All posts by Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

Mystic Melissa

Mystic Melissa

HI EVERYBODY! Remember me? Long time no blog, eh? Life has been bonkers lately. Long work hours and busy action-packed evening and weekends. Add in an ample helping of laziness on my part, and here we are. I’d like to say there’s a lot new in the last three weeks, but there frankly isn’t all that much. The biggest news is that my wife got a full time job and we are in the process of finding a new place to live (locally).

My company on this lazy Sunday afternoon is Mystic Melissa, a beer brewed in the rare style of Scottish gruit. It is brewed with “a botanical blend of lemon balm, juniper berries and lavender flower”. I only bought this beer because my wife (Melissa) picked up the bottle and asked me why I wasn’t buying it. Flowery/herbal beers are not normally my thing. The Mystic Melissa isn’t too bad though. It’s most definitely flowery, balanced out with lemon flavors, which I find to be the stronger element at play. I made my Melissa try Melissa and she said “definitely smells like beer” and after trying it “it’s not bad”. Although I’ll manage to get through the bomber, 12 ounces would have been more than enough for me.


Captain Lawrence Freshchester and Captain Lawrence Seeking Alpha

Captain Lawrence Freshchester

Another snow storm is behind us. This time, our town was not directly in the crosshairs like the last couple of storms. Instead, we only ended up with 12ish inches of snow. It’s quite sad that 12 inches isn’t much to write home about. Stupid winter…

Tonight, I continue to play catch-up on old beer reviews, focusing on Captain Lawrence Freshchester and Captain Lawrence Seeking Alpha. I drank both of these 2-3 weeks ago with friends Ben & Nicole. First up, the Freshchester. This American pale ale is quite hoppy for the style. I found it piney and floral, with a medium body. I thought it was decent. My only other notes indicate that Ben said that it wasn’t his favorite beer from Captain Lawrence.

Captain Lawrence Seeking Alpha

Next up, the Seek Alpha. This beer is labeled a “triple IPA”, although since this isn’t an official style, it’s categorized as an imperial (double) IPA. From the flavor, I thought that this beer may have been slightly [mis] aged. It smelled and tasted like dark fruit, primarily raisin. It came across slightly boozy too. From my experience, it seems like high-ABV hoppy beers can sometimes turn more barleywine like when they sit around too long. Please keep in mind that this was my first time trying this beer, so I have no frame of reference. Not the best showing on this beer.