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AUG/SEP 2005 | REVIEWS | NEW BEER RELEASES

NEW BEER RELEASES
Does your brewery have a new release or new seasonal release? To have it reviewed here, please send at least two bottles, a flat label and information about the beer to our CBN offices located at: New Releases, Celebrator Beer News, 22455 Maple Court, Lower Level, Hayward, CA 94541

Anchor Brewing Co. Bock Beer
Anchor Brewing Co., California

Very dark (black) color, rich roasty nose, coffee notes, warm fermentation esters, very porter-esque for a bock. Great conditioning. Belgian lace on glass. Nutmeg notes and a big, full, rich, malty mouthfeel. Very hard to find but worth the search. Not a German-style bock by any stretch. Über doppelbock? Outstanding and unique.

Coast Range Imperial Russian Stout
Coast Range Brewing, California

Black with dark brown head. Big baker's chocolate/coffee/soy sauce nose. Big, rich, monster malt. Sweet malt finish with lingering flavors. Lacks tart astringency of the imperial style. High-alcohol coffee stout. Rich dessert beer. 11.4%. Highly Recommended.

Deschutes Twilight Ale
Deschutes Brewery, Oregon

Herbal, hoppy nose. Bright, lively flavors and dark golden color. Good conditioning. Rich malt character (English?). Balanced to the dry side. Summer seasonal ale for people who really like beer. Highly Recommended.

Drake’s Brewing 15th Anniversary Lager
Drake's Brewing, California

One year in a brandy barrel shows in the nose. Dark amber color. Aromas of rich, malty sugars and slight herbal notes. Seductively soft in the mouth, huge on the palate. Round flavors of oak-aged, malty magic. Long, rich, lingering finish. Savor in a snifter. 11% abv. Outstanding.

Full Sail Session Lager
Full Sail Brewery, Oregon

Very clean, fully attenuated refreshing lager, balanced toward the soft end of scale. No bittering. Soft finish. Retro stubby bottle. "Session" is the U.S. descriptor for an English-style mild or bitter. That it ain't. But if it weans kids off PBR, more power to ’em. 5.1% abv. Highly Recommended (for its style).

Geary's Summer Ale
D.L. Geary Brewing Co., Maine

Great color, slight hop nose, very carbonated, slight metallic note, slight honey note. Clean, grassy, soft mouthfeel, just short of a cream ale. Good summer quaffer. Recommended.

Lagunitas #10 Summer Ale
Lagunitas Brewery, California

Apricot-anise nose. Honey malt flavors. Wow! A glass full of rich, round, full flavors for assertive summer quaffing. Rich yeasty notes — almost triple light? Where'd that Belgium come from? 5.9% abv. Highly Recommended.

Rochefort 8
Abbaye St.-Remy, Belgium

Conditioning is awesome. Pillowy soft clouds. Heavenly. Prunes and herbs in the nose, cedar wood/tobacco. Complex, soft, rich and malty. Superbly balanced. Elegantly constructed, with a harmonious blend of notes leading to a long, pianissimo finish. 9.2% abv. Outstanding.

Rochefort 10
Abbaye St.-Remy, Belgium

Slight nose, less complex than the 8, but huge malt/sugar mouthfeel. Dark color. Candi sugars prominent in flavors, caramel, Turbinado–candi sugar character. Plums and black currants. Richer and heaver viscosity than the 8. 11.3% abv. Highly Recommended.

Russian River Supplication
Russian River Brewing Co., California

Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Brettanomyces and Saccharomyces yeast mélange. Cloudy amber color. Lactic-yeasty nose with not a little horse blanket. Cidery, citric; cherries in background. Some toasted oak nuances. Very effervescent. Very tart on the palate. Another off-the-scale beer from RR. 7% abv. Outstanding.

Russian River Temptation Barrel Aged Ale
Russian River Brewing, California

Blonde Belgian-esque, Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces, rich frothy head, great condition, great Brett nose. Tart, assertive acidic mouthfeel, malty sour notes and rich malt flavors. Great food beer. Sweet/tart balance. Young but will come together with additional bottle aging. Could turn wine geeks into beer geeks. A malt Gestalt of considerable consequence. 7.3% abv. Outstanding.

Samuel Adams Hefeweizen
Boston Beer Co., Massachusetts

Hazy but not cloudy. Pear-like flavors, soft yeasty wheat. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Very bright flavors. Clean finish. Highly Recommended for American wheat style.

Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Boston Beer Co., Massachusetts

Estery, herbal notes in nose, soft on palate, creamy hint of vanilla. Recommended.

The beers of the Shipyard Brewing Company of Portland, Maine, are once again available in California. Shipyard IPA is the best-selling Shipyard beer outside New England and the fastest-growing Shipyard brand. Shipyard’s Old Thumper is an award-winning favorite in California, taking “Best in Show” at the Los Angeles County Fair in 2004. This extra-special ale also took first place in the English Pale Ale category at both the California and West Coast Brewers Festivals. Shipyard Export and Old Thumper are now available on draft in Northern California.

Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale
Shipyard Brewing Company, Maine

English hops with crystal and chocolate malts for a dark, rich flavor. Great conditioning (bottle conditioning?), shy nose, copper color. Some earthy bittering in the finish keeps it tart on the palate. Big malt flavors give way to a tart finish. 4.9% abv. Recommended.

Shipyard Export Ale
Shipyard Brewing Company, Maine

Cascade, Willamette and Tettnang hops. Herbal nose. Tart, drying, citric notes on the palate. Slightly buttery but not offensive. Good mouthfeel, very long finish. Well balanced toward hop bittering. 5.1% abv. Highly Recommended.

Shipyard IPA
Shipyard Brewing Company, Maine

It's all Fuggle hops with two-row British pale, crystal and malted wheat in the grain bill. Our English art director called it "one of the finest IPAs I've had in a long time." Earthy, herbal nose. Malty sweet mid-palate, with rich hop bittering leading to a long finish. Balance is the key. 5.8% abv. Outstanding.

Shipyard Old Thumper
Shipyard Brewing Company, Maine

Challenger, Progress and Golding hops with crystal and chocolate malt. Nice copper color, buttery malt flavors, rich honey-maple notes. Big, rich flavors. Nice yeasty-estery note with long, lingering finish toward the sweet malt flavors. Balanced. 5.8% abv. Highly Recommended.

Stone Brewing Imperial Stout
Stone Brewing Co., California

Mocha, vanilla, coffee and some chocolate in nose. Huge malt monster with the acidic astringency that defines the style. Black as a Moscow merchant's heart, tart on palate and richly lingering in the finish. Almost a smoky note to the finish. 10.8% abv. Outstanding.

Valley Brewing Über Hoppy IPA
Valley Brewing Co., California

Dark amber color. Big, zippy hop blast in the nose. Malt (caramel praline?) and huge herbal hop bite with sticky-sweet malt finish. Big hop additions, dry hopping and hop additions (Randallization) before kegging. Caramelized hops? Diverse selection of high-alpha hops. Takes "rich" to another level. Very well integrated. 9% abv. Highly recommended.

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