Boise Brewing Black Cliffs American Stout; Boise, Idaho

A multiple time medal winner at the North American Beer Awards and the GABF; it pours dark black while raising a khaki foam which fashions lacy trails down the glass. Aroma is of coffee-like roasted malts, a bit of caramel and a kiss of cocoa. Flavor offers roasty coffee, a bit of piney hops, chocolate and molasses. Full bodied, it finishes semi-dry with a touch of roastiness. Find the multiple Boise Brewing tap takeovers during Idaho Beer Week, check the events section of © Gregg Smith


Mutton Buster Brown Ale

Mutton Buster Brown Ale, Payette Brewing; Boise, Idaho –Rather than trying to bulk up into a distorted image of the style Mutton Buster thankfully remains true to the Brown Ale style. It begins with the medium brown color with a hint of orange and a frothy, cream colored head. Aroma is of roasty, chocolate and caramel malts with lead you directly into the beer. It’s semi sweet with a bit of both nutty and bready flavors. Body is medium-low as per the style and a little bitterness in the finish.


Prickly Pear Pale Ale, Lewis and Clark Brewing; Helena, Montana –

USA Light gold with a touch of copper and a light off-white head. Aroma is Northwest hops along with notes berries and tropical fruit. Flavor is of citric hops, a suggestion of bread and, of course, prickly pear, although hoppy it also exhibits some malty sweetness. Body is that of a light medium texture expected from an American Pale Ale and finishes with somewhat spicy, dry bitterness. Find the Lewis and Clark tap takeover during Idaho Beer Week, check the events section of © Gregg Smith Mountain Brewers Beer


Breakside IPA

Breakside Brewing; Portland, OR – Bright attractive copper colored with a white head lasting through the initial portion of the beer. Aroma is of grapefruit and pine from floral hops. An orange citrus with a bit of tropical fruitiness opens the flavor and is soon joined by biscuity malt and just enough bitterness. Body is medium as is the carbonation; it finishes somewhat dry with a light, softly lingering bitterness. Find the Breakside tap takeover in the events section of © Gregg Smith



Švyturys Švyturio – A pale lager of somewhat deep straw color, it sports a white head which last through a moderate duration.  Aroma notes present a touch of hay, a light grassiness and some floral hops. A slightly malty beer it has favors hops with a suggestion of corn. Its light-medium body fades to a low bitterness at the finish. © Gregg Smith Mountain Brewers Beer Fest – First Saturday in June, Idaho Falls, ID


Pilsner Urquell – Czech Republic

Pilsner Urquell

Pilsner Urquell – Slightly hazy, it has a thick white head. The aroma yields spicy notes from the use of Saaz hops along with a somewhat bready character. Flavor is of bready malts, grain a hint of pepper and a little suggestion of grassiness; a touch of buttery diacetyl may be detected. Body is medium and it finishes medium dry with a pleasing and lingering hoppy bitterness.


The Black Douglas Ale – Scotland

The Black Douglas Ale

The Black Douglas Ale, Broughton Brewery; Biggar, Scotland – A Scottish Ale in Scotland? Perhaps in the glow of the independence movement the Clans are also rebelling against the invasion of the lagers. Black Douglas greets you with a bright, attractive brown color with reddish highlights and a white head which initially rises, creamy-like, then settles. The aroma releases a rich caramel nose with some toffee and very low notes of soft floral hops. Flavor is of toffee, treacle, butterscotch, and perceptible hop bitterness. Of a medium-full body it offers


Burning River Pale Ale – USA

Burning River Pale Ale

Burning River Pale Ale, Great Lakes Brewing Company; Cleveland, Ohio – Named after the infamous Cuyahoga river\Lake Erie fire. It gives the Orange-like hues of this beer new meaning. Sitting atop is an off-white head that laces well down the glass. Aroma is of citrusy hops and a bit of malt. Flavor is a straight forward American Pale Ale. It has notes of caramel and of course the citric flavors of the hops, but in what seems a Northeast character or variation of the style it has a touch of