91 Combined Harvest Multigrain Beer, Batemans (England). 4.7% ABV (2/09)
Brilliant pale amber color with a lacy head. Aromas of buttered multigrain toast and orange marmalade follow through on a soft, round entry to a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body with lively citrus acidity and walnut praline notes. Finishes with a tangy, palate stimulating fade of cocoa, nuts and mild citrusy hops. A superb food beer.
90 Tomos Watkin Lovely Ale, The Hurns Brewing Co. (Wales). 4.5% ABV (2/09)
Deep amber color with a frothy head. Mild toasted buttermilk biscuit and toasted grain aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a dryish medium body with a fine mesh of nuts and dried autumn fruits. Finishes with a snappy wisp of praline and earthy hops.
90 Scarecrow Ale, Wychwood Brewery Co. (England). 4.7% ABV (3/11)
Golden amber color. Lovely toasted brioche and mild lemon-peach butter aromas with a round, dryish medium body and a crisp, direct and minerally mossy hop-accented finish. Clean, precise and very much to style.
89 Tomos Watkins Old Style Bitter, The Hurns Brewing Co. (Wales). 4.5% ABV (2/09)
Hazy burnished amber color with a fine mousse. Aromas of cocoa-dusted nuts, dried apple, cooked okra and raisin toast follow through on a supple, finely frothy entry to a dryish medium body with tangy mild citrus and cream notes and a refreshing white nut-accented fade. A spot-on bitter.
89 Honkers Ale, Goose Island Beer Co. (IL). 4.3% ABV (3/11)
Brilliant deep amber color. Lovely, pure, dried apricot pastry aroma with a round, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy orange, rye crisp, mustard seed and greens finish. Very tasty and sessionable.
88 Younger’s Special Bitter Ale, Rogue Ales (OR). 5% ABV (2/09)
Deep amber color with a fine blanket of manila foam. Roasted pecans and pumpernickel toast aromas follow through on a bright, vibrant entry to a dry medium-full body with firm, tart grapefruit peel hoppiness and a nut skin-accented fade. A boisterous, West Coast hophead domestic version of bitter ale.
88 Old Legover, Daleside Brewery (England). 4.1% ABV (3/10)
Dark amber color. Aromas of chocolate mousse, roasted grains and pecan pie follow through on a round, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with nice dried stone fruit and roasted nut notes. Finishes with a tangy, leafy vegetable accent.
87 Eagle ESB, Pagosa Brewing Co. (CO). 4.42% ABV (3/11)
Copper color. Pineapple yogurt, peach and grapefruit marmalade aromas with a smooth, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a relaxed fruit bread and water chestnut finish. An appealing, fruity session ale.
84 Cutthroat Pale Ale, Uinta Brewing Co. (UT). 4% ABV (3/11)
Aromas and flavors of doughy peach cobbler, dark roasted nuts, bouillon and salty roasted root vegetables with supple, dry light-to-medium body and a grain sack, peppered turnip and kale finish.