This was the second brew that I had from the Beer Camp twelve-pack. I still can’t believe how difficult it was to find. There were reports at one of my local beer stores that people were buying the twelve packs while they were taking it off of the distributor’s truck. That is a bit ridiculous. I understand wanting a beer, but that’s a bit ridiculous. I guess that’s why I don’t understand paying and/or searching out super rare beers. I like them as much as the next person, but the more I drink good beers and write about them, the less energy that I put into searching out a whale. Anyways, let’s crack this one open.
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Trivia: This was brewed in collaboration with Russian River Brewing Company.
Random: As much as I didn’t think I’d like “Brewdogs,” I’m definitely addicted to the show.
This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated very, very quickly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with very high carbonation visible. The nose had Belgian yeast with lemons and flowers. The taste had a bit more complexity. There was Belgian yeast along with lemon rind with some barnyard funk and hay. There was also notes of white pepper, coriander and hop bitterness at the end of the sip. The body was thin with prickly carbonation. It had a long finish with spice and yeast. This was a good, solid beer that I would have again.
I always feel so tired on my first day back to work after the weekend. This week was no different. I went into work early today and there were a lot of higher ups in the office. That’s never a good combination for an easy day. I got home later than normal tonight, but the other half is still stuck at work. So, that means I get to bang out some reviews of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp beers. I was really excited to try this one, which is a Belgian Pale Ale that was brewed with Allagash, who puts out seriously good stuff. Let’s see how this one went.
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Trivia: This was brewed in collaboration with Allagash Brewing Company.
Random: I’m watching “Rizolli & Isles” because the other half is DVRing too many things for me to switch the channel. It’s not awful.
This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. It also left a small crown on top of the clear, golden-yellow body with high carbonation. The nose had a lot of Belgian yeast up front with white pepper, coriander and citrus. The taste started with some bitter hops and grapefruit and quickly went into Belgian yeast, coriander and some pine. The body was on the thicker side and dry with high carbonation. It had a long finish with some pine and bitterness. This was a pretty good beer. It wasn’t mindblowing, but definitely good and you can put back a few.
Posted: August 25, 2014 in Applewood Winery, Cider, Reviews
The other half had a really great idea for the blog. She said that I should start keeping my receipts when we buy beer and mention what I think of the beer as related to the price. I’ve seen a few other beer blogs that do this, and I think it’s a great idea. So, this cider was one from the seemingly never-ending Westchester stash that the other half wanted to try and wasn’t a big fan of. Let’s see if I had the same opinion.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Naked Flock is introducing people to a true Hudson Valley Hard Cider. ‘Our Cider is for people who crave unique flavor and are on the hunt for quality.’ Says Cider maker Jonathan Hull. Naked Flock Ciders are available in 3 varieties, Original, Draft and Pumpkin. Naked Flock Ciders are made from Fresh Hudson Valley Apples. ‘With the demand for gluten free diets and local sustainable products Hard Cider has come into it’s own.’ Says the Cider maker. ‘We don’t add water or grape spirits, flavorings or colorants and that’s why when you open it and you smell it you get a big Apple nose. It gives it a look and feel that sets it apart from the competition.’ Draft is a drier style fermented with Belgian Trappist Ale yeast and smoothed over with organic Maple syrup.”
Random: Ever since we came home from vacation, the meow has been super snuggly.
This cider poured with absolutely no head and a clear, greenish-yellow body with light carbonation visible. The nose was very much like a white wine to me. It had a touch of champagne grape along with granny smith apple. The taste was very much of the same. I got granny smith apple, champagne grape and then slight yeast notes came out. I was disappointed to say that I didn’t get any maple syrup. The cider was very dry with a light body and light carbonation. It had a long finish with some booze warming and apple. This cider was alright, but definitely missing the maple syrup and I would have hoped for more flavor from the maple syrup. Given the price of this at $8.99 a bomber, I don’t think this was worth it.
