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Hello everyone!  I’m now officially back from a long weekend spent out in beautiful southern Vermont.  While we didn’t exactly turn this into one of those infamous “Vermont beer trips,” my wife and I did take advantage of opportunities to sample some local wares.  This one was not only one of our favorites from the weekend, but it also comes with a rather memorable story.

Before treating our son to his first ever fireworks show, we took him on a gondola ride up a mountain and on a short hike to a fire tower on Stratton Mountain.  At the base of the tower, my wife and I broke out some snacks for him and a beer for us. No sooner had we done so than a friendly park ranger came out of a nearby hiking shelter and started a long chat with us about the area.  She didn’t say a thing about the beverages, but that didn’t stop us from feeling a bit like chastised teenagers on the way back down the trail!

Beer Name: Peasant King

Brewery: Burlington Beer Company (Burlington, VT)

Style: NEIPA

ABV: 9.0%

Description: An imperial NE-style IPA brewed with Kohatu, Zythos, and Cascade hops and a mix of Pilsner and Vienna malts.

Appearance: Once I finally got it to a glass, the beer poured to a murky orangish-yellow body topped by about a quarter-finger of thick white foam.

Smell: Tropical fruit followed by a warm hazy bitterness hanging over the end.

Taste: Lots of melon and tropical sweetness upfront, followed by some grainy light malts in the middle.  The beer closed out in a slightly booze haze of bitterness, featuring a nice blend of tropical and pine hops.

Mouthfeel: The body was a touch above medium and had a slightly less than moderate amount of carbonation.

Hype: None.  This brewery has been hit or miss for me on a couple of occasions but I was determined to go into it optimistic.

Overall: This was a good.  It had a bit of a kick to it while still being refreshing.