Exhibit ‘A’ Pink Boots

One of the coolest things that I own is a heating pad. I have a really bad back and whenever I get to spend quality time with my heating pad is amazing.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to pinkbootsociety.org, “Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day was born from our members’ desire to take part in International Women’s Day (IWD) March 8th by raising the profile of women’s roles in the beer industry. Chapters and members of Pink Boots Society get together along with supporting breweries and individuals, put on their pink boots and brew their version of the selected beer style. Pink Boots Society receives proceeds from sales of this collaboration brew, which it applies to educational scholarships for its members.”

Random: Val has a thing for the decorative birds that Target sells.

The beer poured with a one and a half finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy yellow body with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with wheat and lemon and lemongrass. The taste started with a lot of lemon zest, lemon flesh and lemon grass. There was also a raspberry note as well. Wheat and grains of paradise came next. The body was light with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with lots of wheat. I have no idea how much this cost because it was a gift. Either way, this was an easy drinking beer that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Campanology Harmony Foretold

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Trader Joe’s that Val bought for me.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the Madison Street Journal, “With several good-sized to huge contract brewers, Wisconsin is a bit of a hotbed for production of store-brand beers. And because of the brewers’ locations in relatively small towns — Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe, Octopi in Waunakee, Stevens Point Brewery — their Wisconsin origins are relatively plain because retailers rarely if ever secure the brewery permit required of an alt prop. In addition to the Campanology beers, two other Trader Joe’s house brands are made in Wisconsin: the Boatswain line of low-cost craft beers and the Simpler Times macro-style lagers are both made at Minhas in Monroe, according to federal label approvals. (Trader Joe’s has two other exclusive brands of craft beer: the Mission St. line, made in Salt Lake City, and Josephbrau, from San Jose, California. Campanology is the only house brand in bombers.) Nationwide mass merchandising giant Costco makes two of its Kirkland Signature store brands in Wisconsin: Standard macro-style lagers at Minhas under the name Regal Brau Brewing Co., and some craft-branded beers at Point under the name Bricks and Barley Brewing Co. ‘I think what’s cool is that everyone competes in a different niche,’ Showaki said. His shop specializes in high-end craft beer; Stevens Point Brewery contract-brews craft beers, some labeled for special occasions like weddings and birthdays; Minhas specializes in low-cost beers. Another big contract player in Wisconsin, City Brewing in the former Heileman brewery in La Crosse, is where to go if you need high volume — 1,000 barrels at a time, Showaki said.”

Random: TJ’s keeps putting out decent beer.

This beer poured with a three finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and bright yellow. There was moderate carbonation visible. the nose was filled with wheat and cucumber. The taste was much of the same. It had some bright citrus and was quickly overtaken by cucumber. The body was on the light side with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with cucumber. I liked this beer, I just wish it had more depth.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Revolution Sun Crusher

Tonight’s beer is a Spring seasonal to celebrate the end of Winter. I really thought that we were done with the bad weather once we got out of February, but obviously I was completely wrong. This seems like the perfect beer to crack open right now.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A crushable ale to celebrate the end of winter and rejoice the coming of warm weather! This Hoppy Wheat Ale is brewed with Apollo and Amarillo hops, with a dry-hop blend of Crystal, Amarillo, and Mosaic, resulting in a mellow bitterness and pronounced flowery and citrus aromas. Flaked Oats with a malt blend of 2-row, Red Wheat, and Carapils, create a light golden color and a smooth silky mouthfeel in this brew.”

Random: I first had Revolution beers when I was out in Ohio a few years back.

