3 Floyds LazerSnake

I’ve been spending more time in Pennsylvania lately and one of the more exciting things that happened around Philly Beer Week is that they are getting in beers from 3 Floyds. I think because the market is getting more competitive every day, we’re starting to see some distribution from breweries that would never send beer here a few years ago. I’m definitely excited to get their beers with more frequency. It took a business trip out to Ohio for me to try their libations 3 years ago.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “LazerSnake is a good old-fashioned Indiana Pale Ale. Special Bavarian hops and Indiana malt give LazerSnake its smooth non-filtered appeal to all craft beer and macro enthusiasts.”

Random: This beer comes in at 55 IBUs.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left very little on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy yellow with a decent amount of carbonation visible. The nose was almost like a throwback IPA. I picked up lots of pine with a touch of caramel malt. There was some grass as well. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of pine sap and grass to it. There was some sweetness from the caramel malt as well. The body was on the medium side for thickness with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with pine sap. I thought this was a good beer and it went down easily. It didn’t pull any punches, but I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Dark City Second & Main

I just watched an episode of “Rick and Morty” from season 2. They completely changed the introduction and now have a warning that it’s rated “mature.” Anyone who tunes into the show for longer than 3 minutes can figure out that this is definitely a cartoon for adults. I’ve always been a fan of adult cartoons. One of my favorites is “Family Guy,” although I haven’t watched it in years.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dark City Brewing Company offers an eclectic selection of year round & semiannual beers, as well as limited release/specialty beers. Below you will find a list of all of our beers, when they are released & the prices in our tasting room. Tasting room hours change seasonally (noted on our Contact page along with our address & brewery contact information.)”

Random: I’ve visited the brewery once and the taproom is really pretty. It had a lot of shiplap.

The beer poured with a very loose, two finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left very little lacing on the glass. The nose was very tart and had some passionfruit and white vinegar. The taste was also very tart. It had some grass and passionfruit as well, but the tartness was almost overwhelming. It also had a marked booze note. The body was heavier than I expected with intense carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tartness. I was not a huge fan of this beer, but I’m glad I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Icarus Neon Fantasy

Tonight’s beer is another one from a Jersey brewery. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Don’t Just Stand for Something Great, Brew It. Our mission is to cultivate a line of craft beer that will be beloved by beer lovers in Lakewood and the greater Ocean County area. This will be achieved by creating a much needed destination for craft beer lovers to gather. Our taproom will cater to new drinkers as well as those drinkers with more sophisticated palates, providing an experience in both beer and brewing. Our customers can expect a wide variety of hand crafted beers on rotating taps always inspiring with something new as well as taking inspiration from our community.”

Random: I had a job interview in Lakewood once. I remember that the interview room smelled like old cheese. I did not accept the job.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated at a quick pace and didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow color and completely hazy with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with toasted coconut, along with some lemongrass and hops. The taste was equally pleasing. The coconut was there, but not as dominant as the nose. It had some wheat along with a touch of pine. The lemongrass was very nuanced. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with coconut. The alcohol was also hidden quite well. This beer was really good. My only complaint would be that the coconut could get a little cloying after more than one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Magnify Perception Is Reality

One of my goals for 2019 was to read a book a week. One of the blogs that I follow does a combination of beer and book reviews and I realized I hadn’t read a book in awhile. I had to travel a lot for work at my last job and I got to read a lot of books on the plane. So, I joined Goodreads and my wife downloaded a bunch of books onto my new Kindle. So, expect to see some commentary on what I’ve been reading lately. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: The brewery in located in Fairfield, New Jersey. It’s about 20 minutes away from where I went to High School.

Random: The weather is finally getting nice. I’m hoping to hit up some breweries with outdoor space now that the sun has started shining.

The beer poured with a two finger, loose, white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a light yellow and somewhat cloudy. I could still see some carbonation through the cloudiness. The nose started with lemon and lime notes and then went into a candy sweetness with a touch of strawberry. The taste had a bit more tropical fruit with some pineapple, but quickly went into lemon and lime. Apricot and strawberry came through next and were quickly followed by some sweetness and malt. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It finished with the sweetness and some citrus. I wish the beer wasn’t quite so sweet, but overall a decent brew. It just wasn’t my favorite from the brewery.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Night Shift Craigerator

Whenever we go out of state, I try to pick up some Night Shift beers for reviews. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 6.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Night Shift was founded in 2012 by a trio of friends with a shared passion for homebrewing. What began as a nocturnal hobby has now grown bigger than our wildest dreams – from our brewery and Taproom in Everett, to our distributing business, to our Owl’s Nest beer gardens, to coffee roasting and our latest location on Boston’s Lovejoy Wharf. With this growing ‘family’ in place, we exist to always create better for our staff, customers, and community. We are a proudly independent business – our three founders collectively own just over 80% of the business, with the remaining 20% owned by close friends and family. We maintain a relentless focus on three values – accessibility, integrity, and evolution. Our family of business branches continues to grow every year – learn more about each below!”

Random: I still haven’t made it to Night Shift yet.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated rather quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy yellow color with no visible carbonation due to color. The nose had the usual tropical fruit, specifically pineapple and mango. The taste was on the lighter side with mango and pineapple and a grainy malt note as well. The body was very light, almost watery. It had a lighter than expected amount of carbonation. The finish was quick with tropical fruit. This beer was alright, but didn’t “wow” me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Cypress Baby Insane

One of the goals I set for this year was reading one book a week. Val got me a new Kindle that is backlit, so even though I started to get backlogged on books, I’ve been reading an average of a book every other day for the past two weeks. One of the books that I really enjoyed was Mindhunter, which is the history of the creation of the BSU at the FBI. If you’re into true crime books and don’t mind when they get a bit graphic, this is a book for you.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “New England style session IPA brewed and dry hopped with Citra.”

Random: I really enjoy session beers in the Summer when watching a baseball game.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. There was a small crown left as well. The body was cloudy and yellow in color with no carbonation visible. The nose had some green melon, pineapple and also a tartness as well. The taste had a bit more alcohol apparent than I thought it would be. There was pineapple and a lot of grass. I didn’t pick up any of the melon note. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this beer. I wish it had a bit more flavor. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Cypress Save The Drama For Your Llama

I’ve started working out again, so I haven’t been trying as many beers. Since I’m limiting what I have, I’m trying to get more beers that I will enjoy or that push the envelope. This beer was highly recommended from the beer store, as most Cypress beers seem to be. The beer store by work has a ridiculous selection of Jersey beers and I almost always find myself coming home with them. Let’s see how this was.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our New England IPA brewed with Hallertau Blanc and double dry hopped at over 5 pounds per barrel of equal parts Hallertau Blanc and Nelson Sauvin! Notes on this one are white grape, white wine, tropical fruit, and pineapple!”

Random: The llama in sunglasses is perhaps the best part of the label.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a light yellow color and cloudy. There was no visible carbonation. The nose had a decent amount of white grapes, white wine and light pineapple, almost like a pineapple candy. The taste was much of the same. There was a lot of white grapes, which was definitely different for an IPA. I picked up pineapple and light mango candy as well. The body was on the light side with light carbonation. It had a quick and tropical finish. I enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0