Category Archives: Style: American Strong Ale

Pretty Things Grampus Hoppy Golden Double Mash

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Today I spent the day hocking lady’s accessories at Worcester Veg Fest. I was, of course, helping to man the Ecolissa table. It was a good day and we met a ton of people and made a lot of sales. We also stuffed ourselves stupid with vegan food as far as the eye could see. I had a chocolate-covered chocolate doughnut for breakfast, a plate of nachos for brunch and a tex-mex burger with potato salad for a mid-afternoon snack. Let’s just say, I didn’t feel so hot about eating all that and I ended up running 3 miles after we got home.

The run made me feel great, but of course it made me hungry. So what did I decide to do? Go grocery shopping. I’m wicked smaht. Grocery shopping resulted in buying the fixings for a vegan cheese platter (pictured above). The cheese came from Treeline Cheese. The plate was SOOOO good.

I wanted to pair the plate with a saison, as I thought a nice peppery/spicy beer would go well with the cheese. The only thing I had on hand close to this genre, was this Pretty Things Grampus Hoppy Golden Double Mash…a 10.5% ABV American Strong Ale. Close enough.

I have to admit, pinning this beer’s flavors down is proving to be difficult for me this evening. It’s got a super sweet backbone, which reminds me of honey. On the tail-end you got whacked with some hops, although I still think it stays on the sweet side of the dial overall. I’m not in love with it, but I don’t dislike it. On a final note, it’s got a KILLER head that survived about 30 minutes in the glass!

-Lost

Pretty Things Grampus Hoppy Golden Double Mash

Maine Beer Lil One

Maine Beer Lil One

Yo, yo yo! What’s shak’n LIBA nation? I just got through with an incredibly busy, but very rewarding week of work. The days and weeks and even months are flying by. I can’t believe I’ve been at my new company for almost four months! We have a relatively low-key weekend planned and I’m fired up to get things kicked off.

I’m starting the weekend with a bottle of Maine Beer Lil One. This 9.1% ABV brew is a American Strong Ale and is Maine Beer Company’s winter seasonal. First thing’s first, I have to give a standing ovation (picture me standing in my own living room, giving a rousing applause) to the gents at Maine Beer for the freshness info on the label. In case you missed it, I have been quite vocal on this topic since 2012. ALL BREWERIES SHOULD BE DOING THIS. I’ll get off my soapbox now.

Back to the beer, caramel malts mix with ample earthy and piney hops to give it a strong aroma and flavor. It reminds me of a decently balanced imperial IPA. The alcohol content doesn’t appear obvious on the palette. That is, it doesn’t taste boozy, nor overly sweet. It’s not my favorite beer from the brewery (Lunch and Mo are tied for that honor), but it’s also not a bad beer.

Have a great weekend. Cheers! Huzzah!

-Lost

Maine Beer Lil One