Brooklyn Local 2
This Belgian-style ale has a number of layers thanks to several varieties of malts and hops, along with honey, sugar and citrus peel. Full and tasty, with a smoothness that hides the 9 percent alcohol by volume. Kind of like a liquid Christmas fruitcake.
Green Lakes Organic Ale
This is the first organic brew from Deschutes Brewing in Oregon. Nice golden color and firm fluffy head. Crisp aroma and nice level of hops makes this a refreshing beer for the end of a hot day.
New Belgium Mothership Wit
This organic wheat beer pours a light yellow cloudy color with a zesty citrus flavor bed. Slight hint of spice, but mainly crisp, clean and refreshing.
Pinkus Muller Organic Hefe-Weizen
This unfiltered brew pours a light hazy golden color with a persistent fluffy head. Inviting citrus aroma that leads to a flavor profile that has lemon, spice and a bit of banana in the finish. Light and refreshing.
Samuel Smith Organic Lager
The beer pours a clear golden color with a slightly fruity aroma. There is a good level of carbonation in the beer. The flavor is nicely balanced. Sweet and slightly toasted malts emerge early and the hops arrive to carry the flavor profile to the finish. Good crisp finish.
Sierra Nevada 2010 Glissade Golden Bock
A 6.4 percent alcohol by volume beer that uses a combination of German Magnum, Perle and Spalter hops and Slovenian Aurora and Styrian hops, along with two-row Pale, Europils, Munich and Crystal malts. The beer is a crystal clear golden color with a firm white head. The flavor has a nice malty backbone with a good level of hops for balance. Very smooth and drinkable.
Rick Lyke is a beer writer based in Charlotte, NC. He writes the Lyke2Drink blog.