Kane A Space To Fill

I really enjoy having breweries able to deliver directly. I would be lucky if I got one or two trips a year into Kane and now I can order weekly if I wanted to.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Ocean Township is a township located in east central Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. Ocean Township consists of three main unincorporated communities: Wanamassa, Oakhurst and Wayside. The township is divided into two zip codes, 07755 (Oakhurst) and 07712 (Wanamassa & Wayside, main city Asbury Park). Small portions have Allenhurst (07711), Deal (07723) and Long Branch (07740) zip codes. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township’s population was 27,291, reflecting an increase of 332 (+1.2%) from the 26,959 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,901 (+7.6%) from the 25,058 counted in the 1990 Census.”

Random: We haven’t been to Asbury Park since before COVID. They have a Korean taco spot that is amazing.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It was loose and dissipated at a moderate pace. There was some lacing left on the glass. The body was light yellow with some haze and moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some fruit to it. Specifically I got pineapple and orange. There was some booze as well. The taste was bright and had a lot of fresh citrus. There was orange and grapefruit and some pineapple came through next. The alcohol was there, but not overwhelming. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with citrus. I enjoyed this beer and would search this one out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Kane Swim Fin

I’m getting spoiled since Kane is doing home delivery to my county, so I’m trying more from them in a month than I would in a year. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Swimfins, swim fins, fins or flippers are finlike accessories worn on the feet, legs or hands and made from rubber, plastic, carbon fiber or combinations of these materials, to aid movement through the water in water sports activities such as swimming, bodyboarding, bodysurfing, float-tube fishing, kneeboarding, riverboarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, spearfishing, underwater hockey, underwater rugby and various other types of underwater diving. Swimfins help the wearer to move through water more efficiently, as human feet are too small and inappropriately shaped to provide much thrust, especially when the wearer is carrying equipment that increases hydrodynamic drag. Very long fins and monofins used by freedivers as a means of underwater propulsion do not require high-frequency leg movement. This improves efficiency and helps to minimize oxygen consumption. Short, stiff-bladed fins are effective for short bursts of acceleration and maneuvering, and are useful for bodysurfing.”

Random: Underwater hockey sounds like a very complicated sport. Not to say that I wouldn’t try it, though.

This beer poured with a three finger, thick, cream-colored head. It took a long time to go away and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and straw-yellow. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with orange and grapefruit pith. The taste had grass upfront and a lot of grapefruit pith. There were some notes of cat pee as well. The alcohol stood out on this beer and the body was on the thicker side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with grapefruit pith and grass. I liked this beer, it just wasn’t my favorite from Kane.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Kane Wind Swell

It’s a rainy night here, which is good because my lawn needed some rain. It’s been greener than years past, but I still have some bald patches because the deer keep trampling the lawn. I’m going to get some seed to try to fill it in.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to surfertoday.com, “A wind swell is a group of short-period ocean waves created by local winds or winds blowing close to shore. The phenomenon occurs at around one hundred miles distance or less from the shoreline. The waves of a wind swell appear closer together compared with the long-period waves of a groundswell. Wind swell waves tend to be slow, steep, break in deeper water and further out the back. Nevertheless, these waves form relatively close to shore. Generally, waves generated by local winds tend to be spilling waves. The only thing a wind swell has in common with a groundswell is that, in both cases, wind transfers energy into the water – the fetch – to produce waves. In most cases, close-proximity wind swells are not suitable for surfing. They tend to produce choppy, mushy, and unstable waves, and they often arrive with onshore winds. Because they have not traveled enough distance to clean up, wind swells create low energy waves.”

Random: We’ve been watching a bunch of Pixar movies to pass the time. I can’t believe Val has never seen “Cars.” It’s one of my favorite movies.

