Home Tasting, Take Two

To keep the festivities going after our night of superb entertainment we built a 6-pack at Market Street Wine Shop on Friday and did another home tasting.Image
We selected a wide variety of beers to taste, including a summer wheat, bourbon barrel stout, and two pumpkin ales. As every happy hour should ours featured fabulous company (our friend, Allison) and yummy apps.

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We took notes as we tasted to aid in our descriptions. Here’s what we thought!

Hop Sun Summer Wheat- Lakewood, NY
Maddy: Refreshing, wheat Corona, good with lemon or citrus.
Rachel: Refreshing, good with Mexican food or for day drinking.
Allison: Light, definitely summer beer, bottle says it’s seasonal.
Consensus: A beer for everyone, light and easy to drink.

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Victory Golden Monkey- Downingtown, PA
Maddy: Unique, Starr Hill Love-ish, 9.5% HALLLLOOO.
Rachel: Flavorful, appetizer beer.
Allison: The bitterness grows on you, would go well with fried food.
Consensus: Easy to drink despite high alcohol content. Unique flavor that was enjoyed by all.

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Hoppyum IPA- Winston-Salem, NC
Maddy: Brewing company has great reputation. Not heavy, would be good with most food. Better the more you drink.
Rachel: Not as bitter, like a Pale Ale,  good with pizza or burgers.
Allison: An IPA for those who don’t like the bitterness of IPAs, pizza beer.
Consensus: An IPA to ease in non-IPA-drinkers, but can still be enjoyed an IPA afficianado.

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New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale- Holland, MI
Maddy: Light, new favorite pumpkin. Thanksgiving beer, just the right amount of pumpkin
Rachel: Smells delish, can you say pumpkin spice latte? Eat with oven roasted root veggies.
Allison: Not overpowering pumpkin flavors, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg. Perfect fall beer.
Consensus: Overall winner of the tasting, enjoyed the most by all three. Add this to your Thanksgiving menu along with mashed potatos and green bean casserole.

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale- Milton, DE
Maddy: Easy to drink, starter pumpkin ale, semi-sweet.
Rachel: Sweeter, but still spicy. Booster seat pumpkin.
Allison: Sweeter but not too sweet, hints of spice. Pumpkin isn’t overwhelming. For her easier to drink than #4.
Consensus: A pumpkin beer for sweet beer lovers..with just a hint of spice.

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New Holland Dragon’s Milk- Holland, MI
Maddy: Very vanilla, not a stout person but for sure grows on you. Caramel and dark chocolate to pair.
Rachel: More bourbony than I remember, would go well with dessert, boozy.
Allison: Can taste vanilla 100%, dessert or rich food to go with this, very complex. Feels a little like a mixed drink.
Consensus: A bit too bourbony for our tastes, probably not something we’d get again.

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