Bolero Snort Twisted Cowne

Tonight’s beer is based on soft-serve ice cream. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “After over a year and a half of recipe development, commercial production of our beers began in January 2013. As gypsy brewers, our beers are contracted at various host breweries throughout tristate area. We are working hard to open the doors of our own production facility and tap room in The Meadowlands. We broke ground on the space in Spring 2018 and hope to have doors open and beer flowing in the Spring/Summer of 2019. Our team strives to create hand-crafted ales and lagers that are influenced by both traditional and emerging styles with our own bold spin. No BS…Just Ragin’ Good Beer!”

Random: Our hotel room has a weird painting of a lady from the 1700s with a bonnet, but in a suit.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and bright orange with some visible carbonation. The nose had some lactose to it and quickly went into blueberry extract notes. There was also a touch of citrus as well. The taste was exactly the same as the nose. The lactose provided some sweetness and the beer quickly transitioned into notes of blueberry extract, vanilla ice cream and grapefruit rind. The body was on the thicker side with lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with blueberry extract. I thought that this beer was alright, but I don’t think that I could have more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Dogfish Head Fruit-Full Fort

Val and I are on vacation in Cape Cod and we finally had a decent dinner. We tend to have really bad luck at restaurants, but tonight’s dinner at The Mews was amazing. Val got the cod, which was in a lemon butter sauce and I got butter poached lobster. You really can’t go wrong with lobster.

ABV: 18%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A twist on our beloved Fort, Fruit-Full Fort is brewed with four types of berries – Raspberry, Blackberry, Boysenberry and Elderberry! This juicy blend of dark berries creates depth and complexity reminiscent of a jammy red wine. Along with adding a boatload of more berries this time around, we also punched up the malt bill with Munich malt to provide a firm backbone. The result provides balance to the tart flavors of a very berry blend. Dark maroon in color, Fruit-Full Fort is swirling with notes of velvety cherry and berry sweetness for a full-bodied – and full-flavor – experience!”

Random: The beer selection up here is quite nice.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation and some cloudiness as well. The nose had a lot of booze upfront with some brandy and blueberries. Blackberries and jam came through as well. The taste was equally boozy. There was a lot of fruit. I picked up a lot of blueberries and blackberries with raspberry jam. There was some vanilla and brandy as well. The body was thick and syrupy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish. I thought this beer was good, but the booze was a little too apparent. I would let this one sit down for a few years.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tired Hands Ergot

Awhile back, Val and I went to Tired Hands to hang out with some of her friends for dinner. We stopped by the General Store and I picked this up to take home.

ABV: 14%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tired Hands Brewing Company was born in the confines of Jean’s parent’s garage over eight years ago. He began brewing beer partly out of intrigue, but entirely out of passion. During his college years, his father had turned him on to the hoppy pale ales and IPAs of the West Coast, which eventually led to many months of beer exploration. During this time, he discovered the beautifully dry and expressive farmhouse ales of France and Belgium. After a few months of homebrewing, Jean entered his beer into a local homebrew competition (now one of the nation’s largest), and took first place in the Belgian category with his Saison. Upon obtaining a degree in Special Education (a skill set that has been instrumental throughout his brewing career!) from West Chester University, Jean set off to pursue his passion for beer professionally. He landed a job at Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Pennsylvania. Through Weyerbacher, Jean learned the ins and outs of brewery management (filtration, bottling, kegging, scrubbing mold, etc.) and made many great friends in the process. He even met his now-wife, Julie Foster, while representing Weyerbacher at a beer festival in Boston. She was a home-brewing college student who was volunteering at the fest. A deer skull adorned with greens hangs on the wall above the steps. After some time at Weyerbacher, Jean moved on to Iron Hill, where he worked as a brewer at their West Chester location for nearly five years. During this time Jean fell head-over-heels in love with the brewpub model of brewing. By creating beer in one room, and then serving it in another, he was able to connect to the people drinking his beer on a personal level daily; a perk previously unavailable to him while working in a production brewery. After many years of brewing professionally in different environments, much travel, careful consideration, and quite a few business classes from both Wharton and the Community College of Philadelphia, Jean built Tired Hands Brewing Company to be a concise rendition of his ideal brewing environment.”

Random: Tired Hands has some of the best brewery food I’ve had to date.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipated and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color and murky. The nose was interesting. I initially picked up a lot of booze and a lot of cacao. Vanilla came through next, followed by mango. It was definitely an interesting nose. The taste started with a lot of booze. To me, it overwhelmed every flavor and was just too much to deal with. I picked up some mango and tangerine and pine, but I really could not get past the booze. The body was syrupy thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish as well. I don’t recall how much this beer was, but I wouldn’t have it again despite the price. It was just too boozy.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Springdale Brigadeiro

So, Val and I are finally on vacation. We decided to spend a week in Cape Cod, and I’m making sure that we have enough time to relax. Val is taking a nap in the room and I’m outside blogging a table. Anyways, this beer is one that I was very excited to give a shot. It’s been awhile since I had a breakfast stout and I wanted to see how this one was.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website,”Brazilian coffee, cacao, oats and milk sugar are all parts of this complete breakfast stout. Roasty, rich, and smooth. (N.B. dairy allergy) 7.5%ABV”

Random: I love me a good breakfast stout.

