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Troon Vaporwave

Posted: November 8, 2017 in American Pale Ale, Reviews, Troon Brewing

I was so excited to try Troon beers. They are only the next town over and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try them.

ABV: 6.66%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Troon Brewing is located in beautiful Hopewell, NJ on the sprawling property of Double Brook Farm. The brewery is housed in one of the original barns here, built in the mid-1800’s, and every effort was taken to preserve the historic features of the building. We are also on the same property as the Brick Farm Tavern where you will find a constantly rotating selection of our beers that are meant to be drunk fresh, on tap. Our barrel fermented ales will be available naturally conditioned in bottles. Please note that the only beer we pour at the brewery is in growlers for off-site consumption, so if you are visiting the property and do not desire a fill please go to the Tavern for full pours and tastings.”

Random: The food at the tavern was amazing. If you’re in the area, it’s highly recommended.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy yellow with no carbonation visible. The nose had huge amounts of fresh citrus juice with some grass hops and green pepper notes. The taste was amazingly bright. It had a lot of tropical fruit. Specifically, I got pineapple and mango with argula and cucumber. There was also freshly cut grass at the end of the sip. The body was a perfect thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was swift with citrus. This beer was perfection in a glass. I would search this one out immediately.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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I’ve been doing a lot more walking during the day. I track everything on my Fitbit, but I’ve been a lot more consistent in hitting my goals. The only downside is that my feet consistently hurt. One thing that helps? Beer…

ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You know how a familiar guitar riff can take you to a great moment? Solid Sender Ale delivers a dynamic, dependable rhythm of caramel malt and Cascade hops. Dry-hopped with Mosaic, it’s the perfect beer to get stuck in your head.”

Random: Troegs rebranding is amazing. They could have the best label art in beer lately.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It went away slowly, but only left limited lacing on the glass. The body was amber in color and clear with some visible carbonation. The nose was filled with milled grain, a touch of honey and old grass clippings. The nose was relatively muted. The taste had the same milled grain with some diluted lemon juice and old leaves and grass clippings. I kept taking sips waiting for another flavor and got a whole lot of nothing. The body was way too thin with enough carbonation to make it drinkable. The finish was quick with grain. A bottle of this was $1.67, which came to $.14 per ounce. This beer was a big letdown for me. I could see it being a suitable beer to convert people, but I won’t be having it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Today’s selection is a Spring seasonal from Harpoon that I did in fact have in Spring, despite that I post 6 months ahead of time. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Here at Harpoon we’re all about Loving Beer and Loving Life. We’re not afraid of the snow or sleet or anything spring throws at us – we’re about getting outside with friends and embracing the day. Hibernation be damned, come join us as we make fresh tracks of our own! Hop forward without being bitter, this single hop Pale Ale showcases the piney, citrusy character of Centennial hops. Bright and golden, light and drinkable, the subtle malt flavor lets the hops shine.”

Random: My smallest cat tried to get a bumblebee that was outside of the window.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and dark yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose was very light with a hint of metal and some biscuit malt. The taste was a bit more complex, but not by much. It started with some biscuit malt that provided a bit of sweetness as well. It had a slight toasty character as well that transitioned into orange zest and grass. The body was light with just enough carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. I have no idea as to how much this cost, since I received it as a gift, but it was an easy drinking pale. It’s not going to blow your mind, but would make for a good beer to introduce someone to craft.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is one that Val picked up for me. We visited the brewery a few years back and the food was less than stellar, as were the beers. I’ve been avoiding their beers for awhile now. Val picked this one up because she needed to fill up a six-pack and I decided to try to give them a go again.

hoptasticvoyage

ABV: 4.9%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Slide, slide, slippity slide. The third release of our Hip Hop IPA Series takes us cruising down the freeway in a convertible, with wind blowing in our hair and the smell of the fresh sea air. This floral IPA will send fruity shockwaves down your spine.”

Random: I wonder how many craft beer drinkers get the Coolio reference with this beer.

