1. Tonight's review is of Kelsen Brewing Company Paradigm Brown Ale. Kelsen Brewing Company is located in Derry New Hampshire. Kelsen Brewing Company has a tap room at the brewery that is open from Thursday to Sunday, check out the brewery website for times. Paradigm Brown Ale is an American Brown Ale Style of beer and is 7.0% ABV. Paradigm Brown Ale is available year round. I love this beer label it looks like the guy on the label should be in a medieval movie. All of Kelsen beer labels have the same theme to them.

    Kelesen Paradigm Brown Ale pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that never really dissipated and left a nice amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is toasty, chocolate, coffee, malts and fruit. Taste is full of chocolate, toasty coffee and citrus hops. I really liked Paradigm and it was one of the best brown ales that I have had in awhile. If you like Brown Ales then you will like Paradigm.  


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  2. It's been awhile since I posted a review I thought this would be a good beer to write a review on as my newest review. GIGANTIC BREWING COMPANY is located in Portland Oregon. GIGANTIC BREWING has a tap room that is open daily check out the brewery website for more details. Ginormous Imperial IPA is an American Double IPA/Imperial IPA style of beer. Ginormous Imperial IPA is 8.8% ABV and is 100 plus IBU. The beer label is great for this beer, the beer label was designed by Rob Reger. You can find Ginormous Imperial IPA in about 5-7 states I found this bottle in Massachusetts.

    GINORMOUS IMPERIAL IPA pours a hazy amber color with a off white thin head that dissipated quickly. The head left a nice amount of lacing on the side of the glass. GINORMOUS has a nice grapefruit hoppy aroma. Other aroma that I got was of a little hay, fruit and citrus. Taste is hoppy, caramel, tropical fruits and citrus. This is a good beer I really liked it. I would get and drink this beer again.

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  3. In a couple of days, the Nation's birthday will be here. July 4th is a time when everyone stops what they are doing for the day to spend time with family and friends, eat some great food, and go to the beach, the lake or the pool. One essential part of most everyone's July 4th celebration (besides the fireworks) is some great beer. At Journey to the Beer Store we wanted to help you make that hard decision on what beer to bring to that next July 4th party. Let’s face it, you shouldn't show up empty handed to the party!

    Slumbrew Flagraiser IPA (Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew), Somerville, MA)

    The name says it all with this brew. What a better way to spend the 4th of July with a beer named Flagraiser IPA. Even the logo on the the beer screams July 4th.  It is a picture of a city scape with red and white stripes and the blue and white stars kind of symbolizing the American Flag on the bottle. This is a great way to celebrate the Nations birthday by drinking a beer that has the US flag in the name and it is a great tasting beer.

    Navigation Brewing Co. Pale Ale (Navigation Brewing Co. Lowell, MA)

    I love this beer and the logo of Navigation Brewing Company says it all. When I see the logo I feel like I should be on a boat. Navigation Brewing Pale Ale is 5.9% ABV so you can have more than one 22oz bottle at your July 4th cookout and not have to worry that you are going to become too out of it.

    All Day IPA (Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids, MI)

    The name All Day IPA does not lie, at 4.7% ABV you can almost drink this beer all day long
    . It is like drinking a nice flavor light beer from one of the bigger brewers. I really love the logo of All Day IPA which shows a car and a canoe out in the woods. Like many of you it reminds me of going on a road trip with the family in the summer or going to the lake house.

    Liberty Ale (Anchor Brewing Company San Francisco, CA)

    What can I say about this beer if Liberty Ale doesn’t scream America and July 4th to you I don’t know what to say. The logo for Liberty Ale looks like it came off of a logo of a Navy Ship. If you have Anchor Steam in your state you should be able to find this beer at your local store.

    Summertime Citra Ale (Narragansett Brewing Co. RI)

    Summertime Citra Ale reminds me of the beach and summer. Summertime Citra ale is only 4.20% ABV so you can bring it to the beach or your cookout and drink more than one and won’t be concerned that you will fall asleep before you eat your hamburger or hotdog.

    Melanoidin (New Image Brewing Arvada, CO)

    Melanoidin is a spiced imperial Stout and is 10.5% ABV. This is the one beer from this list that you want to take your time with. Better yet drink after you have eaten your meal and your patriotic sponge cake. It is a real good beer to end your day with.

