Tag Archives: Massachusetts

Chocolate Sombrero (Clown Shoes)

Clown Shoes, out of Ipswich, Massachusetts, has a reputation that precedes them. Some of this is because of the quality of the beer, some of it is due to the “conversations” that erupted on Beer Advocate due to their beer names. Either way, I was glad their beer was finally available on the West Coast so that I can judge it for myself.

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CHOCOLATE SOMBRERO is an Imperial Stout with a 9% ABV.

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Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale (Boston Beer Co.)

Even though they haven’t all been hits, I’ve enjoyed what Samuel Adams (aka The Boston Beer Company) has been doing with their new line of Limited Release beers. As you would expect, they jumped on the autumn seasonal band wagon. And even less shockingly, they brewed a Pumpkin Ale.

FAT JACK DOUBLE PUMPKIN ALE is a Pumpkin Ale (duh) with an 8.5% ABV.

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Jack D’or (Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project)

Beer purchasing is one of the few aspects of my life where I will judge a book by its cover. There’s nothing like a nice label or screen printed bottle to make a beer stand out from the crowd and grab my attention as I walk down a beer aisle. Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project out of Brookline, Massachusetts have some of the best labels in the game. Each beer has a very beautiful, and also very unique, label. They don’t always tell you something about the beer itself, but they all tell a story. JACK D’OR was the first Pretty Things beer I came across, so it was the first one I purchased.

Jack D’or is farmhouse ale, or “Saison Americain” as they call it with 57 IBUs and a 6.5% ABV. The bottle I got was bottled in February 2011 and was part of batch 22.

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Old Ben Ale (Samuel Adams)

Old Ben Ale is the third and final beer in the Longshot Homebrew Contest winner’s six pack.  This Old Ale clocks in with a seasoned 9% ABV.

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Mile High Barley Wine (Samuel Adams)

Mile High Barley Wine is another one of the Longshot Homebrew Contest winners.  This big beer has an impressive 9.8% ABV.

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Lemon Pepper Saison (Samuel Adams)

Lemon Pepper Saison is part of the Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest.  This saison from employee Homebrew winner Jeremy White clocks in at 6.4% ABV.

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Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier (Boston Beer Co.)

Part of the Brewmaster’s Collection, the Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier is a “Wheat beer brewed with blackberries and spices and natural flavor added”. It weighs in at 5.5% ABV.

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