Kane Sneak Box

This is a beer that I swore that I had reviewed before, but clearly hadn’t. Let’s crack it open.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “As with most American small craft, its origin is not well documented. It is generally accepted that Captain Hazelton Seaman invented the first sneakbox about 1836, in West Creek, New Jersey. It was usually built of Atlantic white cedar wood, known by many as Jersey cedar, which was once plentiful throughout the mid-Atlantic states. It was conceived as a low-profile, lightweight, seaworthy hunting craft that one man could easily handle in any of the weather conditions likely to be encountered in the Jersey marshes. The first printed description appeared in Forest and Stream on April 3, 1874 in a short letter from Robert B. White. White included a rough dimensional drawing that is recognizably a sneakbox.”

Random: I miss going on boats on vacation. They’re always so calming.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head that was rather thick. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow and cloudy with only some visible carbonation. The nose was huge for the style. It was filled with some pine and herbal notes and quickly transitioned into lots of pineapple and mango. The taste was even better. It was a total tropical fruit bomb with pineapple, mango and papaya and then a pleasant grassy note came through with cilantro. The body was super light with a lot of carbonation. It had a medium length finish with fruit. This beer was flavorful and outstanding. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Mikkeller Tweazy Duzit

This was a beer that I picked up from my cousin who lives in Brooklyn. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub (bush) native to East Asia. After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world. There are many different types of tea; some, like Darjeeling and Chinese greens, have a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavour, while others have vastly different profiles that include sweet, nutty, floral or grassy notes. Tea has a stimulating effect in humans primarily due to its caffeine content. Tea originated in Southwest China during the Shang dynasty, where it was used as a medicinal drink. An early credible record of tea drinking dates to the 3rd century AD, in a medical text written by Hua Tuo. It was popularised as a recreational drink during the Chinese Tang dynasty, and tea drinking spread to other East Asian countries. Portuguese priests and merchants introduced it to Europe during the 16th century. During the 17th century, drinking tea became fashionable among Britons, who started large-scale production and commercialisation of the plant in India. Combined, China and India supplied 62% of the world’s tea in 2016. The term herbal tea refers to drinks not made from Camellia sinensis: infusions of fruit, leaves, or other parts of the plant, such as steeps of rosehip, chamomile, or rooibos. These are sometimes called tisanes or herbal infusions to prevent confusion with tea made from the tea plant.”

Random: I enjoy tea almost as much as coffee.

The beer poured with a one finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was brown and clear with a lot of carbonation. The nose started with some tea notes along with some notes of lemon flesh and zest. The taste started with the lemon notes of lemon wedges and zest. The tea note was more muted in the taste than the nose. There was some caramel malt at the end of the sip as well. The body was light and there was moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon. I thought this beer was ok, but I wish it had a more pronounced tea note. I wouldn’t rush back to having it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Zero Gravity Little Wolf

Sorachi, our youngest cat, has had a real growth spurt lately. He is by far, the tallest cat now, although he doesn’t weigh the most. We don’t think he’s gotten adjusted to his new size because he’s a bit clumsy. It’s really cute. His paws are gigantic, so we’re not sure if he’s done growing. He’s definitely a big boy. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 4.7%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Named for the translation of the hop plant species ‘Humulus Lupulus’ which got its name because it was small but feisty. We think this beer fits that description pretty well. This Pale Ale was brewed with barley, oats, and a fine blend of hops featuring Horizon, Citra and Mosaic.”

Random: This beer comes in at 40 IBUs.

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 bright yellow color and cloudy with very little carbonation visible. The nose started with pine needles and some tropical fruit, specifically mango. There was a sweet note as well with some caramel. The taste was sweeter than I expected with caramel, but had some pine as well. There was mint too, but no tropical fruit. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with caramel and toffee. I thought this beer was alright, but nothing amazing. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Three Floyds Alpha King

I recently finished a book on Robert E. Lee. It was about 700 pages, but what I enjoyed was that it included the text from his letters to his family during the Civil War. It gave the book a lot more context. Even though it was long, it took me about 3 days to finish it. Let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 6.66%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.”

