Today managed to be one of those days that I’m stuck at work really, really late. I thought it was going to be a decently early day and keep the streak running, but I was most definitely wrong. We had a few trucks run really late with some really demanding customers. I guess if you’re spending insane amounts of money on furniture, you can do that. Anyways, I picked this brew up a week ago for no reason in particular. I’ve really been enjoying BrewDog beers and saw a picture on Facebook last night that they were filming their TV show at Dogfish Head. I will definitely be watching next season. Let’s see how this one went.
Style: American Black Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Libertine Black Ale is a 7.2% wickedly decadent black beast of a beer that has been hammered with the epic Simcoe hop. With a drinkability that defies its colour and depth of flavour, Libertine delivers a dark hop bomb combining the west coast hop awesomeness of an IPA, the dark and indulgent malt flavours of big stout with a lightness on the palate that bellies the punch that this beer packs. Bags of flavour and loads of hops.”
Random: I wished I worked one of those jobs that gave Good Friday off.
This beer poured with a huge, three finger, tan head that was slow to dissipate. It coated the glass with lacing. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to color. The nose presented with pine sap up front and lots of hops. There was a touch of roasted malts at the end of the sniff, but if I had to guess, this was going to be on the hoppier side as opposed to the roastier side. I was surprised when the taste was the exact opposite. It started with roasted malts and dark chocolate, then a little bit of bitterness came through with some pine. Roasted malts were definitely the standout flavor on this one. The body was thick and almost silky with moderate carbonation to go with it. It had a long finish with dark chocolate. The booze was well-hidden on this one. This style is normally hit or miss for me, but I really enjoyed this one. I would definitely have it again.
When I first started getting into beer, I always used Sam Adams beers as my go-to for exploration of a new style. I was always surprised when they didn’t have an IPA (as I’ve said on some of my reviews for their other IPAs). When I heard that they put out a West Coast style IPA, I have to say, I was pretty excited. West Coast IPAs are one of my favorite styles and I’m always interested to see a different take on it, especially from a brewery as accessible as Sam Adams.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Introducing Rebel IPA, the first West Coast style IPA from the same brewers that started a craft beer revolution in 1984.”
Random: “Carnivale” is still not making a whole lot of sense, but since I’m insanely stubborn, I’m still watching it.
This beer poured with a huge, three finger white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on my IPA glass. The body was a clear yellow color with lots of active carbonation visible. The nose had pine resin and grapefruit pith. The taste had a certain mineral quality to it and then had some grapefruit and pith to it as well. It reminded me of a pale ale more than an IPA. The body was on the thin side and a bit under carbonated. The finish was rather long with some grapefruit. To me, this beer would be a great introductory IPA for someone who doesn’t want the intensity of a typical West Coast IPA. It wasn’t all that strong and was easily accessible. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again, but it was decent.
As you can probably tell by reading this blog, I like watching things on Netflix. The latest series that I’ve started watching is “Carnivale.” I never watched it when it was on HBO, but I heard good things about it. Since the other half has HBO Go on the television, I started watching it. I’m five episodes in and I can honestly say, I have no idea why people liked the series. It’s alright, but the first few episodes were really, really boring. I keep watching it in the hopes that it gets better, but I don’t have high hopes. Anyways, the other half picked this one up at TJ’s awhile ago. Let’s see if I liked it…
Style: Maibock/Helles Bock
Trivia: “Prost” is an honorary toast in German.
Random: I will say, the costumes on the show are amazing.
This beer poured with a two finger white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a crown that was left on top as well. The body was a clear mahogany color with light carbonation. The nose was super malty with dried dark fruit, specifically figs and raisins. The taste was even more malty with lots of butterscotch, which was overly sweet. There were some figs present in the taste as well. There was some caramel and biscuity malt, but the sweetness really put it over the top, and not in a good way. The body was on the thicker side with heavy carbonation. The finish was long and overly sweet. Like most of the Trader Joe’s brews, this beer was only okay, but the price point was good, so I guess it’s worth a try.
I picked up this bottle a week ago from Cranbury Buy Rite. I hadn’t tried anything from this brewery and the only thing that I really knew about the brewery was that it had a deal up for awhile on Living Social and was in Pennsylvania. So, I grabbed this one to try out and used one of my new IPA glasses. Let’s see how I liked it.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “American IPA, enough said. Notes of passion fruit, tangerines, sweet lime, and grapefruit. 70 ish IBU’s nice lingering bitterness.”
Random: The label on this beer felt incredibly glossy, almost like photo paper…very weird.
