New England IPA.
D- Light golden in color with lots of haze. Light mouth feel with just the right amount of carbonation. Strong citrus/grapefruit taste. Quite refreshing. Very hop forward without the heavy bitterness of a traditional IPA. Just light lingering amount of bitter on the back of the tongue to keep you wanting more. I do want more. If you think you don’t like IPAs, this one is for you.
C- Loving the haze. That’s a visual signal for me to prep for amazing taste. Strong citrus and the perfect amount of sweetness, but not overpowering or artificial tasting. It like a beer-mosa (beer and orange juice). This one is dangerous. For a beer with a higher ABV it’s insanely easy-drinking. My favorite of our sampling.
Bonnie Braw- Oak Aged Wee Heavy
D- Dark amber in color. Smooth mouth feel. A very malty sweetness with hints of caramel. The oak does make an appearance, but is not overwhelming.
C- Probably my second favorite. I haven’t had too many Wee Heavies, but now I’m wondering what I’ve been missing. It seems as though Strange Union have mastered the art of making beers sweet without making “sweet beers”.
Collusion- Russian Imperial Stout
D- Heavy, creamy mouth feel. Very dark. Nice, roasted notes with the perfect amount of bitterness. Has a smooth roasted caramel aftertaste that is slow to fade. This is the perfect example of a quality stout.
C- A lovely stout. Heavy in all the right places. It coats your tongue and just kind of cuddles it like a warm blanket in winter. I’d be tempted to substitute this for dessert, but I must stress that it is NOT overly sweet. It’s quite nuanced, like a nice bourbon.