Val went down to visit one of her college friends in DC for a concert. When she came back, she had a few DC local goodies for me to review, this being one of them. I’ve never heard of 3 Stars, but I was interested in giving it a shot.
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Bright & refreshing with subtle citrus notes and a touch of tartness from the lemon peel and hops. If it comes off the grill, it pairs perfectly. Also goes well with the beach, family reunions, and everything else that makes Summer great!”
Random: The brewery offers tours on Saturday. I think I’ll have to make a trip next time I find myself in DC.
This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark yellow color with light carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant with yeast, lemon, lemon peel and herbal lemongrass. It was a scent that I’m not used to on a saison, but smelled inviting. The taste had notes of yeast, lemon and light spice. There was also a lot of lemon peel, lemon grass and a touch of earthy hops at the end. It had a medium body with light carbonation. The finish was long with lemon and lemon peel. This was an interesting saison that I enjoyed and would have again. It was a gift from Val when she went down to DC, so no comment on the price. Nice can art too!
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0
The other half wanted a cider and I’ve been giving her some of the ones she picked out in May from Half Time. This one has been sitting at the back of her beer fridge (and yes, she has her own fridge on the left side of the bar with all of the ciders and beers she picks out). For the record, she was even less of a fan of this one than I was.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “1911 Raspberry Hard Cider is a sparkling cider made from our family grown apples. This cider opens with a fruit forward body and a lingering burst of raspberry on the finish. Semi-sweet. 5.5% ABV.”
Random: We also have a bomber fridge and a regular single bottle/can fridge in the bar.
This cider poured with absolutely no head on top of a light pink body. There was high carbonation visible as well. The nose reminded me of Cherry 7-Up. After I smelled that, I couldn’t pick up any other scents except for that peculiar, sweet, red fruit note. The taste was odd, to put it mildly. It started very tart with apples and light raspberry and then went into that same Cherry 7-Up note that I couldn’t stand. The body was watery with high carbonation. The finish was quick with sweet, red fruit. There was nothing that I particularly enjoyed about this cider. It was $2.39 for the bottle, which was $.20 per ounce. Even if it were free, I wouldn’t touch this again. What a disappointment.
Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0
End of quarter is finally over. I’m also going to be working more of a Monday through Friday schedule, which is very exciting. I will be working from home on Mondays, so that will save gas as well. Anyways, I opened this beer up because I was craving a nice IPA. This beer did not disappoint, but is unfortunately not available in New Jersey. .
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Beers from the brewery have been rated on RateBeer.com website as #1 Top Brewer in the World 2006 and again in 2013. In 2008, AleSmith was awarded ‘Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year’ at the Great American Beer Festival.”
Random: This beer is available in July and August.
This beer poured with a three finger, pure white head that was very fluffy. It dissipated quickly and left lots of lacing on the glass and a crown on top of the body. The body itself was a clear, light yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had big notes of freshly cut pine and caramel malt. Just from the nose, this appeared to be a balanced DIPA. The taste was really nice. It started with piney and earthy hops. Then, some grass and spicy from the hops came through as well, just in time to be balanced by the sweet malt. The body was thick and chewy with high carbonation. The alcohol was deceptively absent. It had a long finish with a lot of malt. The bomber was $10.99, which broke down to $.50 per ounce. I didn’t think that was a bad price for a solid, flavorful beer.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0
I’m really loving my grill. I’ve been making dinner almost every single night and we’ve been saving money too, plus getting better service and (I hope) better food. Although, given our experience almost every time we eat out, that is setting the bar pretty low. This was a beer that I put in my outside beer glass (since it’s plastic) to sample while I was cooking.
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A medium-bodied, malty, sweet Belgian-style Blond ale with great complexity and a heavenly finish. Spring seasonal.”
Random: The shrimp kebabs that we made earlier this week with pineapple were really yummy.
