This was the last beer that I had at Isaac Newton’s. It’s been a little over two months since I’ve tried one of their beers. I haven’t heard all that much about this once, but I do love Mosaic hops, so I had high hopes for it.
Style: American Pale Ale
Trivia: According to beeradvocate.com, “You can play boundary-pushing flavor games all you like but you should never turn your back on fundamentals. HopPun is born of playing with the most straightforward of beers – the hoppy American pale. We push around experimental hops 06300 and HBC342 with Super Galena and Mosaic, soften the edges with a traditional pale malt bill and then tie it all together with the fruity esters of British yeast. Look for the tutti-frutti/berry side of modern hop aromatics in a pleasant drinking straightforward Pale. Drink HopPun and keep the chops sharp.”
Random: Getting up before the sun comes up is still not something that I enjoy.
This beer poured with a thick, one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had light grass, some citrus and then fruitiness. The taste had light citrus, specifically grapefruit and citrus rind. It had a touch of sweetness as well and some berry notes. It was really, really dry. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a long, dry finish with citrus and berries. As usual, Carton puts out another great beer.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0
On Monday, Isaac Newton’s had a King’s Day event featuring all sorts of beers from La Trappe. This was a left over from that, so the other half got a tulip glass full of it and I gave it a try.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The world’s first and only white Trappist ale that continues to ferment slightly after bottling. Brewed using only water, wheat and hops. No herbs are added. Saphir hops give the ale its citrusy aroma. A real thirst-quencher on a hot summer’s day that also makes for a delicious drink at any other time of year.”
Random: Why can’t their food just be better? I really wish Twin Light Tap House reopened.
This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly, yet left no lacing on the tulip glass. The body was a hazy yellow with light carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up lemon and lots of yeast. Some coriander was present as well. The taste was almost like witbier-flavored seltzer. There was barely any lemon or citrus, some yeast and a touch of coriander. There was also an odd note of very light anise that was completely out of place on this beer. The flavor was way too light on this. The body was also bordering on thin and the carbonation needed to be dialed up. The finish was quick with yeast and anise. This beer was really boring. I wrote in my notes the word “boring” at least three times. I would avoid this one. There are so many other examples that are better.
Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0
After the other half figured out that she didn’t like her beer, I gave her mine. She drank about a third of it and actually liked it. Let’s see what I thought of it.
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A huge, hoppy brew that will test your sea legs. Our Dorado Double IPA immediately hooks you with massive hops that never stop. Mash hopping, kettle hopping and dry hopping makes this beer a serious hop lover’s prize catch. It’s an amazingly drinkable, aware-winning beer that’s as beautifully balanced as it is big.”
Random: My legs still hurt from mowing the lawn. At least it should take less time this week.
This beer poured with a thick, one finger, white head. It dissipated very slowly and left some pretty lacing on the glass. It had a hazy, orange body with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some sweet malt to it and then tropical fruit came through with citrus notes, specifically grapefruit. The taste started hoppy with tropical fruit (I specifically picked up mango), and then citrus. Ruby red grapefruit stood out to me. It quickly followed up with a nice dose of sweet malt to balance out the hoppiness. This was a pleasantly bitter beer for the style, but not overwhelmingly so. It also hid the 10% ABV insanely well. The body was thick and chewy body with moderate carbonation, which was perfect for this beer. The finish was long with sweet malt and grapefruit bitterness. This was an outstanding example of the style and I’m kicking myself for not having tried it sooner. I will be having this one again, that’s for sure.
Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0
The other half and I headed to Isaac Newton’s last night because she was in the mood for burgers. We got the burgers for a 2 for $22 deal (with an appetizer included). It would have been great if our burgers were not overcooked and awful. This was the beer that she initially ordered and absolutely hated, so I ended up with it. Let’s see how it was.
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dry, quenching farmhouse ale brewed with French pale malt and a portion of unmalted wheat. Fermented with a house blend of three different yeast strains including Brett. Finished by steeping with whole kiwiberries.”
Random: This brewery recently did a tap takeover at Newton’s that I missed.
This beer poured with no head on top of a hazy brownish-yellow body with light carbonation visible. There wasn’t any remnants of lacing left on the glass. The nose had notes lemon, tart berries and funk. It had this old musty smell to it, which wasn’t pleasant. The taste was really tart at first, and then the musty berry flavor came through. It was a mix of funk and old, dank berries. Again, I didn’t get kiwi. I would say that it was a combination between raspberry and lemon. There was some bready yeast to it, but very little spice. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and musty with funk. This beer was an absolute chore to drink. The mustiness was really unpleasant and overwhelmed any other flavor that was in it. I would avoid this one.
Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0
One of the joys of owning a house is that I get to take care of the lawn. I got my battery-powered lawnmower on Friday and left work at a decent time so I could mow it. Despite the fact that the grass was probably too high since I let the backyard get slightly overgrown, I think I did a good job. My grass seed should be coming any day now so I can plant it in the bare spots. Once it looks decent, I’ll post some pictures. Anyways, let’s see how this bad boy from Scotland was.
Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “While 1719 may be the earliest documented evidence of the Belhaven Brewery, there may well have been beer production on the site pre-16th century as the wells and certain cellar vaults are known to date from around the time of the Reformation. Monks (noted for their brewing skills) settled in the area from the 12th century. Luckily, they had access to both fine water and top quality local barley.”
Random: I need to buy a trimmer for the areas that I can’t get to with the mower. Maybe that will be my end of quarter gift to myself.
This beer poured with less than a half a finger of off white head. It dissipated instantly with no lacing left on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark brown with high carbonation visible. The nose was really rich and peaty with sweetness. Smoke was present too. The taste was better than the notes with more peat and smoke. There was some booze and then deep sweetness, almost like molasses. There was also some bready malt as well. It had a thick and chewy body with high carbonation. The finish was long with peat and molasses. For $2.70 a bottle (with the NJCB discount), this broke down to $.23 per ounce. This was a good beer, but was missing something that I couldn’t put my finger on. It wasn’t the best of the style that I’ve had, but was far from the worst. It’s worth a shot.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0
Before I started this blog, I had an apartment in North Brunswick that I would have Fantasy Football/Baseball draft parties. For one of them, I asked that everyone bring a six-pack of craft beer. One of the attendees brought this beer, because he was specifically looking for a beer that had “craft” in the name. I’ve had this beer on two occasions, one being that occasion and one being at the brewery. I didn’t review it either time, so when I saw a lone bottle in the beer store, I picked it up to review. Let’s see how it was.
Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Arguably our most well-balanced beer, Small Craft Warning seems at once hop-forward and malt-forward; our brewers debate over which flavor force prevails in the beer. Small Craft exemplifies a robust pilsner – it’s crisp, well-carbonated, and slightly sweet. The beer is characterized by a firm malt backbone and a pronounced hop character. A fine aroma from an array of hops, completes this quaffable beer.”
Random: I do think that their labels are cute, even though the brewery tour could have been one of the worst that I’ve ever been on.
This beer poured with a half a finger of thick, white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden orange color. There was high carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of sweet, toasted malt to it. I didn’t get anything else. The taste was sweet at first with lots of toasted malt. There was a mineral quality to it as well that came through after a few sips. Booze was apparent, but not overwhelming. Despite the description from the brewery, there wasn’t much hop character to it. Perhaps it’s an old bottle. It had a thick body (especially for the style) with high carbonation. The finish was long with sweet malt and mineral water. For $1.80 a bottle (with the NJCB discount), this broke down to $.15 per ounce, which is relatively cheap. Despite that, it was only alright and I wouldn’t have it again.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0
One Sunday, the other half and I decided to go explore Pennsylvania and hit up some breweries that were open. Our first stop was Broken Goblet, which was really nice. Their tasting room had really nice decor and we ended up getting a sampler. This was the beer that we liked the most. Plus, we liked the little growler, so it had to come home with us. We also hit up Neshaminy Creek and Forgotten Boardwalk. Anyways, let’s see how this one was.
Style: American Pale Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN BUCKS COUNTY, PA. WE HAVE BUILT A BREWERY & BREWPUB FOR BEER LOVERS, WHO ARE READY FOR A TWIST ON THE TRADITIONAL TASTING. BROKEN GOBLET BREWING – LET US BREAK YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON HOW YOU EXPERIENCE CRAFT BEER … BECAUSE BROKEN CAN BE BEAUTIFUL.”
Random: I didn’t have any beers at Neshaminy that I hadn’t sampled before. It was somewhat disappointing.
This beer poured with less than one finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy, pink color with high carbonation visible. The nose was really fragrant with berries and lots of black tea. This is one of the first times that I’ve had a beer that used tea as an adjunct and I could pick it up in the nose. The taste started with floral notes, but followed up with a lot of tea and then berries. There was slight bitterness from the hops, but tea was definitely the star of this one. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation and went down really easily.The finish was lengthy and floral with the same tea note. This beer was really good. I wish it came in a format other than growlers, because it would definitely be in my beer fridge a lot. Even the other half liked it.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0