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  1. Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen (A.B.V %4.9)
This beer is the Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen and they’re based out of Oregon. This beer has a hazy golden color with hops and a bit of citrus on the nose. It is an american wheat ale, which personally I enjoy a lot. The wheat and hops are on the forefront of the taste, with the citrus following up on the finish. The beer lacks carbonation, in my opinion. This would be a great summer bear for out on the boat. It’s not great, but it is decent and refreshing. I’d definitely purchase it again, but not until next summer. 

    Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen (A.B.V %4.9)

    This beer is the Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen and they’re based out of Oregon. This beer has a hazy golden color with hops and a bit of citrus on the nose. It is an american wheat ale, which personally I enjoy a lot. The wheat and hops are on the forefront of the taste, with the citrus following up on the finish. The beer lacks carbonation, in my opinion. This would be a great summer bear for out on the boat. It’s not great, but it is decent and refreshing. I’d definitely purchase it again, but not until next summer. 

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Brew Review  Widmer  Brothers  Hefewiezen  Beer  Oregon  Summer  American  Wheat 

  2. Post Road Pumpkin Ale (A.B.V. 5%)
Another pumpkin beer for the fall season, this one is by Brooklyn Brewery and called, “Post Road Pumpkin Ale.” This beer smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and the fall. It is a smooth pumpkin ale that has just the right amount of pumpkin and spice. It finished like a pumpkin pie, with earthy and sweet malts. This is a really good pumpkin beer. It has a bit more pumpkin pie taste than the Shipyard (which we review in our online mag). This beer is delicious and I recommend picking some up for Halloween. 

    Post Road Pumpkin Ale (A.B.V. 5%)

    Another pumpkin beer for the fall season, this one is by Brooklyn Brewery and called, “Post Road Pumpkin Ale.” This beer smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and the fall. It is a smooth pumpkin ale that has just the right amount of pumpkin and spice. It finished like a pumpkin pie, with earthy and sweet malts. This is a really good pumpkin beer. It has a bit more pumpkin pie taste than the Shipyard (which we review in our online mag). This beer is delicious and I recommend picking some up for Halloween. 

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Pumpkin  Ale  Review  Brew  Post Road  Brooklyn  Brewery  Beer  Ale  Halloween 

  3. Sebago Local Harvest Ale (A.B.V. % 6.2)
I picked up a 4 pack of this at the store the other day because it was $3.99. I had never heard of Sebago and was expecting this stuff to be crap, except that I was throughly impressed. The Sebag Local Harvest Ale is an American Pale ale from Maine. The smell comes off as citrusy and hoppy, with possibly some chocolate malt. This beer is loaded with hop flavor and citrus. The finish on the beer is where the bitterness shows. This is a good fall beer that was definitely worth the price. I’ll be looking for more Sebago products when next time I’m at the store. 

    Sebago Local Harvest Ale (A.B.V. % 6.2)

    I picked up a 4 pack of this at the store the other day because it was $3.99. I had never heard of Sebago and was expecting this stuff to be crap, except that I was throughly impressed. The Sebag Local Harvest Ale is an American Pale ale from Maine. The smell comes off as citrusy and hoppy, with possibly some chocolate malt. This beer is loaded with hop flavor and citrus. The finish on the beer is where the bitterness shows. This is a good fall beer that was definitely worth the price. I’ll be looking for more Sebago products when next time I’m at the store. 

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Sebago  maine  Connecticut  Local  Fall  Harvest  Ale  American  Pale  3.99  on sale  citrus  hoppy  beer  brew  review 

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  5. Long Trail Ale (A.B.V. 4.6%)

Today, we have a brew from Vermont called Long Trail Ale. The aroma is mild, with hint of sweet carmel malts and floral hops. This beer is smooth. It has a carmel taste up front, followed by a bready finish. It’s moderately bitter, but very refreshing. This is not a very complex beer, but is a nice refreshing afternoon treat. I would definitely pick this beer up again for a cool fall afternoon. Give it a try!

