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

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

Carton SS Hief

Our cats have this habit of shoving themselves into one small cat bed at the same time. Since they’re all relatively large cats, Val decided that it was a good idea to buy them a larger cat bed. They all love it. We definitely spoil our cats. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Every now and then we like to leave our nimble little work horse at the dock and go out for a luxury cruise on a bigger Boat. For SS Hief we explore what technology has to offer in the form of a modernized hop engine. We shored Boat’s stony, linear, crisp, dry frame with some extra wheat, doubled the size of everything, and moved the entire second dry-hopping to up-to-the-minute powder versions of Boat’s hops. Drink SS Hief and let’s see how the new money set cruises.”

Random: I’ve never been on a cruise before. Val and I have considered taking one to Alaska.

The beer poured with a large three finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and yellow in color. There was some carbonation visible. The nose was filled with wheat and grassy hops. The taste was incredibly crisp with lots of wheat. There was grass as well as a touch of pine. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with grass and wheat. This beer was very refreshing with hidden alcohol. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Bolero Snort Mooleta

Tonight’s beer is another Jersey selection. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The origin of the apricot is disputed and unsettled. It was known in Armenia during ancient times, and has been cultivated there for so long that it is often thought to have originated there. Its scientific name Prunus armeniaca (Armenian plum) derives from that assumption. For example, the Belgian arborist baron de Poerderlé, writing in the 1770s, asserted, ‘Cet arbre tire son nom de l’Arménie, province d’Asie, d’où il est originaire et d’où il fut porté en Europe …’ (‘this tree takes its name from Armenia, province of Asia, where it is native, and whence it was brought to Europe …’). An archaeological excavation at Garni in Armenia found apricot seeds in a Chalcolithic-era site. Despite the great number of varieties of apricots that are grown in Armenia today (about 50), according to the Soviet botanist Nikolai Vavilov, its center of origin would be the Chinese region, where the domestication of the apricot would have taken place. Other sources say that the apricot was first cultivated in India in about 3000 BC. Its introduction to Greece is attributed to Alexander the Great. Subsequent sources were often confused about the origin of the species. John Claudius Loudon (1838) believed it had a wide native range including Armenia, the Caucasus, the Himalayas, China, and Japan.”

Random: Fresh apricots are one of my favorite things, although they’re hard to find.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange color with a touch of pink. Due to the haziness, I could not see any carbonation. The nose was filled with tangerine, apricot and cantaloupe. There was a touch of alcohol apparent as well. The taste started with the expected tangerine and apricot. It had a candy note and a white sugar sweetness as well, that was not my favorite. The melon note was not very apparent. There was a touch of grain as well. The body was on the thicker side with a touch of alcohol, but there was enough carbonation to wash it away really quickly. The finish was fruity and quick. I enjoyed this beer and would have it again, due to my love of apricot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Flying Fish Double Fishted

Flying Fish has really embraced canning their beers and they’ve been updating their packaging as well as coming out with new beers. This is their latest offering.

ABV: 8.3%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This unfiltered Double IPA leads with aromas of tangerine, pineapple and melon. Citrusy hops are balanced with an appropriate amount of wheat and oats, creating a perfect terrain for this very approachable beer. So good, you’ll want to have TWO at the same time.”

Random: This beer was first released in March of 2019 and uses Citra, Warrior, Centennial, Simcoe, Huell Melon, Azacca, and Cascade hops. It’s available in cans and on draft.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. It did leave a small crown on top of a relatively clear, yellow body. There was a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose had a decent amount of tangerine and honeydew up front with a little bit of grain that was noticeable as well. The taste had a nice hop presence. I picked up pineapple and honeydew along with a touch of tangelo. There was also a nice malt backbone. The alcohol was a bit hot on this one, which took away from the flavor. The body was on the lighter side of the style with a decent amount of carbonation. The finish was quick with tangelo and a touch of wheat. This wasn’t the most amazing beer of the style that I’ve ever had, but I wouldn’t refuse it if it was handed to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Troegs LolliHop

Tonight’s beer is one of the newer beers from Troegs. It came out the week after we visited the brewery.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When we make our annual pilgrimage to the hop-growing hotbed of Yakima Valley, we’re like kids in a candy store. We eyeball the hops on the bines, crush them in our hands and rub them til their oils fill the air. LolliHop brings together three of our favorites. Dry-hopping with Citra and Mosaic layers in notes of orange, grapefruit and melon, while Azacca in the kettle adds hints of papaya and pineapple. Locally harvested rustic pale malt provides the backbone, and wheat and oats make this beer silky smooth with a touch of haze.”

Random: I don’t know how I didn’t notice how terrible this photo was.

This beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and bright orange in color. Due to the cloudiness, I could not see any carbonation. The nose had a lot of citrus up front. I picked up orange zest, grapefruit pith and lemon juice. There was an apple note as well with a touch of honeydew. I didn’t pick up any tropical fruit in the nose. The taste had a bit more tropical fruit, though. I picked up mango and pineapple and then it transitioned into a lot of grapefruit segments. The body was on the medium side with just enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with grapefruit. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sixpoint DDH Hi-Res

Tonight’s beer is another one from Sixpoint. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 11.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Zoom in—down to the smallest state of matter. Break it down to atomic particles. After HI-RES, can you really keep turning the dial? We doubled down and took the aromatic potential of this beer to excruciating extremes. When it feels like too much, you realize it’s just enough. Bring on the atomic juice bomb… now you’re getting the big picture.”

Random: I remember it being a big deal that Sixpoint referred to their cans as “nano-kegs.” I still think it’s a cool way to refer to cans.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and orange in color. There was some carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose was citrusy. It smelled like orange oil along with grapefruit oil and dried grapefruit peel. There was some booze as well. I picked up a little pine too. The taste was intense. The grapefruit and orange oils came through first, with some pine as well. There was a slight floral characteristic, along with booze. Given the ABV, this would have been difficult to hide, but it made it a bit difficult to drink. The body was thick and oily and had lower than expected carbonation. The finish was equally oily with grapefruit and orange. I’m glad I tried this beer, but it was a touch too intense for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0