Brewmaster Jack

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  1. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (277) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    Just want to give a shout out here to Brewmaster Jack.

    Always liked the rye porter, but over the holidays I had a Tennessee Prinse and a Near and Dear (or four). The stout, especially, my God that's good.

    Anyone else?

    I will admit there was a bomber of some double IPA I didn't love, but I'm willing to try again. Maybe I got a bad bottle, bad batch, stored improperly, old. Whatever. I'm all in now Brewmaster Jack. Let's drink.
     
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  2. Jesse14

    Jesse14 Initiate (182) Jul 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Been a fan of his IPA's for a long time. Ambrewsia is sneaky good when fresh and the single hop series is well done too. Just needs to get the IPA line up in cans or at least out of bombers.
     
  3. mrz200

    mrz200 Initiate (122) Jul 11, 2013 Massachusetts

    Totally agree.

    I've only had their ipas & DIPAs but need to get my hands on that stout. I like the bottle size and the brew date sticker.
     
  4. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Ambrewsia is in four packs. Near and dear was great.
     
  5. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (277) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    The bombers turn me off. Man, they'd be great in that 12 oz four pack. But so long as that stout is around, I'm happy. I wonder if it's a year round thing or seasonal. I might load up; I think that beer is spectacular.

    What's his best IPA? I've seeen a couple.
     
  6. MVP09

    MVP09 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts

    They gotta get out of bombers. Only bombers I buy now are Trillium.
     
  7. MVP09

    MVP09 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts

    Ambrewsia is very good but grows grows cobwebs on the shelves near me. Not sure why all breweries don't do 12oz or 16oz cans for ipas.
     
  8. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (277) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    I'm with you on IPA bombers. I much prefer stouts in that format. I can pour and enjoy the evolution of the beer as it warms.
     
  9. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Yeah, those never sit old of shelves.
     
  10. RichD

    RichD Champion (812) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    There was one IPA that they bottled that had a serious carbonation issue and if I'm not mistaken, they acknowledged the issue. As for their other beers, Tennessee Prinse (which was BA Prinsipia when I had it) was very delicious. Little Brother and Hoppiness is a Warm Pun are fantastic.

    Unfortunately their IPAs are already starting to sit on the shelves and that's undoubtedly due to the format. 4 or 6 packs would probably make it easier to pull the trigger on buying their beers.
     
  11. jbertsch

    jbertsch Poo-Bah (1,593) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts
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    I hadn't touched Brewmaster Jack yet because of - what I thought was - a lack of bottle dating. I'll have to look for the sticker next time - thanks.
     
  12. RichD

    RichD Champion (812) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    They used to have a small sticker on the cap and now they've switched over to a date stamp on the left side of the label. It can be a bit tough to make out, but it's there.
     
  13. MenardMa

    MenardMa Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2011 Connecticut

    My wife got me a bottle of Good Sense for Xmas and there was definitely no date. Just nothing there at all. Plus the beer was VERY overcarbed (gusher) and just not good at all. A couple months ago I got a bottle of the same beer and had the same problem...so they need to work through some QC issues apparently.

    Really liked Little Brother, that Mosaic IPL, and Hoppyness is a warm pun though, which is my favorite beer name of all time.
     
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  14. hemiman

    hemiman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2014 Massachusetts

    I had the stout over the weekend and thought it was great. I'll be buying another 4 pack of those for sure. The IPAs I've had were great too but I wish they came in something other than bombers. Having 1 or 2 of their IPA offerings in a 4 pack would be nice
     
  15. paddyfrankie

    paddyfrankie Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2015 New York

    Hoppiness is a Warm Pun and Little Brother are both fantastic beers. I too wish they were in a different format.
     
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  16. meefmoff

    meefmoff Zealot (504) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts
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    I've liked some of their IPAs quite a bit but I thought the Near and Dear was outstanding. And I got an interesting story about it at a tasting at CBC.

