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Segal Ranch Session IPA by Green Flash

Segal Ranch Session IPA by Green Flash is the latest release from Green Flash’s Hop Odyssey line and it is an Session IPA exploding with flavor at only 4.5% ABV. This great craft beer is stacked at 65 IBU with Tomahawk, Centennial, and Cascade hops all hand picked from Segal Ranch in Yakima, Washington. Segal Ranch Session IPA by Green Flash pours a golden straw color with a mild carbonation and the aroma has hints of citrus but the first taste is actually a mildly sharp pine with a bite of grapefruit and a mild finish of an almost tropical fruit, possibly leaning towards stone fruit with a hint of passion. What is I really liked about the Segal Ranch Session IPA by Green Flash is just how much amazing flavor it packed from all of the pine, resin, grapefruit and tropical fruit flavor with a nice sharp bit and still a very smooth malty backbone that I would almost have to say had a hint of what I’d have to guess was a victory malt with its mild biscuit taste. Either way this is a great craft beer to try on tap or in a bottle.

Segal Ranch Session IPA by Green Flash

Segal Ranch Session IPA by Green Flash

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Pumpkick by New Belgium brewing

Pumpkick by New Belgium brewing is New Belgium’s take on Pumpkin Ale this season brewed with plenty of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a hint of cranberries and lemongrass. Yes, we said lemongrass and it is an amazing pumpkin ale for the 2015 season called Pumpkick. Real lemongrass not the hop flavors of sorachi ace but real lemongrass with a blend of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cranberries. The hop was a bit of a surprise as they used nugget which actually went very well with all the other flavors and with a modest 6% ABV it all comes together smoothly. Pumpkick by New Belgium brewing is one of this seasons seasonal brews that is really worth trying. Even with the extra froth we saw the overall flavor was excellent and worth the purchase for this fall season. I will agree with most reviews that the overall aroma was almost non-existent but the flavor more than made up for it with a nice mouth feel and excellent pumpkin with mild hints of spice and although I really didn’t take notice to the cranberries there was a hint of tartness and the lemongrass seemed to smooth out the overall flavor. As for the pour you can see it was a bit heavy on the head but the color was a excellent light amber in color.

NewBelgiumPumpkick

New Belgium Pumpkick

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Atom Smasher Oak Aged Oktoberfest Style Lager by Two Brothers Artisan Brewing

Atom Smasher Oak Aged Oktoberfest Style Lager by Two Brothers Artisan Brewing is one of the smoothest and yet still one of the best Oktoberfest beers of the fall season. Two Brothers Artisan Brewing make some amazingly smooth and delicious brews but when I read that Atom Smasher Oak Aged Oktoberfest was 7.7% ABV I was floored as this amazing craft beer drinks like it is in the low 4% ABV area. Atom Smasher Oak Aged Oktoberfest Style Lager by Two Brothers Artisan Brewing is the only oak aged Oktoberfest styles I’ve seen this year and although I feel the wood age is somewhat overdone by many brewers this one seems like it was soaked in oak just enough to smooth out the flavors nicely with nice aromas of mildly sweet caramel and biscuit malts while the first sips are nice hints of toasted malts, hints of oak with just the right amount of toffee, hops and hints of earthy spices. This amazing Oktoberfest pours a rich amber color with a nice lacey head but at 7.7% ABv and 22.6 IBU this one can easily creep up on you as as it is simply one of the smoothest Oktoberfest brews of this fall season with subtle but complex flavors.

Atom Smasher Oak Aged Oktoberfest Style Lager by Two Brothers Artisan Brewing

Atom Smasher Oak Aged Oktoberfest Style Lager by Two Brothers Artisan Brewing

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Hop Harvest Oktoberfest by Peak Organic Brewing Company

Hop Harvest Oktoberfest by Peak Organic Brewing Company hands down is the best Oktoberfest craft beer I’ve had all season so far, it is simply amazing with lots of great flavor and amazing complexity. As you can see the pour is perfect with a nice 1 inch off white head and a deep golden amber color with an amazing aroma with mild earthy smells including toasty caramel, subtle toasty bread notes and hops with the hints of citrus. Hop Harvest Oktoberfest by Peak Organic Brewing Company’s tastes exactly as it smells with smooth caramel malts, mild biscuit malts, earthy notes with surprisingly spicy hops and hints of pine resin and grapefruit. with a crisp finish. Shockingly this bold flavor filled Oktoberfest brew is very sessionable at only 4.9% ABV with tons of complex smooth flavors. If you are looking to try an Oktoberfest this is one you must try for the fall season as this is one of the most amazing Oktoberfest craft beers of the year.

Peak Hop Harvest Oktoberfest

Peak Hop Harvest Oktoberfest

 

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Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale by Uinta Brewing

There are a lot of Pumpkin ales being released this year with a few great ones, a lot of nice ones and a ton of o.k. to below average ones. With that said I was extremely exited after my first sip of Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale by Uinta Brewing as this is the closest Pumpkin Ale to true pumpkin pie, with no exaggeration this amazing Punk’n harvest pumpkin ale is just like drinking real pumpkin pie from fresh harvested pumpkins. I’ve been a big fan of Uinta craft ales shortly after discovering them in North Florida well over a year ago so it is always a great thing when a quality brewer amazes you with yet another greatly crafted quality brew. Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale by Uinta Brewing should be on the top of your list for pumpkin ales to try before the season is over, which I will agree it seems the season came very early this year. Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale by Uinta Brewing is an extremely easy drinking ale at only 5% ABV and 10 IBU allows the roasted pumpkin and spices of the season with hints of vanilla and honey to shine through. Not 100% sure of all the flavors but roasted pumpkin is the main flavor with a bit of vanilla, honey, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and nutmeg as if you were eating a slice of some of the best fresh pumpkin pie with every sip.

Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale by Uinta Brewing

Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale by Uinta Brewing

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