C-120, Chocolate Hops: Bittering: Cascade and Galena Flavoring Hops: Willamette OG:  15° Plato FG:  3.26° Plato Brewer’s Notes: “Old Brown Dog has been cited as a classic example of the “American Brown Ale” style of beer. Compared to a typical English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly … Continue reading Old Brown Dog (Smuttynose Brewing Company)

Kiwi Rising (Jack’s Abbey Brewing Company)

Style: Double India Pale Lager (Technically an American Imperial Pilsner) 8.5% ABV 105 IBU’s OG: 19.5º Plato Bottled in November 2012 Brewer’s Notes: “This is an intensely hoppy and strong lager that we refer to as a Double India Pale Lager. Over four pounds of hops per BBL of New Zealand hops (Kiwi Hops) were used in progressively larger hop additions throughout the brewing process. … Continue reading Kiwi Rising (Jack’s Abbey Brewing Company)

Vampire Slayer (Clown Shoes)

Style: Smoked Imperial Stout 10% ABV   Brewer’s Note: “In a world full of uncertainty, hardship, and people trying to hold us back, do we need Vampires, too? Clown Shoes says, “No! Die, monsters, die!” / Our second anniversary ale incorporates signature dark malts, holy water, and malt smoked locally with hickory, ash, and vampire killing stakes.”   (As a brief side note, this is … Continue reading Vampire Slayer (Clown Shoes)

Smoke & Dagger (Jack’s Abby Brewing)

Style: Rauchbier / Black Lager 5.8% ABV 25 IBU’s OG: 14.5 Plato Bronze Medal Winner for Best Smoked Beer at 2012 GABF   Brewer’s Notes: “Cloaked in mystery, this dark black beer skirts the line between a schwarzbier and smoked porter. The use of a small percentage of traditional Beechwood smoked malt adds complexity and balances the liberal use of chocolate malt. Notes of roasted … Continue reading Smoke & Dagger (Jack’s Abby Brewing)

King Titus (Maine Beer Company)

Style: American Porter 7.5% ABV Color – Dark Chocolate O.G. – 1.078 Malt – American 2-Row, Caramel 40L, Caramel 80L, Munich 10L, Chocolate, Roasted Wheat, Flaked Oats Hops – Centennial, Columbus Bottled On: 10/27/12 Batch #2 Brewer’s Notes: “Our take on an American robust porter.  Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped.” “Titus was a wonderful bold silverback gorilla that led with his … Continue reading King Titus (Maine Beer Company)

Black Ales, Cascadian Darks, Black IPA’s, and India Black Ales: The Confusion in a New Style

Official Brewers Association Definition of an American-Style Black Ale: American-style Black Ales are very dark to black and perceived to have medium high to high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma  with medium-high alcohol content, balanced with a medium body. Fruity, floral and herbal character from hops of all origins may  contribute character. The style is further characterized by a balanced and moderate degree of caramel … Continue reading Black Ales, Cascadian Darks, Black IPA’s, and India Black Ales: The Confusion in a New Style