Carton APIOGERETLA

One of the perks of where my job is located is that it’s about 5 minutes away from Cranbury Buy Rite and it’s on my way home. The store gets a great selection of beers, especially ones from Jersey, like Carton.

ABV: 10%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Not much to analyze about APIOGERETLA. Sometimes you just fancy a dank Black American Ale to sip on, so that’s what we made. Multiple hops, multiple malts, and multiple yeasts combined in a way to feed the dank side of our enjoyment. Drink APIOGERETLA because it’s the dankness you want.”

Random: This is listed as a special beer from Carton.

The beer poured with a one finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose started with roasted malts and a touch of smoke, but quickly transitioned into dank pine. The taste started with the same roasted malt and smoke. It went into dank pine oil and hops. There was some grass along with a touch of sweetness at the end of the sip to balance it out. There was a warming sensation from the high ABV, but not nearly as much as I would have expected from a 10% ABV beer. The body was on the thicker side with generous carbonation. It had a long, sticky finish from the hops. A pounder can of this was $4, which came to $.25 per ounce. This beer was outstanding and one of the best black IPAs that I’ve ever had. It was perfectly balanced, had lots of flavor and despite the high ABV, wasn’t overly aggressive.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Springdale Melange De Mures

A few months ago, I hit 3,000 reviews on the blog. I completely missed the milestone and only realized it after I decided to take a look out of sheer curiosity. At some point, I’ll have to take a look back and see what exactly was beer 3000. Anyways, let’s get to this beer, which hails from Massachusetts.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Saison, soured in foudres, aged on Marionberries, a type of blackberry, in wine barrels for 6 months. 6%ABV”

Random: I’m really loving the Springdale labels.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left a slight crown on top of a brown body. It was slightly hazy with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant with funk along with red berries, specifically raspberry and blackberries. There was some warm oak and vanilla as well. The taste started with blackberries and raspberries, but it wasn’t overwhelming. It then went into some tartness and quickly transitioned to red wine. The oak came through next with vanilla and crackery malt. Some lemon came through as well. The body was on the medium side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with funk and tartness. This beer was another gift from my parents, so there is no commentary on the price. Either way, I really enjoyed the depth of this sour and that the berries didn’t overwhelm the rest of the taste. This is highly recommended.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

SingleCut 日本から来たネコ

So, Apple recently came out with a new MacBook Pro. Part of me thinks that I should have waited for the new one and the other part of me reminds myself that I was using a 10 year old laptop that would take a full minute to load web pages. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 4.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “THINK OF 日本から来たネコ AS WEIRD & GILLY JR – tropical and juicy at an ultra-sessionable 4.3%. Brewed with new age PNW and New Zealand hops, it’s a unique cat.”

Random: I have no idea what the beer name translates to in English.

The beer poured with a one finger, loose, white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color that was very hazy. There was some carbonation visible through the haze. The nose started with some grassy hops that quickly transitioned into citrus pith and then tropical fruit. It also had a floral hop note as well. The taste was bright, but not heavy. It started with some grass and quickly went into the same grapefruit note that was in the nose. Some watermelon rind came through next with a touch of fruit punch and pineapple. It had a significant bitterness at the end. The body was light and bordering on watery with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with watermelon rind. I picked up this can for $5.49, which came to $.34 per ounce. The beer was on the pricier side for a session IPA, but had a lot more flavor than the typical low ABV IPA. It’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

B. Nektar Scurvy Shyster Bastard

We’re getting to end of month, which is always insanely busy at work, especially in the Summer. We’re stocking distribution centers in advance of Christmas so they can make sure everything is out. I never realized before this job how early businesses get ready for Christmas and how much they depend on it for revenue. But, I digress. This mead is one that I felt the need to pick up because it’s been awhile since I had a mead from B. Nektar. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 12%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Tart grapefruit juice balanced with the sweetness of white grape juice and honey. A fresh hop bitterness accentuates the brightness of clean grapefruit zest and elderflower notes. Medium bodied with a mossy hop and grapefruit zest bitterness on the semi-dry finish.”

Random: One thing about B. Nektar is that their labels are always unique.

The mead poured still and a greenish-yellow color. It was completely clear. The nose started with honey (no big shock there) and a lot of grapefruit juice. I picked up some grass and white grape juice as well. The taste started with a bit more floral notes. It quickly went into honey and grapefruit zest. There was a slight burn from the alcohol that was pretty apparent. The body was on the thicker side and still. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with wildflower honey and grapefruit. I picked this bottle up for $13.49, which came to $.80 per ounce. This was an enjoyable and fruity mead that I would get again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Foreign Objects Death Posture

Val and I went to a hotel in Philly for massages awhile back because my back was killing me from working on an order picker to help out another site. Although I’m not afraid of heights, being on a machine with a small platform 30 feet in the air is not my version of fun. This beer was what I picked at lunch after the massage.

ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Assume the Death Posture and glean beyond this subjective experience of reality! Attain the Chaote’s gnosis – the Void-Self Perception! This Foreign Objects New-American Hoppy Ale will inspire you! Galaxy, Motueka, & Calypso hops combine to create aromas of intense citrus meringue, ripe tropical fruit ambrosia, and a frighteningly sincere understanding that the only way out of subjectivity is through the Void! Drink deeply, as sensory overload & mystical wisdom are sure to follow!”

Random: This beer is available on draft and in cans.