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  4. At Journey To The Beer Store we are excited that one of our favorite craft brewers New Belgium Brewing Company has made its way to New England even though it is southern New England. Recently New Belgium Brewing made an announcement that it will be in the Rhode Island and Connecticut markets starting this month. I have been wanting New Belgium to come to the New England area since I first sampled it 7 plus ago on one of my first trips to Colorado. My next wish is that it makes it into the Massachusetts market.


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  5. Recently I went on vacation with my family to visit my cousin in-laws in Colorado.  I was excited to travel to Colorado since I haven’t been to Colorado to visit family for 4 years. I was also excited to visit some breweries on our visit. On other visits to Colorado we visited Coors Brewing, Avery, and Oskar Blues brew pub. On this recent trip I was hoping to visit at least 2-3 breweries while we were visiting family. I would blow that number out of the water by three times that.

    During our first few hours in Colorado our cousin Sandy asked if I wanted to visit a brewery or two in Golden which is just a short drive from their home.  I was obviously very excited that I was going to be visiting a brewery or two within my first couple of hours on our vacation. In Golden my wife April and Sandy took the kids on a walk and to get some ice cream and I was able to break off few a quick visits to two breweries. The first brewery I visited was Mountain Toad Brewing. I was excited to visit Mountain Toad Brewing since I found them on Facebook several weeks before we traveled to Colorado.  When I arrived at Mountain Toad Brewing the Tap Room was already pretty busy.  I was able to find a seat at the bar and order a beer. I don’t remember what beer I ordered as I didn’t write it down and it has been several weeks since I was at the brewery. I do know that the tap room staff was very friendly and allowed me to sample a few beers before I picked my beer.  All the beers that I sampled and the one pint of beer that I had were all really good. Mountain Toad also had an outside area where you could sit and hang out while you sampled some beers. They also have food trucks that come to the brewery on a daily basis. Before leaving I ended up getting a growler for myself and my cousins to try. It was time to meet the family at the ice cream store.

    After meeting April, Sandy and the kids at the ice cream store we walked over to Golden City
    Brewery, which is the second largest brewery in Golden. The plan was have some beers at the beer garden area, but the place was busy and the kids were getting tired, so I was able to do a quick visit and bought a growler of Evolution India Pale Ale to bring back to our cousins house.  From what I could see, Golden City Brewery looked like a fun place. It had a small tap room area where you could order beer and bring it outside to the beer garden to drink. Like I said before I think everyone in Golden had the same idea as us as the place was busy!

    Our second day in Colorado was a brewery tour day with our cousin Nick. Our first stop on our brewery tour day was Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery. Our plan was to get lunch and some beer and then be on our way to the next brewery. We arrived around 2:00 and Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery was packed. I was kind of surprised being that late in the afternoon and so many people still out for lunch. We were able to hang out at the little bar area with about 20 other people doing the same thing.  The staff was really friendly and
    they let me sample 2 oz. samples before I made a decision on what beer I wanted.  I finally decided on the XXX Pale Ale. By the time I finished my beer we got a table. For lunch I had a burrito and Nick had a steak cheese sandwich. Since my burrito was late coming out they gave me some free fries which made me think I was special but I think they gave them to almost everyone at the restaurant that day. The food and beer at Sun Mountain Pub & Brewery were great, by the time we were finished with lunch I was stuffed and we had several more breweries to visit. 