This beer poured with less than a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a crown on top of the bright orange body. The body was murky and I couldn’t see any carbonation through it. The nose was filled with a ton of citrus, specifically orange juice. There was some pine sap as well. The taste had a lot of citrus as well. There was a ton of orange that transitioned right into bitter pine notes. It had some soapy notes as well. The body was medium thickness and the booze did not make an appearance. It had a lot of carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with pine. This was a really enjoyable beer that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Kane SBX

Happy Memorial Day! Although we’re not going anywhere, it’s nice to have an extra day off. We’ve been watching movies and reading and spending time annoying the cats. Hopefully next Memorial Day will be more event filled. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “A sneakbox is a small boat that can be sailed, rowed, poled or sculled. It is predominantly associated with the Barnegat Bay in New Jersey, just as the canoe-like Delaware Ducker is associated with the New Jersey marshes along the Delaware River near Philadelphia. Railbird skiffs and garvey-like sneakboxes are other American hunting-boat types. Typically, they were all used for hunting waterfowl and marsh birds but also have been used by trappers.”

Random: When Val and I go on vacation, we try to find a way to get on a boat, whether it’s a sailboat or a ferry. We really enjoy boats.

The beer poured with a three finger, thick, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow and quite cloudy, with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with melon and mango and pineapple. The taste was really bright and fruity. There was plenty of honeydew and mango and pineapple with a touch of mint as well. The beer was full-bodied with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with strawberry and mint. I thought this beer was outstanding and the alcohol was really hidden and there was a lot of flavor to it. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Definitive Spirals

Tonight’s selection hails from one of my favorite beer cities, Portland, Maine. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Definitive Brewing was formed in 2017 when we came across lightning in a (beer) bottle. After months of planning, we were introduced to our now Director of Brewing Operations, and found an ideal location, all in a single week. Our investment group is made up of friends and family all with ties to Lake Cobbosseecontee in Manchester, ME. After 6 months of tireless efforts to transform an old scaffolding company into a production brewery and tasting room, we opened May 19, 2018 on the legendary Industrial Way. At Definitive Brewing we strive to provide a memorable tasting room experience for all of our customers. This is culminated by our wide variety of beers, including our Kolsch (Contee), Session Ales, IPAs, Stouts and Sours! Thank you for your continued support, and we hope to see you soon!”

Random: It looks like this brewery’s offerings are now available in Jersey, which is very exciting.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of incredibly loose white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy and bright yellow in color, with no carbonation visible. The nose was filled with fruit. I picked up watermelon, lemon zest, lime flesh and some tangerine. The taste was huge. There was so much fruit. I got the tangerine and lime that was present in the nose along with cantaloupe, peach, apricot and pear. There was a touch of alcohol, but nothing could take away from the fruit brightness of this beer. The body was on the thicker side with a lot of carbonation. This had a lengthy finish with fruit. This beer was outstanding and I highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

DuClaw Spruce Willis Yippee Ki-Yay Mother #^@%*&

I bought this beer because I liked the name. I also just finished Demi Moore’s memoir last night, which Bruce Willis was mentioned in. The memoir was alright at best, I wouldn’t recommend it. Hopefully this beer is better.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An explosive, hoppy double IPA with piney, resiny bursts from the spruce, and pops of wintergreen, mango, grapefruit and pine-like notes from the hops. The last thing this beer wants is to be a hero, but it doesn’t have a choice.”

Random: This beer comes in at 50 IBUs and utilizes Citra, Simcoe and Cascade hops.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, yet bright yellow color. There was a small amount of carbonation visible. The nose had big notes of pine tree with pine needles and pine sap. It’s like when you bring a Christmas tree in the house. I didn’t pick up much else. The taste had a bit more depth. It still had huge notes of pine, like if you licked the three, but also a touch of mint and grapefruit. The booze note was abrasive to me and distracted from the other flavors. The body was on the thicker side with pleasing carbonation. It had a sticky finish with pine and grapefruit. I thought this beer was decent, but in a style that is saturated with choices, I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

SweetWater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs

Val and I are watching the Disney movie “Pocahontas” and I’m calling out all of the things that are historically inaccurate. I must be a dream to watch movies with. Let’s talk about beer instead.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Imperial/Double IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Riding high from a series of dank decisions, Farmer MacDanknug’s lust for lupulin once again led him to search for the freshest hop fields he could find. His bountiful harvest of Sabro and Lotus flew into our brewhouse on a western wind, and when the steam subsided, out pourd a decidedly dank double IPA with aromas of tangerine and vanilla. Through the hop haze came a tongue tilling combination of citrus and stone fruit flavors. The Dank Tank is where our brewers go to play. There’s no rhyme or reason to what they brew, and the only requirement is that it be heady.”