This beer poured with less than a half a finger of white head and it dissipated at a moderate pace. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly cloudy and bright yellow in color. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the haziness. The nose was filled with tropical fruits and citrus. I picked up pineapple and mango and grapefruit. The taste was bright and citrusy as well. Grapefruit juice and peel came through along with pineapple. It had a slight fruity sweetness as well that reminded me of Juicy Fruit gum. The body was on the lighter side of the style with high carbonation. It had a sticky finish with Juicy fruit gum. I enjoyed this beer a lot and it paired well with lunch. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Graft Book Of Nomad: High Tower

This review is the last of the ciders for a little bit. We’re headed back to beer. But before that, let’s see how this was.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “The Oracle leads Nomad, Dog and the Light Force rebels to the High Tower: a structure which contains the coding that has kept Daika enslaved for centuries. It has been prophesied that an outsider is the only one capable of destroying this evil. The Bokun sentinels are alerted as Dog rushes to drop the data orb in the destruction chamber while the Light Force hold off the evil forces. As the orb’s lethal code is computed, the top-portion of High Tower implodes. Victorious shouting fills the galaxy as the evil android’s control has been relinquished once and for all.”

Random: I love peaches, but hate peach flavoring.

The cider poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly, but left a small amount of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and gold color with some floaties in it as well. There was still a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with a lot of peach and apricot notes along with some sweet apple juice. The taste started with some apple sweetness and quickly went into peach and apricot as well. A slight tartness came through next to balance it out. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with sweet apples and peach. A can of this was $4.25, which broke down to $.35 per ounce. This was on the more expensive side, but I appreciated that the peach tasted authentic.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Graft Lost Tropic

Where Val and I live, there are very few good brunch places by us. We have one place that is always crowded, but the food is so hit or miss that I usually spend about 6 months out of the year mad at them for a bad visit and refuse to go back. Then, Val convinces me to go back and the cycle continues. We should just stick to going to Philly for brunch.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Juicy & Tart. Dry hopped cider with Citra & Vic Secret hops, Orange zest, Grapefruit zest. Pairs well with late mornings and early afternoons.”

Random: I’ve never had a cider with brunch. I’m going to have to try it.

The cider poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was very floral with a lot of green apple. It had some grapefruit notes as well. The taste was really bright up front. It started with the same green apple note and had some green apple peel as well. White grape came through next with lots of citrus. I picked up orange and grapefruit zest specifically. The body was on the lighter side, despite the higher ABV. It had a lot of carbonation, which made it go down very easily. The finish was lengthy with citrus. A can was $3, which came to $.25 per ounce. I liked this cider a lot and could see how it would easily pair with brunch.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Springdale Ghost Species

This is my first beer from Springdale Barrel Room, which is an offshoot of Jack’s Abby. All of these beers are barrel-aged and it’s where they allow themselves to experiment. The labeling is a bit different than Jack’s Abby (and honestly, I like it a bit more). Let’s crack this open and see how it was.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by the Flemish brown beers, a tawny-brown blend of wine barrels aged sour beers. Tart, vinous and complex. 6%ABV”

Random: This beer is available on draft and in bottles.

The beer poured with a two finger, off white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass and a slight crown on the body. The body was a medium amber color with some haziness to it. I could still see some moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of funk to it up front with lots of oak and vanilla. The taste started with a lot of lacto and quickly went into some oak notes. It had leather and vanilla and toasted wood chips. There was no booze that made its way through. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tartness and oak. I received this beer as a gift, so I have no idea how much it was. I thought this beer was good, but it wasn’t very interesting. I wouldn’t rush back to have this.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

DAB Original

It’s almost time for football season, which is my favorite time of the year. I hope that the Eagles can repeat, but I’m really just happy we got one Super Bowl last year.

ABV: 5%

Style: Dortmunder/Export Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “DAB is the ambassador of the famous Dortmund Beer style which is brewed in compliance with the German Beer Purity Law of 1516. Using only pure and natural ingredients, DAB is still brewed in Dortmund to original recipes. Over the last 150 years, DAB has become a world famous and international brand as well as a global symbol of German beer culture and a seal of quality. Grab your DAB in more than 40 countries!”

Random: It’s been awhile since I’ve had a dortmunder. They are a really good Summer beer.

The beer poured with a three finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and it left no lacing on the glass. There was a small crown that was left on top of the clear, straw-yellow body. There was light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with mineral water and river stones. There was grain as well. The taste started with grain and slight honey sweetness. It had a twang from the mineral water and river stones as well. The body was light with not enough carbonation. The finish was quick with mineral water. I picked the can up for $1.12, which came to $.09 per ounce. I thought this beer was lacking in flavor and was a bit unbalanced. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Stony Creek Little Cranky

Tonight’s beer is one that hails from Connecticut and my first offering from the brewery. It’s located in Branford, Connecticut, right on the river. The photos of the taproom look really nice, so I’ll have to make a trip out there soon.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Aggressive, yet crafted to go down easy, this Session IPA has it all. Lemon Drop and Bravo hops lend a fruity hop complexity with Lemon and Orange Highlights. At 4.5% ABV and 50 IBUs this beer is just a little bit cranky.”

Random: This beer comes in at 50 IBUs.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body had a slight haze to it and was bright orange. The nose was light, even for a session IPA. I picked up some grass and malt and a touch of floral hops. The taste had a little bit more depth than the nose. I picked up some citrus notes of lemon peel and grapefruit along with the same floral notes that were in the nose. There was a touch of dish soap as well. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation and could have used a bit more. It had a quick and soapy finish. A can was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. I just wasn’t a fan of this beer. I wanted more hops and depth and didn’t get it. I won’t be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0