Butternuts Beer & Ale
This American Pale Ale from Garrattsville, NY (not far from Cooperstown), pours light amber with a little haze and not much head. The aroma is lightly hoppy–flowers and herbs–over cracker malt. The flavor brings in orange and emphasizes malt with balancing hops. It has a fairly bitter, dry citrusy finish. 4.3% ABV
This is hazy amber in the glass with a big foamy off white head. This leads to a big banana nose with lots of yeast, then to a palette of malt and banana with stone fruit. The finish is sweet and fruity. Quite nice! This seems to be a new offering, not mentioned on their entertaining website.
Very dark brown with a brief tan head. The nose leads simply with strong roasted barley and dark malts. It has a very straightforward roasty stout flavor, not coffee or anything else, just roasty grain. The finish is more of the same. It’s fine but seems like a one trick pony. 4.9% ABV
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Described as a “Super IPA” from Chatham, NY (near Albany) it pours very dark amber to light brown with a brief cream colored head. It leads with an ultra malty aroma with molasses and roasty notes. The flavor matches the aroma but it’s not sweet and adds a shot of bitter hops and a full mouthfeel. The style at first seems German then resolves as a fine strong ale more like a Wee Heavy than an English brown ale. The finish is consistent, with the roastiness giving way to the hops which persist for a few minutes. I wish I had more of these! Nice introduction to a new–to me–brewery. 8.0% ABV
Fills the glass with dark amber with a brief off-white head. The nose delivers spicy rye and hops over a toasty malt base, and the flavor continues these. Basically comes across as a brown ale with hops, an English style IPA rather than a New World hop bomb. The medium length finish is of caramel and spice. 6% ABV