The beer poured with a two finger, orange-tan head. It went away quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright orange with light carbonation visible. The nose had lemon with grapefruit pith and quickly went into mango and honeysuckle too. The taste had some orange segments with cream soda sweetness. Some mango and pear came through next with a lot of sweetness from the malt. The body was watery with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with some oranges. A can of this was $1.17, which came to $.10 per ounce, which was very reasonable. But, the bitterness on this beer was very light and needed to be dialed up. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

My last selection when leaving Ohio was this one. I believe that they used this beer to replace their regular Pale Ale offering. It also looks like they did a major rebranding as well, which made the bottles more attractive. This beer seems to be updated through the hops they chose to use. Let’s see how it was.

thunderlips

ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This deep golden Pale Ale is brewed with Simpsons Golden Promise malt to create a backbone for thunderous additions of Mosaic® and Equinox® hops.”

Random: I’m not into this season of “Empire.” I think the whole Lucious being crazy evil thing is getting a little bit old. Cookie also makes the show. I could watch the entire thing of just her.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left almost no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and light yellow in color with moderate carbonation. The nose was really hoppy with a lot of pineapple and grapefruit segments. It had a touch of earthiness too. The taste was good. It had a lot of pineapple and mango and transitioned rather awkwardly into whit bread malt. The body was on the medium side with light carbonation. It needed to have a little bit more. The finish was quick and filled with Mosaic. This was a solid beer to leave Ohio on. If you get distribution of this beer, grab a bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I had this beer during my last week in Ohio. When you travel a lot, you get sick of eating at chain restaurants, living out of a suitcase, sleeping in an uncomfortable bed and not being in my own shower. When I first got home, I didn’t know which was better, my own shower gel in my own shower or sleeping in my own bed. I tried to make the best of it, but there’s something about being at home.

dutchpikepaleale

ABV: 6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: This is a collaboration beer between Hop Yard 62 and Sideswipe brewing.

Random: We started watching “Empire” again. We have this habit of letting shows sit on the DVR until we have at least 5 episodes.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and amber in color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some grain and grassy hops with a touch of pine needles. The taste was light and crisp, but had some pine needles and fresh cut grass. It was quickly followed up with bread hops. The body was on the medium side with light carbonation that needed to be dialed up a little more. The finish was quick bready finish. This was really drinkable, but I wish it had a little more hop flavor. You can only get this beer at Hop Yard 62, so if you find yourself in Grove City, stop by and try a pint of this.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Val and I found that about 45 minutes from our house, there is a World Market. About 5 minutes away from that is a Pour House, which I love. So, usually we go get some food first and then head to World Market. This was a beer I got before one of the shopping trips.

palejoe

ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are pumped to announce that Pale Joe, a pale ale brewed with coffee, will be released on draft and in 6-pack bottles this September. Proceeds from the sale of Pale Joe will go to benefit ArtPrize 2016, the world’s largest art competition held annually in our hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. We often brew beers solely to pour in our taproom, which is where Pale Joe was first introduced, and we’re delighted to finally bring it to our non-local fans. Most coffee beers begin with a dark, stout or brown ale base. Not this one. Your eyes will tell you one thing, but your palate will tell you another. Light in color but full in flavor, this golden ale features notes of gently roasted, fruit-forward coffee. Pale Joe features a special blend of high-end Ethiopian coffee expertly roasted by our hometown neighbors at Ferris Coffee and Nut. It’s the lovechild of your favorite iced coffee and, well, beer. Pale Joe comes in at 5.4% ABV.”

Random: Delaware had some of the worst coffee I’ve ever had on vacation.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. It had a light orange body that was clear with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with cold brew coffee and coffee grounds. It masked the hop character and would make you think it was a porter if you had your eyes closed. The taste was also filled with cold brew coffee along with coffee grounds. It had a slight sweetness from the malt as well. I didn’t pick up much in the way of hop. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with coffee. This beer was a unique take on a pale ale. I would have this again, although I wouldn’t want more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0