Frothy Beard Sip Sip Pass IPA

Val and I really like trivia. We found another brewery that offered trivia while we were in South Carolina. This brewery was in a strip mall, but had a lot of interesting offerings, along with homemade pizza. We decided to participate in trivia and have some pizza. I really liked this branding of this brewery. It was simple, but had a lot of character as well. This was the first beer that I had there.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Collaboration with Craft Conundrum for their anniversary, this Dank IPA has tons of hop aroma and flavor. Share it with your friends.”

Random: This beer comes in at 120 IBUs.

The beer poured with a small, half finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but left a lot of lacing on the glass. There was also a small crown left on top. The body was a cloudy bright yellow color with no carbonation visible due to the haziness. The nose started with a lot of tropical fruit. Specifically, I picked up pineapple and mango. There was some malt behind it as well. The taste was loud. It had tropical fruit that was pleasantly aggressive. I picked up mango, pineapple and some grapefruit as well. The malt presence was muted, compared to the nose. The body was medium thick and had just enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tropical fruit. This was a really nice beer. In a market that is completely saturated with IPAs, I really liked this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Catawba Friki Tiki – Blood Orange IPA

On vacations, Val and I have started to search out trivia nights. The night before, we had gone to trivia at Edmunds Oast Brewery and came in second, despite missing 3 rounds. We went to Palmetto Brewing Company the next night to hit up their trivia night.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This series of fruited IPAs began in our Asheville South Slope pilot brewery, where they consistently ranked among our fastest-selling Small Batch beers. Seasonal fruit selections vary between batches to ensure optimal freshness, showcasing the tropical and citrus-forward character of each IPA, always light in body and incredibly drinkable.”

Random: I wish I could find a year-round blood orange beer. When they’re done well, I really enjoy them.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the pint glass. The body was slightly hazy and orange in color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with citrus. I picked up blood oranges along with mandarin oranges. There were some notes of malt as well. The taste also had a lot of citrus and the blood orange juice was apparent up front. There was also some wheat in this as well. There was a bit of malt, but the citrus definitely took center stage. The body was on the lighter side with plentiful carbonation. It had a smooth finish with orange peel. I thought this was a good beer that I would be happy to have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Birdsong Higher Ground IPA

One of the things that I love about Edmunds Oast is that the restaurant is absolutely beautiful. It has these hugely high ceilings and a giant beer menu with a ladder to change out the signs. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend a visit.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our West-coast inspired IPA is totally crushable– there’s a reason why it’s our best seller! Well balanced with specialty crystal malts and a pleasant citrus aroma, this beer has notes of grapefruit and honeysuckle. Hopped with Columbus, Cascade, Galena, and Zythos hops. Lovingly dry hopped with Cascade.”

Random: This offering was on tap at Edmunds Oast and since I had never heard of the beer, I gave it a shot.

The beer poured with a three finger, thick, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was mahogany in color and slightly hazy. There was not much carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose started with a generous dose of pine hops along with some grapefruit flesh. It quickly transitioned into some brown bread along with honey. The taste was also quite hoppy upfront with some pine needles, pine sap and grapefruit. The brown bread was still present with a little honey. The alcohol was well-hidden. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy piney finish. I liked this beer, although given the Summer heat in the South, was a bit heavy for the environment. Despite that, I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Eight & Sand Peaches & Cream

One weekend, Val and I were down in South Jersey and found ourselves at Eight & Sand. The taproom was well laid out, but it was surprisingly empty. The staff was also really friendly. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend stopping there.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Lactose is a disaccharide. It is a sugar composed of galactose and glucose subunits and has the molecular formula C12H22O11. Lactose makes up around 2–8% of milk (by weight). The name comes from lac (gen. lactis), the Latin word for milk, plus the suffix -ose used to name sugars. The compound is a white, water-soluble, non-hygroscopic solid with a mildly sweet taste. It is used in the food industry.”

Random: I’ve been into the lactose IPAs lately. I think the slight sweetness pairs well with the bitterness from the hops.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a very cloudy, bright yellow with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose started with peach extract and some sweetness from the lactose. The taste started with peach flavoring and then went into some grassy hops and finished with lactose. The body was rather light and had generous carbonation. It had a quick finish with peach. I really wanted to love this beer, but I have a struggle with peach flavoring. It just tastes like bad candy to me. I wouldn’t rush back to this beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Flying Fish Stormy Skies

One of the guys I used to work with knew the person who designed the label for this beer. It’s definitely a huge step up from the normal label art for Flying Fish. It makes the can jump off of the shelves. Flying Fish normally has pretty basic labels on their beers. Let’s see if the liquid inside is as good as the label.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “As the old saying goes, ‘A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor.’ Sometimes we travel under stormy skies to reach brighter destinations. This classic NEIPA features ample haze and is double dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic, providing hints of pineapple and mango. Enjoy the journey while it lasts.”

Random: This beer comes in at 30 IBUs.

The beer poured with a huge and fluffy, three finger, pure white head. It took forever to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a very hazy yellow color. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with pineapple and oranges. There wasn’t much else to it. The taste also had a lot of fruit. I picked up more pineapple on the taste than the nose. Citrus was present as well with a touch of sweetness from the malt. The body was on the thicker side and needed a bit more carbonation. I also found the alcohol to be slightly too apparent. The finish was lengthy with pineapple. Although I had no issue finishing the beer, this wouldn’t be one I would grab for again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Oskar Blues Can-O-Bliss: Hazy IPA

I’m back to working out, which means that the next few days are going to result in some pretty major soreness. I have an exercise bike in my basement and the first few days I use it always result in sore feet and thighs. A beer should make them feel slightly better.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Oskar Blues Brewery is a craft brewery with locations in Longmont, Colorado, Brevard, North Carolina, and Austin, Texas. The company began as a brewpub in Lyons in 1997 and began brewing beer in the basement in 1999. In 2002, they became one of the first to put their own craft beer in cans. In 2012, they began marketing some of their craft beer in resealable aluminum containers, and in 2012, they expanded and established another brewery in Brevard, North Carolina.”

Random: I had no idea that this was part of a rotating series of beers.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow in color. Despite the haze, there was some carbonation visible. The nose had the expected tropical fruit note, which included guava and mango. There was also an earthy malt note that backed it up. The taste was similar to the nose with some toasted pine nuts, tropical fruit and earthy malt. There was some alcohol that was noticeable as well and dried the beer out. The body was on the medium side with just enough carbonation. It had a quick finish with tropical fruit. I thought this beer was alright, but I don’t feel the need to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Captain Lawrence Cookie Puss Birthday Beer

The holidays are always busy for us and this year was no different. We spent Sunday just hanging out on the couch, which we both desperately needed. I took the opportunity on Sunday to try to get through a few posts since I took such a long hiatus. Let’s get to it.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. and Carvel® Ice Cream have teamed up once again to help celebrate Carvel’s 85th Birthday with Cookie Puss® Birthday Beer! A thick and creamy Milkshake IPA that tastes like a vanilla celebration. Special edition can designed to celebrate 85 years of Carvel!”

Random: As a child, I loved Carvel ice cream cakes. It was always a special occasion to get a Cookie Puss or a Fudgie the Whale cake. My favorite part was the cookie crumbles in the middle of the ice cream.

The beer poured with a two finger, thick white head. It dissipated quickly and left little lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color and very hazy. As a result, I could not see any carbonation. The nose was surprisingly muted. I picked up lactose and vanilla. I didn’t get much in the way of hops. The taste was much of the same. I picked up vanilla and lactose and a touch of grass, but that was it. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with vanilla. I thought this beer was only okay. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0