Kane Sunday Brunch

Val and I went to Hamilton to try a new beer place. The beer was good, but the food was terrible. The place was empty and it took forever to get any service. It was very annoying, especially because I wanted to watch some of the NFL playoffs.

ABV: 9.2%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The Township of Ocean was created by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1849, from portions of Shrewsbury Township, at which time the newly formed township stretched from the Shrewsbury River to the southern tip of Avon-by-the-Sea. Portions of the township have been taken to form Long Branch (April 11, 1867), Eatontown (April 4, 1873), Asbury Park (March 26, 1874), Neptune Township (February 26, 1879), Sea Bright (March 21, 1889), Allenhurst (April 26, 1897), Deal (March 7, 1898), Monmouth Beach (March 9, 1906), Interlaken (March 11, 1922) and Loch Arbour (April 23, 1957). The township derives its name from its original seaside location.”

Random: Kane changed their entire website, so no information about this beer.

This beer poured with no head on top of a dark brown body. The body was so dark that I couldn’t pick up any carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts, smoke and maple syrup. The taste was a lot of maple syrup sweetness up front and quick went into dark chocolate and roasted malts. There was some smoke as well. The alcohol was present, but not abrasive. It had a thick and chewy body with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with chocolate and maple syrup. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Allagash Ganache

Today’s beer is another Allagash selection. I noticed that they’re participating in Flagship February, which is where breweries focus on their flagships. Allagash White is a beer I cut my teeth on, and one of my first reviews, and I love the fact that they’re going to can it now.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The liquid equivalent of biting into a raspberry-filled dark chocolate cake. Aromas suggesting mixed berry and roasty cocoa meld with flavor notes of tart raspberry, cherry, and subtle coffee. Even without the addition of chocolate, Ganache gains its cocoa notes from a robust grain bill featuring Special B, caramel malt, raw wheat, oats, our 2-row base malt, Midnight wheat, and black malt. This dark burgundy-colored beer is fermented in stainless with both our house yeast and Brettanomyces claussenii before aging on fresh, local raspberries. No utensils necessary.”

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

The beer poured with less than a half a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated almost instantly. The body was dark brown and cloudy, with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with crushed raspberries and milk chocolate, along with a touch of funk and tartness. The taste was tart with raspberries and then quickly transitioned into chocolate and yeast. Lightly roasted coffee came through next. The alcohol was well-hidden. The body was moderate thickness with medium carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tart raspberries and chocolate. I liked this beer a lot. It made for a good dessert beer. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Proclamation Derivative: Galaxy

This beer came highly recommended to me from the beer store manager in Cranbury.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We opened the doors of our first location in West Kingston, RI in February of 2013. Three and a half years later we took the 20 minute trek north to Warwick, RI. Our new brewery is a 15,000 square foot beast with over 5x our West Kingston production capacity. This new facility features a 2,000 square foot barrel aging and wood cellar for sour and wild ales, as well as a 3,000 square foot tasting room and retail area complete with custom art installations, bar, furniture, and a small retro video arcade. In the spring, we plan on adding an outdoor patio to the lineup. Come on over, grab a beer, and say Hi! Cheers!”

Random: This is a year-round beer.

This beer poured with a half finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and bright yellow. I couldn’t see much carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with orange juice and pineapple and mango. It was quite fragrant. The taste was much of the same. I picked up orange rind and orange juice and then pineapple and mango. The body was on the thicker side for the style with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with orange juice. I loved this beer. It had so much bright citrus and went down easily. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Lagunitas Super Cluster

It was really cold here the past few weeks, to the point that I had to wear long johns and even a jacket. My warehouse isn’t heated, but luckily, it stayed in the 50s. Even so, I had to wear a hat all day at work. At least I work in a warehouse that I can wear jeans in. I’ve never been a suit person. Anyways, this beer was picked up at Cranbury Buy Rite. It’s a rotating offering from Lagunitas that I had seen on shelves, but heard very little about. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Super Cluster is a Citra-Hopped Mega Ale of intergalactic proportions. Everything we’ve learned about making hop-forward beer: Pale, cold, alcoholic, and bitter.”