    Long Trail Ale (A.B.V. 4.6%)

    Today, we have a brew from Vermont called Long Trail Ale. The aroma is mild, with hint of sweet carmel malts and floral hops. This beer is smooth. It has a carmel taste up front, followed by a bready finish. It’s moderately bitter, but very refreshing. This is not a very complex beer, but is a nice refreshing afternoon treat. I would definitely pick this beer up again for a cool fall afternoon. Give it a try!

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Connecticut  Vermont  Long Trail  Ale  Albier  Review  Carmel  Hops  floral  smalts  sweet  hint  mild  afternoon 

  6. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (7% A.B.V.)
Fall weather means pumpkin ales. Today, we have the pumpkin ale by Dogfish Head called “Punkin Ale.” The smell of this beer is spices and a touch of pumpkin. When tasting this beer you get the pumpkin and brown sugar that they use, as well as the different spices, such as nutmeg and cinnamon. I find this beer a little thick, and not my favorite pumpkin ale that I’ve had. This is a beer that you order once a year and that’s that. I personally prefer a lighter pumpkin beer, such as Shipyard. This is one of those beers that you split a 6 pack with your buddies because it’s worth a try. 

    Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (7% A.B.V.)

    Fall weather means pumpkin ales. Today, we have the pumpkin ale by Dogfish Head called “Punkin Ale.” The smell of this beer is spices and a touch of pumpkin. When tasting this beer you get the pumpkin and brown sugar that they use, as well as the different spices, such as nutmeg and cinnamon. I find this beer a little thick, and not my favorite pumpkin ale that I’ve had. This is a beer that you order once a year and that’s that. I personally prefer a lighter pumpkin beer, such as Shipyard. This is one of those beers that you split a 6 pack with your buddies because it’s worth a try. 

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Connecticut  Dogfish Head  Punkin  Ale  Brown  Pumpkin  Fall  Delaware  Beer  Review 

  7. Old Chub (A.B.V. % 8.0)I was skeptical when I first saw this stuff on the shelf at the liquor store, but you should never judge a book or a beer by its cover. This is “Old Chub,” which is a scotch ale, made by the Oskar Blues Brewery. I’ve never been a huge fan of scotch ales due to their heaviness, but this one is solid. Its smell is mildy sweet. It tastes of sugary caramel and smokey malt with no bitterness, and no taste of alcohol. It finishes smooth and very flavorful. I would never buy this during the summer, but would absolutely grab a six pack of it in the winter. Give it a try, it’s definitely worth it!

    Old Chub (A.B.V. % 8.0)

    I was skeptical when I first saw this stuff on the shelf at the liquor store, but you should never judge a book or a beer by its cover. This is “Old Chub,” which is a scotch ale, made by the Oskar Blues Brewery. I’ve never been a huge fan of scotch ales due to their heaviness, but this one is solid. Its smell is mildy sweet. It tastes of sugary caramel and smokey malt with no bitterness, and no taste of alcohol. It finishes smooth and very flavorful. I would never buy this during the summer, but would absolutely grab a six pack of it in the winter. Give it a try, it’s definitely worth it!

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Connecticut  Old Chub  Scottish  Ale  8.0  Sweet  Oskar  Blues 

  8. Narragansett Summer Ale (ABV 4.2%)

This is the first Summer seasonal that ‘Gansett has ever released. I really didn’t know what to expect at first, but let me tell you, it’s damn good. The flavor hints at citrus flavors and has a buttery finish to it. On the can it says they wanted, “A beer that would be prefect for a day at the beach or a backyard barbecue.” Let me tell you, they hit that nail right on the head. The summer pale isn’t very complex but it’s one of those “yeah, this would be good for a summer day.” This is one of those “grab a beer after working all day” beers. I definitely enjoyed this one. Good Work, ‘Gansett!

