New Hampshire

Finestkind Smuttynose IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Co., Portsmouth

Smuttynose IPA

Smuttynose is one of those breweries that I've heard of numerous times in passing, but I've never seen their beer on the shelves... or on tap. Smuttynose beers come from the great state of New Hampshire, so it makes sense that I never saw them on the far side of the Mississippi. Now that I'm on the East Coast I've started seeing their beers on shelves and decided to pick up a bottle. On my drive home from work tonight I stopped at a small liquor store and built a six pack with some of the more interesting beers in their cooler. I opted for the Smuttynose IPA, I figured it was better suited to the warm weather than the Robust Porter.

Tripel - Redhook Ale Brewery, Portsmouth

Redhook Tripel

What do you mean Redhook isn't a Colorado craft brewery? Oh, after staring real close at there logo I see those are Pine trees, not Rocky Mountains.... honest mistake. I've seen plenty of Redhook beers floating around but this is the first bottle I've decided to pick up and take home. Tripels are one of my favorite styles of beer so this probably wasn't the best beer to start with since my expectations were pretty high. I'd heard good things about this beer and figured it would hold up well under scrutiny, so here we are...

Late Harvest Autumn Ale - Redhook Ale Brewery, Portsmouth

Redhook Late Harvest

The Christmas seasonals are starting to hit the shelves so I thought it was the perfect time to pick up a bottle of Redhook's Late Harvest Autumn Ale. As the name would imply, this is Redhook's fall seasonal. This beer is not a Märzen like most Oktoberfest seasonal beer, this is much more of an Amber. The Late Harvest does have a number of Märzen characteristics, which makes it an interesting Amber. Make no mistake about it this is definitely an Amber. The first thing you'll notice when you take a sip of the Late Harvest is the hops. The hop flavor is a bit different than the dry, spicy Amber flavor you'd expect. The Late Harvest has a much more grassy flavor like you'd expect in a Pale Ale. What sets the Late Harvest apart from other (early harvest?) Amber beers is the rich, warm malt flavor. The malt really takes the edge off of the hops and balances the beer out nicely.

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