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

Definitive Vanilla Dome – Strawberry

Breweries are popping up all over Maine and this is one that got high marks from the guys at the beer store we stopped at before we left Portland. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8%

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: We didn’t get to visit the brewery, but will have to make a stop when we’re in Maine again.

The beer poured with a loose, three finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow and had some cloudiness. There were some floaties visible as well. The nose had big notes of powdered strawberry and vanilla with lots of lactose. The taste had a lot of sweetness from the lactose along with the strawberry and vanilla notes in the nose. Although this sounds pretty simple, it was well-executed. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with strawberry and vanilla. This was an easy drinker that I’m glad I got to try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

New England Brewing G-Bot

On the way back from Boston, Val and I stopped in Connecticut at her alma mater, Wesleyan University. We stopped at a beer store in town and this was just chilling on the shelf. It had to come home with me.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The beer. The ‘Bot. The legend. This sought-after Double IPA packs in a whole mess of hops in order to churn out a bombastic citrus taste full of orange peel, mildly dank whiffs of pine, and a deceptively easy-flowing flavor. There’s just enough haze in this one to satisfy the ‘Hops Heads’ while it’s not to bitter/crazy for first-timers to enjoy this fruity brew.”

Random: The brewery’s website is weirdly slow.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a slow pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and golden-yellow in color with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose was filled with lots of fruit. I picked up grapefruit, pineapple and mango along with oranges. There was also some malt on the nose. The taste was even better than the nose. There was a lot of fresh tropical fruit with the same pineapple, mango, grapefruit and orange. It had a green herbal note that followed up with fresh cut grass. At the end of the sip was a touch of caramel malt to balance out the hops. There was a touch of booze that came through. The body was on the lighter side of the style with a generous amount of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with grass. This beer was exceptional and a great example of the style. Get your hands on this one.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Exhibit ‘A’ Hair Raiser

When Val and I were in the Boston area, we stopped at a few breweries, one of them being Exhibit ‘A’. It was outside of the city and basically empty. They had an outside area, which it was a bit too hot to be in and the indoor bar which was dark and empty. We decided to grab some beer to go instead of having a beer there. This is what we brought home.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Big citrus peel hop aroma greets your nose followed by flavors of citrus zest, grapefruit and hints of mango and peaches. Hop bitterness is balanced by sweet malt with a smooth, full mouthfeel.”

Random: This is a year-round offering from Exhibit ‘A.’

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. The head took awhile to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow in color and very cloudy. There was no carbonation visible as a result. The nose was filled with tropical fruit. I picked up mango, kiwi and pineapple. There was some passionfruit as well. The taste was even more fruity and upfront. I got the same mango, kiwi and pineapple along with oranges. There was a touch of grass at the end of the sip. There was a touch of alcohol, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tropical fruit. I thought this beer was exceptional and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0