Trojniak Zlota Pasieka

Val and I are still watching the Golden Globes. We just saw Carrie Underwood come out with this pink dress that looks like a life jacket. It’s all sorts of terrible. It also has very large shoulder pads. I don’t think there is a way that it could be comfortable. Sting looks good, though. I also saw him recently on “Watch What Happens Live,” which is one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t think he’s aged in at least 15 years. He was actually quite funny on that show. Anyways, let’s talk about this mead that I received as a gift.

pasiekamead

ABV: 13%

Style: Mead

Trivia: This costs 19.69 zl according to a Polish website.

Random: I feel bad for some of these celebrities. Their dresses look so uncomfortable. I don’t wear dresses that often, but when I do, I at least make sure that they’re bordering on comfortable and don’t require tape to keep my parts in.

The mead poured a clear and still golden-orange color. The nose had some aggressive alcohol with perfume-like flowers and honey. The taste was also incredibly sweet with the same biting alcohol note. It also had some flowers. The body was medium thickness and not as syrupy as I expected. The had a lengthy and sticky finish with honey and booze. I have no idea how much this mead was since I received it as a gift from someone who just came back from Poland. I’m glad I tried it, but this was better suited to a cold winter’s night with nowhere to go because this would knock me on my ass.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Paradox Honey, Genmai Gunpowder

We’re now to the point that we’re watching the actual award show. Sarah Paulson just won for American Crime Story, which I loved. I thought the entire cast was great. It’s one of those series that I could binge on. I’m curious to see which crime the next mini series chooses. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

honeygenmailgunpowder

ABV: 8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Paradox Beer Company produces original and rare beers which honor the uncertainty of nature bound with rigorous quality testing, providing one-of-a-kind flavors that could only be produced by Paradox.”

Random: We drink a lot of iced green tea at home. We go through about a case per week.

The beer poured with a three finger, slightly off white head. It went away very slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw-yellow color with a lot of carbonation. The nose was bright with floral notes and honey. It also had a touch of sourness. What I didn’t get was any green tea. The taste was more interesting. It had some citric tartness that quickly went into wildflower honey. Finally, the green tea came through and was relatively strong. It also had oak and vanilla. The body was quite light and the ABV was imperceptible. High carbonation was there too. The finish was lengthy and bright with flowers and oak. The bottle was $15, which came to $.89, which is certainly on the more expensive side. But, I thought this beer was outstanding and the green tea really added something to the flavor.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Davidson Brothers Original Recipe IPA

Val and I are watching the Golden Globes tonight (yes, I post that far in advance) and we’re watching the red carpet arrivals. I’m not exactly sure why they have one of the Bush daughters interviewing people because she is making the interviews super awkward. I’ll probably be posting about the Golden Globes for the next few days, so let’s get to the beer.

davidsonipa

ABV: 5.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ours is a traditional IPA, using traditional aroma-filled hops, instead of the very bitter but less aromatic hops common among Americal IPAs. This is a very bitter beer, with a sizeable hop aroma and dry finish. The overall impression is of a hoppy, medium-bodied beer. Our bestselling ale, it has remained on tap since the day we opened.”

Random: These labels look like they need an update.

The beer had a three finger, off white head that was quite thick. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of metal and then went into mineral water and river stones. There was also some caramel malt. I hada hard time finding the hops in the nose. The taste started with mineral water and went into nutty malt. All of the hops were gone. I’m not sure how old the bottle was, but I am guessing it was on the older side. It didn’t drink like an IPA. The body was thick with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with caramel malt and river stones. I have no idea how much this beer was since I received it as a gift, but I wasn’t a big fan. I’d be curious to try it on draft.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

New Belgium Pumpkick

New Belgium has been in the state for over a year now, but I still try to search some of them out. I don’t know if their beers got hyped just because we couldn’t get them in New Jersey or because of the liquid itself, but I was excited to try this beer. I’m not the biggest fan of pumpkin beers anymore, but let’s see how this one fared.

pumpkick

ABV: 6%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your taste buds sailing.”

Random: I wish I got cranberry juice in the beer.

The brew poured with a quarter of a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. But, it left a small crown on top of the clear, orange-brown body. There was high carbonation visible. The nose was filled with pumpkin pie and the expected pumpkin pie spice. There was also a significant honey sweetness and brown sugar. The taste was also really sweet. I picked up sweet potato, brown sugar, honey and dark molasses. There was less impact from the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice than the nose, but it was still present. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with honey and brown sugar sweetness. A bottle of this was $1.75, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. The beer was good, but the flavors weren’t balanced. It’s not a terrible pumpkin beer, but it’s not one that I would seek out again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Departed Soles Modcup Of Sole

On the way home from the city, Val and I stopped at Departed Soles in Jersey. I’ve reviewed a few of their beers before, but never went to the brewery. The brewery is on a side street and has a gelato shop attached. They had a few flavors that also had some alcohol in it. We didn’t try any, but if we go back, we’re definitely going to sample some.

modcup

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed in conjunction with ModCup Coffee in Jersey City Heights, our first local collaboration beer utilizes a cold brew coffee in a wort reminiscent of a light, dry stout. The end result is a coffee forward craft beer with minimal bitterness and a light coffee kiln and chocolate malt backbone, along with some lactose.”

