Category Archives: My Reviews

Rising Tide Maine Island Trail Ale

Maine Island Trail Ale

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was one of the few lucky enough to have yesterday (Patriot’s Day) off from work. It was a productive day, filled with house cleaning and running errands. I also picked up and played a couple of new-to-me video games. I haven’t play a video game in at least 6 months. I grabbed used copies of Dragon’s Dogma and Far Cry 3. These are both open-world games, which is my favorite style of game. Lord knows I’ll never find time to play them, especially with the house move imminent, but whatevs.

Tonight I have a church commitment, but before headed out I’m trying out a tallboy can of Rising Tide Maine Island Trail Ale.

For the record, I have enjoyed Rising Tide beers in the past. In fact, Zephyr is an AMAZEBALLS beer that I often recommend to people.

With that off my chest I have to tell you how much I dislike this Island Trail Ale. Marketed as a “crisp and hoppy American session ale”, the beer is technically an American pale ale. I picked it because I needed a nice session beer I could drink before headed off to my church-related event tonight. That’s the beauty of session beer, is it not? Well, low ABV is about all this beer has going for it. At first sip all I get is a soapy flavor. If I search hard, I can detect some pine flavor also. For the most part, it’s a watered down can of soap. And for the record, having been canned less than 3 weeks ago, no one can claim it’s not fresh. Bleck! This one is going down the drain.

As promised, I’m giving away Freakers with each post until I run out. Today you have another shot at one of the remaining drink insulators. The first person to comment below wins!

-Lost

Ipswich Route 101

Ipswich Route 101

What a week. I am completely and utterly spent, physically and mentally. Besides a slam-packed day of meetings, of worthy note today, I used my 14 minutes of my only free time to shop around for moving companies. I think I found a killer deal from a reputable and very local company. I’m ready for a nice long weekend; I have Monday off from work.

As soon as I got home I tore off my stuffy work clothes, and hopped into my comfiest pair of jeans and threw on my bad-ass-skull-smoking-a-cigar Poison (band) t-shirt. We’re about to spend the evening out with friends Ben and Nicole, however I wanted to sneak another beer review in.

Ipswich Route 101 is in my glass. I wanted to take it easy and this was the only [relatively] low ABV [6%] beer in the fridge. Honestly, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of a west coast IPA this afternoon. Personally, “West coast” might as well read “stupidly over hopped” to me. HOWEVER, I’m quite pleased with the Route 101. Oh, don’t get me wrong, it’s hoppy as hell. It packs a fruity/citrus punch and is backed up by a SOLID malt backbone. Well balance. Enjoyable!

As promised, I’m giving away Freakers with each post until I run out. Today you have another shot at one of the remaining drink insulators. The first person to comment below wins!

-Lost