Terrapin Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale

Terrapin has been making world class craft beers in Athens, Georgia since 2002. With a portfolio that boasts over three dozen labels, it is safe to say that Terrapin offers something for everyone! Anyone who has tried one a Terrapin knows they make great craft beer. Their Rye Pale created a huge buzz, winning a Gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, and put them on the map.

ABV: 5.5 IBU:22

Pour: Nice amber color with plenty of carbonation swirling from the bottom.

Head: Creek colored and frothy. 2 finger head forms and slows fades away

Nose: Malty with hints of spice. Some peaches sneaks in the back to bring this together.

Palate: Pretty light, the peaches are low key but come out mid-sip and stay through the finish. Hints of malt and almost no spice on the clean finish.

Overall: A clean farmhouse ale, the peaches give it a nice summer twist and add crushability. I really enjoyed this one, Terrapin is known for making great beers and this one fits right in. This would pair well with sushi, grilled meats and hard cheeses.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

Lagunitas Born Again Yesterday Ale

Lagunitas Born Again YesterdayLagunitas is one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States. Founded in 1993 by Tony Magee, the brewery is known for iconoclastic interpretations of traditional beer styles, and irreverent descriptive text and stories on its packaging.

Born Again Yesterday is part of the 2017 One Hitter Series. A series of rare, experimental and one-off brews produced in small batches released through the year.

7.0% ABV

Pour: A cloudy golden color with lots of carbonation swirling around.

Head: Very thin and airy head forms but hangs around for a while.

Nose: Lots of pine with hints of grapefruit behind it.

Palate: Light and juicy making it very easy to drink. Loads of hops give it a nice acidity but not as much fruit as I was expecting. Finish is clean and doesn’t leave much behind.

Overall: This was an interesting take a on a Pale ale, using “wet hops” gave it a nice juicy IPA feel while still having some remains of a Pale ale. This one is a limited release so it may not be the easiest to find but if you come across some this is definitely one to splurge on.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out Of 5 Pints

Funk Brewing Tumbleweed Pale Ale

funk tumble weed pale aleTucked away on a side street in Emmaus, PA is a dedicated brewer Kyle Funk, who’s hard at work putting out award-winning IPAs, lagers and other assorted varieties. The Funk Brewing Company has been producing beer in this Sixth Street building since February 2014, though his title of brewer began over 12 years ago. 80 miles to the north, a second taproom has been opened by Kyle’s brother-in-law, John Norman, with a focus on locally sourced menu, wines, and ciders.

ABV: 5.5%

IBU’s: 38

Pour: A really nice hazy golden color, cloudy enough where you can’t see carbonation in the glass.

Head: A thin head quickly forms and disappears, sticking to the edge of the glass.

Nose: Hoppy. Almost what you would expect from an IPA, but with more of malty background. Lots of fruit, citrus and notes of a tropical fruits, followed by some pine.

Palate: Medium bodied, juicy at first then malts surface showing its weight. Some lighter citrus notes but not as much of tropical fruit as expected from the nose. Slightly acidic but finishes quickly without leaving much behind.

Overall: A pretty solid Pale Ale.  At first seemed more like an IPA but came around after warming a bit. Not my first choice when it’s warmer out, the fruit notes here make this a little more approachable in the summer months. Plus it’s sold exclusively in cans making it easy to take along on your next outdoor adventure. Pairs well with burgers, cheddar cheeses or a classic bread pudding.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

Einstök Icelandic White Ale

einstok white aleThe Einstök Brewery is located 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland. Water flows from rain and prehistoric glaciers down the Hlíðarfjall Mountain, delivering the purest water on earth, the perfect foundation for brewing deliciously refreshing handcrafted ales. Led by Brewmaster Baldur Karason, previously with Carlsburg and Lowenbrau, Baldur completed the brewing program at the world renowned Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. One of the brewery’s most well-known offerings is their White Ale.

ABV: 5.2%

Pour: A light yellowish with a hazy hue and slight carbonation.

