Lone Eagle Russian Imperial Stout

Before the pandemic, Val and I were over in the Flemington area one weekend. We found a really cute farmer’s market and stopped at Lone Eagle. I had never been there before, but it had a well laid out taproom and lots of selections on tap. We took a few different beers home from them, this being one of them.

ABV: 9.2%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Introducing our Russian Imperial Stout. This Imperial Stout is loaded with dark chocolate and roast. This is exploding with deep, rich flavors.”

Random: We had to get the cats a new bed because the one they had wouldn’t come clean. We had to get them medium sized dog beds because they all insist on sleeping together in the bay window.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts, dark chocolate and some vanilla. There was a decent amount of booze on the nose. The taste started with roasted malts and dark chocolate. There was cocoa as well as some smoke. The booze came through pretty strongly. There was some vanilla as well as a toffee sweetness to the beer. The body was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. It had a sticky finish with dark chocolate and cocoa. This was a decent beer that had some nice flavors and would make a decent night-ending beer. I wish the alcohol was a bit more integrated, though.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sierra Nevada Fantastic Haze

Tonight’s selection is a beer from one of my go-to breweries. They have been putting out more IPAs given how popular hazy IPAs are getting these days. I saw this one awhile back and decided to give it a shot. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We were in search of something fantastic. Something juicy, something hazy, something ripe with notes of mango, melon and citrus. So we said, “Reason be damned,” and filled our kettles with five hop varieties and loads of malt, oats and wheat. Some may call that absurd. We call it absurdly fantastic.”

Random: This beer uses Chinook, Azacca, Amarillo, Idaho 7 and Strata hops.

The beer poured with a large, three finger, cream-colored head. It was wispy and dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy, as expected, and bright orange. There was no carbonation visible. The nose was pungent and had a lot of pine upfront. It quickly went into grapefruit, melon and tangerine. I picked up no malt whatsoever. The taste started with pine and grapefruit, but quickly made a turn into tangerine and pomelo territory. It had some peach and apricot as well. There was no malt sweetness to it, but some bite from the alcohol. The body was thick with a lot of carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with tangelo, pine, grapefruit and tangerine. I thought this beer was good and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Leinenkugel Canoe Paddle Kolsch

Tonight’s beer is another selection from the Leinenkugel’s mixed pack. I don’t usually see their beer on shelves by me, except for the Summer. Then, I see their regular shandy and shandy mixed pack everywhere.

ABV: 5%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Leinenkugel’s® Canoe Paddle Kölsch® is a slightly spicy and smooth addition to Leinenkugel’s seasonal portfolio. This Kölsch-style beer is brewed with a touch of rye for a slightly spicy flavor and clean, dry finish. It’s our take on a German classic that’s perfect for winding down and relaxing. Pair Canoe Paddle Kölsch with Weisswurst, porcini mushroom ravioli with white wine sauce, delicate white fish with capers and arugula salads.”

Random: The beer comes in at 11 IBUs.

The beer poured wit a very loose, three finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and was the color of lemon juice. The nose was very much like a lager instead of a kolsch. I picked up some corn and grain and not much else. The taste had some lemon juice and the same corn note that I got in the nose. There was no rye to speak of, but it would have really helped the beer if it was there. The body was light and had high carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon juice and corn. I wasn’t into this beer at all. It didn’t have any of the features that a Kolsch should. I would avoid this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Leinenkugel Northwoods Lager

It’s harder and harder to find mixed-packs of beer that have good selections. Awhile back, I found a mixed pack of Leinenkugel’s and grabbed it. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Leinenkugel’s® is the nation’s 7th oldest operating brewery. It has a rich history, which began when brewer Matthias Leinenkugel brought his family over to the United States from Germany in the 1840s. The family continued to travel west and finally settled in Sauk City, Wisconsin. Matthias taught his sons the art of brewing. It was his third son, Jacob, who traveled north to Chippewa Falls. Jacob felt sure the thirsty lumberjacks and lumber-booming economy of Northwestern Wisconsin made Chippewa the ideal location to begin his own brewery. In 1867 Jacob began brewing. For almost 150 years and six generations, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company® has survived and continues to prosper through commitment to their founder’s ideals of brewing and operating with excellence. Having survived Prohibition, the economic demands of World War II, and fierce competition, Leinenkugel’s® has remained a prominent brewer in the Upper Midwest. In addition to our year-round offerings such as Leinenkugel’s® Honey Weiss, Berry Weiss, Sunset Wheat, and Original, we also brew seasonal beers such as Oktoberfest and Summer Shandy.”

