Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet

Val got a Ninja Foodie for Christmas and we’re trying it out for the first time tonight. She just finished making some grilled chicken and it looks amazing and took only 10 minutes. While she’s finishing up, let’s see how this beer is.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hops are the name of the game with a Double IPA, but we knew we had to take it one step further. With Hop Bullet, we’re using a new technique, hitting the beer with a one-two punch of Magnum hops and lupulin dust—pure, concentrated hop flavor—directly into the tank to emphasize the intense pine and citrus flavors of classic West Coast hops.”

Random: This beer comes in at 55 IBUs.

The beer poured with a three finger, fluffy white head. It hung around for a minute or so and then dissipated. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was pleasantly hoppy, presenting with lots of grapefruit and grapefruit pith. The taste was incredibly hoppy with the same grapefruit note and transitioned into pine as well. It had a nice sweetness from the malt to balance the hops out. The body was on the heavier side with a lot of carbonation. The alcohol dried the beer out a beer, but didn’t overwhelm. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with grapefruit. This was a solid beer from Sierra Nevada. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Long Trail Vermont Double IPA

I finished a book about the history of dinosaurs a few days ago. Despite not really being interested in dinosaurs, the tone was pleasantly conversational and I got through it in a day. I’m trying to read 200 books this year and have finished 4 so far. It’s definitely a lofty goal, but I think I can do it.

ABV: 8.3%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “WELCOME TO VERMONT… HAVE AN IPA! Introducing the latest tall can from Vermont’s Long Trail Brewing Company. Vermont Double IPA is full of fruity, juicy and dank hop flavors with a light, soft mouthfeel and slight alcohol presence. The recipe features green mountains of Amarillo, Citra and Simcoe hops.”

Random: It’s been well over a year since I’ve had a beer from Long Trail.

This beer poured with less than a finger of pure white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright yellow color with some carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose was filled with lots of piney hops. There was grass clippings as well and grapefruit peel. It reminded me of an old school IPA. The Simcoe was strong with this one. The taste was filled with the same dank hops. It had pine needles and then grapefruit segments. There was a bit of sweet malt to balance it out. The alcohol was apparent, but not overwhelming. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with pine. I really enjoyed this beer. It was a pleasant change from all of the hazebombs.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Toppling Goliath King Sue

Jersey is getting all sorts of distribution lately and I was very excited to see this brewery being one of the ones hitting the shelves.

ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Decorah was the site of a Ho-Chunk village beginning around 1840. Several Ho-Chunks had settled along the Upper Iowa River that year when the United States Army forced them to remove from Wisconsin. In 1848, the United States removed the Ho-Chunks again to a new reservation in Minnesota, opening their Iowa villages to white settlers. The first whites to settle were the Day family from Tazewell County, Virginia. According to local Congregationalist minister Rev. Ephraim Adams, the Days arrived in June 1849 with the Ho-Chunks’ ‘tents still standing—with the graves of the dead scattered about where now run our streets and stand our dwellings.’ Judge Eliphalet Price suggested that the Days name their new settlement Decorah after Ho-Chunk leader Waukon Decorah, who was a U.S. ally during the Black Hawk War of 1832.”

Random: I have never been to Iowa. I would like to visit this brewery, though.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow in color, with no carbonation visible. The nose was filled with fruit. I picked up pineapple, mango, guava and orange. There was some orange peel as well. The taste was filled with fresh fruity hops. It started with a lot of pineapple and mango and went into grapefruit and orange with lemon zest as well. The body was the perfect thickness with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with mango. I loved this beer. It’s a beer that is definitely worthy of the hype.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Troon Malignant Horror

Although my drive to work has increased a bit, it gives me more time to listen to podcasts. I started a new podcast called “The Dream,” which I am really enjoying. I recommend listening to it if you get the chance. Anyways, beer time.

ABV: 12.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “WE DO NOT HAVE A TAPROOM AT THE BREWERY BUT 100% OF OUR DRAUGHT BEER GOES TO BRICK FARM TAVERN WHICH IS ON THE SAME PROPERTY. POURS AND FLIGHTS ARE AVAILABLE WHENEVER THEY ARE OPEN, EVEN WHEN WE ARE CLOSED. WE DO NOT SERVE ANY POURS OR TASTINGS AT THE BREWERY ITSELF. WE DO NOT HAVE TAPS AT THE BREWERY, WE DO NOT FILL GROWLERS, WE DO NOT OPEN UNLESS WE HAVE PRE-FILLED, 32OZ CANS OF OUR LATEST BEER AND HAVE ANNOUNCED IT ON INSTAGRAM BEFOREHAND.”

Random: I am not a big fan of sentences all in caps. Just a personal preference thing.

The beer poured with a one finger, thick, white head. It took forever to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and bright orange-yellow in color. Because the beer was so hazy, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was a lot of booze upfront. Given the ABV, I wasn’t shocked. There was some earthy hops as well. The taste was equally boozy, which overwhelmed the more delicate flavors of hay and grass. The body was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with grass and booze. I wanted to like this beer, but it was just a bit too much for me. I wouldn’t rush back to this beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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

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

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