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Friday, August 18, 2006 

Z Street Brewing Company

From what I've been able to find, Z Street Brewing Company is not what it used to be. Sadly, I don't know what it used to be. I do know that it was a wee brewery in Fitchburg, Massachusetts that was well received. Alas, in that carnation, I had not had any of their brews. Now contracted out to Mercury Brewing Co., Z Street as a self sustained brewery, is no more.

70 / 100

Z Street's IPA pours an orange-yellow with some head. A decent hop bouquet with some grapefruit flavors, that covered a light sweet malt. The flavors is a bit powered with the citrusness, that gives it a bitter bite at the finish. All and all, this is a serviceable IPA but I would not trouble to seek it out.

Mocha Java Stout

79 / 100

Yup, some more coffee and/or chocolate flavorings in a stout. It works though and I liked this one. The color is dark as night with a creamy pillow of froth at the top. It was hearty looking, thick in texture. Burnt chocolate and coffee bean dominate the nose - duh. Some bitter hop presence tries to sneak out too. Flavor wise, it does exactly what it says on the tin. The finish is a tad bitter, but in all - I enjoyed it. It's surprisingly drinkable on this warm summer night.

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