Random: This beer is available on draft and in cans.

The beer poured with a thick, one and a half finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated at a rapid pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a caramel color with some cloudiness, but lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with pine sap and pine needles along with some grass as well. There was a touch of sweetness from the caramel malt as well. The body was shockingly light, given the ABV, and had a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with lots of pine. I thought this beer was really good. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter

I had to go to an offsite meeting today that was in Jersey. Since I work in Pennsylvania, it took me about an hour and a half. I thought it would be an hour or two, but it turned into a four hour meeting with no food. I was starving. I’ve never been so happy to find a protein bar in the car.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Double Daisy Cutter. A savage classic sculpted, shaped and tailored to include and exclude a range of flavors that still feel celebratory when they come through the brewery. Our circadian rhythm. A testament to the original pathways. Available at both breweries and then fine retailers to follow.”

Random: My photo of this beer was super blurry, so instead, you get the photo from their website.

The beer poured with a half a finger of slightly off white head. It dissipated quickly and left almost no lacing on the glass. There was a small crown left on the beer. The body was cloudy and an orange-yellow color with limited carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lots of pine needles and pine sap. It had some caramel and cracker malt as well. The taste had a strong, yet fresh pine note. It was quite pleasant. The cracker malt came through with some mineral water. The alcohol was well-hidden and the body was medium thickness. There was a lot of carbonation on the beer. The finish was lengthy and sticky with pine. This was an excellent beer and had some great pine flavors and was a welcome change from tropical fruit bombs. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Greater Good Smooooth

I just finished a book on Jonestown. I watched a documentary on Jonestown once, but it didn’t convey how bananas the whole situation truly was. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Imperial/Double IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “One of the newest installments of our ‘8 is the New 5’ series, SMOOOOTH was generously hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops, giving it a great balance of citrus vibes including notes of grapefruit and pineapple and a finish that provides mild pine and slight hop resin. SMOOOOTH has a gorgeous golden hue, showcasing a beautiful, orange haze while remaining easy-drinking and refreshing!”

Random: This beer uses Citra and Mosaic hops.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but left a small crown and some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and bright yellow with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was pungent and came through with a generous dose of tropical fruit along with white pepper. I couldn’t smell any booze to this one. The taste started with tropical fruits as well. I picked up a lot of guava. It had some mango as well. The next thing that I noticed was an alcohol bite, which was a bit too much for me. There was some sweet malt at the end to balance out the sip. The body was on the medium side for the style with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tropical fruit. I thought this was a good beer, but not the best I’ve ever had. Still, it’s worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Maine Beer Company Dinner

I’ve been riding the stationary bike every day to get more exercise. It’s been getting easier every time and I’ve been hitting at least 10 miles each day. I’m thinking about adding a morning workout in too, but we’ll see.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our expanded tasting room features 20 draft lines, including some limited and brewery-only releases. We serve pizzas from our wood-fired oven using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Our mezzanine offers additional seating overlooking the tasting room and the production space. We also offer merchandise, gift certificates, and bottles of our beer to go. The tasting room is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.”

Random: I’m on pace to hit my reading goal of 200 books this year. So far, I’m 20 books ahead of pace.

The beer poured with a one finger, thick white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose was very fragrant with lots of fruit. I picked up mango, pineapple and lots of peach and apricot. The taste was even better than the nose. It had lots of fresh fruit. There was mango upfront and then peach and apricot. There was some grapefruit zest at the end. The booze was hidden very well and the body had some heft to it. There was generous carbonation. The finish was sticky and fruity. This beer was worth the hype and was outstanding. I highly recommend this.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0