Random: We get coffee from a place that has a huge sale every black Friday and it usually lasts us all year.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head. It went away quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown color with high carbonation. The nose was filled with black coffee, espresso and milk chocolate notes. It had a touch of lactose too, but coffee was definitely the start. The taste was milk chocolate and strong black coffee with some vanilla. Lactose came through at the end of the sip. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and filled with black coffee. I thought this beer was outstanding. It was even better because it was sessionable. This beer is worth searching out if you like coffee.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Barrier Suite

Since we had a concert in New York City, we decided to stay to stay overnight at a hotel since it’s such a long drive. My sister and I were texting since I was right by her old law school. It ended up that she also happened to be in the City and was staying at another hotel on the other side of town. Val and I went to brunch with her friends first and then ended up at Blind Tiger in the West Village, which is one of my favorite beer spots in the city. This was the beer that I had there.

barriersuite

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: The taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Random: My sister ended up meeting us at the Tiger too.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of orange flesh with some Mandarin orange juice. There was some grapefruit rind in there as well. The taste was also a mix of citrus flesh and pith. I picked up tangerines, oranges and grapefruits too. It was more on the sweet side with not as much bitterness as I would have thought. The body was on the thin side with high carbonation. It had quick finish with citrus rind. I really liked the brightness of the beer. I wish it was more bitter, but I had no problem throwing it back.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Other Half Citra/Equinox

Val and I had to go into New York City for a concert and went to the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle. The bar there had Other Half on tap, but I have never seen a food store so crowded. I got hit in the ankles at least 10 times trying to get to the bar. We stayed for a beer and then left.

otherhalfcitraequinox

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Other Half Brewing Company was founded in 2014 by Samuel Richardson and Matt Monahan. We brew craft beers for draft consumption, bottles, and cans in limited release. We believe local breweries play an important role in their communities which is why, despite the challenges of running a brewery in NYC, we couldn’t choose anywhere but Brooklyn as our home. The brewery is located on the edge of Carroll Gardens, only two blocks from the subway. Our tap room is open to the public and we also offer tours of our brewery (by appointment).”

Random: I could never live in New York full time. I need my space.

This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, lemon-yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with tropical fruit. Specifically, I picked up mango, papaya and guava and passionfruit. There wasn’t any malt in the nose. The taste was equally tropical with a lot of mango and passion fruit. There was a drying presence from the alcohol. There was also some crackery malt. The body was light for the style and very crisp. It had a lot of carbonation as well. The finish was lengthy with tropical hops and mango. I thought this beer was outstanding and had great hop flavor. If you haven’t tried this beer, you need to do so immediately.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Manayunk Hoptastic Voyage

Tonight’s selection is one that Val picked up for me. We visited the brewery a few years back and the food was less than stellar, as were the beers. I’ve been avoiding their beers for awhile now. Val picked this one up because she needed to fill up a six-pack and I decided to try to give them a go again.

hoptasticvoyage

ABV: 4.9%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Slide, slide, slippity slide. The third release of our Hip Hop IPA Series takes us cruising down the freeway in a convertible, with wind blowing in our hair and the smell of the fresh sea air. This floral IPA will send fruity shockwaves down your spine.”

Random: I wonder how many craft beer drinkers get the Coolio reference with this beer.

The beer poured with a two finger, orange-tan head. It went away quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright orange with light carbonation visible. The nose had lemon with grapefruit pith and quickly went into mango and honeysuckle too. The taste had some orange segments with cream soda sweetness. Some mango and pear came through next with a lot of sweetness from the malt. The body was watery with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with some oranges. A can of this was $1.17, which came to $.10 per ounce, which was very reasonable. But, the bitterness on this beer was very light and needed to be dialed up. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Founders PC Pils

Pilsners are one of my favorite styles, especially in the summer. They’re really drinkable and they’re perfect for having by the barbecue. Let’s see how Founders interpretation is.

pcpils

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pleasantly crisp, perfectly clean and profoundly crushable, PC Pils is our take on the classic Pilsner style. While Noble hops have been the preferred choice of Pilsner brewers around the world, we went with some of our favorite American varieties. Piney Chinook, pleasantly citrus Cascade and punchy Centennial make this an easy-drinker with floral hop characteristics. Pretty cool, if you ask us.”

Random: I dropped a tea towel on the floor before and one of the cats decided it was a cat blanket.

This beer poured with a two finger, thin, white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with a touch of Sprite soda and quickly went into super grassy hops and some fresh flower petals. The nose was stronger than I expected for a pilsner. The taste was also very hoppy for a pils. It had a lot of grass and some pine resin with a lot of flower petals. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with flowers. A can of this was $1.07 (.09 per ounce). This beer was drinkable and had a lot of flavor, plus is comes in cans. I’ll be picking up a case of this for my next barbecue.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Avery Vanilla Bean Stout

Tonight’s beer is one that gets rave reviews on all of the beer review blogs that I read. When it first came out, it was difficult to find. They released more of it and I found one bottle hanging out on the shelf and decided to pick it up. I stuck it in the cellar for a few months before I pulled it out to give it a shot.

vanillabeanstout

ABV: 10.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel and molasses to round out this luxuriously silky stout.”

Random: People at Motor Vehicles are generally not happy. I had to go there recently and everyone was so unhappy.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head. It went away dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of cocoa powder, dark chocolate and espresso. It had a touch of vanilla bean and some booze. The taste had a decent amount of sweetness up front. It also had some vanilla extract and bitter dark chocolate. Espresso came through next. The booze was present, but not offensive. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with dark chocolate and espresso. A bomber of this was $14.99, which broke down to $.68 per ounce. This was an expensive beer, but quite good. I just wish it had more vanilla.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0