8.25% ABV, Can

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a medium head. Decent amount of lacing.
Aroma: Citrus, moderate hops and some biscuity smell.
Taste: Packs the citrus along with a earthy sourness. Some hops, honey and biscuit, on the sweeter side.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied.

We started Beer of the Day with Brewery Vivant, so it’s only suiting that we end with the Grand Rapids brewery. Vivant’s Tripel features a pack of citrus flavor, and has some sourness to it as well to balance it out. Moderate hops and a subtle honey and biscuit quality makes for a great spring or summer brew.

6% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Clear gold with no head.
Aroma: Fruity with some spice.
Taste: Lots of mango — the pepper is more of an afterthought.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied.

B. Nektar’s latest mead, Necromangocon is a mix between mango and pepper. While the mead is certainly sweet, the subtleness of the pepper helps balance out the flavor, making for an enjoyable and very drinkable mead. Necromangocon has qualities of a cider — it’s lighter, sweet and has a slight carbonation. The mango comes through strong, as you can definitely pick out the flavor, but it’s by no means over the top. This might very well be my favorite mead yet.

10% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Clear gold with a small head.
Aroma: Hops with some cloves and banana.
Taste: Sweet citrus, banana, bread and moderate hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium to strong bodied.

Founders’ latest entry into its Backstage Series is a first for the brewery — Doom, an Imperial IPA. With moderate hops and a bit of a boozy backend, this brew has some of the best qualities of any style of beer out there today. With a sweet fruitiness to it, it balances rather well against the hops. Great for any IPA lover, and even those who aren’t a huge fan of those bitter finishes.

8.9% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Black with a small head.
Aroma: Raisin with some oat and malt.
Taste: Sweet, dark fruit with some malt.
Mouthfeel: Strong bodied.

Greenbush Ursus is an Old Ale with qualities of a stout — some sweetness up front that balances itself out at the finish. Some dark fruit — specifically raisin — make for a flavorful brew with malt, oat and some grain-like qualities.

7.85% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Cloudy orange with virtually no head.
Aroma: Ginger with some citrus.
Taste: Lots of ginger, with some bread, banana and rye. Some hops come through too.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

For all of us who love ginger, Short’s Ginger in the Rye is a perfect brew for us. Lots of ginger flavor, along with some bread, banana, rye and hops make this brew very flavorful and enjoyable. The flavors are layered well, with ginger taking most of the profile, but the finish ends up with a balance of fruit and hops.

7.85% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Cloudy orange with virtually no head.
Aroma: Ginger with some citrus.
Taste: Lots of ginger, with some bread, banana and rye. Some hops come through too.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
For all of us who love ginger, Short’s Ginger in the Rye is a perfect brew for us. Lots of ginger flavor, along with some bread, banana, rye and hops make this brew very flavorful and enjoyable. The flavors are layered well, with ginger taking most of the profile, but the finish ends up with a balance of fruit and hops.

5.8% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Dark brown with a small head.
Aroma: Vanilla, caramel, chocolate and some roasted malt.
Taste: Chocolate quickly leads to some vanilla and caramel flavors. A bit of a burnt roast flavor towards the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to strong bodied.

For a stout with a relatively low ABV, Black River Oatmeal Stout certainly packs the flavor. With chocolate, vanilla and caramel flavors, Black River has some of the standard tastes associated with an oatmeal stout. But it’s surprisingly well-balanced, and you can taste each layer of flavor with each sip. A slightly burnt roast flavor comes through at the end, bringing a punch to the end of this great brew.

4.8% ABV, Can

Appearance: Clear reddish-orange with a medium head.
Aroma: Malts with some spice.
Taste: Bread with some caramel and roasted malt qualities. Some vanilla and slight fruit as well.
Mouthfeel: More carbonation than I expected. Medium bodied.

MillKingIt is certainly making a scene in Royal Oak — and with beers like its Brik Irish-Style Red Ale, it’s easy to see why. This somewhat spicy, bready, malty ale is full of flavor. With just a hint of bitterness at the end, the sweet qualities round out by themselves quite well, and make for a great tasting red ale.


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