There are a number of breweries that I feel like I need to visit on a more regular basis, but for one reason or another don’t make it too. A great example is Medusa Brewing in Hudson. Medusa is a 20 minute ride from my house, has a beautiful bar and taproom, and they make exceptional beers. Unfortunately most of my brewery visits right now are quick pop-ins to grab beers to go, family commitments keep me from hanging out and having a few pints. Until recently all beers-to-go from Medusa were in growlers, and I hate growlers and try to avoid using them when I can, so that probably limited my visits. Now Medusa is canning a rotating selection of their beers for sale at the taproom, and I imagine my trips to Hudson will become much more frequent. On a recent stop I grabbed two releases, Prosperous IPA and Citra Legacy Rye IPA. Both beers are available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz tallboy cans.
Medusa Prosperous pours clear bright orange with a solid white head. The aroma is a solid burst of fruity hops. These hops also lead the flavor, notes of orange, pine and mango along with a full bitter bite, this is very much a West Coast style IPA. The hops are balanced by a solid malt backbone, touches of crackers and whole grain bread. Prosperous is medium bodied, drinks easy and has moderate alcohol at 6.6% ABV. The finish is crisp and clean with lingering hop flavor and bitterness. This is a really well crafted West Coast IPA, it’s nice to mix some of these bitter classics in with all of the juicy NEIPAs being produced in the area, and this is a great example. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.
Medusa Citra Legacy pours slightly hazy light orange with a substantial white head. The aroma is a big burst of lusciously fruity hops. The flavor is very hop forward, notes of passion fruit, tangerine and mango but minimal bitterness, this beer is more in the New England IPA style. The malts add a solid hit of spicy rye along with a backbone of bread crust and cereal. Citra Legacy is smooth and easy to drink, not too boozy at 6.3% ABV. The finish is crisp with some lingering hops and rye. This beer is stellar, I wouldn’t have expected the fruity hops to work so well with the rye flavor, but it really comes together perfectly. A must try if you like rye IPAs. Hoppy Boston score: 4.75/5.
Previous Medusa Reviews:
Medusa Black Ale Project, Medusa Mesmerist
As promised, since I took so long to make the trip out to Medusa Brewing I am doing a second review this week. To be honest, this idea also gave me a reason to buy two 32 oz growlers (not that I needed and excuse). I usually prefer the smaller serving of multiple beers anyways, and now I’ll need to make a return trip soon to get them re-filled. I mentioned that Mesmerist was my wife’s pick for favorite beer we tasted, but my choice was a limited release, Medusa Black Ale Project. The Black Ale Project is the brainchild of Dave Pappas, a Marine veteran and founder of beer-journal.com. A series of breweries will each make a unique dark ale and donate all of the proceeds from the sales of this beer to a charity of their choice that helps our country’s veterans. The inaugural beer in the series was brewed by Medusa in August and is now available on draft and for growler fills until it’s gone. Medusa chose to brew a milk stout, which uses the addition on non-fermentable lactose to add some residual sweetness. I love when craft brewers use their popularity to give back to charities, and there are clearly a number of foundations that provide critical services for veterans and can use the assistance. Stop by Medusa to get some of this beer before it’s gone!
Medusa Black Ale Project pours pitch black with a small cream colored head. The scent fills your nose with the aromas of rich roasted malts. These malts lead the flavor with notes of black coffee, milk chocolate and toffee along with a subtle sweetness. There is just enough hop flavor for balance, earthy with enough bitterness to dry out the finish a bit. Black Ale Project is full bodied but smooth and not too boozy at 5.8% ABV. The finish has just a little malt sweetness that keeps you coming back for more. This is a perfect beer for after dinner, getting warm on a crisp fall night, or really any other time. Medusa had a chance to brew a beer for a great cause and they didn’t hold anything back, my only regret is that this isn’t going to be a regular part of their lineup. Hoppy Boston score: 4.75/5.
Previous Medusa Reviews:
I think every beer fan has a brewery or two that they are always meaning to check out and for one reason or another just haven’t had the chance to make the trip (except for maybe the Mass Brew Bros, I think those guys have hit every place in the state at least once). I have a list with a few breweries that I really need to visit. Between my crazy work schedule and the family obligations that come with having a young child I don’t make as many brewery stops as I would like and a few places have been on my to-do list for far too long. Possibly the most egregious example was Medusa Brewing Company in Hudson. I had heard great things about Medusa but never made the trip. This was bad when I lived in Watertown, but became inexcusable with my move to Sudbury. Fortunately I finally righted that wrong, the whole family made a stop at Medusa on Saturday afternoon, and after a little tasting I grabbed a couple growlers to go. As a little make up for the amount of time it took to make the trip I’ll be doing back-to-back Medusa reviews, one today and another later this week. I let my wife pick her favorite beer that we sampled for one growler, and her choice was Mesmerist, an India Pale Lager dry hopped with Citra, Chinook and Meridian hops.
Medusa Mesmerist pours a clear light orange with a solid off-white head. The scent is full of tropical and citrus fruit aromas from the hops. The flavor is also very hop forward, notes of grapefruit, lemon, pine and guava along with a mild bitter kick. This is balanced by a mild malt backbone, hints of biscuits and toast. Mesmerist has a medium to light body and the easy drinkability that you associate with a lager, but packs a little kick at 6.6% ABV. The finish is crisp and clean with just a touch of hoppy aftertaste. I really enjoyed Medusa Mesmerist when I had a taste at the brewery, and enjoyed it even more with a full pour from the growler! Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.