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Grey Lady Ale by Cisco Brewers in Nantucket MA pours a pale cloudy, yellow/grey and finishes in the glass with a thin head.  The aroma is thickGreyLady and yeasty, almost like sniffing a waterlogged loaf of Wonder Bread, with the distinct smell of banana.

The first sip starts smooth but has minimal effervescence and is quickly bogged down in the middle of your mouth feeling more like a thin fruit smoothie than a beer.  From that point forward I struggled to choke the beer down.  Grey Lady Ale is thick and creamy.  In my opinion even an American version of a Belgian Wit Ale should be relatively light and refreshing, only slightly creamy, with a crisp finish.

In full disclosure I must admit that I don’t like bananas.  In fact if they became extinct tomorrow I would not mourn the loss of diversity in the fruit world.  Likewise I would not be sad if Grey Lady Ale suffered the same apocalyptic demise.  Others may feel differently, but please keep your bananas away from my beer!

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MooButternuts Beer and Ale Brewery in Garrattsville, New York packages their products in cans. After a sit down with Dales Ale with Nate (see the previous posts), he gathered up a few cans from Butternuts to sample. The brewery website is underwhelming but promising. I don’t have patience for some things. Oh well. 

Well, this evening as the sun slid down the west side of the Sandwich Range and the sky turned that dark blue of sunset, I grabbed for a black can from Butternut.  “Stout” said the label under a cartoon cow. “Moo Thunder” stretched over the top. I must say the label is a complete turn off but I didn’t waver and cracked the top and tipped into the glass.

The “stout” expectation was in the forefront of my tasting sense. The first long pull of the Moo Thunder was, well… not at all like thunder. Watery maybe, dry for sure, placid yes, respectable drink, well, yeah. I could call it a cream stout, a light duty stout, but not a bad stout. This is not a “knock your socks off” stout. Would I have another? … rather than nothing, yes of course! Rather than Guinness? Never!

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fort11For the official kick-off of our blog, beer guys Charlie, Russ, and Nate opened a bottle of Dogfish Head Fort Ale.  What follows is “real time” unfiltered first impressions about this magnum size brew!

  • Beer Guy Charlie – This is all raspberry. Dry, fuzzy, “sticky”.  Like eating ’em fresh off the bush on a warm summer day. 
  • Beer Guy Russ –  Fruit and beer don’t belong in the same glass!
  • Beer Guy Nate –  The high alcohol content makes this smell a little like nail polish. 

Ok.  We admit, the above is simply first impressions.  We have always enjoyed Dogfish Head brews.  Despite the fact that 2 out of the 3 ‘Two Beer Guys’ reviewers don’t believe beer and fruit should mix we opened our minds and let the libations flow.

Fort Ale is definitely ALL RASPBERRY… and a dash of 18% alcohol by volume.  When we say “All Raspberry” we mean it, right down to the subtly dry raspberry after-taste.  From our perspective this brew would be best enjoyed as an after dinner drink and would go well with dark chocolate.  However, since we are far removed from the ideology that “Fruit & beer make good drink” we believe that there are other people more qualified rate the merits of this brew.

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