    Our next stop on our brewery tour was Boulder Beer Company located in Boulder. Boulder Beer Company is a restaurant and bar type setting. Nick and I were able to get two seats at the bar. I was so full from our late lunch I didn’t know if I could drink a full beer so I thought I would be responsible and have a sampler.  Usually a sampler at a brewery is 4-5 beers between 2-4 oz.; however this was not the situation at Boulder Beer Company.
    The sampler at Boulder Beer Company was 7 or 14 beers served at 5 oz. I decided on the 7 samplers. I pretty much had half the beers that Boulder Beer Company had on tap. It was a struggle to drink all 35 oz. of beer that I had ordered for myself. I had Nick help me finish some of the beers. Nick ended up being the smart one and having one draft beer. Who knew that would have been the better option. What was interesting was that some of the guys sitting at the bar were Boston Red Sox fans and since I am from the Boston area it made sitting at the bar a little more interesting. After we finished it was time to head to the next brewery.
    Our Next stop was Fate Brewing Company located in Boulder. I had also found them on Facebook several months prior to traveling to Colorado. Nick who went to college in Boulder frequented the building where Fate Brewing Company is located but back then it was Mexican restaurant. Fate Brewing Company inside reminded me of a high end restaurant or club rather than a brewery. They had about 10-12 beers on tap and all of them had fancy names. I had an IPA which was really good. We only stayed for one beer at Fate Brewing Company because we were late for dinner with the rest of the family.

    After dinner and before heading home Nick and I made one more stop, to Cannonball Creek Brewing Company located in Golden. I was looking forward to visiting Cannonball Creek Brewing Company because like the others I had found them also on Facebook before heading on our trip. Cannonball Creek Brewing Company had a nice big tap room with plenty of seating at the bar and around the bar and you also had the outside seating. I really liked the fact that from the bar area you had a wide open view of the brewing space.  I had the Project Alpha #8 which was an American IPA and it was really good. If you wanted some food Cannonball Creek also had a food truck at the brewery. After just eating several plates of spaghetti and meatballs I was not hungry but the food smelled good. Before heading home I bought a growler of Project Alpha and a Cannonball Creek Brewing t-shirt.

    I thought that would be the end of my brewing touring while in Colorado but to my surprise it wasn’t.  I was going to be visiting two more. The adult cousins went out for dinner in Denver while
    April’s Aunt and Uncle watched the kids. After dinner we visited Denver Beer Company. I couldn’t believe how busy Denver Beer Company was on a Sunday night.  Also dogs were welcome at the tap room as well. Many people brought their dog with them while they had a pint or two. The bar was filled and we had to wait a few minutes before a table opened up. Denver Beer Company had 11 beers on tap. My first choice was Incredible Pedal IPA I am not sure what everyone else got. My second beer was Graham Cracker Porter which was really good. After sampling Graham Cracker Porter I had a Cocoa Cream GCP and this was also really good.  After the three samples it was time to head back to Sandy and Nick’s house but before leaving Denver Beer Company I bought a variety pack of Denver Beer Company beers. My one wish was that they sold Tap Handles. I collect tap handles and liked the tap handles at Denver Beer Company but I was out of luck.

    My last visit on this vacation was New Image Brewing Company located in Arvada. When we visited New Image had only been opened for a few weeks. They had about five or so beers on tap. The Beer that I picked was East Coast Transplant which is a Vermont style double IPA, being from
    Massachusetts and visiting Vermont a lot over the past 9 years this beer was for me. East Coast Transplant was a great beer. Nick got Melanoidin which is a spiced imperial stout. Nick really enjoyed Melanoidin. The brewery tap room is a real nice space and they also have a kitchen where they have food truck vendors come in and cook. We didn’t get any food as we were eating dinner with the family at home. The staff was great and our waiter was a guy who went to college at Boston University, since I am from Boston we had a nice conversation about craft beer, Boston and the craft beer scene in the Boston area. It was also his first day on the job. We also met the General Manager who was a nice guy. Before we left I got a growler of Melanoidin to take home.

    This was a great family/beer vacation. We got to visit our family in Colorado that we haven’t visited for a few years. I was not expecting to visit 8 breweries on our 6 day vacation but I really enjoyed it. I really liked every brewery that I visited and I would need another 6 plus days to visit all the other breweries that I wanted to visit. Colorado is a great craft beer state.  I need to thank Sandy and Nick for setting up this great brewery tour vacation. I told Nick that the next time he comes back to Boston I will return the favor and take him to at least six breweries!

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  6. Original Gravity -- once described as "a classical music nerd’s slightly tipsy wet dream" -- is excited to announce the program for its third season of unique music experiences.

    Each show pairs local musical composition talent with specially-crafted artisanal beers -- the brewers will listen to the music of the composer(s) and craft a unique, never-before-released beer to be enjoyed at the event, for a special synaesthetic experience engaging taste and sound. This season will include four concerts held at a variety of locations, at both familiar, stalwart breweries as well as some fresh new faces.

