Yet another work day over with. Today wasn’t so bad, but tomorrow is going to be rough. I have to get to work extra early, which is never, ever fun and we have 37 trucks on the road. This translates into chaos. Yay! On the bright side, at least I only have two days left this week of work. So, this was a beer that the other half picked up for me while in Connecticut over the holidays. Let’s see how it went.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Two Roads interpretation of this emerging beer style naturally takes a road less traveled. Unlike other versions, ours employs an American ale yeast and no spices. The result is a soft wheat backdrop that accentuates the Pacific Northwest hop character.”
Random: Tonight’s episode of “Gray’s Anatomy” was like a collection of the worst cover songs ever.
This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a very hazy yellow with lots of visible detritus and heavy carbonation. The nose had a lot of wheat, with some floral hops as well. The taste was a bit more towards the IPA side of things with some floral hops with a hint of lavender. The beer then went into some malt with caramel and then some citrus came through. The body was on the thicker side and the carbonation was lighter than expected. The finish was long with citrus. This brew was only alright to me. I wouldn’t rush back to have again.
The other half and I were watching “The Voice” and she decided to make me watch this video of Bruce Springsteen covering “Royals.” It could be perhaps the worst cover I have ever heard. She made me listen to about two minutes of it and it was complete torture. Anyways, here’s a seasonal offering that I tried from Blue Point. Let’s see how it went.
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You might not look forward to the colder months of the year, but this brew is guaranteed to warm your insides. Careful, it may even warm your heart towards Winter as a whole. Our Winter Ale is a hearty and robust amber ale. Brewed to chase away the chill of cool Winter nights, it’s created with pale, Vienna, crystal and chocolate malts. This uncommon amber is brewed with a tasty balance of malt and hops, only during the cold months of the year. One of our most popular seasonal specialties, just remember this special ale is gone with Winter’s winds.”
Random: I am definitely not looking forward to going to work tomorrow.
This brew poured with a finger of tan head that was slow to dissipate, but left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a deep sienna color with low carbonation visible. The nose was mellow with some nutty malts and not much else to it. The taste was luckily better. I got some toasty bready malts going on with almonds and hazelnuts. There was also a touch of prunes and dark fruit with some chocolate present as well. After a bunch of sips, I found some nutmeg as well. The body was thick and definitely needed more carbonation. The finish was quick and nutty without any booze warming, despite higher than average ABV. This beer was decent, but it wasn’t mind-blowing. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.
It’s Monday, which is normally my day off. What isn’t normal is that the lawyer has a snow day and gets to be home with me too. When all was said and done we got approximately a half an inch of snow. I was happy with this as I’m really, really sick of the snow. Anyways, I had this brew over the weekend. Let’s see how this one went.
Style: Munich Helles Lager
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pineapple Express was inspired by a late night grilling session with friends. A couple chunks of pineapple got thrown into the mix, and an idea for a new beer style was born. The team brewed up a Helles lager for the base brew and used real pineapple and smoked malt to concoct the winning recipe.”
Random: It looks so warm in Florida at the Yankees game. I can’t stand Florida, but I almost wish I was there.
This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was an ever-so-slightly hazy light yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was very lightly smokiness to it. There was really nothing else to the nose. The taste was much more subtle than I expected. There was a definite smokiness to it that was more intense than the nose was, but the pineapple was hidden. If you imagined pineapple, you may think there was a touch of it, but not much and definitely not enough to call it “Pineapple Express.” There was a slight wheat aspect to it as well, but nothing that really added anything to the beer. The body was borderline watery and could have used more carbonation. The finish was quick and unremarkable. This beer was just “meh” to me. I wouldn’t have it again.
It’s Saturday, which for most people, means the weekend. For me, it’s the last day of my work week. Tonight, I’m stuck here extra late waiting for a truck to come back and load out. I would usually be annoyed by this, but the lawyer (also known as the other half) is down in DC for the weekend to catch a couple of concerts. So, if I’m stuck at work late on a Saturday night, I guess it’s better that it’s tonight. Anyways, this was a beer that I had last night, and yes, I did make sure that I got my badge on Untappd when I originally bought the four pack. Let’s see how it went.
