Maplewood Brewing Co. Charlatan American Pale Ale

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Beer type: American Pale Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.1%
Brewed By: Maplewood Brewing Company
IBU: 35

Maplewood Brewing Company is back on the beer blog for round 2. This time, they brought their award-winning Charlatan American Pale Ale. I now see why it won the Great American Beer Festival Pale Ale contest in 2016.

When you smell this beer, you get a sweet, citrus aroma like many good pale ales. When you take a drink, the citrus taste comes out right away, then it transitions into the bitterness of a pale ale. It’s a good beer, and it’s available all around Chicago.

Maplewood has a lounge where you can go and grab a few drinks and have a good time. It’s 2717 N Maplewood Ave in Chicago, hence the name. Maplewood also is a distillery, making spirits like whiskey and gin.

Switchback Ale

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Beer Type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.0%
Brewed By: Switchback Brewing Company
IBU: 28

Hey everyone, sorry it’s been a while since my last post. Don’t worry, I’ve still been drinking beers, just haven’t recorded them due to reasons like travel, drinking cheap beer, or drinking ones I’ve already written about.

This post is all about Switchback Ale. Switchback Brewing Company is based out of beautiful Burlington, Vermont. Their Ale is one of their fan favorites and every time in the Green Mountain State I have to get my hands on one of their bottles.

Their Ale has a hazy, red/amber color with a semi-sweet smell to it. It’s easily drinkable and it’s a great beer to have if you’re looking to relax after a long day. Switchback Brewing Co. says, “Five different malts, select hop varieties, and our own specially cultivated yeast create an ale which leads with hop flavors and a subtle impression of fruit (our yeast’s contribution), followed by a palate pleasing malty finish.”. All in all, it’s a great beer that you should try out when in the Northeast.

Lagunitas CitruSinesis Pale Ale

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Beer type: Pale Ale
Alcohol Level: 7.7%
Brewed By: Lagunitas Brewing Company
IBU: 49

The CitruSinesis is one of their limited releases that has a lot of flavors packed in. It has a citrus type aroma with a hazy gold color to it. When you initially taste it, you’ll experience hints of orange and citrus. They took juice from blood oranges and added it to one of their past pale ales to get this wonderful beer. Right in time for the 90+ weekend in Chicago, I got to enjoy this while trying to cool off from the heat. I’d recommend this beer to any person who likes a fruity type of beer or anything refreshing during the summer. Make sure to grab a six-pack or two before they’re gone.

Lagunitas is based out of Petaluma, CA and Chicago, IL. They have great branding, a good variety of beers and they’re known for their IPA, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, and others. They’ve been around for a while and they always come out with new beer releases, so be on the lookout for the next!

Begyle Brewing Begyle Blonde

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Beer type: American Blonde Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.4%
Brewed By: Beygle Brewing Co.

Another Chicago brewery, another great beer. I’m starting to sense a trend here…Anyways, on to the beer!

This is an American Blonde Ale that has hints of honey to it in the taste and smell. Besides the honey, you can get an aroma of wheat and citrus. It has a hazy dark yellow color and it finishes well in your mouth. The aftertaste isn’t bitter nor sweet. This is a very drinkable beer that’s one of their best sellers.

Beygle Brewing says that this beer is, “Clean and balanced, with subtle fruity notes int he fermentation profile and a dry finish.” They’re located near Wrigley Field in Chicago on Cuyler.

Off Color Brewing Apex Predator

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Beer type: Farmhouse Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.5%
Brewed By: Off Color Brewing
IBU: 35

I wrote this one while wearing an Off Color Brewing shirt. What can I say? They have great merch.

On to the beer! The Apex Predator is one of Off Color’s best and most popular beers. It has a citrus aroma to it and a golden color. When it hits your lips, a mix of citrus sweetness and bitterness mixes to create an excellent taste. The aftertaste leaves you wanting another sip right after. Overall, it’s a great selling beer and if you try this one, you’ll know why.

Off Color Brewing is a cool craft brewery out of Chicago, IL. They’re one of my favorites because they make amazing beer, have cool, hand-drawn labels, and brew a little different than some of the other guys. They have a taproom in Chicago that I’m dying to go to.

Cheers

Goose Island Fulton St. Blend Coffee Ale

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Beer type: Golden Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.5%
Brewed By: Goose Island Beer Co.
IBU: 30

If you like coffee for the taste and are looking for a unique flavor of beer to try, Goose Island made this one for you. Right away, you smell the coffee blend in the beer and it transitions to a coffee aftertaste. Besides that, there’s a transition from coffee to a sweeter smell right before you drink it. The beer is a lighter caramel/golden ale color. For being a beer with coffee in it, it’s actually a lighter type of beer.

Goose Island says this beer is, “a golden ale infused with rich coffee flavor and aroma.” Until I checked their site, I didn’t know that Goose Island used Intelligentsia coffee beans for this beer. Another reason to like this beer if you’re a Chicagoan. To summarize this beer review, if you like a lighter style of beer and you like Intelligentsia, you have to give this local beer a try.

 

Flying Fish Brewery Exit 10 Trail Mix Brown Ale

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Not me, my boss actually. 

Beer type: Brown Ale
Alcohol Level: 7.5%
Brewed By: Flying Fish Brewery
IBU: 16

Shout out to Kyle for modeling this beer while he drank it. Yeah….we did crack this one open in the office. Shout out to the startup life.

Anyways, when I first saw the label on this I was skeptical, we all were actually. But, when I thought more about it, I was pretty excited to try it. My expectations were pleased as I tried this nutty, brown ale. This beer has an exceptional flavor to it. You immediately taste the chocolate, caramel, and sweeter side to it. It has a robust, semi-sweet smell to it. Don’t let the dark color push you away, this is a great beer.

Flying Fish Brewery says it’s a “Smooth and tasty brown ale features notes of toasted malt, caramel, dried fruit and chocolate.” On their site, it says this beer is retired so if that’s true, I’ll be a little upset.

I’d recommend this to anyone looking to try some more flavorful beers…if you can get your hands on one.