The beer poured with a large, three finger, fluffy, off-white head. It took a long time to go away, but didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was clear and dark yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with flowery hops and wheat and some malt to balance it out. The taste was really bright and I could see why this is a Spring seasonal. I picked up notes of orange segments and floral perfume from the hops. The malt came through next and imparted some grain. The body was light with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with citrus. A can of this was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. This was a really good beer and an interesting interpretation of a wheat beer that I would search out in the future.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Victory Longwood Oro Blanco

Val and I took my family to Longwood Gardens awhile back to see a Josh Ritter concert. Since we were starving when we got there, we stopped at the Victory Brewpub. Everyone really liked the food and they even said that the wine they got was decent. This was the second beer that I had there.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Quench your summer thirst with this German wheat beer that features a refreshing, tart taste of the juices and peel from Longwood Gardens grown oroblanco grapefruits. This signature beer was developed by Victory Brewing Company for Longwood Gardens.”

Random: I put together the new cat tree for the cats and they have been going crazy for it. It’s the same one we had when they were kittens, so it doesn’t seem as big as it used to.

The brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It was thick, but dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright orange. I couldn’t see the carbonation due to the haziness. The nose had notes of wheat and lots of nutmeg and allspice. The taste had a large amount of spice as well. I picked out the same notes of allspice and nutmeg as in the nose, along with some wheat and orange segments. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with a lot of spice. I enjoyed this beer, but the spice took over all of the other flavors.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Union Steady Eddie

Val and I have started watching the reboot of “Will and Grace.” It’s pretty good, although not as great as I remembered. We’re only two episodes in, so hopefully it will get better. Anyways, let’s get to the beer of the night.

ABV: 7%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “After spending the cold winter training our palettes on malty winter brews its time to get out on the field and play some ball with an IPA that’s both refreshing and complex. The lemony-herbal aromatics of Sorachi Ace hops spring out of a nice, light bodied wheat & honey malt base. You can always rely on a solid hit from Steady Eddie.”

Random: This beer came in at 80 IBUs.

The beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was bright orange in color and cloudy. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with fresh grace, lemon grass and cilantro. Sorachi Ace is by far my favorite hop, and this beer had a lot of it. The taste also had notes of cilantro, lemon grass and grass clippings. Then, green onion came through with some light malt and wheat finished up the sip. The body was on the lighter side with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with lemon grass and cilantro. A can of this was $2, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot and this would make for a good food beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sea Dog Sunfish

When Val and I went to Maine, we visited one of Sea Dog’s brewery restaurants so we could get the stamp from them on the Maine Beer Trail. It was empty. We didn’t try the food and I had a sampler beer there and it was decent. I’ve also reviewed some of their other fruit beers, which used to be a staple for me 8 years ago. Let’s see how this was.

ABV: 4.6%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: This is a Summer seasonal from Sea Dog (I tried this in June).

Random: The dog on the label is named “Barney.”

The beer poured with a two finger, ecru colored head that was quite fluffy. It took awhile to go away, but didn’t leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was an orange-yellow that had some cloudiness to it and moderate carbonation. The aroma was very fruity. It had peaches and lemons and oranges. It had some honey sweetness as well with white bread. The taste was also fruity. It had the same notes of peaches, lemons and oranges along with pineapple. The honey note was more pronounced in the flavor. It had a bready note at the end of the sip. The beer was light and crisp with medium amounts of carbonation. The finish was quick and clean with a touch of honey. A bottle of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. I thought this beer made for a great drinker at a barbecue. I would have this again, although it won’t blow your mind.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Maui Pineapple Mana

As a child, my parents like to vacation in Hawaii. I enjoyed all of the surfing and beach time, but there was also a lot of great hiking in the area. The stars out there were unlike anything I have ever seen stateside. One of the other things that was different was the pineapple. I have never tasted pineapple as sweet or fresh as in Hawaii. I hope this beer delivers on that.

pineapplemana

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Maui Gold pineapple gives sweet aroma to this smooth-bodied, tropical brew.”

