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New beers from Full Sail, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Widmer put to the test
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Norman Miller reviews brews, offers food pairings and writes about breweries. Norman is a reporter and beer columnist for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. For questions, comments, suggestions or recommendations, email ...
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By Norman Miller
July 19, 2013 6:11 p.m.



Each week, more and more beers seem to be hitting liquor store shelves. It’s almost impossible to keep up with them all.

Here are a few that I’ve had a chance to try as I continue to sacrifice my liver for the enjoyment of my liver.

Full-Sail-English-Pale-BottleFirst up is the brand new Full Sail Brewing Company’s Pub Series English Pale Ale. The Pub Series is a collection of beers that highlight classic styles of beer.

This entry in the series is quite good. It’s not a west coast hoppy pale ale, this is more malt forward. There is a toasty caramel from the malts, and it finishes with a touch of Earthy hops.

This 5 percent ABV English Pale Ale is a good, solid beer if you like your ales on the malty side.

Next up is the newest entry in the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Ovila Series, the Ovila Abbey Saison brewed with mandarin oranges and peppercorns.

The Ovila Series is a series of collaboration beers brewed with the Abbey of New Clairvaux of California.

I had avoided buying the Saison for a few weeks because I’m not a fan of peppercorns.

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I don’t even put pepper on food at home.

However, I really should have bought the beer earlier because I’m a huge fan. The beer has hints of lemon and an almost wheat-like quality, with some herbal notes. The mandarin oranges provide a nice citrus kick, while the peppercorns are subdued, only coming through in the finish. I will be buying this one again.

Next up is the Stone Brewing Company’s latest collaboration – the Stone Farking Wheaton wOOtstout.

The beer is a collaboration with Drew Curtis, the founder of Fark.com and Wil Wheaton, star of Star Trek: The Next Generation and pretty much can be found involved in anything geeky online.

The beer itself is the strongest beer ever brewed by Stone, at 13 percent ABV. It is also made with wheat and rye malt, as well as pecans. A portion of the beer was then aged in Bourbon whiskey barrels.

If you like big stouts, you’ll love this beer. You can’t hide 13 percent alcohol, but Stone did a good job of keeping the alcohol burn in check.

You get a fair amount of Bourbon flavor as well as oak vanilla from the barrels. There is also big coffee and cocoa flavors, with a hint of nuttiness. This is a wonderful beer for a one-beer night. Or, unlike me, you like to share bombers. I don’t know why anyone would.

The final beer is the brand new Hopside Down India Pale Lager from Widmer Brothers Brewing.

The Hopside Down is the newest beer in Widmer’s Rotator IPA series.

IPLs seem to a style that is picking up steam, and this is a solid example of one. It’s not on the level of the best ones, but if you’re a hoppy beer fan, you should enjoy it.

The Hopside Down IPL has nice citrusy hop flavors, and the lager yeast really showcases the hops. If you’re looking for a hoppy six pack, you could do a lot worse than this.

Time to hit the liquor store to get more beers to review.

 

 

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