The beer poured with a huge head. It was four fingers high and light brown in color. The body was a dark brown that was almost black. There was no carbonation visible. The nose was filled with roasted malts and smoke from the coffee. There was also a dark berry note as well. I picked up some sweetness, which I assume was from the sweet, milk sugar. The taste had a significant creaminess to it. It also had dark chocolate along with roasted malts and smoke. The booze did not make an appearance, but it had a nice body to it. There was significant carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with roasted malts. Since this was a gift, I’m not sure how much it was, but this was a solid beer. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Wicked Weed Lieutenant Dank

Although Wicked Weed was taken over by AB Inbev and a lot of people now avoid this brewery, I still will give them a shot every now and then. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 2011, Walt and Luke’s lifelong friend Ryan Guthy and his parents Rick and Denise all sat down at the Guthy’s house in the mountains of Western North Carolina to taste Luke and Walt’s creations, while discussing ideas and strategies for what would become Wicked Weed Brewing. After weeks of thoughtful research and soul-searching, the Guthys joined the Dickinsons. With the team and the vision in place, a truly unique and progressive brewery was born. Wicked Weed Brewing found a home at 91 Biltmore Avenue, in a former hardware store building that seemed destined to be a brewery. In 2017, Wicked Weed Brewing entered into a partnership with the Anheuser-Busch family of craft breweries. Wicked Weed’s original founders enjoy the same independent freedom and control over their recipes and brand development they’ve had since being founded in 2012. Wicked Weed operations, innovations, and brewing are managed by Wicked Weed employees in Asheville, North Carolina.”

Random: I’ve always wanted to go to Asheville, North Carolina.

This beer poured with a three finger, pure white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and golden-yellow with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose was dank, as advertised. There was a lot of pine and earthy hops. I also picked up some grapefruit pith as well. The taste was much of the same. It started with a lot of pine resin and pine needles. It quickly went into the earthy hops and then some malt as well. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine. A can was $2.33, which broke down to $.19 per ounce. I thought this was an alright beer. It didn’t have much complexity, but went down easily.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Foreign Objects Glass Candle Grenades

Sometimes, I just pick up beers because the packaging is pretty. I know that I shouldn’t, but I just can’t help myself.

ABV: 7.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In this New-American Hoppy Ale the undeniable flavors and olfactory sensations of tropical citrus, peach-nectar and sweet lime burst and explode from the combination of Motueka, Centennial, and Simcoe hops. Obscure as we are, a glass candle has shown us the way. This is the sound of inspiration!!”

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

This beer poured with a one finger, relatively loose, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy and bright orange. Due to the cloudiness, there was no carbonation visible. The nose started with grapefruit flesh and pith and quickly went into a green herbal note. I picked up cilantro and mint. It also had a green onion note that I wasn’t a huge fan of. The taste started with some fruit. I specifically picked up fresh peaches and some grapefruit, but then the herbal and vegetal notes took over. The green onion note was dominant and not my favorite. Chives came through too. I also picked up some pineapple as well. The body was on the thicker side with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with green onions and chives. I picked this can up for $6.99, which came to $.44 per ounce. I wanted to like this beer, but I’m not a big fan when IPAs go so vegetal. I wouldn’t have this one again, especially given the pricetag.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Melvin 2×4 DIPA

Val and I went to Tired Hands awhile back to have dinner with one of her friends. After dinner, we stopped at a bottle shop down the street, so I could pick up some beers that I can’t get in New Jersey.

ABV: 9.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dear (insert your name here), This is the best damn DIPA in the world. So if you were even considering sulking today, think again. Our 2×4 Double IPA is the Gold Winner of numerous note-worthy awards, including the Alpha King Championship; two years in a row and counting. You’d be crazy not to drink this. So close your eyes, open up, and experience the mad floral, citrusy, and clean taste of hop talent. If you don’t love it, no…you will.”

Random: This brewery is out of Wyoming.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left little lacing on the glass. The body was golden yellow in color and slightly cloudy. There was a decent amount of carbonation visible. The nose started with pine needles and resin and quickly went into grapefruit. I picked up a slight floral note as well. The taste was also pine dominant. It had pine needles, resin and cleaner. It then went into grapefruit and then the malt came through as well, which balanced the beer out. The alcohol was apparent and gave the beer a slight burn. The body was on the heavier side with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with pine. I picked the can up for $3.99, which broke down to $.33 per ounce. I enjoyed the beer, it was just a little too booze for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0