Archive for July, 2015

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.

jawn

ABV: 5.2%

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.

eviltwinaun

ABV: 12%

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

We picked this beer up awhile back to bring to a BYO Thai place in Lambertville. I kept one for reviewing.

duclaw

ABV: 6%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The 10th entry in the eXile series, X-10: Saison brewed with cantaloupe, is medium-bodied, pale straw in color, and crisp on the tongue. Both flavor and aroma are dominated by cantaloupe backed by vibrant citrus fruit & subtle spicy flavors derived from a customer blend of Belgian yeast strains used in its creation, and balanced by a bready malt character and subtle hop bitterness that lasts through to the beer’s refreshing, dry finish. Kick back and ‘melo’ out with X-10!”

Random: Victorino to the Angels? Today is insane.

This beer poured with a one and half finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy yellow with high carbonation. The nose was strong with Belgian yeast, wheat and spice. Cantaloupe was there as well, but was more subtle than the other notes. The taste had the typical saison notes up front with yeast and spice. After that passed, it was all cantaloupe and melon flavors, which were a really interesting take on the typical saison. It did have a slight bite from the booze that I picked up as well. It had a medium body with high carbonation. The finish was long with spice and cantaloupe. This was $1.83 per bottle, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. Despite the price, I found the flavor transition to be disjointed, which is why I dinged the beer on the score. I did like that it was one of the few beers I’ve seen that features cantaloupe as a main flavor and would love to see more of that.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Even though I worked on Sunday, the other half and I headed to Fishtown for a bite to eat. We ended up at Sancho Pistolas since we enjoy their other restaurant in Center City (Jose Pistolas) so much. Sancho’s was not quite as good as the original, in my opinion. The Brussels sprout taco at Sancho’s was just the leaves, whereas at Jose’s, it’s full sprouts. The falafel taco wasn’t good and the mole meatball bun was too salty. But, they had this beer on tap, which I’ve always wanted to try. They used to have their brewery/restaurant down the street from Pistolas but left and are going to relocate. I’ll definitely be checking them out once they do.

noddinghead

ABV: 3.75%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: This beer was introduced by the brewery 11 years ago. Their website is also barren of any information. I’m assuming this because of the relocation.

Random: I love the glasses at Sancho’s. The logo is adorable.

This beer poured with less than a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy yellow with only light carbonation visible. The nose wasn’t as intense as other beers of the style that I’ve had. It had tartness, lemon and green apples. Some grain was there as well. The taste was nicely tart with the same lemon juice and zest and green apples. Wheat and grain came through and allowed the tartness to be relatively tame. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was quick and acidic with lemon. This was a really easy-drinker on a hot day and although it was not the best beer of the style I’ve quaffed, I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Despite my less than stellar experience at the brewery restaurant itself, I picked this can up outside of Philly. I love grapefruit and wanted something light and refreshing with dinner. Let’s see how it fared.

manayunkgrapefruit

ABV: 4.1%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This intense IPA incorporates both grapefruit zest and fresh grapefruit juice alongside a colossal dosing of Summit, Cascade and Citra hops. The explosion of citrus and the dank, resiny hop aromas are sublime while the delicate malt profile produces a very quaffable session IPA.”

Random: They traded Tulo to the Jays? I can’t imagine him in anything other than a Rockies uniform.

This beer poured with a one finger, bright white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. A crown was also left on top of a hazy, light orange body with high carbonation. The nose was very citrusy with fresh grapefruit and grapefruit zest. It had grass and some lemon as well. The taste was exactly like the nose, grapefruit flesh and zest primarily up front. Then, the grass and lemon zest came through with a touch of sweetness from the malt at the end of the sip. It was really drinkable with a light body and high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grapefruit. Price-wise, this was $2.29 for the can, which was $.14 per ounce. I didn’t think it was a bad price for this beer, which is really crushable. My dings on it were that it wasn’t all that complicated of a beer, but I would have this again. It would make for a great barbecue beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I opened this cider for the other half. She wasn’t a big fan of it and I think she ended up drain pouring it at the end of the night. She let me take a picture and a few sips for research purposes. This is one of their seasonal ciders that’s available from March through August. She picked it up as a single, and I’m glad that we didn’t commit to more than that.

summerhoney

ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Summer Honey cider is a light and refreshing cider with subtle notes of wildflower honey, perfect for those warmer months.”

Random: I still haven’t tried all of their regular offerings. They’re widely available, so no real excuse here.

This cider poured with a one finger, light white head that dissipated quickly. There was no lacing left on the glass. The body was a clear, very light yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was subtle with apples and floral notes with some sweetness. The taste was way too light. There was some honey and apple with very minor floral notes, but the cider itself was really under flavored. It was like drinking diluted cider. The body was also light and carbonation was moderate. It had a quick finish with very little flavor. This cider was $2.29 for the single bottle, which broke down to $.19 per ounce. Even if it was cheaper, I wouldn’t have this again. It was the most under flavored cider I’ve ever had. At least they have many other offerings that I enjoy.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Six more days to go until end of quarter is officially over. Can you tell that I’m excited? I just feel exhausted all the time and it takes me a few weeks after it’s over to get back to normal. I’m trying to keep up with the reviews and this was another beer that came in a mixed pack. It also had some other beers from Horny Goat that I already reviewed, so let’s get on with this one.

goat

ABV: 5%

Style: Light Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Lagers are an American tradition, and so are blondes. You’ll find this pale lager both bright and crisp up front, and perfectly balanced by a hint of German hops on the end.”

Random: Based on the can, I expected an American Blonde Ale, not a Light Lager.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. A slight white crown was left on top of the clear, straw yellow body. There was generous carbonation visible. The nose was clean with German hops, grass and mineral water. The taste was very light and crisp with straw, German hops and grass. Mineral water was there was well. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a long finish with the same grass and straw that I got in the taste. This was $1.33 for the can, which broke down to $.11 per ounce, which is pretty affordable. But, this beer was really, really boring. It would be a slightly better substitute for a macro, but I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0