Today’s beer is one that Val picked out. She loves the beers from this brewery and we’ve also gotten a few drink mixes from them, although it took us months to realize that it was the same company for a good few months. I’m not as big of a fan of them, but I do like the idea of mixing beer and tea. Let’s crack this open.

ABV: 3.8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Amber Ale paired with Organic Darjeeling Hibiscus, Strawberry and Lemon Juice.”

Random: The brewery currently has 4 offerings. I believe Val has tried them all. I’ll get through reviewing them all soon.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger head. It was tan in color and went away slowly. It didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was a murky brown color with a reddish tint. There was no carbonation visible because of the cloudiness. The nose was filled with old black tea and berries. There wasn’t much beer to it. The taste was filled with lemon juice and the same black tea up front. The taste had more of a floral note than the nose, along with some berry potpourri. The body was uncomfortably thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tea. A can of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer just wasn’t it for me. The tea didn’t balance with the other flavors and there was no real beer flavor. This was a hard pass for me.

Untappd Rating: 1.5/5.0

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Val and I have started watching the reboot of “Will and Grace.” It’s pretty good, although not as great as I remembered. We’re only two episodes in, so hopefully it will get better. Anyways, let’s get to the beer of the night.

ABV: 7%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “After spending the cold winter training our palettes on malty winter brews its time to get out on the field and play some ball with an IPA that’s both refreshing and complex. The lemony-herbal aromatics of Sorachi Ace hops spring out of a nice, light bodied wheat & honey malt base. You can always rely on a solid hit from Steady Eddie.”

Random: This beer came in at 80 IBUs.

The beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was bright orange in color and cloudy. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with fresh grace, lemon grass and cilantro. Sorachi Ace is by far my favorite hop, and this beer had a lot of it. The taste also had notes of cilantro, lemon grass and grass clippings. Then, green onion came through with some light malt and wheat finished up the sip. The body was on the lighter side with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with lemon grass and cilantro. A can of this was $2, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot and this would make for a good food beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Bronx Brewery. It’s been awhile since I had a beer from them and Val picked this one out for me.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A refreshingly sour and cloudy ale brewed with cucumber & basil giving this traditional beer a cool & peppery finish. Our head brewer, Damian, spent a few years living in Germany because his dad was piloting F-15’s for the Air Force (call sign: Hash Brown). So it was only fitting that we brew one of Germany’s traditional styles with a Bronx take. This Berliner Weisse beer is brewed with Pilsner, Vienna and wheat malts and balanced with Caliente hops to add a refreshing fruity backdrop. Cucumbers and basil are then added in the late stages of the brewing process to give it a cool, minty and peppery finish. We hope you enjoy our Bronx spin on what the Germans like to call the champagne of the north.”

Random: This uses Caliente hops.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and straw-yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with lemon juice and some lemon zest. I didn’t pick up a lot of cucumber or basil on the nose. The taste had more of a presence of cucumber, but manifested like pickle brine since the lemon juice note was so prevalent. The basil kicked in at the end of the sip. The body was light with generous carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon juice. A can of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. The price wasn’t bad, I just wish it had some more basil.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’ve started watching “American Horror Story: Cult.” I’m not a huge fan of this season, but I’m only two episodes in. I think it has to do with the prevalence of clowns in this season. I’ve never been a huge fan of clowns, especially not creepy clowns. I always appreciate how they tie things from previous seasons into the storyline though. I still believe that the first season was the best of all of the seasons. Let’s talk about something slightly more pleasant, like beer.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A West-coast style Pale Ale with balanced malt profile, kettle and dry-hopped for hop intensity.”

Random: This beer comes in at a relatively high 62 IBUs.

The body poured with a huge, four finger head that was cream-colored. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was lemon yellow in color and very hazy. On the nose, I picked up a lot of grass and lemon grass. It was intensely herbal. There was citrus to it as well. The taste had a lot of lemon grass. It transitioned into rosemary and cilantro with lemon flesh and lemon zest. The body was light and refreshing with high carbonation. The finish had a lot of cilantro and other green herbal notes. A can of this ran me $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer and it paired perfectly with food. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I finally finished last season of “Game of Thrones.” Val wants me to clear out space on the DVR and I left it there for awhile. I like the show a lot, it’s just really hard to follow since I haven’t watched from the beginning. One weekend, I’ll binge watch to catch up. Until then, let’s talk about the beer.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This American Pilsner is named after our co-worker Bill, who has asked us to make a Pilsner for over a year. Brewed with Pilsner malt and toasted wheat, this light, crushable beer is a crisp, and refreshing type deal.”

Random: This is another beer that I picked up in Maryland.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated instantly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and straw-yellow in color. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had grain and grass with a slight corn note as well. The taste was grassy and went towards the hoppy side of pilsner. It also had a green herbal note and then went into white flour and crackers. There was not a lot of sweetness to the beer, it was just clean and crisp. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and herbal. A 12 ounce can of this beer was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I thought this was a decent pilsner and I had no problems drinking it, it just wasn’t the best one I’ve ever had.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This is another beer that I picked up in Maryland. I tried one of their saisons at Savor last year and was interested in giving this one a shot. I think it’s also the first time I’ve seen a saison in a pounder can too. It’s an interesting way to package. The updated graphics are also much better than the old logos. Hopefully when I’m out in Colorado, I’ll get a chance to visit them.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Seasonal, farmhouse-style ales that feature native Colorado ingredients. Dry and crisp farmhouse-style ale. Mild tartness softened by Colorado wildflower honey.”

Random: This is a seasonal beer that comes in at 10 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. A small crown was left on top of the body. The body was super hazy and bright orange in color with no visible carbonation. The nose was very sweet with wildflower honey, golden raisins and yeast. It had a floral, honeysuckle note as well. The taste was sweet with the same wildflower honey as the nose. There were also notes of yeast, clove, apricot and golden raisins. It had an herbal note as well. The body was thick with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet from the honey. A pounder can was $2.75, which came to $.17 per ounce. I thought this beer had a lot of good flavors, but just needed a little more refining.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Val and I have certain shows that we watch together. Because of our work schedules, we usually save up a season full and then watch them on a weekend. We’re watching “The Fosters” right now, which really should just be called “Awkward Moments and Bad Decisions.” Despite that, we continue to watch the show. Let’s get to beer time.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For all you hop thrill seekers, the journey down Route 4 is one for the books. Route 4 summons good memories of a journey home, and bitter memories of a perilous work day. With a bouquet of grapefruit, pine and peach on the nose, and enough caramel malt to balance out the hop bitterness, this IPA is restrained, balanced and easy-drinking.”

Random: This beer uses Simcoe, Galaxy, Nugget, Magnum, and Citra hops.

The beer poured with a huge and fluffy, four finger, slightly tan head. It hung around for awhile and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and dark amber in color. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of caramel malt up front and the remains of dried citrus. The taste was more piney than citrusy. It had pine cleaner and then transitioned into dried grapefruit peel, but it was really, overwhelmingly malty. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had an unfortunate and lengthy malty finish. A can of this was $1.67, which came to $.14 per ounce. I’m not sure if I got an old can, but this just wasn’t my thing.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0