Random: This beer comes in at 60 IBUs. It’s available on draft and in cans.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace, leaving some lacing on the glass. The body was a golden-yellow color and slightly cloudy. There was light carbonation visible. The nose was all citrus. I picked up grapefruit and tangerine, primarily. The taste was also citrus forward. I picked up grapefruit, tangerine and orange rind. It had some mango notes as well. There was a malt sweetness as well. The body on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with citrus. This was a crisp, flavorful beer that hid the alcohol well. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Victory KSQ Double Dry Hopped DIPA

Val and I went with some family down to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. It’s about an hour away from us, but this time we stayed down there. We went to see the last weekend of the Christmas decorations at Longwood Gardens and then went to see the Winterthur mansion the following day. I had been to Longwood Gardens before, and it’s one of my favorite places, but Winterthur was new to me. We were definitely the youngest people there, but it was interesting to see the DuPont mansion. The weather wasn’t great, so we couldn’t see the gardens, but I did get to see a set of George Washington’s china. After that tour, we went to Victory for lunch.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: This beer uses Strata, Azacca and Simcoe hops.

Random: This beer is only available at the Kennett Square location of Victory.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of hops to it with some tropical fruit and pine. I couldn’t pick up any malt to it. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of pine up front and then transitioned into pineapple and mango with a touch of malt at the end. There was a bite from the alcohol as well. It had a moderately thick body with just enough carbonation. The finish was quick with pine. This beer was pretty good and paired well with wings. I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Two Roads Saigon Scooter Selfie

Tonight’s beer is one that I picked up awhile back. It’s a collaboration between Two Roads and Evil Twin.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Two Roads Brewing Co has joined forces with Evil Twin Brewing yet again with the release of Two Evil’s Saigon Scooter Selfie, a Vietnamese-Style Coffee Stout! For our latest Two Evil collaborative brew, Two Roads’ Master Brewer Phil Markowski and Evil Twin’s Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso sampled and became enamored with a popular Vietnamese coffee drink called ‘Ca Phe Sua Da’ (cah-fe sah dah). Thick and decadent, like a coffee milkshake, it was the inspiration for this Vietnamese-style Coffee Stout. Jeppe and Phil traveled to the chaotic, scooter packed streets of Saigon to meet up with good friends at Heart of Darkness Brewery. It was there that the brewers created the first batch of this collaborative beer. Rich, thick mouthfeel gives way to lush sweetness with hint of coffee character followed by notes of cream, toffee and vanilla. To celebrate the release of Saigon Scooter Selfie, we’ll be hosting a free Meet The Brewers event at Two Roads’ Stratford, CT brewery with Jeppa and Phil on Nov. 29. The event begins at 5:30 pm where we hope can raise a glass (or can), snap a selfie and enjoy a taste of Vietnam!”

Random: I really like coffee drinks and coffee beers are my favorite in Winter.

The beer poured with a two finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with some visible carbonation. The nose was filled with lightly roasted coffee and cinnamon. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of coffee and cinnamon. Smoke came through next. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cinnamon. I thought this was a nice beer that would pair well with a dessert. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Cape May White Caps

It’s been a rough week at work. We’ve been super busy, so I’ve been going in early and working late. We’ve been getting take out for dinner because Val is super busy as well. I guess we’re lucky that we have a decent sushi takeout place nearby. We don’t have any good Chinese food here. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with hefty portions of wheat and oats, White Caps has a soft mouthfeel, a pillowy head, and a robust body. Featuring Mosaic and Citra hops, this effervescent Double IPA explodes with notes of papaya, mango, stone fruits, and citrus. Like the Atlantic during a nor’easter, White Caps is slightly dangerous, utterly crushable, and thoroughly New Jersey.”

