FATE Moirai India Pale Ale

Val and I stopped at a place called Urban Farmer for lunch and I had a beer with my sandwich. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Storytelling is a big part of everything we do at FATE. It’s part of our companies DNA. Every Monday we’re going to share the story behind one of our core beers. First up is our Moirai (moi-rí) IPA. Moirai is the Greek Mythological translation of the “THE FATES.” The Moirai are 3 ugly old women who are the incarnations of destiny and determine the lot of a human’s life. Their existence is based in the universal principal of the natural order and therefore something, “which is right.” They FATEs are named: Clotho – She spins the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle. Sings of the things that are. Lachesis – She measures the thread of life allotted to each human. She sings of the things that were. Atropos – She cuts the thread of life with her shears when the time has come, chooses the manner of each persons death. She sings of the things that are to be. Some details on our Moirai IPA: This beer is defined by its pronounced hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. It has a solid malt backbone that works with the citrusy American hops. The hop bouquet resonates like flavors of tangerine and ruby red grapefruit. The mouth feel is crisp and dry leaving a balance of bitterness and rich malt on the palate. It is golden honey in color.”

Random: This beer comes in at 70 IBUs.

This beer poured with a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was pure orange and cloudy with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with melon and tropical fruit, specifically pineapple and mango. The taste was incredibly refreshing with a lot of grass and transitioned into tropical fruit. I picked up the same pineapple and mango that was apparent in the nose. The body was thicker than expected with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky. I thought this was a solid beer that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Odell Drumroll APA

Val and I went to Colorado last October for Great American Beer Festival. When we landed, I was starving, so we went to a place called Mr. Tuna for dinner. It was late and the Rockies game was on. This was the beer that I had with dinner.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Drumroll is an unfiltered American Pale Ale. A bold, juicy, citrus-inspired and tropically hop forward APA that looks and tastes like pineapple, orange, mango, and grapefruit. The complex fruit character is the result of the careful combination of our favorite current crop year hops with no fruit or juice addition necessary.”

Random: The tuna at Mr. Tuna was amazing.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was somewhat hazy and bright orange. There was a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose was filled with lots of citrus. I picked up a lot of pineapple and clementines as well. There was some mango too, but no malt came through. The taste was much of the same. It was an absolute citrus bomb. I got orange and grapefruit segments along with mango and pineapple. The toasted malt came through right at the end. The body was on the medium side with lots of carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with citrus. This beer was absolutely solid and paired perfectly well with tuna. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Grey Sail Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale

While we were in New York, we went to the Standard Biergarten. I had been there before, for my Bachelorette party, but Val had never been there. We ended up staying for a few hours, playing shuffleboard. To my surprise, Val was very good at shuffleboard and almost beat me (not that I’m competitive or anything). Anyways, beer time.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An unfiltered extra pale ale crafted with five different malts and complimented by northwestern hops make this brew one to enjoy year-round. Generous amounts of hops in the kettle and fermenter give our EPA a citrusy and floral flavor and aroma. Available on draft and in 12-ounce cans.”

Random: This beer comes in at 54 IBUs.

The beer poured with a thick, three finger, creamy pure-white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright yellow. The nose was with citrus and tropical fruit. I picked up grapefruit flesh and pith along with mango and pineapple. The taste was also filled with hops, specifically lots of grapefruit flesh. It had a touch of pine and not as much tropical fruit as the nose. It was quickly backed up with biscuit malt. The body was very light with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick and filled with citrus. A can of this was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. This was a solid pale ale that I would have again, but not a standout of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Ecusson Cidre Rose

Val and I spent the last 24 hours in New York. We stayed at the High Line Hotel, which is really cute. It’s in a great area of the city and we went out for tapas with my family last night. I had a vodka drink that got served in a grapefruit, which was amazing. They also had a rose sangria, which we didn’t try, but reminded me of this cider.

ABV: 3%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “In 2007, La Maison Écusson created the first pink cider recipe from Red Délice apple, a red-fleshed apple, to sign a quality product with a pink color. Beyond its color that charms the eye, our Rosé seduced by its alliance quite refreshing roundness and liveliness. It is an acidulous cider, intense, almost biting although it is fruity and refined by its aromas.”

Random: The entire website was in French, so I had to translate it.