    Narragansett Summer Ale (ABV 4.2%)

    This is the first Summer seasonal that ‘Gansett has ever released. I really didn’t know what to expect at first, but let me tell you, it’s damn good. The flavor hints at citrus flavors and has a buttery finish to it. On the can it says they wanted, “A beer that would be prefect for a day at the beach or a backyard barbecue.” Let me tell you, they hit that nail right on the head. The summer pale isn’t very complex but it’s one of those “yeah, this would be good for a summer day.” This is one of those “grab a beer after working all day” beers. I definitely enjoyed this one. Good Work, ‘Gansett!

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Brew  Review  Connecticut  Summer  Pale  Ale  Buttery  Sweet  Citrus  Naragansett  4.2 

  9. Brew Review: Red Stripe (4.7% ABV)

Red Stripe is one of those beers that isn’t a top of the line beer, but it has a certain place in the FCL Crew’s heart. It’s a beer that says, “Summer is here, lets kick back and have a few after work.” I’ll admit Red Stripe doesn’t have that much going for it besides it is a basic, refreshing lager. The taste is a bit malty, with corn sweetness and hints of malts on the finish. This beer has a bit more carbonation than most, which in combination with the smoothness is why i find it so refreshing. Let’s be honest here, the bottle is pretty cool and reminds us all of medicine bottles. Red Stripe, you’re nothing special or complex, but you’re refreshing and a solid brew.

    Brew Review: Red Stripe (4.7% ABV)

    Red Stripe is one of those beers that isn’t a top of the line beer, but it has a certain place in the FCL Crew’s heart. It’s a beer that says, “Summer is here, lets kick back and have a few after work.” I’ll admit Red Stripe doesn’t have that much going for it besides it is a basic, refreshing lager. The taste is a bit malty, with corn sweetness and hints of malts on the finish. This beer has a bit more carbonation than most, which in combination with the smoothness is why i find it so refreshing. Let’s be honest here, the bottle is pretty cool and reminds us all of medicine bottles. Red Stripe, you’re nothing special or complex, but you’re refreshing and a solid brew.

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Brew  Review  Connecticut  Beer  Red  Stripe  Summer  Lager  Basic 

  10. Sam Adam’s Summer Ale (ABV 5.2 %)
I’ve always been a huge fan of summer ales and also Sam Adams. This Sam Adam’s summer ale was a bit of let down in my book. Don’t get me wrong it’s pretty tasty and can easily be enjoyed. The smell is sweet and you get hints of grains and lemon. Its got a refreshing and light feel, which is exactly what you want in a summer ale. The issue I have with this beer is the finish, which is grainy and lemon zesty. It they toned down this aftertaste/finish, this beer would be much better. This beer, however, grows on you. I had this on tap at 3 different places, and then twice in the bottle before I could come up with a real decision on this  beer. I say, give it a try, it’s worth it and is definitely fun and interesting for the summer!

    Sam Adam’s Summer Ale (ABV 5.2 %)

    I’ve always been a huge fan of summer ales and also Sam Adams. This Sam Adam’s summer ale was a bit of let down in my book. Don’t get me wrong it’s pretty tasty and can easily be enjoyed. The smell is sweet and you get hints of grains and lemon. Its got a refreshing and light feel, which is exactly what you want in a summer ale. The issue I have with this beer is the finish, which is grainy and lemon zesty. It they toned down this aftertaste/finish, this beer would be much better. This beer, however, grows on you. I had this on tap at 3 different places, and then twice in the bottle before I could come up with a real decision on this  beer. I say, give it a try, it’s worth it and is definitely fun and interesting for the summer!

