Fegley’s Brew Works Space Monkey

This was the second brew of the night and the last one of Katie’s six-pack. I really liked letting her pick out beers for me. She picked out beers for me that I would have never picked out myself. I’m thinking this may be a theme (that’s a hint, Kate). So, this brew is a saison with a crapload of fruit added to it. Let’s see how it goes.

ABV: 7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Space Monkey is formulated to rocket around your palate with a 21st century complexity in flavor and aroma: hints of lemon and pepper orbit around a raspberry tartness to guarantee a successful flight.”

Random: I love the label on this brew! Very cute.

This brew poured with a one finger head that I assumed would have dissipated slowly, except for the fact my sister made a joke and spilled the beer on herself after she tasted it. The body was a clear chestnut color with lots of carbonation on it. The nose smelled like a raspberry lambic to me, raspberries and a bit of tartness. The taste was exactly like the nose, except more intense. The fruit was pronounced, as was the tartness. It was really nice, actually. The body was a decent thickness with a lot of carbonation. The finish was pretty long, with lots of fruit. I thought that this brew was going to be a bit sweeter, and after trying it, I was surprised that it was as tart as it was. With that being said, I really enjoyed it. I would definitely have this one again. Another good pick by Kate!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Fegley’s Brew Works Hop Explosion

The second review of the night. Katie came over to keep me company tonight, which was really nice. We hung out and watched some baseball and had a great time. So, onto the brew…

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The smell of grapefruit, a sweet malt flavor, and oh by the way, lots of hop bitterness. Brewed in the tradition of West Coast ales, we have put loads of malt and hops in our kettle to come up with this sensational ale. Brewed with pale and crystal malts hopped with Tomahawk, Chinook, and Cascade from Yakima Valley, WA. This beer style has made many a microbrewery famous, and this one is sure to please all those who love hops. This amazing beer may very well bring you to your knees, detonate in your mouth, and take your hophead right off.”

Random: I really don’t get why baseball is starting the season in Japan. Seriously? It makes no sense to me whatsoever.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left mild lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, orange color with moderate, visible carbonation. The nose was filled with crisp grapefruit and not much else. After I let it warm, I also got some caramel malt. The taste had a lot of grapefruit to it. It also had some other citrus and a nice note of bitterness. At the end of the sip, I got a mild hint of caramel sweetness. The body was thin with light carbonation. It completed with a quick finish of grapefruit. Not a bad brew, but nothing outstanding.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Fegley’s Brew Works Rude Elf’s Reserve

Long time, no post. I know, I suck at life. But, I don’t think I’ve ever been so busy, ever. Even when I was working and going to school, I wasn’t this busy. But, as I’ve mentioned before, I really like being busy. But, this means much less beer drinking and reviewing. So, this was a review that I did earlier in the week.

ABV: 10.5%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: This won bronze at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival.

Random: I found a website that has old episodes of Jeopardy. I’m such a dork…

This brew poured with a one-finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on my Duvel glass. The body was a clear and rich mahogany color with mild visible carbonation. The first sniff that I took of the beer reminded me of Troegs Mad Elf, which as I’ve mentioned, is one of my all time favorite beers. I got a bit of spice, some cherries and a bit of sweetness. There was also a bit of booze apparent on the nose. The taste started with a bit of spice, especially clove. The bite on this was definitely more abrasive than I expected. I also got some honey sweetness. The booze became really apparent at the end and lasted for a bit. This brew really wasn’t all that balanced and the bite that I kept getting from it became a bit annoying and abrupt. I can’t really describe it, but I know that I didn’t like it. After it warmed for a bit, some dark fruit also came out. Honestly, the nose gave me high hopes for this beer, but at the end of the day, I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Fegley’s Brew Works Devious Imperial Pumpkin

Is it the weekend yet? It just hasn’t been a great week. I’m seriously looking forward to the weekend. I don’t really have any plans (well, there are a few beer festivals, but I may just chill at home), but I definitely will appreciate relaxing at home. So, tonight’s brew seems to at least fit the weather. I love pumpkin beers, but I tend to be pretty picky. Let’s see how this one fares tonight.

ABV: 9%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Amber hued Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed with real pumpkin and pale, Munich, and caramel malts. Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice are flawlessly combined with the subtle taste of pumpkin for the most deviously enticing Autumn brew.”

