Archive for August, 2017

Tonight’s selection is another beer from Davidson Brothers. As you can tell, I got a lot of them as a gift. Let’s crack this one open.

welshbraggot

ABV: 7.3%

Style: Braggot

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We bought our current building at 184 Glen Street in 1996. It was a great decision, but came with the kind of hard work you only find in old buildings. It was an all-hands-on-deck endeavor as we removed all the trash, junk, wiring, pipes and over 700 cubic yards of interior building materials from the 130-year-old building. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, refrigeration specialists and more worked tirelessly for over 2 years to realize the vision we had for the space. Today it sits proudly in the center of a thriving downtown, something we always knew would happen. We look forward to continuing to create history here in the Exchange Street Plaza.”

Random: Both the cat and I can’t stop sneezing.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy mahogany with light carbonation visible and a lot of floating material. The nose had sharp alcohol, pine, and dirt. The taste was slightly smoother with pine, some currants, dirt and a lot of alcohol that finished with brown bread crust. It was quite earthy. The body was thinner than expected with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and earthy with dirt. The beer was free, since this was a gift, but I just didn’t enjoy this beer at all. Although I give the brewery a lot of credit for making a style that isn’t all that popular, this was a miss.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is from Bolero Snort, which is a Jersey brewery. They’re starting to see some significant South Jersey distribution (well, Trenton to me is South Jersey), so I’m starting to be able to grab cans with regularity. I think that they pull off their theme really well and their can art is incredibly attractive. Let’s pop this open.

rotatabull

ABV: 7.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The same grist to balance a big juicy IPA with a different whirlwind of hops in each batch.”

Random: I wonder if Alex Trebek is ever going to retire and who would take over for him if he did.

This beer poured with a full finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body had a tinge of cloudiness and moderate carbonation. It was dark yellow in color. The nose was floral up front and quickly went into notes of citrus pith and grapefruit segments. The taste took a tropical turn with mango and papaya. It had some pine and moderately intense bitterness. It was quickly followed up with caramel malt. There was a touch of alcohol apparent. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. I wish it had a bit more. The finish was sticky with pine and floral hop notes. A can of this was $3.25, which came to $.20 per ounce. This was a solid IPA with some good flavors. I just wish it had a bit more carbonation and was a touch lighter.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Val is working late, so I’m stuck watching Jeopardy by myself. I’m obviously winning. Let’s get to the beer.

davidsonirishstout

ABV: 9.1%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “How a couple of guys who’d never worked in a restaurant, never brewed beer, and never owned a business started a brewpub. It was in the fall of 1993, during a visit to Baltimore, that my brothers Paul, John and I wandered into our first brewpub, Bill Oliver’s Wharf Rat. The ales were terrific and with every pint we drank we became more convinced we should start our own brewpub. After returning home to Glens Falls, John and I (recalling how convinced those ales made us) began to look into brewpubs, the microbrewing revolution, and our market. We enjoyed two years of due diligence, researching the Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs markets and visiting many brewpubs and microbreweries. In February of 1996, John and I, with the moral support of a dozen close friends, took the chance of a lifetime and made the winning bid on the building at 184 Glen Street in Glens Falls. We were officially in the brewpub business and Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery opened to the public on October 14, 1996. I’d always thought that after everything it took to get the thing off the ground, I’d be overcome with emotion when that first dollar crossed the bar. But I was too busy. We used that first dollar to buy more barley.”

Random: It’s been a long time since I had a great Irish stout.

The beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was jet black with no visible carbonation. The nose was like sticking my face in an ashtray. It had a lot of wood ash and smoke with some dark malt to counter the ash, but not enough. The taste was bitter with old espresso and the same amount of ash and smoke. It had an aggressive amount of booze warming at the end of the sip. It had a medium thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with ash. I have no idea how much this bomber was since it was a gift, but this beer didn’t do it for me. There was no balance to it.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

As a child, my parents like to vacation in Hawaii. I enjoyed all of the surfing and beach time, but there was also a lot of great hiking in the area. The stars out there were unlike anything I have ever seen stateside. One of the other things that was different was the pineapple. I have never tasted pineapple as sweet or fresh as in Hawaii. I hope this beer delivers on that.

pineapplemana

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Maui Gold pineapple gives sweet aroma to this smooth-bodied, tropical brew.”

