Category Archives: USA

Williams Brothers Brewery & Brooklyn Brewery – Aweebit

Williams Brothers Brewery & Brooklyn Brewery – Aweebit 4.8%

A Dark Peaty Scotch Ale

Williams & Brooklyn - Aweebit
Williams & Brooklyn – Aweebit 
This ale is a dark Ruby colour with burnt oak and pest aromas. It has a sweet taste running rapidly into a dry peat and smoke aged oak taste. It leads one to think of being in an old Tudor house, with the smell of the smoked wood beams and dark oak furniture.
This ale is a collaboration between the Williams Brothers Brewery in Scotland and the New York based Brooklyn Brewery. Made with pested malt, Scottish honey, Treacle and Brooklyn yeast.
An ale somewhere between a porter and a stout.

Anchor Brewing Company – Liberty Ale

Anchor Brewing Company – Liberty Ale 5.9%

Anchor Brewing - Liberty Ale
Anchor Brewing – Liberty Ale

This is a golden amber ale with a fresh off the bine hop aroma, with hints of vanilla. It is has a pleasant malt and orange warming taste with a fruit sharpness and a good hop bitter background, without overpowering bitterness.

Brewed with Cascade hops and also dry hoped with Cascade. This is a really good ale of a European style from the U.S. west coast San Francisco. My 5*
According to the brewery Liberty Ale® was first brewed to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s historic ride (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem), he alerted the American forces of the British approach before the battles of Lexington and Concord .
It was the first modern American IPA brewed after prohibition and the first modern American single-hop and dry-hopped ale, which started the American Craft Beer brewing.

Weird Beard Brewery – Mariana Trench Transpacific Pale Ale

Weird Beard – Mariana Trench Transpacific Pale 5.3%

Weird Beard - Mariana Trench
Weird Beard – Mariana Trench

This is a golden ale with a strong peach and aromatic fruit aroma, with resinous notes. The peach notes carry through into the taste, with a strong IPA resinous bitter finish.

Brewed with American and New Zealand hops, the brewery tasting notes say this has mango and passion fruit notes.

Mavericks – Pumpkin Harvest Ale

Half Moon Bay Brewery- Mavericks’ Beers and Ales – Pumpkin Harvest Ale 5.5%

 This is an amber ale, with a cream head, with a malty aroma of spice ginger, pepper and cinnamon notes. It is a slightly sweet, strong barley wine type, warming tangy taste with a hop bitter follow-on and pumpkin notes. This would be a great autumn- winter warming ale. 5*
This ale is made with local Sugar Pie pumpkins, roasted with a secret blend of spices, then added to the brew kettle. The brewers taste notes say it has pumpkin pie spice flavour with biscuity malt notes.
The American Mavericks craft brewery, founded in 2000, is based in the surfing location of Half Moon Bay on the coast south of San Fransisco, famous for its Mavericks surfing location. It’s sister Half Moon Brewery is based in their brewery tap and restaurant.
I would be wary of going out on a surf board after a pint of this very pleasant ale, especially if the waves top out at 24 metres (80 feet) high.

The Brewing Crew – San Diego Pale Ale

The Brewing Crew – San Diego Pale Ale 4.5%

San Diego Pale Ale

A light amber coloured ale with rich fruit and grapefruit aromas, with hints of tropical fruit. It has a smooth, initially malt taste, followed by grapefruit bitterness from the American hops, with a hint of biscuit. 

Whilst grapefruit can be a dominant flavour from American hops, it is not excessive in this ale and it has subtle fruit notes.

This is a special brew by The Brewing Crew of Balast Point in California brewed at the Hook Norton Brewery for the Wetherspoon chain.

Goose Island Brewery – IPA

Goose Island Brewery Chicago IL – IPA 5.9%

Goose Island – IPA

This is a golden ale with a good strong aroma of malty hops with hints of pineapple and tropical fruit leading on to rich plum notes. It has a good warming taste of roasted light malts and fruit with a sweet beginning and middle leading to a crisp light hop bitter finish.
This is a great IPA, which is another of my top ales and well worth finding and sampling. 5*

Goose Island Brewery – Honker’s Ale

Goose Island - Honkers Ale
Goose Island – Honkers Ale

Goose Island Brewery, Chicago IL – Honker’s Ale 4.3%
The Brewery indicates that Honker’s Ale is inspired by visits to English country pubs.

This is a darker golden amber coloured ale, typical of an English bitter type. It has a strong hop flowers and malt aroma, with a sweeter taste with a slight underlying bitterness.

This is an excellent English ale type, which for an American brew surpasses many actual English bitters. Definitely scores a top 5 on the NBSS(CAMRA) and a beer I will be looking out for again.

California Session IPA

California Session IPA
California Session IPA exclusive to Wetherspoon’s

Brewed By Three Weavers Brewing and Golden Rod Brewing at Marston’s

Pale golden colour with a grapefruit zest aroma. This IPA has a sweet bitter taste heavily flavoured of grapefruit, with an after taste of lasting grapefruit pith. Really this ale is like alcoholic grapefruit juice. A good beer  underneath spoilt by the overwhelming taste of grapefruit, which seems to be typically American – to go too far with the American hops, which impart the strong citrus taste. Excessive grapefruit taste!

JD Wetherspoon’s US meets UK Real Ales Festival

Sunshine Daydream
Sunshine Daydream

Fat head’s Sunshine Daydream 5.0%
A good starting point for my Blog with the Wetherspoon’s United States meets United Kingdom Real Ale Festival on till the end of October. Selling 3 third tasters for the price of a pint, with tasting notes of all the ales brewed by UK breweries or brewed by U.S. craft brewers. Tried the Sunshine Dream 5.0% ABV from the Fat Head Brewery in Ohio. Very light coloured Pale Ale, with some citrus aroma and a sweet malty honey taste, a very pleasant beer.