Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company – Copperhead Ale
Copperhead Ale is technically classified as an American Amber Ale, but it has a smoother consistency than many red ales. The drinking experience begins with a tall head of fluffy foam. The beer is light amber with impressive clarity. The flavor presents a light sweetness from the combination of Pale Wheat, Two-Row and CaraMunich II and III malts. You’ll also pick up on nutty and toasted qualities, but those layers are balanced by Tradition, Bravo and Select hops. The hops add a spiciness that tames the sweet malts beautifully. With an ABV of 5 percent, this is the type of brew that you enjoy with an Italian sub or another light meal.
Shmaltz Brewing Company – Hop Orgy
Combine eight of the most potent hop varieties, and what do you get? A wild Hop Orgy worthy of your most explosive mouth-gasm. The Shmaltz Brewing Company is known for crafting strong hop blends, and they over-delivered with this brew. The aroma kicks off the conversation with bold floral and citrus scents. The flavor then backs up the talk with bursts of tropical fruit. You’ll taste mango, orange, pineapple and berries in a medley that your taste buds will crave. Of course, Victory, Maris Otter, and Caramel Pilsner malts give this American IPA some complexity with caramel and biscuit highlights in the background.
River Horse Brewing Co – Oatmeal Milk Stout
Milk sugar is the secret to the rich sweetness found in every bottle of Oatmeal Milk Stout by the River Horse Brewing Company. The flavor of rich dark chocolate laced with caramel will rush your palate with a heavy load of dominant malts, but this is a well-balanced flavor that never overpowers. This is all preceded by a deep, roasted aroma with a ribbon of sweetness. The brew pours into your glass a deep black, and a generous layer of tan foam rises to the top. Only after you appreciate the beauty of the stout is it time to lift that glass to your lips.
Tommyknocker Brewery – Pick Axe IPA
Have you ever tasted a beer and thought, “Now that’s a true American IPA?” If not, you haven’t tried Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery. With an ABV just over six percent and a flavor that confidently pronounces the presence of Summit, Bravo, Chinook, and Nugget hops, this is an American IPA that holds true to its roots. The foam bubbles up to the top of your glass and continues to linger in the form of lace as you sip your way to the bottom of the mug. The aroma bites of fruit and flowers with just a hint of caramel malts, and the flavor follows suit with tons
of bitter and just a smudge of sweet.
Clipper City Brewing Co – Heavy Seas Winter Storm
Take your favorite India Pale Ale recipe and give it a twist with British hops. You might come out with something similar to what the Clipper City Brewing Company now calls their Imperial Extra Special Bitter, otherwise known as an ESP. This brew delivers an intense flavor with prominent caramel and toffee tones, thanks to a generous helping of Chocolate, Caramalt, Pale and Crystal malts. Five varieties of hops are used to provide some balance, creating a brew that may help you weather any winter storm that comes your way.