Random: I think Val would enjoy Hawaii.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left a small amount of lacing on the glass. It also left a tiny crown on top of the dirty yellow body of the beer that had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose presented with wheat and a lot of fresh pineapple. The pineapple was fresh and really strong. The taste was also filled with pineapple juice and chunks with wheat. I kept trying to find other notes in the beer, but I struggled. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with pineapple rings and pineapple juice. A can of this was $2.50, which broke down to $.20 per ounce. I assume that they slightly changed the recipe of this from the original and in a world of fruit flavored beers, this one actually delivered for me. I would get this again and pair it with pork.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sometimes, you buy a beer because of the label or the name. This was one of these cases.

deliciousambiguity

ABV: 5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are a small craft brewery located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. We brew small batch beers that are yeast driven and inspired by French & Belgian farmhouses. Everything we do is done by hand the old fashioned way, utilizing local Pacific Northwest ingredients. Our beer can be found at our tasting room as well as finer beer bars and bottle shops across Washington State. For more information follow us on FB and Twitter.”

Random: The beer label has a part of this quote on it (which I love): “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.”

The beer poured with a pure white head that was half a finger high. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky pink color with no carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose had a sourness with unripe raspberries and mint syrup. It had some yeast as well. The taste was a bit more medicinal with some mint, but quickly went into raspberry and strawberry and wasn’t very tart. The yeast was more muted in the taste than the nose. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with berries. A bottle of this was $9.50 ($.56 per ounce). The beer was only alright to me. I wish that it had more tartness in the taste and the medicinal note was distracting.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

So, I went to the Transmitter website to research this beer and I was ecstatic to see that they finally updated their website with information about all of their beers. It also had the recommended temperatures to serve at and if they think the beer is worth cellaring. If you haven’t been to the site, check it out.

a1dubbel

ABV: 7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewery made candi sugar adds rich toffee flavors with a hints of fig and raisins. Enjoy with game, roast meats and campfires.”

Random: This beer comes in at 22 IBUs and should be served at 42 degrees.

The brew poured with a huge, four finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated at a snail’s pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, mahogany color with only some carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with booze, figs, toffee, candi sugar and Belgian yeast. It also had a caramel candy note, like the candy that my grandmother used to carry in her purse that would make my fingers sticky. The taste was sweet, but not overly so. It had notes of fig and toffee with dates and dusty raisins. There was also some caramel and almond at the end. The body was on the thicker side and the carbonation was too intense. The finish was quick and sweet with caramel. I paid $16.99 for the bottle, which came to $.77 per ounce. I wanted to love this beer, but it was a rare miss for me from Transmitter.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

As I mentioned awhile ago, Val bought me a ping-pong table because I love playing. The cats love being underneath it and chasing the balls. I also love that it makes a perfect table to fold clean laundry on.

collaboration2016

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to mybeerbuzz.blogspot.com, “Today we get our fist look at a new collaboration coming from Brewery Ommegang (Phil Leinhart) and Urban Chestnut (Florian Kuplent). This Collaboration 2016 release will be a Doppelbock Ale based on Urban Chestnut’s doppelbock and using Ommegang’s Belgian house yeast. Urban Chestnut will also brew a version of Ommegang’s Belgian-style dubbel using their signature house lager yeast. This beer hits 7.5%-AbV and this is a 12oz bottle.”

Random: Val bought me fuzzy socks that are perfect when it gets cold in the house.

The beer poured with a three finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and mahogany colored with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with nuttiness and sticky caramel along with candi sugar. It had a touch of hand soap along with Belgian yeast. The taste was also quite nutty with the same caramel and candi sugar. It also had a touch of dough and light raisin flavor. It wasn’t overly sweet though, and I would have preferred a little more sweetness. The booze was apparent on this one. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with dough and Belgian yeast. The bottle was $3, which broke down to $.25 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. I’m not normally a fan of sweetness, but this beer needed it to be dialed up a bit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0