    In addition to talking about the beer generally, the representative went into a fair amount of detail about the coffee and cacao that they used in it. So I asked him why they ended up just labeling it a simple stout rather than touting the coffee. He told me that in their past experience where they sold some <flavored> beers they generally found people would comment that they didn't think they tasted the <flavor> enough. So they decided it was better to just label it as a basic stout and let people be pleased with the coffee/chocolate notes that they weren't necessarily set up to have a huge expectation for.

    As for the format, it's great that they're moving more and more to the 4 pack bottles, but it seems like they're missing an opportunity by not highlighting one of their IPAs in 16 oz cans. In that format with a little marketing I would think they could be a real player in the widely available NE IPA sweepstakes. I suppose I can't blame them for not wanting to pay a mobile canner after they invested all that money in their bottling system.
     
  17. Aaron58

    Aaron58 Initiate (184) Dec 16, 2007 Massachusetts


    yeah, the eclipse porter, which I love, used to be called a Chocolate Rye Porter. I think the Chocolate really confused people as they drank it
     
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  18. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (277) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    Okay, there are enough of us, mods. Delete this post.

    Especially consider some of you (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!) who will now go out seeking the stout, thinking, "Oh, a coffee stout. I need adjuncts in my stouts because I can't appreciate a good beer without having something extra in it."
     
  19. Jesse14

    Jesse14 Initiate (182) Jul 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    It's funny you say that. I was in Julios yesterday and had a four pack of Near and Dear in my hands but put it back after I saw it was just a stout with low IBU's (20). My palette is old and needs big bold beers to have any impact. Subtleties have always been wasted on me....now I'm headed back to pick up that 4-pack if its still there.
     
  20. Patches826

    Patches826 Meyvn (1,459) Aug 28, 2013 Massachusetts
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    As it stands, I'm pretty sure Near and Dear is winter-only.

    Shame about the overcarb problems with Good Sense. When that beer is on point it's really good.
     
  21. HeyHayward

    HeyHayward Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2013 New York

    I've enjoyed several of their beers but I've had 4 different bottles (all different beers) that were either infected or had serious carbonation issues. I've stayed away from them since but hoping they've sorted out some of those issues.
     
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  22. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (277) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    None left at my local. Nope. Nothing to see here. Don't even bother coming in.
     
  23. RichD

    RichD Champion (812) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    I actually don't think I've had a Brewmaster Jack beer since I've had Good Sense. It's definitely a combination of the carbonation issues and the fact that dated bottles sit on the shelves.

    Hoppiness is a warm pun was definitely my favorite IPA from them.
     
  24. TheSmokingChimp

    TheSmokingChimp Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2015 Massachusetts

    What I've heard about the over carbonation issue was that they realized the bottles were gushing after they got to market. They recalled it and gave the distributor their money back and told them to pull all the bottles of the shelves and destroy them. Some stores complied with this and sent the beer back to the distributor and some didn't. Instead of destroying the beer the distributor got back they sold it to other stores.
     
  25. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Defender (640) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Nice to see Brewmaster Jack in RI. Offerings I saw in my store were Hoppiness is a Warm Pun and Good Sense for IPAs, and Tennessee Prinse 4-packs
     
  26. Tom_in_RI

    Tom_in_RI Initiate (57) May 5, 2015 Rhode Island

    Where did you see it in RI? I see them at Yankee in Attleboro and Gasbarro's in Seekonk, but every time I see them, they are 3-4 months old.
     
  27. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,942) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I really like their Stray Dog Lager. A solid Vienna, and severely underrated beer overall.
     
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  28. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Defender (640) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Sandy's Liquors in Middletown is where I saw it, but I also saw on Nikki's Liquors facebook page that they also received a shipment. The Hoppiness bottles in the cooler were dated 3/7/16.
     
  29. MVP09

    MVP09 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts

    It sucks now.
     
  30. Justoffthewall

    Justoffthewall Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2015 Massachusetts

    The hoppy offerings are solid and near and dear is a great under the radar stout
     
  31. eb1610

    eb1610 Disciple (354) Jan 3, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Agreed
     
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