Random: Three Floyds is finally getting distribution around Jersey, so all of the beers that I have wanted to try for years are finally here.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a pleasing golden yellow color with low carbonation visible. The nose was very earthy, with lots of grass and piney hops. There was a touch of grain as well, but not much. The taste was equally earthy. There was a lot of grass and pine along with some wet earth. I got some pineapple as well. The body was on the medium side with generous carbonation. It had a sticky piney finish that hung around forever. After waiting years to try this beer and hearing about all of the hype, I was concerned that the beer would be only alright. Needless to say, this beer was outstanding and deserving of all of the hype. This one is worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Carton The Hook

It’s been about a year since we got our youngest cat, Sorachi Ace. He’s gotten to be about the same size as the other cats, but he is just a pile of love. He also gets into a lot of trouble, because he loves to climb, but he’s taught the other cats how to climb too. He’s been a great addition to the family.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It doesn’t matter what we brew
as long as we mix wheat and citra. That makes us feel we’ll convey some juicy notes or fruit impression. To confuse the issue we will add some pleasant yeast, from far away. Plus some Vic Secret for good measure. No matter how much we resist the bend. Some dry-hopping causes our resolve to break. Because the hops bring us back. On that we can rely. The hops bring us back.”

Random: Since I work in Pennsylvania now, it’s harder to get Carton beers.

The brew poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a light yellow/orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had honeydew and some grass. There was a touch of wet earth as well. The taste had some notes of honeydew as well, but it went into some orange and orange pith notes. The body was light and had generous carbonation. The finish was quick with grass and citrus. This beer went down really easily and I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Dancing Gnome Lustra

This was unfortunately the last beer that I had from Dancing Gnome. Let’s crack it open.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The lustration was originally a sacrifice for expiation and purification offered by one of the censors in the name of the Roman people at the close of the taking of the census. The sacrifice was often in the form of an animal sacrifice, known as a suovetaurilia. These censuses were taken at five-year intervals, thus a lustrum came to refer to the five-year inter-census period. Lustrum (from luo, Ancient Greek: λούω) is a lustration or purification of the whole Roman people performed by one of the censors in the Campus Martius, after the taking of the census was over. As this purification took place only once in five years, the word lustrum was also used to designate the time between two lustra. The first lustrum was performed in 566 BC by King Servius, after he had completed his census, and afterwards it is said to have taken place regularly every five years after the census was over. In the earliest period of the republic, the business of the census and the solemnities of the lustrum were performed by the consuls. The first censors were appointed in 443 BC, and from this year down to 294 BC there had, according to Livy (X.47), only been 26 pairs of censors, and only 21 lustra, or general purifications, although if all had been regular, there would have been 30 pairs of censors and 30 lustra. Sometimes the census was not held at all, or at least not by the censors. The census might take place without the lustrum, and indeed two cases of this kind are recorded, in 459 and 214 BC. In these cases, the lustrum was not performed because of some great calamities that had befallen the republic.”

Random: I never got into Greek or Roman history. Just wasn’t my thing.

The beer poured with a small, half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated almost instantly and only left a crown on top of the body, no lacing. The body was a lemon-yellow color and very cloudy. I could not see any carbonation. The nose had a lot of tropical fruit, specifically mango and pineapple. There was a significant malt characteristic, which I did not expect. I got a lot of white bread crust. The taste was bright with pineapple and grass. It didn’t have much mango. The malt was apparent in the taste too, with white bread. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. I really enjoyed this beer and this could easily pair with anything. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

The Alementary Sportsball

Val is not a sports fan. I’ve referenced before that Val refers to all sports (except hockey) as “sportsball.” Hockey, she refers to as “sportspuck.” I’ve tried over the years to get her more into sports, but it just hasn’t worked. She is really good about letting me watch sports, though. When I saw this beer, I knew that I had to try it. Sometimes, I’m really just a sucker for marketing.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: The brewery is located in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Random: I used to do hospital transports to Hackensack when I was an EMT. I haven’t been back to the area in well over 10 years.

