Archive for the ‘American Pale Lager’ Category

When Val went to DC for a weekend, I went to Surf Taco for lunch after dropping her off at the train station. My favorite thing at Surf Taco (other than the beer selection) is the baja mahi taco. It has just enough spice and the fish is always super fresh. The chips and salsa are really good as well. My second favorite is the garlic shrimp taco. It has the right amount of garlic and the cilantro pairs well with it.

ABV: 6.3%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tribute to Old Barney. The most iconic landmark on Long Beach Island. Our classic German Lager has a malty aroma with a subtle fruit flavor from the Munich malt and has a very crisp finish.”

Random: Having all of these Jersey beers to choose from now is different from the lack of Jersey beers five years ago.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off white head. It was thick and dissipated slowly, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and amber in color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of grain and wheat toast. The taste had an unexpected and significant honey sweetness with a lot of lightly toasted grain. It had some river stones and mineral water as well. The body was thicker than expected with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with wheat toast and honey. This was a solid drinker, but it was bordering on too sweet for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


Great Lakes is putting out some great beers. They got distribution to Jersey at least five years ago, but I feel like I’m seeing a lot more of their seasonals making their way to my local bars. This was one that I heard being reviewed on one of my favorite craft beer podcasts and Val decided to order it and let me try it.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Colorful hibiscus flowers bloom against a picturesque malt backdrop in this refreshing cerveza from south of the border (of Canada, that is). A breezy getaway accented by beams of golden malt and a tart, pink-tinged hibiscus sunset.”

Random: This beer comes in at 20 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass along with a small crown. The nose was filled with hibiscus and grain. There were some notes of honey along with yeast and corn as well. The taste started with grain, honey and corn sweetness. It transitioned into hibiscus and floral notes. Some honeysuckle came out as well. It had a touch of tartness as well. The body was light, as expected, with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with corn and flowers. I enjoyed this beer a lot and I wish it wasn’t a seasonal. This would be a great everyday drinker, especially if you live in a warm area year-round. This is definitely a beer that I would search out again. It’s a great take on a Mexican lager.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Pilsners are one of my favorite styles, especially in the summer. They’re really drinkable and they’re perfect for having by the barbecue. Let’s see how Founders interpretation is.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pleasantly crisp, perfectly clean and profoundly crushable, PC Pils is our take on the classic Pilsner style. While Noble hops have been the preferred choice of Pilsner brewers around the world, we went with some of our favorite American varieties. Piney Chinook, pleasantly citrus Cascade and punchy Centennial make this an easy-drinker with floral hop characteristics. Pretty cool, if you ask us.”

Random: I dropped a tea towel on the floor before and one of the cats decided it was a cat blanket.

This beer poured with a two finger, thin, white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with a touch of Sprite soda and quickly went into super grassy hops and some fresh flower petals. The nose was stronger than I expected for a pilsner. The taste was also very hoppy for a pils. It had a lot of grass and some pine resin with a lot of flower petals. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with flowers. A can of this was $1.07 (.09 per ounce). This beer was drinkable and had a lot of flavor, plus is comes in cans. I’ll be picking up a case of this for my next barbecue.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

While I was out in Ohio, my friend invited me to play volleyball with her and a bunch of other people. The park that they play at is perhaps, one of the nicest parks that I’ve ever seen. It had a climbing wall, obstacle course, playground and beach volleyball courts. Volleyball and golf are really popular in Ohio, way more so than in New Jersey. Anyways, I dove for the ball and I thought I tore my ACL. Luckily, I just pulled something in my knee, although load out the next day was terrible. I could barely walk. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.


ABV: 6.1%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: The brewery is located in Columbus, Ohio. That’s all of the information that I could find.

Random: I think the brewery was actually by the park I played volleyball in.

The beer poured with a full finger of fluffy, cream-colored head. It took forever to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and amber with only light carbonation visible. The nose reminded me of decaying hops with white corn tortilla chips that didn’t fit with the beer. The taste had the same corn and tortilla chip note. It was followed up with grass and had a lot of grain. The body was thicker than I expected with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with old grass clippings. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. The tortilla chip note threw it off for me.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is another one of the flavor variants of a Ballast Point beer. I’ll be honest, I’m not sold on the idea. I’ve had a lot of them so far and they’ve been big misses. Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 7%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A sweeter take on an award-winning IPL. Our Orange Vanilla Fathom India Pale Lager continues our quest for exploration. The piney and citrus hop aromas of our Fathom IPL combines with sweet orange and creamy vanilla – while staying true to classic lagering techniques. Brewed with a touch of nostalgia, it may remind you of a childhood treat, but this one is just for adults.”