    Here are some highlights from the upcoming 3rd season:

    * Musical Robots (June 17, 2016): A battleground where man's creativity struggles against our

    * Soliloquy (Fall 2016): An intimate evening of instrumental solos featuring the music of Felipe

    * Illumination (Winter 2016/17): A curated show of contemporary works by local composers at the all-new Lamplighter Brewing Co. in Cambridge.

    * Paula Matthusen (Spring 2017): Matthusen's works consider discrepancies in musical space – real, imagined, and remembered – in the re-imagined taproom of Idle Hands Craft Ales in Malden.

    Original Gravity is also planning a special 2016 satellite event on August 11 at Rising Tide Brewing

    About Original Gravity
    Curated by local pianist and composer Keith Kirchoff, Original Gravity Concert Series takes modern classical music out of the concert hall and presents it in an informal, fun environment: a brewery. Committed to the music of New England composers, the Original Gravity crew collaborates with the host brewers to design a beer specifically in tune with the artist’s work, creating a blended synchronicity of sound and zymurgy.

    Keith Kirchoff (Artistic Director) is a pianist, composer, and Vice President of the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS). Specializing in works which combine interactive electronics with solo piano, his Electro-Acoustic Piano tour has been presented in six countries. Keith is also an accomplished homebrewer and beer connoisseur, having travelled extensively in the United States and abroad in search of the perfect pint.

    machines' extensibility, held at Mystic Brewery in Chelsea, where historical procedures and local yeast meet novel ingredients. A new beer release will be accompanied by the music and machinery of Scott Barton, Dan Tramte, Dan VanHassel and our call-for-scores winner David Ibbett.
    Company in Portland, Maine, featuring Transient Canvas and Dan VanHassel playing the works of New England composers.
    Lara, Brian Sears and our call-for-scores winner Eun Young Lee at Bone Up Brewery, Everett's newest taproom.

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  7. There is no doubt that while on vacation you want to drink great beer and eat great food! No one wants their taste buds, to be on vacation while on vacation. Cape Cod, MA and the islands are becoming more then a beach destination now; it is also becoming a craft beer destination. No longer do you have to pack the car with several 30 racks of macro beers or pack the car with your favorite craft beers. The Cape and Islands are becoming more and more of an area where you can find craft beer at stores and now the area has a handful of great breweries. You can find pretty much every single major craft beer brand on the Cape and islands. Obviously some stores are better than others when it comes to the craft beer selection but there is no doubt a good store in the area where you are staying. This post is going to help you find the craft beer/breweries in the area.

    Cape Cod’s oldest brewery is Cape Cod Brewery which is located in Hyannis, MA. I have visited Cape Cod brewery twice over the last 6 years (the first time just a few hours before I proposed to my wife). You can take a tour and sample the beers at the brewery and the gift shop is also a home brew store. I have always enjoyed their selection of brews. Most bars and liquor stores on the Cape will carry Cape Cod Bee, so if you don’t get a chance to visit the brewery you will most definitely be able to find it while on vacation on the Cape.

    The next brewery on the Cape that you can visit is Devils Purse Brewing Company located in Yarmouth. My family has a condo in the area so luckily for me I have had the opportunity to visit
    Devils Purse at least 4 times in the last year. At Devils Purse you can sample up to 4 beers and get crowlers (32 oz. beer cans) and full or half growler fills. I haven't had a bad beer from Devils Purse. You can find Devils Purse all over the Cape and I have started to see it in stores in the Boston area.

    The Capes third beer company is Naukabout Brewing Company. Since they are a contract company you will not find a tap room and/or brewery to visit. However, you can find all three of Naukabout beers all over the Cape. All three of the beers are really delicious and the owners are real nice guys.

    There are two new breweries that are in the planning/construction phases. One will be Barnstable Brewing which will start out located in Hyannis on Main Street. They are working on some logistics that will hopefully be resolved early summer so they can open soon. The next brewery is Hog Island Beer which is located in Orleans. Their jailhouse tavern will be opening in early June 2016 and this will be Cape Cod’s third working brewery.

