Posted July 22, 2013 by Crafted Pours in Blog Posts

Twenty Unique Craft Beers to Try in Massachusetts

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If you live in Mass or are traveling to the area, there are plenty of interesting, tasty, and fun to drink beers available from local craft breweries. Craft breweries are spread out across the state, with locations in Boston, the South Shore, Cape & Islands, and Western Mass.

Let’s take a look at some unique beers to drink in Massachusetts. We’ll steer away from the standard IPAs, Golden Ales, and Stouts, and focus on interesting and flavorful beers.

Backlash Beer War (6.5%, 33 IBUs)

Rye Farmhouse Ale flavored with hibiscus leaves. Spicy, herbal, and refreshing with moderate bitterness. | Holyoke


Brash Brewing Hot Fuzz (11.5%)

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Porter. Rich flavors of roasted coffee, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. | Ipswich


Cambridge Brewing The Audacity of Hops (8.5%, 70 IBUs)

Belgian Double IPA. Brewed with Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo, Hallertauer, and Spalt hops. Spicy and fruity notes from fermentation with a Belgian yeast strain. Moderately high hop bitterness in the finish. | Cambridge (Boston)


Cape Ann Fisherman’s Spruce Tip Biere de Garde (7.3%, 18 IBUs)

French Farmhouse Style Ale brewed with fresh spruce tips and orange peel. Malty body with earthy and piney notes. | Gloucester 


Cisco Brewers Full & By Rye (6.6%)

Whiskey Barrel-Aged Sour Red Ale. Aged for 13 months in rye whiskey barrels with wild Brettanomyces yeast. Flavors of sour dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and whiskey. | Nantucket Island


Clown Shoes Clementine (6%)

Belgian Style Wit flavored with clementines, sweet orange peel, and coriander. Crisp, citrusy, and refreshing. | Ipswich 


Cody Brewing Hypnotic Tonic (8.8%, 37 IBUs)

Strong Ale flavored with citrus and honey. Full-bodied and sweet with lemon citrus notes. | Amesbury 


Enlightenment Ales Brut (11%)

Belgian Style Golden Strong Ale. Effervescent and champagne-like with crisp fruity flavors. | Lowell 


Harpoon Grateful Harvest Ale (5.9%, 25 IBUs)

Amber Ale flavored with locally harvested cranberries. Seasonal holiday release. | Boston 


High & Mighty Two Headed Beast (4.5%)

Belgian Chocolate Stout. Rich, creamy, and chocolaty. Brewed with raw cacao and fermented with Belgian yeast. | Holyoke 


Idle Hands Charlton Rouge (5.5%, 16 IBUs)

Flanders Style Sour Red Ale aged in oak red wine barrels for 9 months. Smooth, tart, and fruity. | Everett (Boston)


Jack’s Abby Smoke & Dagger (5.8%, 25 IBUs)

Smoked German Style Schwarzbier. Smooth dark lager with smoky and chocolaty flavors. | Framingham 


Night Shift Brewing Somer Weisse (5%)

Berliner Weisse Style sour German wheat beer flavored with lemongrass and ginger. Light, tart, and refreshing. | Everett (Boston)


Notch Brewing Cerne Pivo (4%)

Czech Stye Black Lager. Session style smooth, light-bodied lager with toasted malt and mild caramel flavors. | Ipswich 


Portico Brewing Chroma (6.1%, 36 IBUs)

Dry-Hopped Amber Ale. Hoppy floral aromas and notes of spicy malt. Brewed with a portion of rye malt. | Waltham


Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project Jack D’Or (6.5%, 57 IBUs)

Belgian Farmhouse Saison brewed with wheat, oats, and rye. Hopped with Nugget, Styrian Golding, Columbus, and Palisades hops. Fruity, earthy, and spicy with medium hop bitterness. | Somerville (Boston)


Slumbrew Lobstah Killah (8%, 68 IBUs)

Imperial Red Ale brewed with Columbus, Cascade, and Simcoe hops. Flavors of caramel, toasted malts, citrus, and piney hops. | Somerville (Boston) 


The Tap Intergalactic Acid (2.7%)

Berliner Weisse style sour wheat beer. Light, tart, and refreshing. | Haverhill 


Trillium Saison (6.6%)

Belgian Farmhouse Saison with flavors of peppery spice and stone fruit. | Boston


Watch City Shillelagh Irish Red Nitrogen Ale (4.8%, 18 IBUs)

Irish Style Red Ale poured through a nitrogen tap. Light and creamy with caramel and toasted malt flavors. | Waltham