I have been drinking a lot of fine brews lately, some good some bad and some that completely blew me away. Here are a few that really stood out.
I would like to start with The Collaboration Not Litigation Ale that was brewed between Avery Brewing and Russian River Brewing. This bottle was from Batch 4, bottled in Feb 2010. It is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale and comes in at 8.91% abv. For a potent beer is was very drinkable, notes of banana's cloves and pine. I found it very sweet with just a little spice. You taste hints of vanilla here and there and get a nice apple after taste. I will most certainly be buying more of this.
Next beer up is Anchor Steam Humming Ale. Im not real privy to Anchor Brewing, all I have had was their Chritsmas Ale last year and their staple Anchor Steam Beer which I am not a fan of. The Humming Ale however is quite flavorful. Very crisp and very hoppy is all I can say about this one! You smell citrus immediately, take a sip and its a little bitter all the way through and I found it hard to make out the malt in this one because of the bitter hops.
Although I was not a fan of this one, but the Ellicot Brewing Pale Ale did leave some impression on me. Crisp, clean, malty, sweet, the only problem I had with it was that it was too light in body and carbonation.