    If you are just passing through the Cape and jumping on a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket you are in luck. Between the two islands you have three breweries to choose from.

    On Martha's Vineyard you have two breweries to visit. The first is Offshore Ale Co. which is a brewpub located in Oak Bluffs, MA. The food and beer here were tasty.

    The second is Bad Martha Brewery and Tap Room which is located in Edgartown on the island of
    Martha's Vineyard. I have not had the opportunity to visit there yet but hope to soon.

    Nantucket also had its own brewery which is Cisco Brewers brewery. The brewery had shuttles from downtown to the brewery every half hour which was very convenient. The brewery is also home to a winery and distillery. The brewery is great because you can go on tours, sample beer and listen to some music. The brewery has stage acts that come in and sing all of the time. A must visit if you visit Nantucket.
    As you can see you have several options for local craft beer when you visit Cape Cod. I know personally this has been an exciting few years as more and more craft breweries are opening up in the Cape!

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  8. NH Capitol FINALLY gets a craft brewery

    Concord will be home to New Hampshire's newest craft brewery, Lithermans Limited, who are opening their doors for the first time on Friday, April 8th at 4:00pm.  Founders Steve Bradbury Jr. and Michael Hauptly-Pierce (MHP) have been in development-mode since 2013, and moved into their Concord location at 126 B Hall St in October 2015.  Says co-owner Steve, "With the efforts the city has put into revitalization, we knew it was the right place to build our business. What is a cool town without a brewery?" 

    "People have begun to incorporate buying fresh, local beer into their purchasing habits," says co-owner MHP, "and we want to fill that niche for the greater Concord area."   Offering musical spins on classical styles, the brewery will offer 5 beers at their launch, including 'Self-Titled' pale ale and 'Bowwow Yippie Yo IPA'.  Beers will be available for tasting and growler fills on-premise at the brewery Fridays 4-7 and Saturdays 12-5, and at finer craft beer stores and grocery stores starting mid-April.  

    The tasting room is focused on creating a comfortable and unique experience for guests.  The musical theme is tastefully present without being overwhelming, from old 45s lacquered into barstools to photos of Steve and Michael with musicians to framed copies of the first albums they released.

    "We are putting a lot of attention toward quality, but we also see opportunities in other aspects of running a brewery," says MHP.  "Many breweries have great liquid, but struggle getting it to market.  Others have great branding but unimpressive products. With 20 years of brewing experience, and over 25 years of wholesale account management and marketing, we have some added skill sets often lacking in start-up nanos."  "Plus," adds Steve, "we have an amazing brand master, Steve Lee of SteveLee Design, in our corner.  Our graphics and visual identity are unforgettable."

    The name Lithermans Limited is a play on the archaic phrase 'Litherman's load'.  "The modern analogue is returning from the grocery store with a car full of groceries, and attempting to carry it all in one trip," remarks co-owner Steve.  "You fumble with the keys and the door, the bags rip... You end up expending more effort than if you have broken it up into several sensible loads. THAT is a Litherman's load."

    Lithermans Limited Brewery.  How much can YOU carry?

    More information on Lithermans Limited can be found on Facebook, www.Lithermans.beer or at the brewery at 126 B Hall St Concord NH

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  9. Dave Richardson is living his dream. He is the owner of Worcester’s newest craft brewery Flying Dreams Brewing Company. Brewing professionally is nothing new to Richardson as he has been brewing professionally for the past 13 years. Prior to opening Flying Dreams Brewing Company Dave was part owner of Gardner Ale House. After having a 22oz bottle of one of Flying Dreams Brewing Company beers I wanted to learn more about the brewery and the man behind it. Several weeks ago I was able to sit down with Dave Richardson at Flying Dreams Brewing, sample some brews, talk about Flying Dreams Brewing Company, the craft beer industry, and Seinfeld.