Random: This beer was first brewed in 1986.

The beer poured with a one finger, slightly off white head. It was thick and went away slowly, leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and an amber color with light carbonation visible. The nose was muted with some grain and corn and honey, without much else. The flavor started with some caramel sweetness and milled grain. There was some corn as well, but not much else. The body was light and the carbonation was present and plentiful. The finish was quick with caramel sweetness. This beer was simple and didn’t have much flavor. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer, but I could see this as a good beer to give someone who is a Bud/Miller/Coors fan.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Sixpoint Party Hat

Val made the most divine muffin tin frittatas for breakfast. They had broccoli rabe in them and were breakfast perfection. It’s the little things that make me happy lately.

ABV: 7%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A GUARANTEED GOOD TIME. That’s what you get when load up on Galaxy, Citra, and Mosaic hops in a hazy IPA with no bitterness. It’s a can’t-miss combination of jaw-dropping juice and aromatics worth raving about. Party on. With no hot side hops whatsoever, Party Hat registers as 0 IBUs. Instead, we blast the back end of this beer-with 4 lbs per barrel of dry-hopping, this is easily one of our most flavorful, hop forward beers ever. Part of our Infinite Loop Series. Available January – March.”

Random: This beer was the first Sixpoint one that I had seen in awhile.

The beer poured with a loose, three finger, pure white head. It dissipated rather quickly and left a limited amount of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy, as expected, and bright yellow. There was no visible carbonation. The nose was fruity and started with grapefruit and quickly went into honeydew melon. The taste was equally fruity and had the same grapefruit and honeydew notes, coupled with some pear and apricot as well. The alcohol was a bit too noticeable and the body was on the lighter side. The carbonation needed to be dialed up a bit as well. The finish was quick with honeydew. I thought this beer was alright, but I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Carton Cantaloupe Haze

Val and I took a ride out to Carton a few months back and they had cans of this for takeaway. I wish more breweries did a melon forward beer, so I was interested to give this beer a shot.

ABV: 8%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Every now and then, after catching a whiff of an aroma on a breeze, you think ‘A beer could smell like that, and probably should’. Smoky wisps of Cannalope Haze drifting over damp fallen leaves on a hiking trail is where this one was germinated. A plush malt bill fermented on the fruitier warm side of London III with Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe grafted on to do their dank thing. We had our hop-distiller extract some hemp terpenes, which we added along with some cantaloupe, to evoke those breezy pulls in the aromas found here. Drink Cantaloupe Haze from the can…biddy biddy bop”

Random: This beer clocks in at 10 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow. There was no carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of melon with some tangerine as well. The taste was even more melon forward and had lemon and tangerine. There was a touch of grain as well. The alcohol didn’t make a huge appearance. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with melon. I enjoyed this beer and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Victory Rye Score 2.0

Tonight’s beer is one that I had awhile back at the Victory brewpub in Kennett Square. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 7%

Style: Roggenbier

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Until the 15th century, it was common in Germany, particularly in Bavaria, to use rye malt for brewing beer. However, after a period of bad harvests, it was ruled that rye would be used only for baking bread, thus only barley was to be used for beer; see the German law known as the Reinheitsgebot. Roggenbier disappeared for almost five hundred years. In the late 1980s the Spezialbrauerei Schierling near Regensburg created the first modern Roggenbier, Schierlinger Roggen, using a modified, patented mashing regime to cope with the effects of the highly viscous rye wort. The modern version of Roggenbier is typically about 5% ABV and is fairly dark in colour. The flavour is grainy, often having a hearty flavour similar to pumpernickel bread. Typically, at least 50 percent of the malts used to make the beer are made from rye. To date very few German breweries produce Roggenbier.”