Head: A small off-white head forms in the glass before quickly disappearing, leaving minimal lacing.

Nose: Light malt notes, hints of lemon and wheat dominate the nose.

Palate: Light and airy. Notes of lemon zest, orange peel, coriander and wheat bounce off each other. Not much of a hop presence but hints of mineraility leave a clean finish.

Overall: I like when brewers take the unfiltered route. The small amount of sediment left behind adds texture and earthy flavor. The flavor is smooth and doesn’t have a mass produced feel while being refreshing. Must be that pure Icelandic glacier water! A nice pairing with steamed mussels and chorizo, herb crusted cheeses and fresh berry medley.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints

Terrapin Recreation Ale

terrapin-recreation-aleTerrapin has been making world class craft beers in Athens, Georgia since 2002. With a portfolio that boasts over three dozen labels, it is safe to say that Terrapin offers something for everyone! Anyone who has tried one a Terrapin knows they make great craft beer. Their Rye Pale created a huge buzz, winning a Gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, and put them on the map.

Their Recreation Ale pours a rich golden color with a frothy head that lingers before leaving some moderate lacing. Plenty of carbonation swirls from the bottom of the glass.

On the nose there is plenty of citrus and pine, mostly pineapple with a hints of tropical fruits.

This is one of the lighter session IPA’s in recent reviews, light pine notes hit first giving way to subtle notes of citrus. There are traces of malts but just enough to give some weight. Almost no acidity whatsoever leaves a clean finish, that’s very refreshing.

Overall this brew has me excited for the warm weather and not because we just had the biggest winter storm of the year. Its light with some fruit notes, a touch of hops and a refreshing understated finish that some session IPA’s miss the mark on. It may only be February but this will definitely be a nice touch on this summer’s recreational activates, especially since it was just released in 15 pack cans! This would pair nicely with grilled ribs, a funky cheese or even s’mores around a campfire.

Beer Buyer Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Pints

Founder’s Dirty Bastard

founders-dirty-bastardHailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founder’s Brewing Company has grown into one of the nation’s top craft breweries, with annual barrel output approaching the 1 million mark. Don’t be fooled though, founders (see what I did there?) Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers brew for quality, not quantity. Their Dirty Bastard, a Scotch Ale, is a prime example of the quality levels we have grown to love.

ABV: 8.5 % | 50 IBUs

Pour: Deep amber/rust with notes of Garnet and burnt orange.

Head: Light creamy beige/marzipan.

Nose: What bread with notes of tangerines, red fruits, and cherry cough drops.

Palate: The palate is very malty, slightly sweet, and full of notes of toffee, caramel, and toast. A very rich, full body on this one.

Finish: Great balance or malt/hop flavors. Alcohol content is noticeable a bit here.  Call me crazy, but i’m getting some pork gravy notes here, and I’m not complaining about it.

Overall: Great pour! This one was first recommended to me by a bartender a couple of years ago, based on my style preferences, and it has been on top of my list for days like today when the winter weather has not quite dipped down to “I need an Imperial Stout” levels.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Pints

River Horse Belgian Freeze

A local favorite, River Horse Brewing Companybelgianfreeze has grown into one of New Jersey’s premier craft breweries. I have had the pleasure of visiting this brewery on multiple occasions, and though I do miss the old location in the charming town of Lambertville, the new production facility allows for a better overall brewery visit. Not to mention all of the additional beer they can make!

ABV: 8.0 %

Pour: Amber/Mahogany, slightly cloudy.

Head: Thick Ivory/Cream color.

Nose: Very sweet, with a mix of fruit and caramel notes. Apple. Maybe candy apple?

Palate: Malty with prominent notes of caramel, cookie dough. Lots of rich flavors here.

Finish: Hop notes come through here, with a slight bitterness, but well balanced with more rich, malty flavors. Milk duds, toast, a hint of cough syrup.

Overall: A very nice pour. I remember liking this even more when I had it at the brewery, but this one gets a solid rating from me.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints