Wolters Pilsener

In my theme of reading more books, I got through another one over the weekend. I finished Mayor Pete’s book over the weekend and found it really interesting. Although I found it to be written to appeal to possible votes, I did find it to be really well-written and it moved relatively quickly. If you had an interest in politics, I would recommend giving it a read.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Pilsner (also pilsener or simply pils) is a type of pale lager. It takes its name from the Czech city of Pilsen, where it was first produced in 1842 by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll from local ingredients. The world’s first blond lager, the original Pilsner Urquell, is still produced there today.”

Random: I could not find any information about the brewery online.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, white head. It was fluffy and dissipated at a moderate pace. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw-yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with river stones, mineral water and grain. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of grain up front with mineral water, but had a lot of sweetness, which was off-putting. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with the sweetness and grain. I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer and wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Troegs Freaky Peach

One of the things I’ve started to get into is the show “Rick and Morty.” I heard a lot of positive reviews about it on a few of the podcasts that I listen to and I haven’t been able to stop watching it. It’s sarcastic and ridiculous, which is right in my wheelhouse. I’m on season 2 right now and am liking it more and more every episode. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 9.9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Oh wow. They say the nose knows, but Freaky Peach pulls a fast one. Its aroma promises charred caramel and grilled stone fruit, but the flavor delivers waves of bright peaches, spun sugar and whiskey sour. It’s young. It’s tart. It’s super-freaky.”

Random: This is another beer that is only available on draft and in corked and caged bottles.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated rather quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark orange color that was almost brown with limited visible carbonation. The nose was filled with aged peaches and some brown sugar and oak. There was some alcohol as well. The taste also had a lot of booze to it with a decent amount of peaches. The oak came through a bit more with some vanilla as well. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with peaches. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Troegs Troegenator – Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Val and I started watching “Fosse/Verdon.” I really like it and wasn’t familiar with his or Gwen Verdon’s work prior to the show. The only thing that is confusing is how they keep switching timelines without warning. For some reason, it can’t hold Val’s interest. We have about half the mini-series left, so hopefully she starts liking it better.

ABV: 11.5%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Settle in for an alternate take on Troegenator. An extended stay in bourbon barrels has transformed this fiercely loved double bock into a nuanced layer cake of toasted coconut, creme brûlée, and whiskey-soaked oak. Way back when, Troegenator caught everyone – including us – by surprise, but putting it in barrels was a sure thing. Opulent, silky and downright otherworldly, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Troegenator is for the believers.”

Random: This beer comes in at 25 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of off-white head. It dissipated quickly and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with bourbon, charred wood and vanilla. The taste had a bit more depth. It had a lot of nuttiness along with sweet caramel. There was some raisin as well. The bourbon was huge on the flavor and was a bit overwhelming. The alcohol on this was noticeable. The body was on the medium side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with bourbon and char. I enjoyed this beer, it was just a bit intense on the bourbon.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Night Shift Lime Lite

When I first started drinking beer, I loved Miller Chill. Despite not giving the beer a stellar review, I loved it when I didn’t know what good beer was. I have been on the lookout for a decent lager with lime for the Summer. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4.3%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Macro light beers with subpar flavors have owned the light beer space for too long, help us raise the bar and compete against big beer on their own turf! At 4.3% ABV and 120 calories per serving, Lime Lite features natural lime in its recipe. Like Nite Lite, Lime Lite is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and preservative-free. It sips super refreshing and crisp, with a hint of lime citrus. Available in 16oz 4-packs and 12oz 12-packs, making it ideal to share with friends at barbecues, tailgate parties, concerts, and pretty much anywhere you find yourself.”

Random: This beer was first produced in 2017.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of loose, white head. It dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had some grain, mineral water and lime. The lime struck me as actual lime as opposed to artificial lime. The taste started with clean lager notes, lots of grain and mineral water and lime juice. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with grain and lime. For a light lager, this was pretty good. I’m just not a huge fan of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Magnify Perception Is Reality

One of my goals for 2019 was to read a book a week. One of the blogs that I follow does a combination of beer and book reviews and I realized I hadn’t read a book in awhile. I had to travel a lot for work at my last job and I got to read a lot of books on the plane. So, I joined Goodreads and my wife downloaded a bunch of books onto my new Kindle. So, expect to see some commentary on what I’ve been reading lately. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: The brewery in located in Fairfield, New Jersey. It’s about 20 minutes away from where I went to High School.

Random: The weather is finally getting nice. I’m hoping to hit up some breweries with outdoor space now that the sun has started shining.

The beer poured with a two finger, loose, white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a light yellow and somewhat cloudy. I could still see some carbonation through the cloudiness. The nose started with lemon and lime notes and then went into a candy sweetness with a touch of strawberry. The taste had a bit more tropical fruit with some pineapple, but quickly went into lemon and lime. Apricot and strawberry came through next and were quickly followed by some sweetness and malt. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It finished with the sweetness and some citrus. I wish the beer wasn’t quite so sweet, but overall a decent brew. It just wasn’t my favorite from the brewery.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Fat Orange Cat Lorenzo The Beer Cat

I didn’t realize until I looked up this brewery that they were contract brewing for distribution purposes. I guess that makes sense, since when I first heard about them, their output was super low.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our large batch beer: Fat Orange Cat Brew Co. is a member of a collective called Twelve Percent Beer Project. This enables us to use our small brew system here on site as a beer test kitchen, constantly offering new beers. We partner and contract brew on a large scale with Twelve Percent, enabling us to brew and distribute on a much larger scale while maintaining the small and intimate experience here at the brewery.”