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Brew Review  Sam  Adams  Summer  Ale  Wheat  Ale  Grains of Paradise  Tap  Bottle  brew review  review  beer  Lemon 

  11. Heavy Seas: Loose Cannon by Clipper Brewing (ABV 7.25%)
        The FCL crew is always diggin’ anything pirate/nautical inspired… even when it comes to our beer. This is Loose Cannon from the Heavy Seas line of Clipper Brewery in Baltimore, MD and it is absolutely delicious. This is their year around American IPA that packs a ton of flavor. They call this their “Hops Cubed” ale because of the amount of hops they use. Let me tell you, It’s got a delicious and fresh hoppy flavor. We get hints of citrus, specifically some grapefruit. You can taste sweet malts, which balance out the bitterness of the IPA. This is one really smooth beer and we’ll definitely be buying this again. This would be a great beer to drink that is tasty and fun! Clipper Brewing, you guys have outdone yourself on this one!

For more info: Heavy Seas

    Heavy Seas: Loose Cannon by Clipper Brewing (ABV 7.25%)

            The FCL crew is always diggin’ anything pirate/nautical inspired… even when it comes to our beer. This is Loose Cannon from the Heavy Seas line of Clipper Brewery in Baltimore, MD and it is absolutely delicious. This is their year around American IPA that packs a ton of flavor. They call this their “Hops Cubed” ale because of the amount of hops they use. Let me tell you, It’s got a delicious and fresh hoppy flavor. We get hints of citrus, specifically some grapefruit. You can taste sweet malts, which balance out the bitterness of the IPA. This is one really smooth beer and we’ll definitely be buying this again. This would be a great beer to drink that is tasty and fun! Clipper Brewing, you guys have outdone yourself on this one!

    For more info: Heavy Seas

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Connecicut  Baltimore  Maryland  Heavy  Seas  Clipper  Brewing  Loose Cannon  Pirate  Beer  Pale Ale  7.25  Hops  Cubed  Fresh  Delicous  Summer  Year Round 

  12. Summer Shandy by Lienenkugel Brewing Co (ABV. %4.2)        
        The Leinenkugel Family, based out of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin has been brewing beer since 1867, and they’ve gotten pretty damn good at it. The Leinenkugel’s ‘Summer Shandy’ is without a doubt one of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. This refreshing wheat beer is only made better by the infusions of lemonade. Standing at 4.2% alcohol, it isn’t a heavy beer, which makes it great for sitting out on the deck and sippin’, whether it’s noon or happy hour.        For those of you who are, like us, relatively uneducated about beer, the Summer Shandy is a wheat beer. Other well known wheat beers include Shock Top and Blue Moon. These types of beers are smooth and easy to drink, and aren’t very bitter or harsh.        The Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy is high recommended, but not entirely common, so keep an eye out for it whenever you’re in the store.

    Summer Shandy by Lienenkugel Brewing Co (ABV. %4.2)        

            The Leinenkugel Family, based out of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin has been brewing beer since 1867, and they’ve gotten pretty damn good at it. The Leinenkugel’s ‘Summer Shandy’ is without a doubt one of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. This refreshing wheat beer is only made better by the infusions of lemonade. Standing at 4.2% alcohol, it isn’t a heavy beer, which makes it great for sitting out on the deck and sippin’, whether it’s noon or happy hour.

            For those of you who are, like us, relatively uneducated about beer, the Summer Shandy is a wheat beer. Other well known wheat beers include Shock Top and Blue Moon. These types of beers are smooth and easy to drink, and aren’t very bitter or harsh.

            The Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy is high recommended, but not entirely common, so keep an eye out for it whenever you’re in the store.

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Connecticut  Leinenkugel  Summer  Shandy  Brewing  Company  Chippewa Falls  Wisconsin  light  lemonade  deck  sippin  wheat 

  13.     Old Speckled Hen (ABV 5.20%)
        Old Speckled Hen is an English Pale Ale brewed by Greene King / Morland Brewery in the United Kingdom. This is a pretty solid beer that we have here. It has a very think cream colored foamy head. The beer smells fruity and has hints of toffee.  This is a very smooth beer and mildly carbonated. The taste is bitter and has tastes of roasted malts. This is a decent beer that I would like to enjoy while eating sausage or maybe something gamey. I’m a big fan of creamy nitro heads and will be buying this beer again.

