Cohan’s Porter (3.9% ABV)

CohansCohan’s Porter is a unique Irishman’s Porter recipe, written by Parting Glass founder, Bob Cohan, and brewed exclusively under Bob’s supervision. The beer is a dark brown in color, with a lot of maltiness and a rich roasted character. The moderate body interacts with the low hop flavor very nicely, creating a delicate interweb of subtleties and innuendos. The overall result is a dark, rich porter, with medium hop character and aroma. Surprisingly vivid for its low ABV, this is a nice session beer for a night on the town, or just a quiet drink with friends. Look for it around September.

Magnum IPA (7.7% ABV)

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The third in our trio of Imperial IPA variations, the Magnum IPA is so named because it uses the extremely bitter hop variety Magnum. There is a medium amount of maltiness, with a moderate body, in stark contrast to the other two. The hops are extremely bitter, with less aroma and flavor than the Double Hop or Mega IPA, but with a bit more overall bitterness. The finish is less hop-oriented than the other two, with residual sweetness and little hop finish.

Smoked Porter (5.2% ABV)

smokedporterThe porter is an old style that originated over three centuries ago in England. A smoked flavor interacts nicely with the sweetness. This is a moderately bitter beer, although the bitterness is undermined by the low hop aroma and flavor. The overall impression is of a traditional English porter, moderately dark, with roasted flavorings, and a little maltiness thrown in.

A great beer for black and tans.

Mega Hop IPA (7.0%)

mhThis hybrid is a cross between our Double Hop IPA and a big American IPA. There is a moderate body, which interacts interestingly with the hops. The very bitter American hops used are quite different from the fragrant hops of the Double Hop, with the result being a bitterer beer with a little more flavor and a quite different aroma. The overall impression is of a big American IPA, brewed with bitter hops, in a quite different take on the style than our Double Hop IPA.

Double Hop IPA (7.0% ABV)

2xhThe Imperial IPA is a very new style, created by taking a regular IPA and amping it up a bit. It is a little lighter in color than a regular IPA, with a nice, vigorous golden hue. There is very little maltiness in this beer, although it has a moderate body. The hops are the stalwart backbone of the style. There is an incredible amount of hop flavor and bitterness, and a definite interplay of varieties and locales in the different types of hops. The dry finish is typical of an IPA, and the result is a big beer, with only a hint of maltiness and a lot of hop character.

ESB (4.9% ABV)

esbAn old English style, the ESB was the bitterest beer around during its heyday. It is colored gold, with a moderate maltiness and a medium body. The hop flavor is distinctly British, with a medium hop aroma and medium bitterness, and it interplays nicely with the body and the light, delicate carbonation. With its middle-of-the-road finish and its moderate strength, this is the perfect session beer. The overall impression is of a golden, moderately malty ale with medium hop flavor and bitterness. Expect to see it whenever the QCers’ begging and pleading finally gets to me.

Farmhouse (5.9% ABV)

farmThe Biere de Garde is a style from the Franco-Belgian border, closely related to the Saison. The recipe was written by Jim Azotea of the Saratoga Thoroughbrews for use on a homebrew system, and scaled up by him to a 7-barrel batch. The alcohol warmth also comes through, which is very unusual for a Davidson Brothers Ale. There is also a moderate caramel sweetness from the sugar added during the boil. The low hop aroma is characteristic of noble hops, with very low bitterness and moderate aroma. The overall impression is of a sweet, caramel, amber ale, with low hop aroma and a noticeable alcohol burn. Expect to see it in late May or early June.

Wheat (5.1% ABV)

whtA traditional British wheat ale—light and crisp. It has a very light body and color, which contrasts nicely with its subtle maltiness.The hops introduce a subtle fruity sense, noticeable in the background. The overall impression is of a smooth, lightly flavored beer.

Danish (5.1% ABV)

daneThis is the only lager in our seasonal rotation. The dark brown color and foamy head give the impression of a stout, and the incredible richness of the roast doesn’t belie this impression. There is a distinct Noble hop aroma. The malty finish is in keeping with the style. The overall impression is of a dark beer, with the roasted character of a porter.

Expect to see it whenever I feel like dealing with the hassle of brewing it.

Belgian Tripel (8.9% ABV)

tripThe Belgian Tripel is a Trappist beer, a cross between a Dubbel and a Quadruppel. It is extremely heavy, with a full body. Incredibly sweet, with a lot of maltiness, and some “pure” sweetness added by the Belgian Candi Sugar we add to the boil. A big beer, the overall impression is of a large-bodied, sweet, robust ale. Look for it around Christmas, or our birthday weekend (Columbus Day).