Random: I think Val would enjoy Hawaii.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left a small amount of lacing on the glass. It also left a tiny crown on top of the dirty yellow body of the beer that had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose presented with wheat and a lot of fresh pineapple. The pineapple was fresh and really strong. The taste was also filled with pineapple juice and chunks with wheat. I kept trying to find other notes in the beer, but I struggled. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with pineapple rings and pineapple juice. A can of this was $2.50, which broke down to $.20 per ounce. I assume that they slightly changed the recipe of this from the original and in a world of fruit flavored beers, this one actually delivered for me. I would get this again and pair it with pork.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Three Floyds Gumballhead

While I was out in Ohio, my buddy Scotty took me to a Blue Jackets game. We ended up getting tickets for $25 a pop and were about 10 rows up from the glass. I parked by his apartment in the Short North so we could grab dinner first and walk down to the arena. When I saw this beer on tap (which I had been searching out for years), I knew I had to review it.

gumballhead

ABV: 5.6%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An American wheat beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.”

Random: This is one of the few beers that lived up to the hype.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was surprisingly clear for the style with moderate carbonation visible. The color was light orange. The nose was really hoppy with a lot of grass and some pine. It also had a lot of citrus, specifically tangerine and some mango as well. There was very little wheat to the beer. The taste was equally hoppy and there was still very little wheat presence. It had grass, hop resin, mango, pineapple and orange juice. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick and grassy. The flavors that I got from this beer were not even close to what I was expecting. Despite that, I was impressed by this one. I wish it was distributed to Jersey so I could have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Commonhouse Hoptopus

One of the other things that I didn’t expect to see in Ohio was free parking. Basically everywhere except for the city proper had free parking. In the city itself, I only paid $3 for about 6 hours of parking in a garage. Out here, free parking in a city or even a municipal area is almost completely unheard of. This was a beer that I tried while my car was parked in a free lot.

hoptopus

ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Upon this expert diver’s casual stroll through deep space, she finally discovered where all the missing socks have gone. Into Hoptopus’ hideout. Available May through July.”

Random: I can see why they chose this beer as a seasonal.

The beer poured with a half a finger of wheat head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly hazy and bright orange in color. I couldn’t see much carbonation in the body. The nose was filled with citrus with some tropical hops, along with wheat. The taste was all citrus up from with tangerines and oranges. It quickly went into mango and pineapple and wheat. There was a small amount of pine resin at the end of the sip. It had a light body with generous carbonation. The finish was quick with wheat and tangerine juice. I was surprised at how light the beer was and the depth of flavor that was imparted. It needed a touch more sweetness, but this was a decent beer that I enjoyed.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Modern Times Fortunate Islands

I picked up another Modern Times beer that got favorably reviewed on one of the podcasts I listened to. I’m all about a hoppy wheat, so let’s crack this open.

fortunateislands

ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Fortunate Islands shares the characteristics of an uber-hoppy IPA and an easy drinking wheat beer. A massive dose of Citra and Amarillo hops gives it a blastwave of tropical hop aromatics: mango, tangerine, and passionfruit all leap out of the glass. Brewed with 60% wheat malt, Fortunate Islands also has the mild, nutty malt backbone, reasonable ABV, and restrained bitterness to make it an outstanding session beer.”

Random: The simplicity of their can art makes them stand out on the shelves.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was lightly hazy and straw yellow in color. It had a lot of carbonation visible. On first sniff, this was way more like a hoppy pale ale than a wheat ale. It had a lot of grass, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Orange segments were present too. At the end, I thought I caught a hint of wheat, but this beer was really hoppy. The taste was exactly what I thought it would be from the nose. It was super grassy with grapefruit flesh and pith. The tropical fruit note manifested like mango and made it really bright. Tangerine body spray came through next. There was that same touch of wheat at the end of the sip, but this was all about the hops. Where it did remind me of a wheat beer was in the body. It was light with a lot of carbonation, which would make this easy to pound. The finish was quick, but had the tangerine room spray note. A pounder can of this was $3.50 ($.22 per ounce), which is a bit expensive for the style. Despite the price, if we got distribution of this, I would get it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0