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26. Donnybrook Stout
Victory Brewing Company, Downington, PA
Irish style Stout / 3.7%ABV
From the web site: "The most refreshing dark beer you could ever imagine this side of Dublin! Low alcohol and roasted barley keep it clean and flavorful. The subtle earthiness of European hops harmonize with the roasted barley to offer a whiff of peat. Served with the classic nitrogen pour, Donnybrook delivers an impressive head and silken body of a classic stout."
It didn't completely wow me, but it was fine.

27. Left Hand Sawtooth
Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont, CO
American ESB / 5.3% ABV
From the web site: "It's all you'll ever need. Sessionable. Unpretentious. Our original flagship. Proof that a beer can be both complex and balanced. Malty chewiness slowly transitioning over to herbal, earthy hops with a dry finish. Brewed to be enjoyed with friends and to stimulate serendipity."

28. Westons Stowford English Export Cider
Westons, Much Marcle, UK
From the web site: "This premium Export Cider has been produced using the finest cider apples, slowly matured in old oak vats and then cold filtered to retain its authentic traditional taste. This stylish meal accompaniment is crisp and clean, refreshing and full bodied."
The cider was pretty good, but even better is the entire operation, which in case you missed it, is in a town called Much Marcle. They have shire horses and a visitor's center called Scrumpy House! I am certain all their employees are hobbits.

29. Ballast Point Calico Amber
Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA
American Amber / 5.0%
From the web site: "Inspired by traditional English ESBs, our Calico Amber Ale is as American as it could be. A rich complexity comes from four types of malt—but it’s those distinct American hops that offer a crisp bitterness and unique floral aroma. To round out our traditional-English-yet-very-American Amber Ale, we use a proprietary yeast to develop a fruity, Madeira-like richness."
This was nice, I don't have much more to say about it.

30. Harpoon Summer
Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA
Kolsch / 5.5% ABV
From the web site: "Harpoon Summer Beer is a beer brewed to be enjoyed with summertime activities. It is light, refreshing, and crisp."
I think I liked it?

31. Headwaters Pale Ale
Victory Brewing Company, Downington, PA
American Pale Ale / 5.1%
From the web site: "This firmly crisp and aromatically arousing pale ale integrates a softly supportive malt base with underlies streams of herbal hop complexity."
I have no recollection of this AT ALL. The description sounds sultry, though.

32. Anchor Summer
Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, CA
American Pale Wheat Ale / 4.6%
From the web site: "Anchor Summer is an all-malt beer, and over 50% of its malt comes from malted wheat. It is fermented with a Triticum aestivum, AKA wheat traditional top-fermenting "ale" yeast because we prefer the clean flavors developed by this yeast. We believe that this style best celebrates the refreshingly light flavor of malted wheat. You may notice that the head on this beer is unusually abundant, with a consistency similar to whipped egg whites. This is due to protein contributed by the wheat. The brewers at Anchor are proud to have revived not only rich hearty dark beers, but also this light crisp style of a modern American wheat beer."
This was fine.

33. Narragansett Bock
Narragansett Brewing Company, Providence, RI
Bock / 6.5% ABV
From the web site: "Gansett Bock is a deeply flavorful beer with a rich golden color and a full body. It is drier, hoppier, and slightly more bitter than a traditional bock, but still with a relatively low hop flavor. It offers an extremely approachable craft experience not to be confused with the double and triple bocks out on the market. The beer pours well, producing a large creamy, persistent white head, and moderate carbonation. Despite its full body, the flavor is not overly malty and delivers an elegant spicy character from the hops that produces a balanced, smooth finish."
Now this I liked.

34. Rogue Dad's Little Helper
Rogue, Newport, OR
American Black Ale / 7.0% ABV
From the web site: "Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA is deep mahogany in color with roasted malt and hop aromas and dense creamy head. It enters the palate with intense hop flavor and coats the tongue with a rich maltiness from the Rogue Farms Risk Malt."
This was great, I must have been having a banner day at Amity.

