Archive for January, 2013

This was another selection that my father picked up for Christmas. First of all, I’ve really enjoyed every brew that I’ve had from this brewery. Second of all, I haven’t tried as many beers from this style that I should have. So, definitely time to pop this bad boy open.
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ABV: 5.4%

Style: Kristalweizen

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The brewery produces a range of pale lagers and wheat beers including Weihenstephaner Weissbier, a 5.4% abv weissbier which is available in filtered (Kristall) and unfiltered (Hefe) versions. The strongest beers the brewery produces are Vitus (a 7.7% abv wheat beer) and Korbinian (a 7.4% abv strong lager or bock).”

Random: I’m starting to get into Guy and Rachel’s Celebrity Cook Show. It’s quite interesting. I like seeing Hines Ward cook.

This one poured with a huge, three finger white head that dissipated slowly. After the head dissipated, there was no lacing left on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was wheat, banana and a touch of clove. I really enjoyed it. The taste was definitely banana and subtle spice, but it had a crispness to it as well. The taste was really clean as well. It reminded me of a diet hefeweizen. The flavor was really full, but the body was light with heavy carbonation. The finish was quick with banana. This was just a great beer, flat out. It had a lot of flavor typical to the style, but the crispness just added to the beer. Add this to the list of beers I will definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

I went to the Shrewsbury liquor store because Kate had mentioned they had a bunch of growler stations. Despite not having any exotic selections, I came home with a smaller growler of this bad boy. I had heard that this was absolutely amazing and I didn’t get a chance to try it at Nip-N-Tuck.

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ABV: 12%

Style: Winter Warmner

Trivia: According to beerpulse.com, “The genesis of Decoy is our notion that those spices would affectionate the fig notes of a Belgian Strong malt bill in the direction of a winter warmer. Cumin, coriander, lavender flowers, Sichuan red peppercorns and honey are added to Special B malts and Belgian candi sugars, with American ale yeast chosen because its esters enhance rather than dominate as would a Belgian. A strong, gently-spiced ale, Decoy is intended to sit next to or in place of a fire during the bracing cold of winter.”

Random: I’m really not enjoying the cold tonight. I can’t wait until Spring.

This brew poured with a one finger, tan-colored heard that stuck around forever. The body was a dark mahogany colored with light carbonation visible throughout. The nose was filled with fig and holiday spice and booze, in that order. The taste was lots of dark fruit and nutmeg. I expected more fig from this one. There was also some licorice as well with a touch of sweet malt. The taste was a bit overspiced for my liking and the booze could have been better integrated. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The booze warming lasted through the long finish which also had a touch of nutmeg.  Honestly, I think the tap lines were dirty or something, because I’ve heard how amazing this was and I wasn’t a big fan. I’d like to try it again on draft from somewhere else.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

This is review is review number 900. I honestly didn’t think that I would stick with this whole blogging thing for so long, although I’m really glad I did. It’s been a fun experience, chronicling all of the beers I’ve tried, plus searching out specific brews that I want to try. Had I know prior to typing this that this was beer 900, I may have ordered a different one, but here you go.
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ABV: 9%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This rich dark gingerbread stout entices with the aromas of the holidays, hinting at the merriment and spices within. The flavor of gingerbread comes alive beginning with the smooth sweetness and heartiness of dark roasted malts and a touch of wheat. But it’s the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief.”

Random: I loved the Kane glass that it was served it. If I ever get myself down to Kane, I’m definitely buying one of these.

This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was an inky, dark brown color with no carbonation visible due to color. The nose wasn’t as strong as I expected. I got gingerbread and nutmeg. The taste was literally liquid gingerbread. I got heavy spice and ginger snap. Actually, my biggest problem with the brew was that it was overspiced. I also got some cocoa, coffee with sugar and roasted malts. I didn’t find any lactose in there. The body was big and heavy and too carbonated. The booze warmed at the end. Besides being overspiced, I found this beer to be a bit gimmicky. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

You know what really grinds my gears (points if you get the Family Guy reference)? When a great brewery has absolutely nothing online about their beers. This is still the case with Kane. I love their stuff. They put out great beer and the local bars really seem to be getting into putting it on tap because it’s local. But, I guess they’re so busy with brewing the good stuff that they still haven’t put up a decent website. Anyways, I’ve tried the regular version of Head High, so my guess is this one is fermented with Belgian yeast. And even better, I totally forgot to take a picture. Go me.

