Icarus Pound Of Feathers

Tonight’s selection is from a brewery that I would like to visit after the pandemic is over. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 7.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner

Trivia: According to the National Library of Medicine, “‘Which weighs more–a pound of lead or a pound of feathers?’ The seemingly naive answer to the familiar riddle is the pound of lead. The correct answer, of course, is that they weigh the same amount. We investigated whether the naive answer to the riddle might have a basis in perception. When blindfolded participants hefted a pound of lead and a pound of feathers each contained in boxes of identical size, shape, and mass, they reported that the box containing the pound of lead felt heavier at a level above chance. Like the size-weight illusion, the naive answer to the riddle may reflect differences in how easily the objects can be controlled by muscular forces and not a perceptual or cognitive error.”

Random: Icarus is also doing home delivery, but we live too far from the brewery to get delivery.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of loose, white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a straw-yellow color and completely clear. There was a ton of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of grain with a hint of honey sweetness. There was a touch of booze as well. The taste also had a lot of grain with some floral notes as well. The honey was present, but a bit muted. The booze provided some warming. The body was medium thickness and had a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with grain. This beer was a pleasant change from all of the IPAs that I’ve been having. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Bruery Terreux Birdie Birdie

I am so happy it’s Friday. It was a long week at work and I’m happy to be home. Time to crack open a beer.

ABV: 7.6%

Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Bruery is founded on the excitement that Patrick felt in those first years of homebrewing and we continue to strive for that same passion in every aspect of our business today. We never stop challenging ourselves to develop distinctive & imaginative beers, constantly pursuing improvement in all that we do. We brew dozens of original beers each year with our list of ingredients and inspirations growing perpetually. Our collection of oak barrels has also become a primary element of our brewery. Nearly half of our beer is aged in wine or spirit barrels bringing forth flavors reminiscent of the Belgian countryside or classic American distillers. We greatly value our customers as well as our employees at The Bruery and want to give them all an impassioned way to spend their time while sharing a beer worth talking about.”

Random: I did 9 miles on the bike. I am going to feel this tomorrow morning.

The beer poured with a two finger, fluffy white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and had a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose had some red apple and funk with a floral note as well. There was a mineral water note as well. The taste went more of the direction of green apples and white grapes. There was also a touch of the floral note I picked up in the nose. The mineral water note was present with some grain. There was some alcohol as well. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with white grapes. I thought this was a good beer and enjoyed it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Evil Twin Pils Al Pastor

After typing up this review, I’m having a craving for tacos, especially spicy mahi mahi tacos. The place by us only has chicken and beef. I think I’m going to have to make a trip to Surf Taco soon.


ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Spicy, sweet and sour – this beer was inspired by rad barman’s ancho chili, pineapple and lime accented cocktail pairing for the iconic pork and pineapple taco served across the street. A provocative pilsner; feel free to drop a dime (vintage phone booth style) on it. A little good-natured defiance of the bar’s cheeky name is part of the plan for this roguish collaboration.”

Random: Ancho chilis are some of my favorite. I love how they pair with pineapple.

The brew poured with a two finger, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had pineapple flesh, pilsner malt, but no chili peppers, which was a bit disappointing. It did have a touch of lime juice too. The taste started with the same pineapple note up front. It quickly went into pilsner malt and some heat from the chili peppers. It had wheat and a honey sweetness. The body was light and there was no booze warming, despite the high ABV. There was a lot of carbonation as well. The finish was pretty quick with pineapple. A bomber of this was $9.99, which came to $.45 per ounce. This beer was interesting and had a lot of good flavor and would pair well with summer fare. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning (Uber Pils)

Before I started this blog, I had an apartment in North Brunswick that I would have Fantasy Football/Baseball draft parties. For one of them, I asked that everyone bring a six-pack of craft beer. One of the attendees brought this beer, because he was specifically looking for a beer that had “craft” in the name. I’ve had this beer on two occasions, one being that occasion and one being at the brewery. I didn’t review it either time, so when I saw a lone bottle in the beer store, I picked it up to review. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 7%

Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Arguably our most well-balanced beer, Small Craft Warning seems at once hop-forward and malt-forward; our brewers debate over which flavor force prevails in the beer. Small Craft exemplifies a robust pilsner – it’s crisp, well-carbonated, and slightly sweet. The beer is characterized by a firm malt backbone and a pronounced hop character. A fine aroma from an array of hops, completes this quaffable beer.”

Random: I do think that their labels are cute, even though the brewery tour could have been one of the worst that I’ve ever been on.

This beer poured with a half a finger of thick, white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden orange color. There was high carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of sweet, toasted malt to it. I didn’t get anything else. The taste was sweet at first with lots of toasted malt. There was a mineral quality to it as well that came through after a few sips. Booze was apparent, but not overwhelming. Despite the description from the brewery, there wasn’t much hop character to it. Perhaps it’s an old bottle. It had a thick body (especially for the style) with high carbonation. The finish was long with sweet malt and mineral water. For $1.80 a bottle (with the NJCB discount), this broke down to $.15 per ounce, which is relatively cheap. Despite that, it was only alright and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Jack’s Abby Mass Rising

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Mine was nice, although I wish I had Black Friday off. The food was really good and I was stuffed afterwards. On Black Friday, we made leftover turkey sandwiches. Anyways, this was a beer that I picked up awhile back from Half Time. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In the spirit of our local history we are revolting against the status quo. We are writing our own story by fueling the fire surrounding extra hoppy beers. We infuse Mass Rising with increasing amounts of American hops during the kettle, hopbock and dry hopping processes. Together, we have taken a journey to redefine the term ‘lager.'”

