This was a six-pack that the other half picked up awhile back. She’s been getting into beers that have some pineapple to them, which I’m definitely down with. It seems like this year, pineapple beers have been popping up like crazy. Evil Genius does put down some good beers, so I was very excited to try this one. Let’s see how it went.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer mixes flavors or banana, pineapple, and a slight note of clove to create the perfect summer beer! A wave of pineapple hits your nose, followed by all of the body and flavor of a German style Hefeweizen. 5.5% and 12 IBU’s.”
Random: I’m watching the bar food episode of “Best Bars” and I am ridiculously hungry. They just showed a place in NYC that I will need to check out ASAP.
This beer poured with a relatively small, half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was shockingly clear straw yellow with high carbonation visible. The nose had notes of sickeningly sweet pineapple, almost like it was getting to the point of rotting. Great start, right? The taste had wheat and pineapple extract with some floral notes. The flavors were disjointed and the pineapple extract was bordering on cloyingly sweet. The body was too thick for the style with high carbonation. It had a long, sweet finish with the medicinal tasting pineapple. This was a total miss from Evil Genius and one that I wouldn’t have again.
We’re getting to end of the mix pack for the Deconstruction of Latitude 48 IPA. Although so far, none of the beers have been mind-blowing, I do appreciate the fact that they decided to make an entire mixed pack with single hop IPAs and I’m definitely interested on seeing how the other ones go. Let’s see how this one went.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “American aromatic high-alpha hop. Similar, if not identical, to Columbus/Tomahawk. Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus hops are sometimes referred to as ‘CTZ hops.'”
Random: The show “Best Bars” is actually pretty good. If you miss “Three Sheets,” you need to watch this show.
This beer poured with a three finger, slightly off white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark copper color with moderate carbonation. The nose had light pine with citrus hops. There was some light, caramel malt that gave the beer a sweet smell. The taste was much more bitter than I expected. I don’t have much experience with the Zeus hop, so I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into. There was a lot of bitter pine with intense grapefruit pith. There was some malt on the end of the sip, but this was one of the most intensely bitter of the bunch of the Latitude 48 IPAs. The body was medium thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long, bitter finish with pine. This was alright, but I think some of the other Latitude 48 single hop selections were a bit more satisfying.
Here’s another offering from the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed Mix Pack. The hop that is featured in this beer is a noble hop, but one that isn’t normally featured in a single hop IPA. Let’s see how this one went.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Hallertauer Mittelfrüh. The original German lager hop; named after Hallertau or Holledau region in central Bavaria. Due to susceptibility to crop disease, it was largely replaced by Hersbrucker in the 1970s and 1980s. Substitutes: Mount Hood, Liberty.”
Random: I’m watching the “Best Bars” episode that hits up Boston. It makes me really want to visit there.
This beer poured with a two finger, thick, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, copper color with high carbonation visible. The nose was very light and delicate. There was some pine and grapefruit along with sweet caramel malt. The taste was also on the lighter side. I got grapefruit pith and apricot that transitioned into caramel malt. It was on the earthy side, but the malt and hops were almost balanced. I didn’t get much from the hop itself, but more of the sweetness from the caramel malt. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with the sweetness from the caramel malt and the grapefruit pith providing a touch of bitterness. This beer was on the more nuanced side with very delicate flavors. It wasn’t my favorite of the twelve pack, but it was definitely interesting to see what this hop was all about.
Funny story. I opened this beer for the other half. She didn’t like it, so she took the beer I was reviewing, the Two Brothers Irritated Koala. I think that was the first dark beer that my other half actually liked. Let’s see how I liked this one.
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Snap! You just captured an unfiltered wheat beer full of refreshment and a flash of tart at the finish. Smile-inducing aromas of citrus hops jump from the nose, accompanied by the sweetness of coriander and grains of paradise. Brewed with wheat and pale malt, Snapshot pours a hazy, lemon-yellow with bright-white lacing. But the real enticement is the snap of tart. New Belgium’s affinity for sour beers led to the in-process blending of lactobacillus to pucker up Snapshot’s base. An extra step to acidify and beautify and get this beer ready for its close up.”