35. Davidson Dacker
Davidson Brothers, Glens Falls, NY
Scottish style Ale / 6.2% ABV
From the web site: "Dacker Ale is malty and full-bodied. Perception of hop bitterness is very low. Hop flavor and aroma are also very low. The clean alcohol flavor balances the rich and dominant sweet maltiness in flavor and aroma. A very drinkable ale with no bitter aftertaste."
Weird. It has a weird, almost oily taste that at first struck me as very off-putting, but pretty soon into it I decided I liked the oily taste. In a weird way.

36. Ommegang BPA
Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY
Belgian style Pale Ale / 6.2% ABV
From the web site: "Ommegang BPA is our interpretation of a true Belgian-style Pale Ale. Taking inspiration from both sides of the Atlantic, we feel we've brewed up something completely unique. BPA is brewed with 5 specialty malts and generously- though not excessively -hopped with three hops: Columbus for bittering, three additions of Celeia for aroma, then dry-hopped with Cascade. BPA is primary fermented and bottle-conditioned using our signature house yeast. Copper-golden in color with entrancing effervescence, BPA forms a substantial, fluffy white head, giving off aromas of tropical fruit and citrus. Noticeable herbal notes and bitterness from the hops never overpower the balanced malt backbone and allow the estery qualities of our yeast to shine through. We feel the result is quite remarkable. Giving a nod to the fine Pale Ales brewed in America today, though never forgetting its classic Belgian roots, BPA is exceedingly refreshing and well-balanced."
I didn't love it, but there wasn't anything wrong with it, either.

37. Brooklyn Summer
Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
English style Pale Ale / 5.0%
From the web site: "We brew our Brooklyn Summer Ale from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh, bready flavor. German and American hops lend a light, crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma, resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition."
Well, it's not my favorite Brooklyn, but it was decent.

38. Avery Karma
Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, CO
Belgian style Pale Ale / 5.2% ABV
From the web site; "We believe in Karma. We suspect most of you do, too. It truly is a global concept. Very simply put, "you get what you give." Inspired by this principle and the wonderful farmhouse and pale ales of Belgium, we've created Karma Ale, a decidedly fruity and estery ale, intricate in body and nose, all driven by a unique Belgian yeast strain."
I think I liked this well enough. Man, I am lame at reviewing beer. But, I will add that the point of this exercise is to drink 101 beers, not to write insightfully on 101 beers.

39. Brooklyn Brewmaster Concoction
Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
Spiced Beer / 7.6% ABV
From the web site: "Based off a delightful Scotch-based cocktail called The Penicillin and combining peat smoked malt, minced ginger, lemon juice and wildflower honey, this brand new Concoction is just what the doctor ordered."
Oh, this was SO GOOD. Which is odd, because I'm usually not that into all the flavoring crammed in there, but in this case, the combination was exactly something I liked.

40. Ithaca Apricot Wheat
Ithaca Beer Company, Elmira, NY
Fruit Beer / 4.9% ABV
From the web site: "Our easy-drinking wheat beer is light in color and body…perfect for those looking for a lighter taste. The combination of wheat and barley gives Apricot Wheat a different malt character than our other ales. The hint of apricot gives this beer a pleasant nose and fruity finish."
Meh, too fruity.

41. Narragansett Summer
Narragansett Beer, Providence, RI
American blonde ale / 4.2% ABV
From the web site: "Narragansett Summer is a light session ale made with two row pale malt and citra hops. The citra hops are a very popular, newer variety that deliver aromas of citrus and passion fruit without overpowering the taste buds. The beer is blonde in color and the mild kiss of the hops complement the pale malt perfectly, making it extremely drinkable."
Very pleasant.

42. Sierra Nevada Torpedo
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA
American IPA / 7.2% ABV
From the web site: "Sierra Nevada Torpedo is a big American IPA; bold, assertive, and full of flavor highlighting the complex citrus, pine, and herbal character of whole-cone American hops."
I think I liked this well enough, but there was some sort of mishegas going on at Amity on the night I had this with dinner so I wasn't that focused.

43. Point Nude Beach Wheat
Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI
American Pale Wheat Ale / 5% ABV
From the web site: "Point Nude Beach is the perfect summer pleasure. Available only during the warm months of summer, this lively and unfiltered wheat ale is well balanced using “au naturel” raw and red wheat, then delicately finished with Yakima hops. With a refreshing light flavor, Point Nude Beach is perfect while enjoying summer activities or just hanging out with friends."
This was not bad, although it was so citrusy that I might as well have been drinking a shandy. At the same time, I could totally picture sitting around on a deck and drinking this ALL DAY, which is not a bad thing in a beer.