The beer poured with a one and a half finger white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and a dark yellow/light orange in color. Despite the haziness, I could still see a great deal of carbonation. The nose had a bit of hops to it, that mostly manifested as grass with a bit of grapefruit. The taste was much of the same. I could pick up a decent amount of lightly sweet malt that was quickly overtaken by the grapefruit and the grass. The body was light and no alcohol was noticeable. It had a lot of carbonation, which made the beer really refreshing. The finish was quick with citrus. I enjoyed this beer. It would be perfect for watching a day baseball game. I will definitely be having this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Dancing Gnome Wishbone

The first brewery that we visited while in Pittsburgh was Dancing Gnome. We got there about 5 minutes before they opened and within 20 minutes, there were no seats available. It was a medium-sized space and very clean. I asked the bartender what they recommended and they said this beer. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We unapologetically brew hop pronounced styles and believe in the process of designing, refining, and perfecting our creations. With the understanding and appreciation of tradition, we take calculated liberties to forge a new path for the American Ale. We believe in eudaimonia, indulgence, and a harmonious blend of earnest work and ebullient play. We believe in the dichotomy of reverent traditions and brazen pioneers.”

Random: I loved their merch and came home with a hat and a sweatshirt.

The beer poured with a half a finger of loose, pure white head. It dissipated rapidly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a very hazy, bright yellow. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to how cloudy it was. The nose was very hoppy. I picked up some tropical fruit as well, but it was straight out grapefruit hops up front. The taste was very light and had the same grapefruit hops. There was some grain at the end, but the hops took center stage. The body was on the light side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with fresh grapefruit segments. This beer was perfect to pair with food and my only complaint is that I can’t get it in New Jersey. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Roundabout Earl Grey Pale Ale

Val and I took a long weekend trip to Pittsburgh to see a Penguins game and a live show of “My Favorite Murder.” Unfortunately, we both had nasty sinus infections during the trip, so we spent a lot of time watching tv in the hotel room, but we were able to get out a little bit and explore. Val was on steroids for her sinus infection, so we stopped and got a quick bite to eat at an oyster bar. It had a bit of a Jersey shore feel to it and had pork roll on the menu, which was very odd. In speaking with the owner, that was because he was from Red Bank, New Jersey. I also had my first oysters, which I really enjoyed.

ABV: 5.6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Earl Grey Pale Ale – pale ale featuring Amarillo and Motueka hops and loose leaf Earl Grey tea”

Random: Unfortunately, I did not get to go to this brewery, although we passed it.

This beer poured with a one and a half, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow with only some visible carbonation. The nose had some citrus and a nice amount of bergamot. There was a generous amount of hop essence as well. The taste was much of the same. The hop flavor was upfront and then some orange and bergamot came out next. The body was on the light side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with tea and citrus. I enjoyed this beer a lot and it paired really well with seafood. I would definitely have this one again, but unfortunately, it doesn’t get distributed to New Jersey.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Proclamation Derivative: Galaxy

This beer came highly recommended to me from the beer store manager in Cranbury.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We opened the doors of our first location in West Kingston, RI in February of 2013. Three and a half years later we took the 20 minute trek north to Warwick, RI. Our new brewery is a 15,000 square foot beast with over 5x our West Kingston production capacity. This new facility features a 2,000 square foot barrel aging and wood cellar for sour and wild ales, as well as a 3,000 square foot tasting room and retail area complete with custom art installations, bar, furniture, and a small retro video arcade. In the spring, we plan on adding an outdoor patio to the lineup. Come on over, grab a beer, and say Hi! Cheers!”

Random: This is a year-round beer.

This beer poured with a half finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and bright yellow. I couldn’t see much carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with orange juice and pineapple and mango. It was quite fragrant. The taste was much of the same. I picked up orange rind and orange juice and then pineapple and mango. The body was on the thicker side for the style with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with orange juice. I loved this beer. It had so much bright citrus and went down easily. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0