Random: I’m watching the Crossfit games again on ESPN. I seriously love watching things like that. It’s probably because I’m a bit of a gym rat.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated relatively quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an orange-brown, clear color with mild carbonation. The nose of this beer was absolutely delightful. It was filled with pumpkin and clove and nutmeg and everything that reminds me of fall…or pumpkin pie. The taste which is quite good, isn’t as good as the nose. The carbonation was moderate with an average thick body. It was coupled with flavors of pumpkin, a lot of clove and then a bit of an alcohol bite. This actually wore off a little bit as it warmed. The spice lasted through the long finish. This was definitely a decent pumpkin brew, but for me, it’s not one of my favorites. The alcohol bite really took away from the spice, which for me, should be dominant in the brew. It’s worth a shot, but there are better out there.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Fegley’s Brew Works Blueberry Belch

My second brew of the night. I’ve spent the majority of the night watching Netflix. Despite the fact that they’re raising their monthly fee, I love Netflix. If I was in charge of the cable bill, I would cancel cable and just have Netflix. I’m currently in the middle of Season 3 of Gangland. I love that series. I’ve learned so much about all these gangs that I’ve never heard of. So, let’s get to the important stuff, the beer!

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Each 15bbl batch is made using 150 pounds of 100% real fruit. No added sweeteners or flavors. Blueberry Belch is a fantastic summer session beer that pairs well with poultry and salads, as well as earthy cheeses like camembert and fontina. It goes great with our PA Dutch and German dishes here at Fegley’s Brew Works, and we admit with a smile that we find it to be a hit at brunch with egg dishes, pancakes, waffles and bacon. With a definite aroma of blueberries, this slightly cloudy (unfiltered real fruit) ale has notes of blueberries that stand out on the initial taste with a pleasing acidity. The fruit flavor follows throughout combined with a satisfying breadiness, and its moderate carbonation brings back the great flavor again…and again…”

Random: This six-pack was something insane like $12 or $14. I mean, I know it’s a seasonal, but seriously? That’s a little pricey given the producer.

This brew poured with a three finger pure white head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy golden color with lots of active carbonation. On the nose, fresh blueberry juice overwhelmed. On the taste, it was much of the same. It definitely didn’t have an artificial taste, which makes sense given that it wasn’t artificially flavored. But, for me, this was totally a one-trick pony. Only blueberry, nothing else. I kept sipping it trying to find other flavors, but honestly, there were none. It was really just a blueberry beer. It was really refreshing and pleasant, but totally simplistic. The finish was moderate with, yeah, you guessed it, blueberry. The body was on the lighter side and the carbonation was decent. Although I enjoyed the beer and would definitely have it again, it was definitely not worth the pricetag. But, if you see it, it is definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Fegley’s Brew Works Hop’solutely

Being sick has set me behind in the beer tasting. This was a brew I got a growler of and did a tasting of a few nights ago. I first tried them at the Philly Craft Beer Fest with Joey and I thought their stuff was pretty good. I also love me a good hop bomb, so a growler of this did not seem like it would be a problem.

ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This ‘triple’ India pale ale is utterly smooth with a powerfully hoppy presence and pleasing 11.5 percent content of alcohol by volume. Its Chinook and Amarillo hops are at once earthy and floral, and its full malt body provides a sweet, sticky finish that isn’t so cloying that you wouldn’t take a second sip. That next gulp soothes the palate with a softness you wouldn’t expect from any IPA. You might even find honey and fruit notes that are sweet as melon. While Hop’solutely is fairly well regarded on the blogs and at beer-rating websites, it can’t match the publicity surrounding that other ‘triple’ IPA, Russian River Pliny the Younger. The California-made ale [is] frequently voted the world’s greatest beer…Is Hop’solutely as good as Pliny the Younger? In a word, yes.””

Random: Yeah…about that whole as good as Pliny thing…I haven’t had the Younger yet, but pales in comparison to the Elder…

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear orange color with moderate carbonation. On the nose, I got some definite pine with a strong caramel malt backbone. The taste had some mild bitterness with a big malt aftertaste. Umm, I thought this was a double IPA…? Where is the hop bomb I expected? The alcohol was decently hidden but this brew needed more hops. The carbonation was also a little too subtle for the brew. It wasn’t a bad beer, but I could easily find a better DIPA out there. It was just a little too malty for me. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0