whatever they call their porter -- this is a so-called american porter, a style with no real definition where apparently anything goes. served in a tulip glass from a bottle. considerable head formation from a fairly conservative pour. foam is the color of expresso foam, the beer is dark brown to black and opaque -- the appearance is pleasing and gives one hope. smell is ominously hoppy, pine/resin hops with the faintest hint of chocolate malt. flavor is surprisingly one note -- resinous hops. this should be labeled a black IPA. again, chocolate malt is detectable, but faintly, indicating an effort was made. except for this this beer is nearly identical to otter creek's black IPA, which i believe i have reviewed before. the latter is a decent beer, if somewhat tiresome after a while.
this experience and reports of surprisingly hoppy amber and pale ales in the same 12 pack make me wonder if this isn't one of too many breweries who manage to score high on beer rating websites by over-hopping their offerings. the goofballs on those sites could save themselves some money by giving up on beer and making themselves herbal tea from the hops packages available at homebrew stores.
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