Beer Review: Brown Ales

Brown Ales are common and tasty yet lack a certain curb appeal, making them often overlooked. But these simple offerings are some of the best ones out there, bells and whistles aside.

Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Sweet, nutty and delicious. The brown ale is a boarder line dessert beer. I would pick up a sixer in a heartbeat but can’t see myself cruising through more than one or two. Doesn’t make it bad, just not a crusher. 4.75/5

Old Brown Dog

Everything one could possibly want from a brown ale. It hits all the malty notes and offers a little extra. If it’s on a bottle of draft list, it’s also on my radar. 4.75/5

Newcastle Brown Ale

This was my go-to beer for a very long time. To this day, if I’m offered a Newcastle, you better believe I’m going to accept. It’s not the fanciest car on the lot but it will get the job done. 4.5/5

Beer Review: Lagers

America: Land of the free, home of the brave, drinkers of lagers. With this blog still in infancy, can you think of a better place to start than with the lager?

Slingshot American Craft Lager

With it’s citrus hop pop and familiar lager qualities, this beer erupts with warmer times to come. Although I drink this now wearing blue jeans and a sweatshirt, this beer is destined to be enjoyed topless and in the water. Rating: 4.75/5

Dortmunder Gold Lager

This was one of my first craft beer purchases and this – as well as many other beers in the Great Lakes Brewing Co. family – has become one of my favorite beers of all time. If you see it, don’t hesitate to pull the trigger and pick anywhere from one to 12 of these…

Narragansett Lager

In one six-pack, this beer has gone from a beer I’ve never tried to a beer I will pounce on come cookout and pool party season. It’s smooth, tasty, crisp and refreshing. Everything a crushable lager should be. Don’t let the mouthful of a name fool you. It’s worth it. Rating: 4/5

Mission statement:

I’m launching “It’s Just a Beer” and want to share what the project is going to be about before I begin posting regular content starting Thursday, March 17.