Neshaminy Creek Churchville Lager

Here’s another beer from Neshaminy Creek and it’s the fourth one I’ve tried from them. Let’s see how this Vienna Lager is.

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ABV: 4.9%

Style: Vienna Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pennsylvania breweries are known for world-class lagers, and this 2013 Great American Beer Fest Gold Medal winning Vienna-style, no fuss amber lager is clean, crisp, and brewed with Munich, and Vienna malts that give it a touch of malt backbone and toast-like character. Hopped exclusively with German Tettnanger hops, it’s got enough hop bitterness to counter that malt backbone as well. Lagered for six-weeks, Churchville Lager comes in at 4.9% ABV, and is the perfect beer for a night out with friends, and family, or the holiday BBQ. Don’t be afraid to order the new ‘Lager’ in town.”

Random: It’s also the fifth beer I’ve had of this style since starting the blog.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and was an amber color with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with toasted malt and bread. The taste was also malt dominant with some toast and sweetness thrown in. The end of the sip had some very light grass and ended with a touch of bitterness. It had a thicker body than I expected, but was still quite crisp and had moderate carbonation. It had a long finish that lingered on the tongue with toast and the remnants of the hop bitterness as well. For $1.89 a can, it translates into $.16 per ounce, which isn’t bad at all for an easy-drinking, crisp lager. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Terrapin Midnight Monk

Since the game is on today, the supervisor and myself did not want to miss it even though we were working. I managed to get a stream up of it, but only in Spanish. It’s better than not seeing the game. So far, the game is really good. Saying Seattle just scored, it’s gotten even more interesting. Anyways, another Terrapin beer with another cute label. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 9.8%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Take off your robe and slip into the night to get one step closer to the Holy Grail of all beers. ‘Midnight Monk’ Belgian-Style Black IPA will have your senses juggling all the complex flavor and aroma this beer has to offer.”

Random: I am not liking the weather today, especially since it made my truck 3 hours late.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with heavy carbonation visible. The nose had roasted malts, raisins and piney hops. The taste started with alcohol, roasted malts and coffee. It transitioned into piney hops with some sap as well. It was pleasantly bitter. Coffee was present. The alcohol was well hidden in the beer, making it relatively drinkable. The body was thick with medium carbonation. The finish was long with coffee and pine sap. It was $2.30 a bottle, which translated to $.19 an ounce. The beer was only alright to me. The flavors were disjointed and transitioned awkwardly. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

New Holland The Carhartt Woodsman

So, I’m stuck at work on a Sunday, which pretty much blows. But, I managed to snag some stuff that I really wanted to get during a sale at an online beer retailer. Anyways, this is a beer that Val picked up for me at Canal’s awhile back. I don’t think I’ve ever had a barrel aged pale, so I was interested in seeing how it turned out.

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ABV: 4.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Celebrates craftsmanship and hard work. Locally-grown Cascade hops bring a brightness to this barrel-aged American pale ale. Malt sweetness and toasted oak combine for a smooth, refreshing finish.”

Random: By February 1st, I think I will be sufficiently exhausted.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dusky tan color with light carbonation visible. The nose had notes of oak coupled with citrus and pine. The taste had a lot of citrus and dank pine. After a few sips, light oak came through with some vanilla as well. The oak was more subtle than I would have guessed. After the beer warmed, some sweet caramel malt was there too. The flavors transitioned very awkwardly into the oak and I didn’t think it added much. The body was on the thinner side with light carbonation. It definitely needed a bit more. The finish was quick with pine and grass. For $1.99 for the twelve ounce bottle, this broke down to $.17 per ounce, which was on the expensive side for what it was. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Troegs Master Of Pumpkins

I’m trying to be better with updating the blog during end of quarter. This beer is one that I was excited to try and thought I took a picture of the beer, but apparently only took one of the bottle. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 7.4%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with native Pennsylvania neck pumpkins harvested just a few miles from our brewery, Master of Pumpkins conjures the spirit of autumn by combining roasted pumpkins and traditional pie spices with a French saison yeast. This natural fermentation releases a palate of vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and honey. Taste it you will see, more is all you need!”

Random: One of Val’s coworkers bought the meow a new toy on a stick and he loves it. He jumps around the apartment like a kitten.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color that was cloudy with generous amounts of carbonation. The nose had cinnamon and nutmeg with brown sugar. The taste had insane amounts of spice. I specifically picked up notes of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Vanilla was present as well, which is a bit different for a pumpkin beer. There was also the obvious gourd flavor to it with yeast. At the end of the sip, there was some tartness, which made for a slightly disjointed beer. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and filled with pumpkin pie spice. This was an alright beer with nice flavor, minus the tartness. What made this beer less desirable was the $3.89 bottle price, which breaks down to $.32 an ounce. For what it was, it was definitely expensive and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Ommegang Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale

It’s been a few days without a post, which I guess is to be expected since I’m in end of quarter. So, since I have to go to bed in a few, let’s see how this Ommegang beer that I had over the weekend was.