Random: I picked this one up on Delaware in a mixed pack of cans.
This beer poured with a finger and a half of finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, lemon yellow with high carbonation. The nose had some sour citrus notes and a lot of wheat. The taste had lemon and orange with tartness. There wasn’t much spice to it and it’s one of the few beers of the style that I can honestly say may have too much wheat. The body was on the light side with heavy carbonation. It had a long finish with wheat. This beer was alright and drinkable, but wasn’t that exciting. I wouldn’t grab for another one.
The other half grabbed this beer because she loved the bottle when we were at the Whole Foods in Gowanus. The bottle is now sitting on our bookshelf. Onto the brew…
Style: American Black Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Two Brothers Brewing Company was founded by Jim and Jason Ebel in late 1996. The business was envisioned by the brothers based on their entry into entrepreneurship with The Brewer’s Coop, a retail store catering to home beer and wine making. In 1992 The Brewer’s Coop opened its doors in Naperville, IL selling retail ingredients and equipment for the homebrewing community. The more they were surrounded by brewing, the more passionate they became about opening their own microbrewery. In early 1996 they decided to take the plunge and started writing a business plan. Several months later their dream became reality. Two Brothers Brewing Company is still 100% family owned.”
Random: We’re now onto the New York City episode of “Best Bars.” I have other places to put on my list to go to next time we’re in the city.
This brew poured with a two finger, thin, white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a hint of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, chestnut color with moderate carbonation visible. The body was much lighter than I expected for the style. The nose was smoky with tea and a touch of roasted malt. The taste had a lot of tea, light citrus hops and smoke. There was also some pine as well. The body was much lighter than I expected with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with tea and smoke. Although this isn’t like the typical black IPA that I’ve had, it was really interesting and brought some unique flavors to the table. It’s definitely worth a try, especially if you like tea.
Here’s another beer from the Latitude 48 Deconstructed mix pack. I don’t have a huge amount of experience with the Mosaic hop. The only beer that I could find that I’ve had that specifically features this hop is Terrapin Mosaic which I really enjoyed. That beer featured rye as well, so I’m not sure if I’ll like this one as much, but hopefully I do.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Mosaic™ Brand HBC 369 cv is a daughter of the YCR 14 cv hop variety and a Nugget derived male. It has high alpha acids and tropical, blueberry, tangerine, floral, and earthy aromas.”
Random: The Eagles play the Colts tonight, and I’m a bit worried. We looked absolutely awful the first half again the Jags. Hopefully we just roll over them.
This brew poured with a generous, two and a half finger off white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark copper color with heavy carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant with pineapple and tangerine along with caramel malt in the background. The taste had lots of tropical fruit with pineapple, mango and then tangerine and Mandarin oranges. The sweet, caramel malt was at the end of the sip and was much lighter the hops. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with tropical fruit and some herbal notes as well. This was a nice beer and allowed me to really explore the Mosaic hop. It’s definitely worth a shot.
This is a beer that has been on my list to try for at least two years. I’ve seen it written up a lot and with this beer, it means that I’ve had every seasonal that Cisco currently offers. I’m starting to see their beers around more places, which is a good thing. If you recall, the last Cisco beer that I reviewed was a bit overpriced and not all that great (Cisco Cranberry Woods), so I was hoping that this beer would redeem the last one.
Style: Munich Helles Lager
Trivia: According to the brewery website, this is a summer seasonal which is available on draft, in bottles and in cans.
Random: I cannot believe that the Browns beat the Saints. That is just flat-out embarrassing.
This brew poured with less than half a finger of white head that was very slow to dissipate. It left little lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with high carbonation. The nose was light with some grain and caramel malt. The taste was clean with grain and grass and some honey. Bread and yeast were there as well with a touch of minerality to it as well. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with bread and grass. This was an alright brew, for me, it would be a great beer to introduce a macro drinker to that would make them convert. With that being said, I wouldn’t rush to have it again.