Tonight’s selection is one that Val picked up for me. We visited the brewery a few years back and the food was less than stellar, as were the beers. I’ve been avoiding their beers for awhile now. Val picked this one up because she needed to fill up a six-pack and I decided to try to give them a go again.


ABV: 4.9%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Slide, slide, slippity slide. The third release of our Hip Hop IPA Series takes us cruising down the freeway in a convertible, with wind blowing in our hair and the smell of the fresh sea air. This floral IPA will send fruity shockwaves down your spine.”

Random: I wonder how many craft beer drinkers get the Coolio reference with this beer.

The beer poured with a two finger, orange-tan head. It went away quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright orange with light carbonation visible. The nose had lemon with grapefruit pith and quickly went into mango and honeysuckle too. The taste had some orange segments with cream soda sweetness. Some mango and pear came through next with a lot of sweetness from the malt. The body was watery with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with some oranges. A can of this was $1.17, which came to $.10 per ounce, which was very reasonable. But, the bitterness on this beer was very light and needed to be dialed up. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Pilsners are one of my favorite styles, especially in the summer. They’re really drinkable and they’re perfect for having by the barbecue. Let’s see how Founders interpretation is.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pleasantly crisp, perfectly clean and profoundly crushable, PC Pils is our take on the classic Pilsner style. While Noble hops have been the preferred choice of Pilsner brewers around the world, we went with some of our favorite American varieties. Piney Chinook, pleasantly citrus Cascade and punchy Centennial make this an easy-drinker with floral hop characteristics. Pretty cool, if you ask us.”

Random: I dropped a tea towel on the floor before and one of the cats decided it was a cat blanket.

This beer poured with a two finger, thin, white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with a touch of Sprite soda and quickly went into super grassy hops and some fresh flower petals. The nose was stronger than I expected for a pilsner. The taste was also very hoppy for a pils. It had a lot of grass and some pine resin with a lot of flower petals. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with flowers. A can of this was $1.07 (.09 per ounce). This beer was drinkable and had a lot of flavor, plus is comes in cans. I’ll be picking up a case of this for my next barbecue.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that gets rave reviews on all of the beer review blogs that I read. When it first came out, it was difficult to find. They released more of it and I found one bottle hanging out on the shelf and decided to pick it up. I stuck it in the cellar for a few months before I pulled it out to give it a shot.


ABV: 10.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel and molasses to round out this luxuriously silky stout.”

Random: People at Motor Vehicles are generally not happy. I had to go there recently and everyone was so unhappy.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head. It went away dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of cocoa powder, dark chocolate and espresso. It had a touch of vanilla bean and some booze. The taste had a decent amount of sweetness up front. It also had some vanilla extract and bitter dark chocolate. Espresso came through next. The booze was present, but not offensive. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with dark chocolate and espresso. A bomber of this was $14.99, which broke down to $.68 per ounce. This was an expensive beer, but quite good. I just wish it had more vanilla.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

We picked up a Magic Hat mixed pack, as we usually do. There were more beers in there that I reviewed and this was the only one I hadn’t. Plus, the label was exceptionally cute. Let’s crack it open.


ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “AN UNSTOPPABLE ANTHEM OF ALE. Summoned by a shift in seasons, the Vamplifier appears with devious deeds in mind. Baring its sonic sound waves, it swoops down and crashes into glasses, striking palates with a big hop bite. Tastes are forever transformed, and the Vamplifier’s power increases with each sip while the sounds of soul-pleasing sighs fill the cooling skies.”

Random: I’ve never been into vampire movies. I haven’t ever found one that I really liked, except “Interview With The Vampire.”

The beer poured with a two finger, thick, light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown with high carbonation visible. The nose was hoppier than expected with pine sap and then went into malt. The malt was sweet with caramel and hazelnuts. The taste came across as more grassy than piney with lemon pith. There was also some nutty malt as well. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with grass clippings. A bottle of this was $2.59 ($.22 per ounce). I thought this beer was a bit boring. It needed some more hops for my liking and balance with the malt.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

This beer was one that I found on the counter at Trenton Road Take Out. I heard about the brewery on the podcast called “Good Beer Hunting.” If you haven’t listened to it, it’s a quality podcast and incredibly informative. They did a whole podcast about this brewery and I’m shocked that it saw Pennsylvania distribution.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “I started working on Une Année while working as an Architect in Fall of 2010, but started my homebrewing passion back in 1995 while in the Marines stationed in California. In preparation for starting the brewery I attended the Siebel Institute. I am a Chicago native and live in Chicago with my wonderful supportive wife Tonia, and adorable daughter / assistant brewer Maya.”

Random: I need to go back to Chicago. The food there is amazing.

The beer poured with a one finger, slightly pink tinged head. It dissipated by the time I took a picture. The body was a cloudy, pinkish-orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a significant funky note with raspberries and white sugar. The taste had significant tartness with white vinegar. The raspberry note was present, although not as prevalent as the tartness. It had some dry alcohol as well with funk. The body was crisp and on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy, tart finish with raspberry and white vinegar. I enjoyed this beer a lot. The tartness and funk were complemented by the raspberry note. I’d buy another bottle of this one in a minute.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Val made some chicken and wild rice soup for me. For some reason, I love soup. I’ve always loved soup, ever since I was a kid. Val does not share my love of soup, but indulges me when I want soup, except if it’s French onion. That’s one of the only soups I can only eat out since Val hates onions. I’m not sure what that has to do with this beer, but I guess I’m hungry.


ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Chocolate Pumpkin Porter melds together rich chocolate decadence with fall spices. Notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg collide with a delicious chocolate flavor to create a whirlwind of flavor in your glass.”

Random: I also tried a new hot sauce today. It’s Chalula Chipotle. Normally I just like the original, but this has a mellower spice and more smoke.

The beer poured with no head on top of the dark brown body. Due to the darkness of the beer, there was no carbonation visible. The nose had notes of milk chocolate and roasted malts. It also had a lactic acid notes with very little spice. The taste had a lot of cheap dark chocolate and a touch of smoke. There was decent bitterness with the same weird lactic note and light cinnamon. It had a really thin body with light carbonation. The finish was quick with dark chocolate. A bottle of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. This beer was lacking in cohesive flavor. This beer was a letdown.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is another Fall beer that I drank back in November. I typically like Coronado beers, so let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 8%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Taste autumn in the land of eternal sunshine with our Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Brewed with brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and plenty of would-be-jack-o-lanterns, this beer delivers autumn’s trademark flavors along with a hint of West Coast character, whether enjoyed in a pumpkin patch or on the beach.”

Random: Val made squash lasagna for dinner. I can’t wait to try it.

The beer poured with a half a finger of ecru colored head that dissipated instantly. There was a slight crown left on top of the clear, mahogany body. There was a decent amount of carbonation visible. The nose had the expected pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. It also had a cinnamon candy note too. The taste was slightly different than the typical pumpkin beer. I still found a significant spice note of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger that was complemented by brown sugar. After a few sips, I also picked up gingerbread and vanilla. It had a sweet note at the end with caramel and white bread. The alcohol was integrated well and only gave a slight warming note to the beer. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and spicy finish with pumpkin pie spice. A bottle of this was $2.59, which came to $.22 per ounce. This was one of the better pumpkin beers that I’ve had and I would revisit it again without hesitation.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0