Springdale Really, Though

Tonight’s New Year’s Eve. We tend to stay close to home, so I’m sure we’ll be doing something low key tonight. But, it will definitely involve a few beers.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Springdale Beer experiments with innovation, drinkability, and balance while exploring the boundaries of fermentation and flavor. Launched by industry veterans in 2016 as an offshoot of Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, Springdale is a taproom and blendery in Framingham, MA, crafting characterful, creative ales and barrel-aged beer, which are available throughout the Northeast. Ales, IPAs and barrel-aged beers make up the core of Springdale’s portfolio. Pearly, our country-style can-conditioned witbier is light, lively and expressive, while our breakfast stout Brigadeiro is packed with luscious flavors of coffee and chocolate. We also can our IPAs and suggest drinking them fresh; they’re packed with huge, expressive hop flavors from American and Australian hops. Our barrel-aged series, on the other hand, can be cellared indefinitely. This includes unfruited wild ales and beers fermented on a wide variety of fruit, including apricots (Apriculture) cherries (Kriek Mythology) and raspberries (Poive Raz).”

Random: I start a reading challenge on Goodreads for Nonfiction on the 1st. I read 168 books this year, so I’m hoping to get 200 this year.

The beer poured with a one finger, pillowy white head. It dissipated at a fast pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange color with no visible carbonation. The nose had some tropical fruit, but not much. I picked up some guava and then it quickly went into grain. The taste had some grass along with guava and mango. There was some grain to it coupled with some alcohol that dried it out. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with fruit. I thought this was a great beer and definitely would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Captain Lawrence Cookie Puss Birthday Beer

The holidays are always busy for us and this year was no different. We spent Sunday just hanging out on the couch, which we both desperately needed. I took the opportunity on Sunday to try to get through a few posts since I took such a long hiatus. Let’s get to it.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. and Carvel® Ice Cream have teamed up once again to help celebrate Carvel’s 85th Birthday with Cookie Puss® Birthday Beer! A thick and creamy Milkshake IPA that tastes like a vanilla celebration. Special edition can designed to celebrate 85 years of Carvel!”

Random: As a child, I loved Carvel ice cream cakes. It was always a special occasion to get a Cookie Puss or a Fudgie the Whale cake. My favorite part was the cookie crumbles in the middle of the ice cream.

The beer poured with a two finger, thick white head. It dissipated quickly and left little lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color and very hazy. As a result, I could not see any carbonation. The nose was surprisingly muted. I picked up lactose and vanilla. I didn’t get much in the way of hops. The taste was much of the same. I picked up vanilla and lactose and a touch of grass, but that was it. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with vanilla. I thought this beer was only okay. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Decadent Bacon French Toast

Today’s beer is from a brewery that I hit whenever we’re in Westchester County. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Imperial/Double IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Mamaroneck is a town in Westchester County, New York, United States. The population was 29,156 at the 2010 census. There are two villages contained within the town: Larchmont and the Village of Mamaroneck (part of which is located in the adjacent town of Rye). The majority of the town’s land area is not within either village, constituting an unincorporated area, although a majority of the population lives within the villages. Legally, the unincorporated section and the villages constitute the town as a political and governmental subdivision of New York State. The town is led by a town board, composed of five town board members, which includes the Town Supervisor, Nancy Seligson. Much of the unincorporated section of the town receives its mail via the Larchmont Post Office and thereby has a Larchmont address.”

Random: My wife is from Westchester County, New York.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was
cloudy and yellow in color. It had a lot of visible carbonation. The nose had notes of bacon and brown sugar sweetness as well. The taste started with some maple syrup sweetness and quickly went into nots of bacon and alcohol. There was a buttery grain note as well. The body was on the heavier side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with brown sugar and bacon. I thought this beer was a bit gimmicky and I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Uinta Clear Daze

I have been having problems sleeping late on the weekends. I normally get up around 4:30 AM during the week and now that’s what time I’m getting up on the weekends. When I was a kid, I could easily sleep until 10 AM, but now, it’s a rarity. I have also started napping more on the weekends, probably to compensate for the lack of actual sleep on the weekends. I’ve been watching stuff on Netflix while I wait for Val to get up. I watched “The Irishman” yesterday and I thought it was really good. Let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “What you see (through) isn’t always what you get in this mirage of juicy IPA. Clear Daze is clearly haze-free, but loaded with massive hop aromatics including pineapple, mango and passionfruit, all leading to a silky-soft mouthfeel and lingering, sweet finish.”