Random: I always find it really odd that Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg are friends.

The beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated rather quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was mildly hazy and a mahogany color. The nose had some brown bread to it and a touch of honey sweetness. The taste was much of the same with brown bread and some sweetness. The alcohol made a quick appearance, which detracted from the other flavors. The body was on the heavier side with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with grain. I thought this beer was alright, but I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Lone Eagle New England Chowdah

Since I’ve decided that I am not watching the news to maintain my mental health, I’m currently binging on nature documentaries. I’m watching “Seven Worlds, One Planet” which is showing a musk ox fight over mating. It seems like there is always a fight over mating on these documentaries. They are showing a bunch of forests in Europe that have different wildlife because humans haven’t touched them. It’s quite interesting. I am supposed to go to Europe in December (at the latest), but COVID-19 has changed everything, so we’ll see. Let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This New England style IPA hop bomb is dry hopped with Mosaic, Citra and Centennial. It’s as hazy as a foggy morning over Boston Habah.”

Random: The brewery website says that this beer has 0 IBUs and 0 SRM. Somehow, I do not believe this.

The beer poured with a one finger, loose, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky orange color with no visible carbonation. The nose had some grass along with orange zest and segments. The taste was much of the same. I picked up grass clippings, vanilla and orange zest. It also had a touch of artificial orange flavoring, which I was not the biggest fan of. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation that needed to be dialed up. The finish was quick with artificial orange flavoring. This wasn’t my favorite beer and I definitely wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Unibroue Lune De Miel

When I was in my late teens, my parents took me to Ireland. I remember really enjoying Mead there, despite how sweet it was. My tastes have definitely changed since I am not a huge fan of super sweet drinks, but I thought this one was worth a try.

ABV: 8%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Introducing Lune de Miel. Like all honeymoons, this divine nectar is simply unforgettable. It’s inspired from a distant era where the father of the bride would give his new son-in-law honey-flavoured beer for the first month of marriage. The honey, which completes the bottle refermentation process, is a perfect match for the hoppy bouquet with rich hints of spices, herbs and wildflowers.”

Random: This beer is aged for three years before bottling.

This beer poured with a generous, three finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left a slight crown on top of the body. The body was a cloudy orange color with some floaties visible, along with moderate carbonation. The nose was quite sweet with honey and vanilla. It had a note of cookie dough as well. The taste was also very sweet. Honey and flowers made a big appearance on this beer. There was also a slight peppery note to it. The beer was on the heavier side with light carbonation. The finish was sticky and sweet with honey. I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer. It was just a bit too sweet for me. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

KCBC Superhero Sidekicks

Since we’ve been on a stay at home order, I thought that we’d be limited on beer selection, but I was definitely wrong on that one. Let’s see how this beer was.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Brooklyn was an independent incorporated city (and previously an authorized village and town within the provisions of the New York State Constitution) until January 1, 1898, when, after a long political campaign and public relations battle during the 1890s, according to the new Municipal Charter of ‘Greater New York’, Brooklyn was consolidated with the other cities, boroughs, and counties to form the modern City of New York, surrounding the Upper New York Bay with five constituent boroughs. The borough continues, however, to maintain a distinct culture. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves. Brooklyn’s official motto, displayed on the Borough seal and flag, is Eendraght Maeckt Maght, which translates from early modern Dutch as ‘Unity makes strength.’ In the first decades of the 21st century, Brooklyn has experienced a renaissance as an avant-garde destination for hipsters, with concomitant gentrification, dramatic house price increases and a decrease in housing affordability. Since the 2010s, Brooklyn has evolved into a thriving hub of entrepreneurship, high technology startup firms, postmodern art and design.”

Random: Val picked this up from Trader Joe’s. The label art was really cool.

The beer poured with a three finger, loose, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate rate and left a decent amount of lacing. The body was very cloudy and bright yellow. Despite this, I could still see some carbonation through it. The nose was filled with pineapple and apricot. There was also a slight fruity sweetness. The taste was equally fruity. I got a lot of pineapple, peach and apricot. Melon and grass finished the sip. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with fruit. This beer was outstanding and one that is worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0