Random: Our kitten, Sorachi just turned one. I guess he’s not a kitten anymore.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a generous amount of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and bright yellow with no visible carbonation. The nose started with a lot of tropical fruit, specifically mango and pineapple and then went into orange juice and a slight banana note. The taste was much of the same, which isn’t a dig on it by any means. I got even more tropical fruit with pineapple and mango and then orange juice and some grapefruit pith. There was a touch of bready malt at the end of the sip. The alcohol was hidden, making this an easy drinker. It had a lengthy finish with orange and mango. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Founders Mas Agave

When I stopped at the beer store, the manager recommended this beer because he said it tasted exactly like a margarita. I’ve tried a few “cocktail beers” that have said that as well and completely missed the mark. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 10%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We love cocktails. Like, really love them. If you ask us, few are more refreshing than the tart and tangy margarita and our latest barrel-aged beer pays tribute to that perennial classic. We took an imperial gose brewed with agave, lime and sea salt and then aged it in tequila barrels for just the right amount of kick. Consider it a party in a bottle. Más Agave!”

Random: This is available from May through September, just in time for the hot weather.

This beer poured with a half a finger of thin, pure white head. It dissipated rapidly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy reddish-orange with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose was filled with everything that you would expect from a beer that marks itself as a homage to a margarita. It had agave, lime and a touch of salt. The taste had the same notes, lime, tequila, agave and had some coriander. I picked up salt as well, because what margarita beer would be complete without salt? There may have been a touch of caramel sweetness at the end from the barrel. The alcohol on this was undetectable and the body was light for the ABV with a nice amount of carbonation. The finish was quick with lime and salt. I loved this beer. It’s one of the few beers that sets out to imitate a cocktail and completely succeeds. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Troegs Flying Mouflan – Bourbon Barrel Aged

Awhile back, Val and I took a weekend trip to Pittsburgh. On the way out there, we stopped at Troegs brewery for lunch. I hadn’t been to Troegs since 2010, when they were still located in Harrisburg. While I was there, I picked up a bomber of Flying Mouflan, which had just won a gold at GABF that year. So, I was interested to try this version, because I really enjoyed the regular version.

ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Some beers just belong in barrels, and Flying Mouflan – a resiny, chocolatey giant of a barleywine ale – is one of them. We pour every drop we brew into bourbon barrels, taming the sharpness of the hops and uncovering layers of salted caramel, pecan pie and rum raisin.”

Random: This beer is available in cork and cage bottles only and uses Chinook, Simcoe and Warrior hops.

This beer poured with less than a finger of off white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with a moderate amount of carbonation visible. The nose started with the expected bourbon notes. I picked up vanilla, charred oak and then it transitioned into raisins and figs with some toffee and caramel. The taste was equally complex. It had a decent amount of sweetness with caramel and toffee. There was a pecan note as well. Raisins came through next with figs and dates. The bourbon notes were at the end with vanilla, charred oak and brown sugar. It had a bit of alcohol burn as well, which given the ABV, was to be expected. It had a heavy and chewy body, but had enough carbonation to lighten it up a bit. The finish was sticky and sweet with caramel and toffee. This was an exceptional beer. I really enjoyed the regular version and the bourbon barrel aging just turned it up a notch. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Night Shift Craigerator

Whenever we go out of state, I try to pick up some Night Shift beers for reviews. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 6.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Night Shift was founded in 2012 by a trio of friends with a shared passion for homebrewing. What began as a nocturnal hobby has now grown bigger than our wildest dreams – from our brewery and Taproom in Everett, to our distributing business, to our Owl’s Nest beer gardens, to coffee roasting and our latest location on Boston’s Lovejoy Wharf. With this growing ‘family’ in place, we exist to always create better for our staff, customers, and community. We are a proudly independent business – our three founders collectively own just over 80% of the business, with the remaining 20% owned by close friends and family. We maintain a relentless focus on three values – accessibility, integrity, and evolution. Our family of business branches continues to grow every year – learn more about each below!”

Random: I still haven’t made it to Night Shift yet.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated rather quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy yellow color with no visible carbonation due to color. The nose had the usual tropical fruit, specifically pineapple and mango. The taste was on the lighter side with mango and pineapple and a grainy malt note as well. The body was very light, almost watery. It had a lighter than expected amount of carbonation. The finish was quick with tropical fruit. This beer was alright, but didn’t “wow” me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Freethought Superposition

Val and I were in Westchester County a few weeks ago and made a stop at one of my favorite beer stores, Half Time. They have since put a brewery in half the store, which was absolutely packed. We didn’t stop at the tap room since it was so packed, but I’m sure we will be back. This beer was selected since it features an orange cat on the label and we have two orange cats (Simcoe and Citra). This one looks a bit more like Simcoe, who likes people less and is a bit more skittish. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “unfiltered DIPA brewed with flaked oats, malted + unmalted wheat fermented with conan, double dry hopped with idaho 7 saturn peach, tangerine, creamsicle, guava, charentais melon + candied ginger”

Random: I’ve never heard of this brewery before and they apparently hail from Brooklyn and are distributed by Twelve Percent.

This beer poured with a three finger, thick, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color with no visible carbonation due to cloudiness. The nose had a pine presence upfront with the note of unripe peach and watermelon rind. There was a tart guava note as well. The taste had a decent amount of depth. It started with more of a fruit presence. I picked up peach, tangerine and pomelo. There was also a guava note. I didn’t pick up much ginger on it. There was an oat note at the end. After a few sips, I picked up some orange too. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The alcohol was well-hidden. It was a lengthy finish with peach. I thought this beer was outstanding and brought a bit more than the normal double IPA. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0