Random: This beer comes in at 45 IBUs.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a pale orange color and hazy with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with tropical fruit. I picked up mango, pineapple and papaya with some apricot and peach as well. The taste was similar to the nose. The mango came out first, with orange, papaya and pineapple coming out next. There was very little malt. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a sticky finish with tropical fruit. A can of this was $2.49, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. I thought this was a decent beer, but not super interesting.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy – Bourbon Barrel Aged

We had a few friends over for New Year’s Eve (luckily, early in the night, since I was so exhausted from work that I didn’t make it until midnight). One of them is really into craft beer, so I opened this to split with him. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 12.9%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Aged through four seasons and from a blend of the top Bourbons around, this Ten Fidy has morphed into a monster of cranked up flavor. Espresso, burnt sugar, rich chocolate, caramel notes are now driving alongside the vanilla, oak, bourbon from the barrel and been smoothed out during maturation. Even at 12.9% (75 IBUs) it is cool and drinkable, letting each sip add more and more complexity.”

Random: This can was a very odd shape.

This beer poured with a one finger, light brown head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts, bourbon and burnt brown sugar and a nice espresso. The booze wasn’t apparent on the nose. The taste was really complex. It started with the expected roasted malts and dark chocolate. It went into bourbon, vanilla, molasses and some caramel. The booze made an appearance at the back of the throat. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with bourbon. I enjoyed this beer a lot, although it would have been rough to kill the can by myself.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Gun Hill Void Of Light

My feet are killing me from work. Val bought me new boots, which I desperately needed, but they’re not broken in yet. A beer should help this, right?

ABV: 7.9%

Style: Foreign/Export Stout

Trivia: According to a brewery website, “IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE
that we at Gun Hill Brewing co. are the ones to bring beer making back to the Bronx for the first time since the 1960s, and contribute to the long tradition of brewing in New York State. By 1810, New York State was home to the largest brewing industry in the country, with well over 400 individual working breweries. Along with brewing, New York was the nation’s biggest hops-growing region, producing the majority of hops in America throughout much of the 19th century. Today, we get to declare ourselves as part of a new revolution in New York brewing. One that is not happy with the status quo. One that demands more from what they create and consume. And ultimately, one that like it has throughout history, brings pride to New York. With creative brewers working their craft, hop growing returning to the state, and a rich history to draw from; New York is once again staking a claim to its place in the brewing industry. Here at Gun Hill Brewing co., we’re doing our part by bringing you fresh, unfiltered, handcrafted brews. We use only the best, fresh, local ingredients to create our brews that are not only unique, but have a quality equal to our passion for making it. We are a local New York brewery, and we are proud of our roots, and our New York brewing brethren.”

Random: My heating pad is a happy sight after a long day.

This beer poured with a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black. Due to the color, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts, dark chocolate and light roasted coffee. The taste was exactly the same. It was just a standard export stout. There was roasted malts, smoke and dark chocolate. The coffee was not as pronounced in the taste and there was some black licorice as well. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with roasted malts. I thought this beer was alright, but nothing I needed to revisit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Carton 99 Additions

Another Carton beer! I really love their stuff, so let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “99 Additions is our tribute to Sam Calagione and Dogfish Head. Fundamental to what Carton does is timing hop-additions to push aspects of the hop’s potential, like herbs in cooking- an approach introduced to us by the “salting method” of the various Dogfish Head Minute beers. With 99 Additions we apply our style and technique to Sam’s method. We took an all-barley mash boiled for 99 minutes, with hop additions each minute throughout totaling 9.9kg. The resulting wort is then finished off with 9.9kg of hops added in the cool pool. After amassing 99 barrels of beer in our fermenters, our hop-rocket delivered the final addition of a 99kg dry hop; 33kg of T90 pellets, 33kg of whole-cone and 33kg of lupulin powder. Drink 99 Additions cause a double ain’t one.”

Random: One of the best beer podcast episodes I listened to was “Steal This Beer” and it featured Sam.

This beer poured with a finger and a half of tan head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. It was mostly clear. The nose was pretty dank. There was a lot of pine along with grapefruit pith. The taste was much of the same. I picked up a lot of pine and pine cleaner and then it quickly went into grapefruit and some booze. The body was thick and chewy with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine. I enjoyed this beer a lot and thought it was a great homage to Dogfish Head.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0