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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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