The Best Amazing Clubs Beer Shipment Yet
by Madi M.
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017
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But, this month’s shipment has been the best yet!
This month featured beer from two breweries: Cooperstown Brewing Company in Milford, New York and Heavy Seas Beer out of Baltimore, Maryland.
Cooperstown Brewing Company was founded in 1995 and is known for small-batch, English-style ales, porters, and stouts. The brewery is located just six miles outside of Cooperstown, New York – home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. So their beers feature fun, baseball-inspired names including: Old Slugger Pale Ale, Nine-Man Golden Ale, and Bambino American Amber Ale.
Amazing Clubs featured both their Benchwarmer Porter and Backyard IPA. I enjoyed the IPA, but it didn’t stack up those I sampled in other months (see the reviews of my first and second months) – probably because of my west coast bias against English-style IPAs. It had a nice pour, but the flavor left something to be desired. The hops were lighter than expected and notes of butter were present throughout the taste.
I liked the Benchwarmer Porter more than expected (though, the name didn’t exactly inspire me to think of it as the best available). I’m not much of a porter fan, but this English one pours a deep brown with thick, long-lasting head. The flavor has notes of vanilla, caramel, and a bit of roasted coffee.
Heavy Seas Beers has been brewing for over 20 years focusing on English-style pale ales with an East Coast flavor. They currently produce 18 different styles of beer. Plus, it’s pirate themed.
I truly enjoyed the Powder Monkey Pale Ale! It’s a great alternative to heavier IPA, porter, and stouts. At 4.80% ABV, it was perfect for a day-in-the-sun without putting me over the edge. And, it earned a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup in 2010 and silver at the Great American Beer Festival in 2008. What can I say, I like a winner.
This pale ale poured a light, white head that disappeared pretty quickly. I could smell malt, yeast, and hops. Most importantly, I tasted strong malt flavors with notes of citrus and hops that complete the profile. Overall, the flavors were fairly light – and that’s what I really liked. I could have a few of these without being overwhelmed.
Add to that – their Vienna Lager rounded out this month’s award-winning selections (it took home silver or bronze at the Great American Beer from 2006 - 2010). Quite a selection!.After five months of reviewing Amazing Clubs’ beer of the month club, I still look forward to getting a new shipment each month. Even when I’m not a huge fan of a beer, it’s still fun to try something new and share them with friends. Plus, I’m consistently surprised by how much I enjoy the best beers of the bunch.
Are you ready to try some new beers? Want to discover microbrews from around the country? Join Amazing Clubs beer club today!