    Dave how did you get into the beer business?
    I have been in the beer business for about 13 years. I attended UC Davis and obtained my master degree in Brewing Science and engineering in 2003. After college I got my first job at Redhook in Portsmouth in 2003 and stayed at Redhook for 3 years. In the spring of 2006 my former business partner Rick and I started the Gardner Ale House in Gardner, MA. Gardner Ale House was a brew pub, we didn’t distribute, we didn’t bottle, and we didn’t keg it we just served it at the brew pub. I got a lot of brewing experience at Gardner Ale House. I got to brew a lot of different recipes and I got a lot of experience in brewing and recipes development but not really that much exposure to the broader market. We were making great beer at Gardner Ale House but not many people had heard of us and my name wasn’t synonymous with brewing great beer. I felt I was ready to take that next adventure to bring the beer that I was already making to the broader market. The Gardner Ale House is a great place and I didn’t leave it for bad reason, I just felt it was time to move on.  In May 2015 I left Gardner Ale House to open Flying Dreams Brewing Company and we have been open for 4 months.

    Dave you are a self-proclaimed “beerologist”.  Can you tell us more about this?
    Those aren’t my exact words, someone else wrote that for me. I just have a lot of experience drinking and creating beer. I have gone to Europe and tasted beer in different
    countries in Europe. I have been across the United States tasting beer. I am always trying new beers I haven’t heard of before. Every beer that I make I want it to be the best possible beer that I can make. Sometimes I want to make something unique and different and want to blend styles together, like the Nightcrawler India Dark Ale. Other times I want to be more traditional and want to make a pilsner that tastes like you get on a cobblestone street in Prague. If you are a brew master at Budweiser then you are good at just making one or two kinds of beer.

    Flying Dreams Brewing Company is a great name for a brewery. How did you come up with the name?

    It is from a few different things. The first is the most cliché answer which is that it is my dream coming to flight, like my dream taking off. As a child I had a lot of flying dreams. The dreams were very inspiring. When I woke up from a flying dream I had a sense of well-being and confidence and it was a very inspiring. I am also very involved in the disc golf community. I like the sport and I like the people involved with the sport. I wanted something to do with flying disc in the name of the brewery. On the logo has a little disc golf basket hidden in there.

    You brew five main beers. Which of your five beers that you brew is your most popular?

    That is hard as we have only been open for 4 months. I haven’t brewed anything that long to have one popular beer. Dreaming of Summer we will always have on. Nightcrawler was one of the first beers that we brewed when we opened in the winter and it was always supposed to be a fall/ winter seasonal beer. It was really popular but we will be phasing it out soon for its spring counterpart and then its summer counterpart. Green Dreams seems to be popular and I can see that being another year round beer. Our double IPA Belzacca is super popular but it’s a double IPA series. It’s hard to say because this series seems very popular but we have only made this one so far. The second one is just as good, but it has a different hop combinations and it has a different name. For now I am telling people I am going to make a different double IPA each time.

    Where can people find Flying Dreams Brewing Company beers?
    We are just starting to spread out, but we are available on tap at about 30 locations around Worcester and metro Boston. We are also available at 30 liquor stores around the state.

    Canning has become popular in the beer industry. Do you have any plans to can Flying Dreams Brewing Company beers?

    I don’t have the room to do cans at this time, but I would absolutely like to do cans. My original business plan was based on cans but I had to adjust my business plan based on the space which is why I decided to go with the 22oz bottles. My plan is when we grow bigger and move out of this space we will be able to can the beer and sell it in a 4 pack of 16oz cans.
    If you weren’t an owner of a craft brewery what would you be doing for a job?

    If I wasn’t an owner of my own brewery I would be brewing beer for someone else.

    Dave if you could be a cast member on any TV show in the last 20 years what should would you be on?


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  10. Tonight's review is of Throwback Brewery Donkey-Hote. Throwback Brewery is located in North Hampton , New Hampshire. I picked up Donkey-Hote when I visited the brewery back in late January when I was on the Granite State Growler tour. If you have a chance to visit Throwback Brewery you won't be disappointed. Donkey-Hote is an American Double/Imperial IPA and is 8.2% ABV. Donkey-Hote comes in a 16.9oz bottle.

    Donkey-Hote pours a cloudy amber color with a nice off white head with good retention. The head left a good amount of lazing on the side of the glass. Aroma had a nice hop aroma also had a little citrusy. The taste is bitter, hops and a little citrus. Even at 8.2%ABV Donkey-Hote is a very drinkable beer I like it a lot. If you like IPA's I think you will like this beer as well.

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