The cider poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and bright orange. There was almost champagne-like carbonation visible. The nose started with ripe apples along with a touch of peach and some caramel sweetness. The taste started with a touch of tartness, but quickly went into some ripe apple sweetness. There was also some strawberry juice as well. The body was incredibly light with lots of carbonation. The finish was almost instantaneous with some ripe apples and strawberries. I picked this up a long time ago for Val, so I have no clue how much we paid for this, but this cider was a flat miss for me. I wish it had more fruit and depth and a touch of white grapes. I won’t be getting this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Tilted Shed January Barbecue Smoked Cider

One of my favorite parts of Summer is smoking meat, so I was exceptionally excited to try this cider.

ABV: 8%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “At its core, Tilted Shed Ciderworks is a hobby gone wild. The trouble started in 2007. We were living on a small farm in Northern New Mexico, trying our hand at organic market farming while freelancing and raising our baby. On our land was an old, gnarled, neglected apple orchard. Being a bit of a mad scientist with a fermentation habit, Scott decided that our bumper crop of Jonathans, Goldens, and Red Delicious would make good drink. So, with our infant son in one arm, Ellen lobbed apples into the hopper of our barrel press, while Scott cranked and pressed. Scott then put up the juice in the barn for a long, slow fermentation. A few months later, we were amazed with the results. Inspired, we began tasting regional ciders made from European and American cider apples. An obsession began.”

Random: It looks like they renamed this cider “Smoked Cider.”

The cider poured with a barely there white head. It dissipated by the time I went to take the picture. The body was a medium orange and clear, with some carbonation visible. The nose was all smoke up front. If I had to guess, I would say hickory. It quickly followed up with an apple juice sweetness and some bubble gum. The flavor was sweet up front. It had notes of apple skins and apple juice along with some pear flesh. The smoke came through next, but was not as prevalent as in the nose. The alcohol provided a significant burn as well. The finish was sweet and lengthy with apple juice and wood smoke. The bottle was $11.75, which came to $.70 per ounce. I really enjoyed the smoke in this cider, although I wish there was more in the flavor.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Trader Joe’s Sour Framboise By Petrus

Tonight’s selection is another beer that Val picked up from Trader Joe’s.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Petrus is all but an average beer. Petrus is a real sour, with roots that date from ages ago, brewed in Belgium according to the finest brewing tradition. Despite its age, it is young at heart! It is the sour beer reference. Though not for sour people, but for people who don’t care about trends and hypes. People who trust their senses, rely on their own good taste and are eager to explore new boundaries. Petrus is a slow, unpredictable and wild beer that takes lots of patience. No wonder it is a beer for people who understand the urge to slow down. This beer, aged for 2 years in oak foeders, should be enjoyed sip by sip. Indeed, a real sour… takes time. Petrus is intriguing, enigmatic and therefore impossible to copy. Only the master brewer fully grasps the complex brewing processes. He rules the mysterious microbiology in the oak foeders. That truly is science with a touch of magic. So why not accept that mystery, cherish the secret and embrace the experiment? Do you dare to take that experiment to the next level? Simply savoring Petrus is already quite a rewarding experience, but do you dare to start your own blending experiment with the Petrus sour beers? How sour do you want your Petrus blend? Try and taste until you reach your personal level of sour beer perfection.”

Random: I always find it interesting who Trader Joe’s partners with.

The beer poured with a large, three finger, pink head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright pink. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of funk and sourness to it. Quickly, raspberries came through next. The taste had a lot of white vinegar. It quickly went into some funk and then raspberries with a touch of vanilla. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with funk and raspberry. This beer was a gift from Val, so I have no idea how much it was, but I enjoyed it a lot. I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Revolution Amarillo-Hero

Tonight’s selection is another one from a mixed pack that I picked up. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Amarillo-Hero showcases the hop’s intense citrus and floral notes. A simple, delicate malt bill allows the fruit basket of aromas to take center stage while a touch of Cascade and Citra layered in amplify this Hero’s juicy characteristics. Clean bitterness rounds this beer out resulting in a crisp, refreshing IPA.”

Random: This beer came in at 70 IBUs.

This beer poured with a three finger head that was pure white in color. It dissipated quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright orange. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was a lot of orange peel and orange flesh along with some strong floral notes. I specifically picked up lavender. The taste was more of the same. It had some orange flesh and clementine skin. There was also some biscuit malt. Wildflower honey came through next with a touch of lavender. At the end of the sip, I picked up some herbal notes, specifically basil and cilantro. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The alcohol made a quick appearance as well. The finish was lengthy with some pine and wildflower honey. A can of this was $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but it wasn’t my favorite. I would have it again if it was handed to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0