        Old Speckled Hen (ABV 5.20%)

            Old Speckled Hen is an English Pale Ale brewed by Greene King / Morland Brewery in the United Kingdom. This is a pretty solid beer that we have here. It has a very think cream colored foamy head. The beer smells fruity and has hints of toffee.  This is a very smooth beer and mildly carbonated. The taste is bitter and has tastes of roasted malts. This is a decent beer that I would like to enjoy while eating sausage or maybe something gamey. I’m a big fan of creamy nitro heads and will be buying this beer again.

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Nitro  Beer  Review  Brew  Old  Speckled  Hen  Fine  English  Ale  Creamy  Tastey  English 

  14. Let start off by saying, we here at the FCL love #9 by Magic Hat. It’s not the best beer we’ve ever had, but it’s absolutely delicious and one our “go to’s.” We’ve had great memories of sippin’ #9 on the beach, on the boat, at parties, or just kickin’ it with the whole crew. Magic Hat calls this beer “not quite a pale ale.”When you pot the bottle, you’ll immediately smell apricot and sweet fruits. On the tongue, the carbonation is light and the taste is sweet and fruity. This beer is light, fruity, refreshing and its one where you could kick back an entire 6 pack. The caps are always fun to read. I’ve won a Magic Hat bottle opener from under a cap, however, haven’t been able to find it for a few months (It was one of my favorite possessions from college, hope it turns up). Under the cap on this one said, “Sometimes a rhyme just feels sublime.”

    Let start off by saying, we here at the FCL love #9 by Magic Hat. It’s not the best beer we’ve ever had, but it’s absolutely delicious and one our “go to’s.” We’ve had great memories of sippin’ #9 on the beach, on the boat, at parties, or just kickin’ it with the whole crew. Magic Hat calls this beer “not quite a pale ale.”When you pot the bottle, you’ll immediately smell apricot and sweet fruits. On the tongue, the carbonation is light and the taste is sweet and fruity. This beer is light, fruity, refreshing and its one where you could kick back an entire 6 pack. The caps are always fun to read. I’ve won a Magic Hat bottle opener from under a cap, however, haven’t been able to find it for a few months (It was one of my favorite possessions from college, hope it turns up). Under the cap on this one said, “Sometimes a rhyme just feels sublime.”

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Brew  Review  Burlington  Vermont  Magic  Hat  Number 9  6 Pack  Delicous  Beer  Brew  Brew Review  Review  Pale Ale  Apricot  Fruity 

  15. Dogfish head 90 Minute Imperial Pale Ale (Abv. 9.00%)
Dogfish Head is a brewery founded in 1995 in Milton, Deleware. The brewery has seen a tremendous amount of growth within the last 8 years. Let me start off by saying this is a damn tasty beer. It’s a double American imperial pale ale that has a complex yet balanced taste. The smell hints of sweetness, specifically that of orange and grapefruit. It tastes of sweet malts and is hoppy, with a kick of alcohol in it. This beer is extremely drinkable and tasty. I’ll definitely be buying this again, however, I’d drink it in moderation (You won’t be finding me kicking back a six pack of it due to its heaviness) 

    Dogfish head 90 Minute Imperial Pale Ale (Abv. 9.00%)

    Dogfish Head is a brewery founded in 1995 in Milton, Deleware. The brewery has seen a tremendous amount of growth within the last 8 years. Let me start off by saying this is a damn tasty beer. It’s a double American imperial pale ale that has a complex yet balanced taste. The smell hints of sweetness, specifically that of orange and grapefruit. It tastes of sweet malts and is hoppy, with a kick of alcohol in it. This beer is extremely drinkable and tasty. I’ll definitely be buying this again, however, I’d drink it in moderation (You won’t be finding me kicking back a six pack of it due to its heaviness) 

     

    tags:  Fairfield County  Lifestyle  Imperial  Pale  Ale  American  Double  Dogfish  Head  90 minute  Milton  Delaware  1995  really good  hoppy  sweet  malts  drinkable 

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