The other half picked up the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed pack for me a few weeks ago. I popped this one open last night thinking it was a drinking beer…it wasn’t. So, I poured what I had left in a smaller glass to salvage a review.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to beerlegends.com, “Simcoe Hops were released in 2000 by the Yakima Chief Ranch in Washington State. Its one of those hops that are closely associated with India Pale Ales, but its capacity does not stop there. Simcoe is used almost to obsession in varying ales, predominantly by American Craft Brewers. Its parents are unknown but is compared to Cascade Hops. Simcoe Hops are dual purpose hops with high bittering potential. The alpha acid content comes in at 12.0%-14.0% with a relatively low beta acid content of 4.0%-5.0%. The co-humulone for this variety is very low (among the lowest) at 12.0%-15.0%. In total this makes Simcoe a good choice for foundational type bittering in beer. Simcoe is also known for its aromatic qualities. And is described as both fruity and an herbal piney earthy fragrance. The myrcene oil content is a skyrocketing 60.0%-65.0% which is among the highest. And naturally this leaves the other oils at a deficit from the norm with the humulene oil content at 10.0%-15.0%, and the caryophyllene oil content at 5.0-%-8.0%. The aroma in Simcoe Hops is complex, and this is part of what explains its popularity with bold hop heavy ales. Simcoe Hops are heavy yielding plants at 2300-2500 lbs/acre, which is a theme from some of the Yakima varieties. The bright yellow lupulin comes from the medium size hop cones mid season after a moderately vigorous growing season. Going with the times, Simcoe has been bred for disease resistance which includes powdery mildew and sperotheca.”
Random: We finished all of our backlogged episodes of House Hunters.
This brew poured with a one finger, cream-colored head. It was slow to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. It was a clear, deep mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose had grapefruit and pine with a touch of herbal scent as well. The taste was nice. I got a lot more pine and spruce tips then grapefruit, but both were present. There was a little bit of malt but it was definitely hop forward, as it should be. It had a medium thick body that was also really crisp with moderate to light carbonation. The finish was long and piney. I enjoyed this beer. It was a nice way to show case the hop.
On the way back to New Jersey, we stopped for a late lunch at the same place that we stopped at on the way down. They had a few different beers on tap from when we were there the first time, but I wanted to try one more beer from Delaware before we came home. This was the brew that I settled on. I’ve been having a lot of saisons lately, so hopefully this one is decent.
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, this is a seasonal beer released in August.
Random: Don’t you love how much information the brewery gave about this beer? That always irritates me. Why can’t they just put a decent description up? I will say, it’s one of my biggest pet peeves about writing the blog.
This beer poured with a small, white head that was less than half a finger high. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The nose had notes of lemon, lemon rind and Belgian yeast and a bit of coriander. The taste was nice and light, especially given the elevated ABV. There was some lemon rind and then a touch of candi sugar. One thing that was disappointing was that there was very little spice along with it. It also had a thin body with high carbonation. The beer ended with a quick finish with notes of lemon zest. I could see that this brew had potential, but for me it was only alright and one that I wouldn’t rush back to have again.
This was the second beer that I had. It had been on my list of beers to try for at least two years. I think I read a decent review of it in a beer book and wanted to give it a shot. I haven’t been impressed by many of the Kona beers that I’ve tasted, but hopefully this one changes it for me.
Style: American Pale Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Fire Rock Pale Ale is crisp, refreshing ‘Hawaiian-style’ pale ale. Its signature copper color results from the unique blend of specialty roasted malts. The pronounced citrus-floral hop aroma comes from the liberal amount of hops added to each brew.’
Random: I’m almost finished with the backlog from vacation which means I can start cracking some new beers open.
This beer poured with a one finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated quickly and left little lacing on the pint glass (which is branded with the restaurant’s name and logo). The body was a clear mahogany color with surprisingly little carbonation visible. The nose was more malt dominant than I expected. I got caramel and toffee malt. There was also some mandarin oranges and grapefruit as well. The taste was also really malty, but it came through as more bready than caramel or toffee, although they were present as well. Grapefruit and some grass came through with moderate bitterness. It had a thick body with light carbonation. It really needed a bit more carbonation. It had a quick finish with slightly-sweet caramel malt.
On the last night of vacation, the other half and I ended up at a Hawaiian restaurant across the street from our hotel in Dewey Beach. The food was awful and the waitresses were wearing shorts that were so short that they looked to be incredibly uncomfortable. This was the first beer that I had there.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Take a sip of this copper-colored India Pale Ale and you’ll taste bold, citrusy hops with a touch of tropical mango and passion fruit, balanced by the rich caramel malts. Castaway IPA has a clean, crisp finish that’s as refreshing as the wind in your face when you set sale for adventure.”
Random: We’ve been having a House Hunters marathon today. It’s interesting to see what some people consider deal breakers.
This beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left some light lacing on the pint glass which was quite dirty, especially for a restaurant. The body was a clear amber color with very mild carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant with pine and grapefruit. So far, I was really excited to try it. As soon as I took a sip, I was disappointed. The taste was not nearly as good as the nose. There was some grapefruit pith and then caramel malt. I also picked up some spruce tips as well. Each flavor was very disjointed and transitioned abruptly. It had a medium thick body and needed more carbonation. It had a quick finish with grapefruit. To me, this beer was pretty boring. If someone is just starting to dabble in IPAs, this wouldn’t be a bad one to try.