This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass and a crown. The body was a hazy orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose was bright with a lot of orange and citrus notes. There was some wheat as well. The taste was equally pleasant. I picked up orange and tangerine primarily, with notes of wheat and grass at the end of the sip. There wasn’t any spice or real yeast characteristic to it. Honestly, until I started writing the review, I had no idea that it was a Belgian Pale and it drank a lot more like an American Blonde. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with citrus notes. This beer was $2.25 for the 16 ounce can, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. This was an easy-drinker while I was grilling, but it wasn’t anything outstanding. I wouldn’t refuse it if it was handed to me.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0
Here’s another review to tide you over while I’m getting through my last day of end of quarter. I’m going to pick a really good beer to open on Saturday. This cider is one that I opened for the other half that she picked up at Half Time.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Reposado. The name given to tequilas aged between two and twelve months in oak barrels. The wood aging smooths out the tequila while infusing it with subtle oak notes. Traditional Wyder’s Pear cider infused with smooth subtle oak laden tequila notes. Refreshing pear cider crafted with some inspiration from south of the border.”
Random: The lack of commas on the website description of this cider is driving me absolutely insane.
This cider poured with no head, on top of a clear, light yellow body. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was very strong with straight tequila. After a few sniffs, I think I found some pear, but the tequila dominated everything. The taste was exactly the same. It was very strong tequila and booze and wood. Then, some fruitiness from the pear came out, but my palate was shot by the tequila. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was unfortunately, very long with the same tequila note that started at the nose. The price on this one was $2.29 for the bottle, which comes to $.19 per ounce. No matter what the price was on this one, I just disliked the flavor and wouldn’t have it again. However, if you’re a tequila aficionado, this may be for you.
Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0
When you read this, I will most likely be running around the warehouse trying to arrange routes for Friday. I figured I would pre-schedule a few posts since I will be out of commission until Sunday morning. This was a beer that I originally tried in a flight at the brewery, but haven’t formally reviewed. Given all of the hype about their most recent DIPA offering, I thought it was time to crack it open.
Style: American Pale Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It goes without saying that if you’ve spent any time in and around the Philly area you undoubtedly have heard your fair share of colloquialism. Some things just scream ‘Philly’ so bad, it almost hurts. Anyone familiar with our Head Brewer knows he’s got a fondness for the linguistic arts as well. Whether it be his loud, booming Jersey/Philly accent cutting across the room, or his late night drunken German, there’s no doubting his love for the sound of the spoken word of any native tongue. He’s also got a fondness for easy drinking, hoppy beers. What do you get when you put them together? J.A.W.N. – Juicy Ale With Nugget. This 5.2% ABV American Pale Ale is malty, yet crsip, and is loaded with dank citrus, as well as tropical and stone fruit flavor and aromas from the gratuitous use of Nugget and Zythos hops. Coming November 2014 in 12 ounce cans and draft to a finer craft beer establishment near you.”
Random: My parents picked up this glass for me during their vacation. Supposedly they have the best Irish coffee in the world. I’ve never had an Irish coffee.
This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy orange color with high carbonation. The nose started with a lot of grass and earthy hops. It also had some peach and apricot notes and a touch of sweet malt. The taste was a direct reflection of the nose. It had generous amounts of earthy hops with some brightness from the stone fruit. Pine came through as well and then the sip finish with lots of clean and sweet malt. It had a medium body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with the sweet, pale malt. This was $1.67 for the can, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. That is a really nice price for a very flavorful beer. I will definitely be having this one again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0
I’m getting to the home stretch of end of quarter. The exhaustion is setting in and the finish line is almost in view. I have absolutely no plans for Sunday. I will most likely end up mowing my lawn, but I am not setting an alarm clock. Anyways, beer time.
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “On a pilgrimage for immortal craft beer we tripped on these heavenly drops of amazingly overwhelming aromas, a thick fudge-like body, pitch black color and obviously only made in limited amounts. And the taste…even more jesus!”
Random: This was brewed at Companyia Cervesera del Montseny, Spain.
This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly. Some lacing was left on the snifter. It left a quarter of an inch of crown on top as well. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation. The nose was huge. It had roasted malts, licorice, smoke and black coffee at the end. The taste was intense as well. I picked up smoke and roasted malts up front, then some bitter chocolate and espresso. The licorice was there as well, but hit right at the end of the sip. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with roasted malts. This definitely didn’t drink like 12% either. long finish. This was $10 for the bottle, which broke down to $.83 per ounce, which is definitely expensive, but this beer was outstanding. I didn’t like it quite as much as the coffee version, but this is worth seeking out.
Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0