Posts tagged ‘heartland brewery’

Heartland Brewery Part 4

The last post in the Heartland Brewery series will be about one of their seasonal brews: Not Tonight Honey Porter. Apologies for the picture quality–I lost my original picture.

Admittedly I ordered this beer for the name, but that hasn’t led me astray before, and it didn’t this time either. This was a rich, smooth, malty beer with a light honey/chocolate aroma. It was dark ebony, but don’t let that fool you: this is a porter, so it is quite a bit lighter than a stout of the same flavor profile. When tasting it I got hints of molasses, honey, and chocolate. This beer is a seasonal, so it’s only available January-April.

Try this if you like: Sierra Nevada Porter, Boulder Old Chicago Black Diamond Chocolate Porter

4 stars

Heartland Brewery Part 3

Today’s selections from the Heartland Brewery are their Indiana Pale Ale and Farmer Jon’s Oatmeal Stout. This will be the second-to-last post in the Heartland Brewery series.

The Indiana Pale Ale was a very typical IPA. It was clear, crisp, dry, and hoppy. It’s everything you would want from an IPA. That said, it doesn’t have any “extras” to it that would make it more than just an IPA. You can get the same taste from just about any brewery that makes good IPAs. Goose Island’s and Sierra Nevada’s come to mind.

Try this if you like: IPAs in general

Next up is the Farmer Jon’s Oatmeal Stout. Sadly, the Heartland Brewery claims that it is similar to Guinness. Now, there’s nothing wrong with American Guinness but there are MANY better oatmeal stouts out there. New Glarus makes an excellent one. This beer was far too flavorful for it to be like American Guinness. (Why do I keep saying “American?” Because Guinness is MUCH better in Ireland.)

This was a dark, almost black, opaque stout. It had an oatmeal/malty aroma, and a smooth, malty taste with hints of espresso. If you like coffee stouts but find them a bit too strong for you, this is the beer for you. The espresso was just enough to balance out the oatmeal. No one flavor was overpowering.

Try this if you like: New Glarus Road Slush, New Glarus Coffee Stout, or other oatmeal/coffee stouts.

4 stars

Heartland Brewery Part 2

The next edition of the Heartland Brewery macro-review will cover the Harvest Wheat and Red Rooster Ale.

So this is the Harvest Wheat. It had a citrusy aroma and an overly wheaty taste. Once I squeezed the lemon in, the wheat taste became overpowered by lemon. As you can see, it’s cloudy, so it is an unfiltered wheat beer. You don’t taste much for hops…mostly wheat. Did I mention wheat? All in all, this was not my favorite, but it wasn’t too bad.

Try this if you like: Hefeweizens



Next up is the Red Rooster Ale. Now…I’m a little biased because I absolutely love reds, and this was no exception.

I haven’t had a really good red ale in awhile. The Red Rooster cured that. It had a malty, caramely aroma and the same sort of taste. It was smoother than any other red I’ve had (probably because it was an ale and not a lager) and it was refreshingly hoppy. While I couldn’t drink this for hours, it’s definitely a beer to sip and enjoy.

Try this if you like: Sam Adam’s Irish Red, Leinenkugel’s Red, Sierra Nevada

5 Stars

Heartland Brewery Part 1

While in NYC over the past two days I went to an awesome brewpub called Heartland Brewery. The worst part about this place is that you can only get its beer here. I had a 7-beer sampler, which offers their 6 regular brews plus one of their seasonals. Not bad for $15. I’ll review the seven beers over the next couple of posts, and we’ll start with a 2-for-1!

First up, Indian River Light.

This was an excellent summer beer, reminiscent of Blue Moon, but MUCH better. It’s also not cloudy like Blue Moon. The aroma is nearly all orange with hints of coriander. The taste is the same: LOTS of orange, bits of spice, and a clean, finish. This is a great summer beer–I could drink this for hours.

Try this if you like: Blue Moon

5 Stars

Next up, Cornhusker Lager. This was a very generic lager, made with corn hops like many of the American macrobrews. The website even claims that it’s similar to Bud. No wonder I didn’t like it.

There was really no aroma to speak of. On first taste I thought “yup, this is an American lager.” It was quite bubbly (a very tingly mouthfeel,) with a mild malty taste. This definitely had more taste than your typical Bud or Miller (a plus for it), but other than that it wasn’t anything special. I’m glad I only had to drink 5 ounces of it.

Try this if you like: Bud, Miller, Heineken, Amstel