CLEVELAND, Ohio — Our July beer column focuses on moderate-alcohol beverages that are perfect for warm weather.
The eight beers come from seven states and range from about 5% to 6%. All should be available on store shelves in northeast Ohio. Cheers!
Brink Brewing Co.Cincinnati, Pilsner, 5.4%
Amazingly balanced with sweet hints of vanilla and glistening chocolate in every sip. Hops emerge slowly but do not overwhelm. Very creamy, delicious. Excellent example of the style of a Czech Pilsner. The renowned brewery, which is only five years old, won top honors at the Great American Beer Festival.
Tart ‘n Juicy Sour IPA
Epic Brewing Co., Denver, Colorado; Sour India Pale Ale, 5.1%
If you like sours and IPAs, you’ll like this one because that’s exactly what you get: a sour flavor followed by a hint of hops. The tangerine also comes out cleanly in this beer.
Brooklyn Brewing Co., Utica, New York; Hazy India Pale Ale, 6.5%
Foggy, but not extravagant. No spicy burn on the finish. Citrus is there without resin/pine qualities. Tasty, but hard to put your finger on the specific fruits. Worth trying to figure this out…
Old Nation Brewing Co., Williamston, Michigan; Belgian Style Wheat Ale, 5.5%
Brewed with orange zest and coriander, this beer has the classic banana flavor and the spice kicks in. Not detecting a lot of orange peel or marrow flavors. True to style, of course, and delicious.
The Floridian duo have created an intriguing beer that almost tastes like a Belgian-style Pilsner. It’s a different version of a Pilsner, it’s not overly hoppy and has a very light finish. The bright yellow drunken happy face stands out against the shelves.
Juice Bigalow Hops Gigolo
Rochester Mills Beer Co., Auburn Hills, Michigan; New England-style India Pale Ale, 6%
Extremely pithy. Not overflowing with fruit, but definitely zesty. So if you like, say, the flavors that come from the inner wall of a fruit, try this. Fluffy heads, rejoice.
Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, Alaska; India Pale Ale, 6%
A little thin. The brewery has had several solid beers on the market, but after generic hopping this offers no big fruit and no pine. Next time I will come back to their other offers.
Heretic Brewing Co., Fairfield, Calif.; New England-style India Pale Ale with tangerine, 6.6%
The tangerine is crisp and frank – first on the aroma, then on the palate. A bit of creaminess rounds it out, with some marrow on the finish and a bit of dryness. Do you like tangerine and hops? This one is for you. Delicious.
Favorites of the month: Brink’s Drew Pilsner.
Our opinions: Most of the beers we buy come from retail stores and stores in Northeast Ohio. We chose Lizardville over Copley, plus Heinen’s, Red, Wine & Brew; Acme, Giant Eagle, Mustard Seed Market, Whole Foods and others.
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Beer Monthly Reviews 2022
For January, we tried 6 beers from breweries in 6 states
Warm Up With These February Beers: 8 Glasses For Cold Nights
For March, we sipped 7 beers from Ohio to Texas to Colorado and beyond
For April, we’re trying 8 very different beers from New York to Ohio and beyond
Beer of the Month for May: 11 Great Beers from Canada to Ohio and Beyond
Beers for June: As the weather gets warmer, we’re trying low-alcohol radlers, German lagers, and more.
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