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ABV: 6.5%

Style: Belgian IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “American style India pale ale is also now brewed in Belgium with Viven IPA from De Proefbrouwerij and Houblon Chouffe becoming available in the 2000s.”

Random: One of my biggest pet peeves is children being unruly in a restaurant without their parents saying anything.

This brew poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden orange color with moderate carbonation visible throughout. The nose was mild with a hint of Belgian yeast and grassy hops. The taste was more hoppy than Belgian. It was grassy with grapefruit hops up front and then some yeast came through. Notes of lemon came through towards the end. Malt was not a factor on this bad boy. The Belgian notes were relatively light. It was quite fresh as well. The body was medium thickness with generous carbonation. The finish was long and sticky with hops. Although I would have liked to see a bit more Belgian aspect to it, this was a really drinkable and enjoyable beer. I would have this one again, no doubt.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Flying Fish. Not only is it a local brew, being from Jersey, but it was one of the first craft beers I can remember having. When I was in Philly for school, I remember being at a bar and seeing the Flying Fish logo on a tap handle and getting a pint and deciding that was “my beer.” At the time, it was most likely because of the logo and most people had never heard of it, but I did enjoy it. I was really excited when I saw that Flying Fish had come out with a new offering, so I had to get my hands on it.
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ABV: 7%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Red Fish is a west coast hoppy red ale. Columbus, Chinook and Cascade hops give the beer a robust piney nose. Two-row, crystal and cara-red malts give the beer a malty background and a 7% abv.”

Random: I’m really liking the new labels too. They don’t look as dated.

This brew poured a two finger head that was off white. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy mahogany color with generous carbonation visible throughout. The nose started with caramel malt and quickly went into grassy hops. The taste was really enjoyable. I got caramel malt and hazelnut coupled with earthy and grassy hops. I also got some lemon and other citrus notes as well. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. The finish was long with grassy hops. I liked this beer. It was flavorful and easy drinking. A standout from Flying Fish!

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I love when Kate picks me up beer. She always picks out these ones that I would never pick, but end up being totally solid. She said that when she got this one, the beer guy told her that this brewery just came back into New Jersey. If you follow the blog, you know that black IPAs tend to be hit or miss with me, so I was definitely excited to see if this was a good one.
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ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Massive in every way, B-Craft delivers a complex bundle of flavors with citrus-hop aroma. Moving beyond the massive hop aroma, rich roasted malt flavors of coffee and chocolate move forward only to be checked by an impressive hop bitterness. Texture and flavor dance together so seamlessly that you may need to remind yourself that this beer slides down as a session; yet delivers like an assassin.”

Random: My cat just tried to steal a rib off of my plate. Not very nice.

This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly with lots of lacing left on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with lots of sediment visible. Due to the color, I couldn’t detect how much carbonation was there. The nose was a bit hoppy with roasted malts and coffee.  There was one way to describe the taste of this brew: big. I got the coffee and roasted malts in the nose, but this was coupled with piney hops and nuttiness. Cocoa powder came through as well. The body was thick with high carbonation. The booze was present, albeit not overwhelming, but warm. The finish was lengthy, sticky and piney. This was one of the better black IPAs I’ve had and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

For Christmas, my father went to his local liquor store and picked me up a bunch of beers that had ratings over 90 points. He doesn’t keep track of what I’ve had, but always manages to pick out some winners. This happened to be one of them that I shockingly haven’t had.

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ABV: 6.6%

Style: Scottish Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is our flagship beer, the one whose discovery led to the formation of the company back in 2003. Since then we’ve won a string of awards for Original, most recently a third consecutive Modern Monde Selection gold award. Like the world’s great wine and whisky makers we strive for depth of flavour, complexity and mellowness in every beer we produce. Innis & Gunn Original typifies this approach. Its lengthy 77-day maturation imparts flavours of toffee, vanilla and oak that perfectly complement the beer’s backbone of luscious malt and fruity hop notes. The oak helps to give Innis & Gunn Original its appealing colour and also mellow the alcohol character, so although the beer is 6.6%, it’s very smooth and easy to drink.”

Random: My newest series that I’m watching is Rome: Engineering an Empire. So far, so good.

This brew poured with a three finger, white head that dissipated slowly, yet left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear orange color with lots of carbonation visible throughout. The nose was huge with some oak and toffee and vanilla as well. The taste was just like the nose, big. I got lots of oak with toffee and vanilla following up quickly. A touch of hops came through but were quickly tamed by the oak. After a few sips, I got some caramel as well. The body was on the medium side with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with warm oak. I really enjoyed this one. I could see why this one is so popular. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0