This brew poured with a two finger white head that dissipated rather quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a slight cloudy amber color with low carbonation present. The nose reminds me of old hops. There was a definite citrus note with pine and mustiness. There was also some tropical fruits, but not as much as advertised on the description. The taste was a bit better than the nose. It had some mango and grapefruit notes with some pine sap and light bready malt. What I didn’t get were any notes of sweet lime, which would have been interesting if present in the taste. The body was very thin, which took away from the flavor. There was generous carbonation present. The finish was really quick with some citrus. This beer didn’t do much for me. I was quite surprised that this got so well rated on beer review sites.
Here’s one of the few Dogfish Head brews that I haven’t reviewed, and the first one that I’ve reviewed since January of this year, so let’s see how it went.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A witbier bursting with good karma. Made with dried organic orange slices, fresh-cut lemongrass and a bit of coriander, this Belgian-style white beer is a great thirst quencher. Namaste was originally brewed at our pub in Rehoboth Beach with our Italian friend Leo from Birra del Borgo. It was a tribute to our friends at 3 Fonteinen brewery in Belgium, who had devastating production loss (1/3 of their annual production) in 2009.”
Random: The Flyers are in the Playoffs and are currently tied with the Rangers. I’m too nervous to even watch.
This brew poured with a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some limited lacing on the pint glass. The body was a very cloudy, medium yellow color with high carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose had lemongrass, coriander, pepper and lemon peel. There was yeast present as well. The taste was really good. It had a bit of sweet mandarin oranges, lemongrass, coriander and then finishes with pepper. There was some wheat as well, but it definitely took a backseat to the other flavors. The body was on the thinner side, which worked for the style, with heavy carbonation. The finish was relatively quick with pepper and coriander. This was a really good beer, especially since the weather has changed. Now that it’s year-round and available in twelve ounce bottles, I will definitely have it again.
Last Saturday, I managed to do something on a Saturday that I hadn’t be able to do in a very long time: get out at a decent time. The weather was absolutely beautiful and I got home at right after 7. It was a crazy day at work, but the trucks finished at a decent hour and I got home to my honey nice and early. We ended up going out for dinner to Triumph in New Hope. We walked around for awhile and wanted to go somewhere with outdoor seating, but most of the menus of the local restaurants were still featuring winter fare, which definitely did not fit the weather. So, we decided to go to Triumph. Although I like this location better than the Princeton one, the food was only alright. I tried this brew while we were there. The picture is awful since we were sitting outside and it was already pretty dark when I ordered this one.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The sweet malty aromas derive from imported dark Belgian candi sugar and caramel malts. Our strain of yeast creates the depth of flavor, fruit-like esters and sophistication.”
Random: I think next time we’re in New Hope, we’ll try a different place to eat. There are so many good restaurants and we always seem to end up there.
This brew poured with a barely there tan head. It dissipated quickly and left slight lacing on the glass. The body looked to be a cloudy chestnut color, but it was hard to tell since it was really dark out. For the same reason, I couldn’t tell how much carbonation was in this brew. The nose had some dark fruit and Belgian yeast to it. It smelled pretty good, so I was interested to see if the taste was good. On the sip, I got significant raisin and dates with some prune and Belgian yeast. There was also some cherries in there with biscuit. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with dark fruit. I was surprised at how good the flavor on this beer was. Normally, I find Triumph beers to be alright, but this one was really enjoyable and I would definitely have this one again. If you see it on tap, it’s definitely worth a sip.
If you’re from the tri-state area, you’ve heard of this brewery, but not for the normal reasons. I hear about this brewery almost daily on my ride to work. That happens to be because there is a radio ad about Chase loans that I’m assuming the brewery used that gets played constantly. It’s insanely annoying. After hearing this ad at least fifty times, I decided that I should try their beer and see if the loan was worth it. Let’s see how it went.
Style: American Pale Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our flagship beer. This deep amber, American pale ale is brewed with five different barley malts, generous additions of Cascade and Centennial hops, and a unique strain of yeast. The British, German and American malts used provide a blend of caramel, biscuit, and nutty malt flavors. The kettle and whole leaf dry hops provide a gentle, pleasant bitterness with an intense floral and citrus aroma.”
Random: And my Lewis Black special is over. Hopefully I should get a new Netflix before the end of the week.
This beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that was very thick and dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy orange color with heavy carbonation visible. The nose was filled with grassy notes and fresh grapefruit. It also had a touch of caramel malt at the end. The taste was a lot of grapefruit, and then a little bit of bready malt. The dominant flavor was definitely grapefruit, more like a true IPA. It was very crisp and was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a long finish with grapefruit. All-in-all, it was very flavorful and very enjoyable. I would have it again, even having to listen to that radio ad all the time.