44. Radeberger Pilsner
Radeberger, Radeberg, Germany
German pilsner / 4.8% ABV
From the web site: "Radeberger Pilsner has been brewed by the Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei since its founding in 1872. The quality of this pale lager was so outstanding that the Royal Court of Saxony and Prince Otto von Bismarck appointed the brewery as purveyor to their courts. From that time, Radeberger Pilsner embarked on a triumphant course throughout Germany and continues to rank among the top ten premium beers in Germany today."
The problem with sometimes waiting a few days to transcribe my notes from a bar-nap to this journal is that I'm not always clear on what I was thinking about at the time. I think this was fine.

45. Seadog Apricot
Seadog Brewing Co., South Portland, ME
Fruit beer / 4.6% ABV
From the web site: "Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer is a crisp and quenching wheat ale with a subtle essence of fresh apricots."
Okay, given that I don't like beer that tastes like fruit, I wasn't wild about this, but felt that if you are the kind of person who likes beer that tastes like fruit, this would be a good one.

46. Sam Adams Summer Ale
Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA
American Pale Wheat Ale / 5.3% ABV
From the web site: "Bright and citrusy, brewed with Grains of Paradise.
Samuel Adams® Summer Ale is an American wheat ale. This summer seasonal uses malted wheat, lemon peel and Grains of Paradise, a rare pepper from Africa first used as a brewing spice in the 13th century, to create a crisp taste, spicy flavor and medium body. The ale fermentation imparts a background tropical fruit note reminiscent of mangos and peaches. All of these flavors come together to create a thirst quenching, clean finishing beer perfect for those warm summer days."

I am now at the point where all these summer ales are one big blur, and don't mean that in the good bar way.

47. Southern Tier Hop Sun
Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, NY
American Pale Wheat Ale / 5.1% ABV
From the web site: "Pour Hop Sun Summer Wheat Beer into a pint glass, give it a long whiff and you’ll realize that this isn’t your average wheatbeer. Filtered to a golden clarity and dry-hopped to perfection, Hop Sun is a fantastic session ale in which flavors of wheat, barley and hops commingle to a refreshing and zesty conclusion. Hints of lemon and sweet malts waft to the fore as a touch of bitterness contributes to Hop Sun’s bright finish. Enjoy Hop Sun all summer long as a perfect balance to your outdoor recreation. Summer never tasted so good."
I don't know, I'm not wild about this, I feel like there's too much going on. But I didn't dislike it, exactly.

48. Full Sail Ltd
Full Sail Brewery, Hood River, OR
American Amber / 5.6% ABV
From the web site: "Our Amber is a sweet, malty, medium-bodied ale with a spicy, floral hop finish. It’s brewed with 2-row Pale, Crystal and Chocolate malts. And we hop it with Mt. Hoods and Cascades."
This was great, and not to detract from the beer, but I am compelled to mention that I was informed on their web site that "Ltd" also means "Live The Dream" at the Full Sail Brewery. THIS IS WHY I DRINK SCOTCH, because let me tell you, no one who makes scotch is dicking around with Living The Dream.

49. Summer Love
Victory Brewing Company, Downington, PA
American Blonde Ale / 5.2% ABV
From the web site: "With the sublime, earthy familiarity of noble, American and German hops backed up by fresh and clean German malts, Summer Love Ale ends with a surprising burst of lemony refreshment from fistfuls of American whole flower hops. Love Summer, now."
Mild, pleasant, but again, it's the end of August and I think I'm all set on the summer beers.

50. Geary's Summer Ale
D.L. Geary Brewing Company, Portland, ME
Kolsch / 6.2% ABV
From the web site: "The style of our summer ale is traditionally European, similar to a German kolsch: full bodied with a spicy hop tang and a rich, crystal clear golden color."
But yet another one, because that's what's on tap. This is probably the strongest-tasting of hops that I've had in a summer beer, and it was good.
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