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This month Gourmet Monthly Clubs sends us beer from Lucky Bucket and Michigan brewery. There were a couple of surprises this month, notably the Michigan Porter.

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Lucky Bucket IPA

Up front there’s clear notes of pine with just a touch of citrus  in the aroma. As I took my first sip those same flavors followed through though I was slightly surprised by a malt sweetness to the beer. It’s just a touch sweeter than I’d personally prefer, though many prefer this. This is fairly aggressively hopped and there’s a nice pine resin flavor that caries through. This is definitely a west coast style IPA.







Lucky Bucket Lager

I’ve been on a bit of a lager kick lately so I had high hopes for this beer. Calling a beer a lager is so vague that I often really don’t know what to expect. There’s a really nice slightly fruity flavor to this beer (note, I didn’t say it tasted like a fruit beer, just has fruity notes, didn’t want to scare any of you). The beer has been dry hopped with Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo hops which give it an awesome aroma. I would definitely buy this beer if I saw it in the stores. It’s just a nice tasty lager, and that’s a good thing.




Michigan Brewing Peninsula Porter

This beer pours a rich dark brown color with a light tan head. There’s notes of coffee, dried fruit and chocolate in the nose. While I’m not a stickler for style by any means if you handed me this beer and asked me what it was I would have said milk stout. There’s a distinct lactose flavor to this beer which is really nice. There’s deep chocolate and coffee notes with a touch of dates to the finish. This beer caught me totally of guard but in a great way.






Michigan Brewing Nut Brown Ale

The problem with reviewing beer is that personal taste plays an inherent role in the comments. I’m going to preface this with the fact that I don’t love brown ales. I don’t dislike them, but I just like other styles more, it’s pretty rare that I buy a brown ale. This beer nice, slightly sweet, and has some nice malt notes with touches of brown sugar. There’s a slight nuttiness to the beer, though not as much as I would have liked. Overall the beer is alright, it just didn’t wow me.