Random: Uinta has done a spectacular job of updating their packaging.

The beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright orange color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had mango and pineapple with a touch of grass. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of mango with pineapple and some malt at the end of the sip. The body was on the lighter side and needed an increase of carbonation. It had a quick finish with mango. I thought this beer was alright, but I wouldn’t rush back to have another.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Maine Beer Company Thank You 2019

This year, Val and I took a trip to Maine and Boston and part of the trip included a stop to Maine Beer Company. Since we had been there last, they had done a complete renovation of the brewery and it is awesome. The space is clean and huge, with lots of beers on tap and they have food now. Although we didn’t get to try their pizza, it smelled amazing. This beer was on tap, but I knew I had it in the beer fridge, so I tried it at home.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Thank You is an IPA brewed with a different recipe each year, and dedicated to all who enjoy our beer. Thank you to our customers, nonprofit partners, employees, wholesalers, retailers, and everyone who continues to do what’s right.”

Random: I remember when it was really hard to get Maine Beer Company beers.

The beer poured with a three finger, pure white head. It took forever to dissipate. The body was clear and yellow in color, with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose started with canned pineapple and mango and transitioned into a note of honey baked oats. The taste started with the fruit as well. The canned pineapple and mango were pronounced and took some tangerine along for the ride. Apricot came through as well and then transitioned into barley with some honey as well. The body had some heft to it with generous carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with a lot of pineapple and mango. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Paradox Skully Barrel No. 51: Passion Of The Fruit

Tonight’s beer is from one of my favorite breweries. I’ve had a few beers from them and they are all incredibly solid. Jersey gets distribution from Paradox, but it comes in dribs and drabs. Since I changed jobs, I don’t have a great beer store that I can hit on my way home. The one in town, despite being rather run down, gets alright distribution, but I need to find a new spot. Let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Where modern brewing processes collide headlong into ancient brewing techniques. Every beer that Paradox Beer Company produces is barrel-aged and bottle-conditioned. In 2012, Jeff, Brian and David, equipped with over 30 years of combined professional brewing experience, founded Paradox Beer Company. Paradox Beer Company produces original and rare beers which honor the uncertainty of nature bound with rigorous quality testing, providing one-of-a-kind flavors that could only be produced by Paradox.”

Random: I would go back to Colorado just to visit Paradox. I didn’t get up there the last time we were there.

This beer poured with a quarter of a finger ofSin white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slight hazy orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose started with passionfruit and mango up front. The taste had a pleasant sour note to it that complemented the mango and passionfruit. The alcohol wasn’t overly apparent and the mouthfeel was on the lighter side. It had a lengthy finish with mango and funk. I would definitely have this one again. If you see it, I would pick up a bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Bolero Snort I Bless The Reins

I took a nice long break from the blog. I got a new job, which I love and I started getting into reading. I may add a portion to the posts highlighting which books I’m reading, but we’ll see. Let’s get back into it.

ABV: 7.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “‘Africa’ is a song recorded by the American rock band Toto in 1981, for their fourth studio album Toto IV, and released as the album’s third single on September 30, 1982, through Columbia Records. The song was written by band members David Paich and Jeff Porcaro. The soft rock song lyrically incorporates themes of love and location. Critics praised its composition and Toto’s performances. The song reached number one on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 chart and is the band’s only Billboard number one. The song remained at the top for a single week (February 5, 1983). “Africa” also peaked in the top ten in the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Switzerland.”

Random: I’m almost done watching “The Irishman.” It’s really good.

The beer poured with a three finger, off white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow. I couldn’t see how much carbonation there was. The nose started with a lot of citrus, specifically tangerine and grapefruit. Mango was present as well. The taste mirrored the nose. It was a definite citrus bomb with the mango more pronounced. It also had some freshly cut grass. There was a noticeable alcohol note to this, but the body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with citrus. I thought this was a decent beer and I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0