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I got an Amazon Echo awhile ago and we hooked it up. We also put in a smart switch for a light in the living room, which I’m absolutely in love with. We also got our Nest to work (finally) since our house was wired like a drunk monkey. Even the electrician agreed. We’re well on our way to a smart home. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

bellcracker

ABV: 8.7%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “THE BIG SHOW. An ideally balanced double IPA without inhibition or prohibition for flavor. PUNISHING HOPS & THERAPEUTIC MALTS. DIPA striving for balance, but has an inexorable desire for American hops. NARCISSISTIC SATISFACTION. When intense flavorful food is desired, this beer is its love-object.”

Random: This is available all year long.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The head was super thick as well. The body of the beer was bright orange and slight cloudy with a lot of carbonation. On the nose, there was a lot of sticky pine resin with nothing else. I couldn’t pick up any malt. The taste was a bit more balanced. There was sticky pine resin along with some overripe mango and pineapple notes. Grapefruit zest came through next, which was quickly followed up with biscuity malt. The body was on the thick side with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and filled with pine resin. I picked up a can of this for $2.75, which came to $.23 per ounce. This was a solid double IPA that I would have again, but I wish it had more depth.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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This was the second beer that I had at 2SP. The place had a really nice vibe. The front part had the full bar and some high top bar tables. The back part was mostly tables and booths. The service was quick and I ordered the fried brussels sprouts, which I had at the Delaware location and enjoyed. I don’t know if I built them up too much in my mind, but they weren’t nearly as good as I remembered. Let’s see if the second beer was better than the brussels sprouts.

oakageddeadofnight

ABV: 9.1%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: This is aged in American oak.

Random: I wish there was a decent gastropub by our house. We have to drive at least 15-20 minutes to find one.

The brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was almost black in color with no visible carbonation. The nose had some golden fruit up front. I picked up some apricot and peach. There was vanilla too. The taste was even more fruity than the nose with red wine notes and red grapes. Toasted oak and vanilla came through next with yeast. There was also some spice that came through too with smoke. The body was medium thick with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with smoke and fruit. I thought this beer was really interesting and the oak gave it more depth. If you see this one on tap and you like saisons, give this one a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

After Val and I went into Longwood Gardens, we headed to 2SP in Kennett Square. We found another location in Delaware a few years ago. They opened a brewery as well as a few other locations closer to us in Pennsylvania, so I wanted to give this a shot. One of the things I like about the place is that they give you an option for short pours so you can try more beers without getting plastered. I took them up on this option during our visit. The first beer I tried was one they brew themselves.

imperialthaifighter

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Imperial Rye Stout brewed with fresh basil. Lots of chocolate and basil on the nose.”

Random: This is a collaboration beer with Terrapin.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head. It went away slowly and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the darkness of the beer. The nose was filled with dark chocolate shavings and roasted dark malt. There wasn’t much in the way of basil or rye. The taste had the same dark chocolate shavings with rye spice. It quickly went into basil and cilantro notes. Smoke was there as well. The body was medium thickness, lighter than I am used to for the style. It had limited carbonation as well. The body was lengthy with basil and dark chocolate. This beer was interesting, but it just needs a bit of refining.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

2SP White Bear

Posted: September 3, 2016 in 2SP Brewing Company, English Bitter, Reviews

I’ve been trying to pick beers out lately that are styles that I tend to avoid. Almost every time that I have an English Bitter, I tend to enjoy them and they are quite sessionable. Given that this one is brewed by Two Stones, I was even more interested in trying it. The food there was great and the beer selection was better. Anyways, beer time.

whitebear

ABV: 4%

Style: English Bitter

Trivia: This beer is brewed for Memphis Taproom by 2 Stones Pub. I still haven’t been to the 2 Stones in Pennsylvania, but I loved the one that Val and I visited in Delaware. I wish there was one closer.

Random: Val just made me eat a dehydrated garlic slice. It was terrible, and I like garlic. Between the texture and the tongue numbing, I never want to try that again.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on top of a slightly cloudy, orange body. I didn’t see much carbonation on it. The nose had some malt and a slight musty bitter note like mineral water. The taste was light with mineral water, grain and some toasted bread. I kept trying to find other flavors in this one, but couldn’t find much. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was quick with toasted bread. Even though this beer was on the simple side, I enjoyed it. If you see it while you’re out, give it a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0