Happy New Year. Sorry I have not posted many beer reviews. I do not know how Lost keeps the pace or reviews up! Thankfully Lost still lets me contribute when I can. Tonight’s beer is Gerry Dog Stout from Big Elm Brewing which I am enjoying in my new CraftGeer pint glass. I had not heard of Big Elm Brewing until a fortuitous first visit to the Craft Beer Cellar in Newton MA.
The Gerry Dog Stout comes in an attractive white can detailed with purple and black. The stout pours a dark that no light passes through. On this pour I got a 1 finger thick coffee ice cream colored head. The head dissipates pretty quickly leaving only an off white ring where the beer touches the glass. On the nose I get mostly roasted maltiness with a hint of liquorish and dark fruit (plum). On the first sip I taste malt, toffee, and a little more dark fruit with a hint of chocolate that is balanced by subtle hops. I also get some dryness that leaves me wanting more. The beer is on the thinner side with a short finish and not overly complex but it is very drinkable. The Gerry Dog Stout clocks in at 6.5% abv and works great for a cold night like tonight in Massaschusetts.
I hope everyone had a great weekend celebrating the 4th of July. I had a couple of extra days off so I took the time to write up a review for Lost. Today’s brew is Green Head IPA from Newburyport Brewing Co. Located on the North Shore of Massachusetts, Newburyport Brewing Company is a small can only brewery. My coworker gave me this six pack since Newburyport’s area of distribution is still pretty small.
The Green Head pours with a crazy large white head that hung around for a good 5 minutes. I will have to be more careful when I pour the next one. Lots of hops on the nose and I get a hint of what I think is mango. The color is a hazy dark orange and the head leaves a heavy lacing on the glass. The first sip is very smooth with bitterness all the way through. I get a little bit of orange flavor and more maltiness near the end. The Green Head has a very soft mouth feel and a long finish. This is a great example of a West Coast style IPA. I am really enjoying this beer and at 7.2% abv, the alcohol is well hidden. Fun fact: a guitar pick is included with every six pack of Newburyport’s beer. If the Green Head is typical of the rest of Newburyport’s beers then I am going to have to seek them out.