Random: My favorite orange soda is Stewart’s Orange and Cream.

The beer poured with a three finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright orange. There was some carbonation visible in the body. The nose was filled with orange soda, but no vanilla. There wasn’t much else to it. The taste had the same orange soda note and again, very little vanilla. There was also old grass and grain. It had a heavy body with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with old orange soda. A bomber of this was $5.99, which came to $.27 per ounce. I was not a big fan of this beer. It seemed a bit gimmicky and the flavors just didn’t work out for me. I won’t be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

I had no idea that Jack’s Abby started canning. When I saw this can on the shelf at Half Time in New York, I was positively shocked. I’m a huge fan of canning beers, so having a solid brewery that only brews lagers putting a session IPL out is great.


ABV: 4.9%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This hoppy lager is brewed with two intense and aromatic hops, Calypso and Citra. It’s an easy drinking brew that balances dominating fruity, citrusy, and tropical aromas with a sessionable malt body.”

Random: I like the shade of purple on the can. It makes it jump off the shelves.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was mildly hazy with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of tropical notes, obviously from the Calypso hops. I picked out mango, pineapple and then a grapefruit flesh note from the Citra hops. There was no malt on the nose. The taste was more towards grapefruit pith than flesh, which was disappointing. I also wished it had more tropical fruit on the taste. I picked up dried mango, but no pineapple, which I was looking forward to. There was also lemon and lime flesh in the background after a few sips. It had a really light body with high carbonation. The finish was instant with lemon pith and dried mango. A single can of this was $1.67 ($.14 per ounce), which is a great deal. If only I enjoyed this beer more and it had more tropical notes, it could be a go-to.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Today’s selection is from local brewery, Carton. I love their stuff and I was very excited to try this beer.


ABV: 4%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the New Jersey Craft Beer website, “What would you do if you made the only pale ale on Beer Advocate’s Top 50 under 4.5%, named it Boat, and another brewer in your class, a DJ, put out a lager with the same description and named it Yacht? Fans of Carton Brewing suggested calling a lawyer. Owner Augie Carton said, ‘I’ll treat it like the greats do when someone bites a rhyme,’ and wrote his track over the perpetrator’s beat. Sit Down Son is Carton Brewing’s reply to Stillwater Artisanal Ales’ Yacht. The New Jersey craft brewer teamed up with the folks at Smuttynose for the brew, a dry-hopped session lager, which at 4% and 22 IBU is ever-so slightly the junior to Boat (4.2%, 35 IBU). But that’s where any similarity or echo to Boat starts to fade. Sit Down Son, with a classic lager malt bill, Bavarian lager yeast and hops (Polaris Hersbrucker, dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria), makes a different kind of a wave. And a shot over the bow. (Wink, wink.) Earlier this year, itinerant brewer Brian Strumke and his Stillwater Artisanal christened Yacht, a 4.2% hoppy lager in pint cans, produced at Two Roads Brewing in Connecticut. It’s not a Boat, but it does have a similar jib, even if it is on a different tack. ;7 Yacht is part of Stillwater’s Contemporary series, a sextet of brews that mark a five-year milestone for the brand. The beers sample the stylings of American craft brewers with rewrites some to traditions to stay fashionable, offer complexity, and sweep the notion that Strumke’s just a man for all saisons. It’s with Yacht that the still waters get just a little choppy, make for a beef. (And our mixed metaphors ignore shame.) Carton’s beer will be produced at Smuttynose, packaged in 16-ounce cans. It’s due out early October, togged in sleek lines strikingly similar to the linear illusion of Yacht’s, but with a lowered boom, if you get the drift 😉 “You can be ridiculous and call lawyers, or you can do what we all came here to do and treat it as a call to step up creatively. Nas and Jigga were never better than the early aughts’, Augie says.”

Random: I’ve been watching “Vanderpump Rules” in the hotel and it’s beyond mindless, but I can’t turn it off.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw-yellow in color. It had soda-like carbonation visible. The nose was delicate with lemon flesh and grass. There was light, toasted grain as well. The taste was stronger than the nose. It had the same light malt and a stronger grass note. I also picked up a garlic and green onion note. It didn’t dissuade from drinking the beer and for me, it worked in the flavor profile. The body was light generally-speaking, but heavier than I typically get from the style with lots of carbonation. It had a long finish with the grassy/green onion note. A pounder can of this was $2.50, which came to $.16 per ounce. I thought this beer was great and I could throw down a bunch of these by the barbecue. Even if you’re not a fan of the style, this is worth trying.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0