It’s back to work for me today. I’m hoping vacation offered some time to relax before I get into the grind of work again. I also hope that I got to try some really good beers while I was up there as well. This beer is one that I’ve seen on a couple of beer blogs, especially in the New York area. They don’t distribute to New Jersey yet, so I picked this one up last time I went to Half Time. There were only a few left on the shelves. Let’s see how it went.

Farmer

ABV: 6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery, “With the addition of Rye Malt from Hillrock Farm Distillery, this balanced Rye India Pale Ale was born in Columbia County. Taste what this county has to offer!”

Random: I can’t wait until football starts. I have been in withdrawal.

The beer poured with a one finger, cream colored head that dissipated quickly and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was lightly cloudy and a mahogany color with light carbonation. The nose had some spicy rye and floral hops. The taste had a bit more body with the same grassy and floral hops. There was also spiciness from the rye and some light sweetness from the malt. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with rye spice and flowers. This was $2.50 for the tallboy can ($.16 per ounce). This was a really nice beer and I really enjoyed the spiciness that the rye offered.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I picked up another beer from the Stillwater “Readymade” series last time I was at Half Time. This is an interpretation of an IPA. Let’s see how it was.

projector

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This Imperial IPA projects an array of multidimensional hop flavor and aroma. Simcoe offers piney fruit while Centennial delivers a squeeze of lemon atop bright the tangerine citrus of Galaxy, laid upon a field of grassy Sterling..and then some hippies comes by with a dank bag of Columbus..This heady combination is backed by an extremely lean malt body thanks to the addition of flaked rice. Label Design Notes: The layout of the label reinforces the absurdity by recalling both early promotional materials from Braun and Alfred Stieglitz’s photo of Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’.”

Random: Stillwater’s description of their beers are quite deep.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark yellow color with lots of visible floaties and moderate carbonation. The nose had notes of toasted rice, tangerine, grass and alcohol. The taste had notes of tangerine, lemon peel, grass and alcohol on the back-end. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with alcohol warming and citrus peel. This beer was $3.75 for the single bottle, which broke down to $.31 per ounce. I found this to be a solid beer and had some nice depth of flavor, and I really enjoyed the addition of the rice. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This is post 2,000. It took a little over five years, but we got to this milestone. I’m not sure how far I am from review 2,000, but we have a little bit. I used to rank my beers of the month and do other random posts early on in the blog, but I later stopped that because I wanted to focus more on getting reviews out almost daily and there are many other, better organized, comprehensive beer websites providing other beer commentary. So, this cider is one that Val picked out and let me have a taste of. Hopefully, it’s a good one.

scrumpy

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: There is absolutely no information about this cider on the websites. I guess it’s unloved.

Random: I’m really excited to see the cider scene bursting and glad that Val likes them so I have an excuse to give them a shot.

This cider poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had sweet apples, green raisins and Sprite. The taste was light, but nice. It had lots of apples and sweetness to it along with the same raisin notes and Sprite. Honey came through as well at the end of the sip. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with apple sweetness. This reminded me of the sparkling cider that I used to drink as a kid, which isn’t a knock on this at all. It went down very easily and make for a great summer cider, which is what I believe they set out to do.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

When I was a kid, I loved peanut butter sandwiches. One of my childhood friends later introduced me to peanut butter and chocolate chip sandwiches and those were my absolute favorite. They tasted like a peanut butter cup to me. I was hoping that this beer would bring me a bit of nostalgia. Let’s see if it did.

liquidlunch

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Cut off the crust and unwrap the flavor of this fruit-centric beer. Handcrafted using real raspberries, Liquid Lunch Peanut Butter & Jelly Porter combines all the elements of a familiar lunchtime snack.”

Random: I’m having a craving for a peanut butter sandwich.

This beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with light carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant with lots of grape jam and some peanut butter. The taste was filled with very tart, grape jam. It was almost to the point of vinegar. There was a touch of peanut butter as well, but the jam notes dominated everything. There was no balance to this beer, but at least the booze was hidden. I didn’t get a lot of roasted malts from the porter part either, which would have helped with the balance. This bomber was $8.99, which broke down to $.41 per ounce. I totally understand why Terrapin would put this beer about. They want to push the boundaries of beer and last winter, peanut butter porters were very popular. But, I just don’t enjoy this beer. I’m glad I got to try it, because it is quite unique, but I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Oh Abita, the soft spot I have for you. I am really excited to see them doing some barrel aged beers and put some new ones out as well. This was one that Val really wanted to try, so we split the bomber one night at home. Let’s see how it was.

stawgator

ABV: 8%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Abita Strawgator is the fusion of Strawberry Harvest Lager sweetness with the bite of Andygator. This golden lager is made with malted barley and wheat. It is hopped with German Perle hops for a delicate hop flavor. After filtration, generous amounts of fresh Louisiana strawberry juice are added, giving the beer a pleasant sweet taste and aroma, as well as a rich golden color and slight cloudiness. Strawgator is a great dessert beer. It pairs well with fruit, dessert of sorbets. It is also excellent with chocolate dishes and cheeses such as St. Andre, Mascarpone and Brie.”

Random: We never ended up getting strawberries from our plant.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The body was a slightly cloudy, yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had some grassy hops notes and a touch of strawberry. The taste was outstanding. It had fresh strawberry juice and cereal grain. The booze was well-hidden. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with strawberry juice and cereal grain. My only complaint was that the strawberry note wasn’t strong enough but this beer was still outstanding, especially at $5.99 for the bomber ($.27 per ounce). This is a beer worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

At this point in my vacation, I’m hoping that I’ve had some lobster. I love lobster and it’s one of the things that Maine is known for. I think the last time I had it was when we made lobster rolls on rainy day. Anyways, let’s check out this year’s anniversary beer from Weyerbacher.

Weyerbacher

ABV: 11%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Weyerbacher is turning 20 this year! How do we celebrate 20 years of bold and innovative beers? With the release of our 20th Anniversary ale! Our 20th Anniversary brew is a Belgian-Style Dark Ale weighing in at 11% ABV. It’s malty with notes of caramel, raisins and berries, as well as subtle hints of coriander and star anise.”

Random: I’m hoping that it’s a bit cooler in Maine. I’m sick of this humidity.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left limited lacing on the glass with a crown. The body was a dark mahogany color with high carbonation. The nose had raisin, fig, candi sugar and booze. A touch of anise was there as well. The taste was quite sweet with a lot of candi sugar. Raisins and figs came through with some bread. There was anise at the back end. The booze provided some warming as well. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long with candi sugar and booze warming. This was $3.69 for the bottle, which broke down to $.30 per ounce. I always enjoy trying the anniversary beers from Weyerbacher and this wasn’t the best one that I’ve had, but this was solid.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

At this point, I’m hoping that I have at least spent one day doing absolutely nothing. I’ve also probably started exploring Maine beers. One of the places I’ve really been looking forward to going to is Allagash. I’ve heard really good things about their tasting room, so I think it will stand up to my expectations. Let’s see how this beer was. Val picked this up for me.

singlehopcolumbus

ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Columbus is known for its pungent black pepper and licorice notes combined with subtle citrus. Pair this bad boy with anything you can throw on the grill to add a hop punch to your summer.”

Random: I find Flying Dog’s labels very attractive.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. It left a significant crown on top of a cloudy orange body too. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had pine and lots of grapefruit and grapefruit zest. It quickly went into sweet, caramel malt. The taste started with lots of citrus, specifically grapefruit pulp and zest. Black pepper came through too. It had some sweetness from the malt. The alcohol did come out, but wasn’t overwhelming. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a long, citrus finish with moderate bitterness. This was $3.39 for the bottle, which broke down to $.28 per ounce. This was a really nice beer and one that I would have again, despite the relatively high price tag.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0