Random: We DVR “Jeopardy” and before this week had over 60 episodes to watch. We’re now in the 40s.

This brew poured with an incredibly thick and creamy, ecru colored head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was cloudy with high carbonation and was a golden-yellow color. The nose had crisp notes of hops with grass and lemon peel and herbs. The taste was much like the nose. It was incredibly crisp and light for the style, with lots of grass and light hops. Lemon peel and herbal notes transition into light bready malt. The body was shockingly light with generous carbonation. It had a long and clean finish with grassy Saaz hops. This beer was exceptionally good and flavorful and had a really nice hop profile. I would definitely have this beer again. If only it was distributed to New Jersey.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Magic Hat Over The Pils (Humdinger Series)

After spending all of yesterday running around with the kid and this morning running around with the future in-laws this morning, I’m absolutely exhausted. Who knew that extended family time was so exhausting. So, I’m planning on spending the rest of tonight watching “The Walking Dead” and banging out some beer reviews.

ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner

Trivia: This brew is available from April to July in corked and caged bottles and draft.

Random: I think my preferred weapon for the zombie apocalypse would be an assault rifle with a huge cache of ammo.

The brew poured with a huge three finger head (it almost overflowed the glass) that was pure white. It dissipated very slowly and left a lot of lacing remaining on the pint glass. The body was a clear golden color with lots of active carbonation visible. It looked slightly darker than a normal pilsner. The nose was pretty mild, a little bit of grain, grass and booze. The taste started with a bit of bitter and grassy hops. It then went into an herbal or floral flavor. The toasty malt came through in a very subtle manner at the end. The brew was towards the thicker side of pilsner with a lot of carbonation. The finish was long and bitter with a definite booze presence. I really don’t know what to make of this beer. It has a lot more hop presence than a regular pilsner and was more flavorful. After drinking it for a few minutes, I definitely like the beer, although it’s not the best one I’ve ever had. Worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Southern Tier Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)

Well, the weekend is finally winding down. I had a work party this weekend, which was absolute insanity. I felt bad because this was the first time that my girlfriend had to meet all of my friends and let’s just say…there was a lot of Cafe Patron flowing (not past my lips though, I find the stuff pretty nasty). Yesterday, I met up with some of my cousins that I hadn’t seen in awhile and then went to a bar in Red Bank. Today was filled with taking down Christmas decorations, football and now beer…

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in Alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. When the Krampus finds a particularly naughty child, it stuffs the child in its sack and carries the frightened child away to its lair, presumably to devour for its Christmas dinner. In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented as a beast-like creature, generally demonic in appearance. The creature has roots in Germanic folklore. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria, South Tyrol, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December, and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. There are many names for Krampus, as well as many regional variations in portrayal and celebration.”

Random: I cannot believe the Giants won. Wow…poor Aaron Rodgers.

I poured this one into my Duvel glass. I’m not all that familiar with this style, so I’m not entirely sure what to expect. It poured with a one finger white head that dissipated slowly, but left a little bit on top of the body. There was also no lacing left on the glass. The body was a clear copper color with very little carbonation. The nose had some hops to it, followed by bread, caramel malt and a hint of spice. Despite the 9% ABV, there was not a lot of booze on the nose. This one starts with caramel and bread, then goes into grapefruit and hops with a bit of grass. Not really what I was expecting. On the second sip, I also got some subtle nuttiness to it. The body was medium and a bit of the creamy side. The finish lingered forever with some hops. If you didn’t tell me what style this beer was, I definitely wouldn’t have guessed it was a lager. The hoppiness really made me think of an IPA. Also of note is that the booze is pretty well hidden, making this a dangerous sipper. Pretty good. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Dogfish Head My Antonia

I’ll start this with I’m really starting to become a big fan of Dogfish Head. When I first got into beer, I wasn’t the biggest fan of their beers. But, as I started trying more beers and more of their beers, I really started to enjoy how unique they were. That could be why I picked up a beer that is classified as a pilsner. If you follow the blog at all, you’ll know I’m really not a pilsner fan, but I figured, at least Dogfish Head will give me something interesting.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “My Ántonia (pronounced with the accent on the first syllable of “Ántonia”), first published 1918, is considered one of the greatest novels by American writer Willa Cather. It is the final book of her ‘prairie trilogy’ of novels, the companion volumes being O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark.”

Random: I’ve never had an Imperial Pilsner. I really don’t know what to expect from this.

This brew poured a hazy golden-yellow color with lots of carbonation going on. The head was a one finger, pure white one that leaves significant lacing on the glass and lingered for awhile. The nose had hints of lemon and definite hops. This didn’t smell at all like what I expected. It also had a hint of spice. The taste had moderate carbonation with a citrus hoppiness to it. I specifically got lemon. My first impression of this beer was that it was a very crisp beer. The finish was quick with a hint of citrus. The carbonation was moderate and very pleasant. I’m a little surprised that I enjoyed this beer so much. It would be a great beer for just sitting around and hanging out. It had a decent amount of flavor, but nothing offensive or overpowering. I think this would be a great summer beer. The booze is also really well hidden. I’d definitely have this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0