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We crafted HI-RES as a testament to ceaseless, intrepid human nature. RESIN, our first slim can release, is an embodiment of the sticky quintessence of hops. It’s a beer soaked in snappy, energetic bitter compounds. Hi-Res, though a heftier formulation, uses a softer touch. It further clarifies hop perception by displaying a different component of the essential fiber of hops. With massive amounts of late-addition, new-age hops, Hi-Res eschews raw bittering force in favor of lush aroma and hop essence. It still holds to the spirit of Resin, carrying its heft cleanly, and drinks far easier than its 11.1% ABV and 111 IBUs. A full golden body, and a flavor profile driven by mango and passionfruit notes make Hi-Res a bittersweet ode to hops, and perfect for smooth sipping.”
Random: I really like the new Neon Trees song. It’s quite catchy.
This brew poured with a two finger pure white head. It was slow to dissipated and left a lot of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, deep orange color with very high carbonation visible throughout. The nose was huge. I got a lot of pine resin with mango and a touch of alcohol at the end. It was really nice. The taste was even better. The tropical fruit aspect of this brew was right at the front. I got mango and a touch of pineapple as well, coupled with fresh grapefruit and then the hops just hit me in the face. The booze was at the end of the sip. The dominant flavors were definitely tropical fruits. The body was medium thickness with very high carbonation apparent. The finish was long and fruity with a touch of booze at the end. I would definitely have this brew again. This was a standout from Sixpoint. Go grab some now!
While attempting to review this beer last night, the other half and I were watching tv. She was lounging on me and didn’t really want to move, so I had to type my notes with one finger into my iPhone. It definitely took a bit longer than normal to write down my thoughts on this one. Let’s see how this beer went.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The story starts in 2010 when Dick Cantwell walked into our San Francisco pub. We’d heard about his little pumpkin fest and wanted to get together to brew a pumpkin beer like no other: a Belgianstyle Tripel brewed with pumpkin, galangal and terragon. In a dark colored can.”
Random: It is definitely a good day when Spring Training baseball starts, even if the Phillies had to end their game early due to weather and lost. It means that baseball is back!
This brew poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quicker than expected. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass, but had a quarter of an inch crown that hung around for a bit. It had medium carbonation visible. Since I couldn’t really move all that much, as I was playing the role of personal couch, I asked the other half what color the brew was. She said that it was a cloudy honey color, then changed her mind and said that it was a dark orange-y color. She is so helpful. Anyways, the nose had an assertive pumpkin presence with nutmeg, pear and Belgian yeast. The first sip hit you in the mouth with bubble gum and banana flavor, without much pumpkin. There was some cinnamon as it opened, but it was definitely a yeast dominant brew. The body was thin for the style with relatively low carbonation. The finish was long and spicy with a touch of booze. This beer was okay, but was trying to do too many things and didn’t accomplish them well. It needed more balance and more fluidity with all of the flavors. I wouldn’t rush back to have.
If it’s not apparent on the blog, I’m a pretty big dork. Last night, while making dinner, I was dancing and singing in the kitchen to Fleetwood Mac, thinking the other half was not in the next room hearing me make a fool of myself. I was embarrassed for all of thirty seconds, but I definitely turned red. Sometimes I wonder how she puts up with me. Anyways, we picked up this beer last time we were in Brooklyn meeting up with my cousin at Bierkraft. Let’s see how I liked it.
Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The story starts in 1999 when Shaun O’Sullivan walked into my Seattle pub. He’d heard about my massive pumpkin fest and wanted to get together and brew a pumpkin beer like no other: a Baltic style Porter brewed with pumpkin, caraway and cinnamon. In a light colored can.”
Random: I’m still wearing my snow boots to work because they make me two inches taller.
This brew poured with a two finger, thick, light brown head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose was more on the side of porter with dark chocolate roasted malt first. Then, I got some pumpkin puree and spice and a touch of espresso. The taste was very similar. I got some smoke and dark chocolate notes. Some cinnamon and nutmeg came through at the end of the sip with burnt espresso. There was a touch of booze, but nothing all that abrasive. The body was thick and had moderate carbonation. It could have used a little bit more carbonation. The finish was long with burnt espresso. I enjoyed the beer despite the smoky characteristics. I still don’t quite understand why it’s considered a fruit beer, though.