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ABV: 8%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “n the world of Westeros, Valar Morghulis means ‘all men must die.’ Fans of the hit HBO show chose the foreboding phrase as the name of the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration between HBO and Brewery Ommegang. As part of a Facebook poll, fan voting determined the style and name of the next beer. An Abbey Dubbel was selected and it is perfectly represented by the ‘two-headed’ coin given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, one of the ‘Faceless Men of Braavos’ – legendary assassins with the ability to change their appearances at will. On sale October 1st, available in 750ml bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.”

Random: I’ve only seen a few episodes of “Game of Thrones,” but I’ve really liked the ones I’ve seen.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark brown with light carbonation visible. The nose had raisin, date, nutmeg and clove. It was very inviting and interesting as well. The taste was not as great. I got a lot of dark fruit, specifically raisin, dates and currants, but the spice was dialed down from the nose. There was bready yeast present along with molasses and candi sugar. The booze was sticky and present and the beer felt heavy, although it had moderate carbonation. The finish was long with sweetness from the candi sugar and dark fruit. This was decent, but not the best of the style I’ve had. I felt like because the beer was also advertising a tv show, it could get away with some missteps. For $8.49 a bomber, it was $.39 per ounce, which was still more expensive than I think this beer should be without the “Game of Thrones” connection. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Ommegang Spiced Saison

The other half and I watched “August: Osage County” last night while I drank this beer. It was definitely interesting, although I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending. Anyways, let’s see how this beer went.

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ABV: 7.3%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Boulevard’s brewmaster Steven Pauwels and Ommegang’s brewmaster Phil Leinhart chose to collaborate on a Saison, a traditional Belgian farmhouse ale. We first brewed two separate batches of beer using our respective house yeasts, and then blended them post-fermentation, allowing both of our yeasts distinctive characteristics to come through. Brewed with a mixture of pale malt, oats, rye, corn and wheat. Subtly spiced with coriander, lemon and orange peel. Perle was used as a bittering hop, with Safir and Saaz added for aroma. Each of the two batches was fermented with the unique house yeast from our respective breweries. The result is crisp and bready, with bracing hoppiness and a hint of spice lingering in the background. Join us in raising a glass to our new friendship. Cheers!”

Random: The cat ate his cat grass directly out of the planter today and ripped a few out by the roots and I had to replant them. Thanks meow!

When I opened this bomber, it only had a slight pop on the cork. It poured with a generous, three finger white head that took a few minutes to dissipated and left a crown on top of the body. It also left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark and cloudy amber color with moderate to high carbonation visible. The nose had notes of pear, light citrus, bready malt and yeast at the end of the sniff. The taste was much lighter than I expected, given the name. It had a lot of bready malt and yeast and light pear that was apparent in the nose. Coriander, lemon peel and banana were present as well. After a few sips, the taste goes more into yeast and bread and became a bit bland. It had a medium body with a dry, lengthy, yeasty finish. It had enough carbonation to make it crisp and the alcohol was hidden. At $8.99 for the bomber, this broke down to $.41 per ounce. For not being a very impressive beer, I found this to be expensive and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Prism Red Zone

The other half and I went to Peddler’s Village yesterday and stopped for a snack at the local tavern. They had this beer on tap, so I gave it a shot.

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ABV: 6.6%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When the leaves begin to change colors and you start to get that smell of fall in the air you know it’s time for Red Zone. Our ‘football seasonal’ spiced ale is based on an Irish Red and is kicked up with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and Maple Syrup from Western Pennsylvania to give it that fall flavor you’ve been craving all summer long. The maple syrup we use in this beer is tapped from trees in Western PA on a farm owned by the Grinarml fammily. A childhood friend of our fonder, Laura Almond, married into the family and made the introduction in our early days of production. This provides us with the freshest wholly unprocessed maple syrup we can find; made close to home and supporting our community. The base of this beer was originally used in a home concoction our owner made for those long nights playing poker. In those days it was infused with pharmaceutical grade caffeine, taurine and vitamin b and was the craft beer drinkers answer to red bull. Unfortunately the government frowns upon putting caffeine or vitamins into beer so we had to infuse it with something else. It was fall of 2009 when we first brewed this beer and the Philadelphia Phillies were in the playoffs so we infused this beer to taste like fall and called it Red October and later changed the name to Red Zone to better meet explain the availability of the beer.”

Random: I hung two of my beer signs in the living room today. It brightens up the living room.

When I ordered this beer, they said that it was a true Irish Red Ale. Keep this in mind, that when I was taking my notes, I really thought it was the style they said it was. Obviously my mistake. Anyways, it poured with less than half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly with light lacing left on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color with light visible carbonation. It had a nose that was nutty with some brown sugar and maple syrup. The taste was very robust with hazelnuts, molasses, brown sugar with a touch of cherry. It was really flavorful, especially when I got a hint of cinnamon. The body was thick with light carbonation and a long, warming and nutty finish. I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0