Archive for the ‘Bolero Snort Brewery’ Category

When this beer came out, everyone on the beer Facebook groups went crazy, so I had to see what all of the hype was about.

ABV: 6.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Spring is definitely in the air and theres nothing better than some ice cream in a glass! Knowing what we now do about scaling we got this bad boy dialed in. Recipe has remained the same but our process was a little closer to last year’s canned run than this year’s first batch. If you loved either then be excited for this one! Awesome mouthfeel, tempered bitterness and orange and vanilla popping from the glass. New cans feature the BOLERO SNORT stamp along the bottom and have updated hop cones around the OVB logo. As always we recommend checking ahead before driving anywhere as deliveries are made throughout the day and may take time to hit the floor though we expect less issues as this is already in everyones systems. Any spots that didn’t already received last week’s allocations will get them along with their OVB drops. Tune back in as we’ll be updating the list throughout the week!”

Random: I loved creamsicles as a kid.

The beer poured with a finger of thin white head that dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was clear and golden-yellow with high carbonation. On the nose, I picked up lemon and orange hops with orange peel and vanilla extract at the end. The taste started more hoppy and earthy than expected with grass and then went into orange and vanilla. Lactose was a player as well. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with vanilla and lactose. A pounder can was $3.25 ($.20 per ounce). I thought the beer was alright, but bordered on gimmicky.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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I’ve started listening to “This American Life” podcast. They pick these random topics, but have all of the different interviews they use are integrated very well. The one I listened to today was about pen pals and one girl’s story about how she had General Manuel Noriega as a pen pal and eventually went to Panama to visit him (this was back in the back in the 80s, so it definitely had to be interesting). If you haven’t listened to the podcast, I highly recommend it. Now, let’s talk about today’s beer.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: This is an occasional release from the brewery.

Random: The beer uses London Ale yeast.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It went away slowly, but didn’t leave much behind on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and amber in color with moderate carbonation. The nose was strong and filled with grapefruit segments, pine sap and lemon seltzer. The taste was more intensely pine focused, but had fresh pine needles along with an earthy note. It had grapefruit pith and very little malt, which I was fine with. The body was thick, but had high carbonation, which made it easier to drink. The finish was lengthy with pine needles. I paid $3.25 for the pounder can, which came to $.20 per ounce. I liked this beer and it had good flavor, but it didn’t wow me. If someone handed me one, I wouldn’t hesitate in having it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

So, Val and I finally set a date to get married. Since I’m posting this in April but it won’t publish until much later, this will be old news. But, expect a lot of complaints about how stressful the process is, since planning a wedding is like a full-time job. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our single hop Mosaic IPA brewed with Milk Sugar and a whole lot of oats. Pillowy and tropical.”

Random: Since I switched jobs, I’m by a beer store that has a lot of Bolero Snort.

This beer poured with a thick, two finger white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass, along with a thick crown. The body was a dark yellow that was cloudy with moderate carbonation. The nose had some light citrus with grapefruit. It had a green tea note with some earthiness as well. The taste had some citrus up front, but not as much as I expected. It had the same green tea note as in the nose, along with apricot and peach pits. It had some dried apricot as well. I didn’t pick up any of the oats or milk sugar. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with stone fruit and green tea. A pounder can was $3.50, which came to $.22 an ounce. I had no problem finishing this beer, but it wasn’t the best beer that I’ve had from Bolero Snort.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I think eventually, I will get sick of “Grey’s Anatomy.” The plot is more ridiculous every time I watch it, but since I’ve been watching it for so long, I just can’t let go. Now, I usually half watch it while playing on the internet. The early seasons of the show were so good, though. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

frozenpasture

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Forget all about the frozen tundra with this warming malt forward brew. Notes of stone fruits with pops of citrus.”

Random: Val made peanut butter cake. It’s one of my new favorite things that she makes.

The beer poured with a three finger, light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose was sweet with a lot of malt. I specifically picked up caramel and a brandy note. There was also an alcohol soaked peach note next. The taste was also quite sweet. It had peach and apricot nectar which transitioned into burnt brown sugar. There was also a smoke character along with melted rum raisin ice cream note. It had a strong note of alcohol. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet with caramel. A pounder can of this was $3.75, which came to $.23 per ounce. I thought the sweetness of this beer was a bit overwhelming and I wasn’t a huge fan. I wouldn’t rush back to this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the things that I enjoy about my new job is that I do a lot of walking. I’ve been trying to get a bit more exercise and this will definitely help. I’m also finding a bunch of new lunch places by my job, including a really good Chinese place. The one thing that’s lacking in the area that we live in is good Chinese food and we’ve tried almost every place around us. Anyways, beer time.

snickermoodle

ABV: 7%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Just like grandma use to brew! Cookie inspired, warming and silky smooth.”

Random: The brewery in town is doing a Girl Scout cookie and beer pairing. I think I have to get tickets for that. It sounds like a great event.

The beer poured with a three finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. It left a very small crown on top of a dark brown body. There wasn’t much carbonation visible. The nose was filled with brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and Nutella spread. I also picked up some milk chocolate shavings. The taste had no booze and some brownie batter with cinnamon. There was vanilla as well. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with nutmeg and cinnamon. A pounder can of this was $3.5, which came to $.22 per ounce. This was a great beer to drink on a colder night. I will be searching this beer out again, that’s for sure.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I cannot stand hearing Joe Buck call a game. It doesn’t matter if he’s calling a football game or a baseball game, he’s just terrible. I think the worst is when he calls a Dallas Cowboys game with Troy Aikman. There have been times where I will just put the game on mute so I don’t have to hear his voice. Anyways, this beer is one that I picked up at a beer store on my way home one day. The label art is adorable.

roguebull

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Take flight with this Imperial IPA profusely dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight! Tropical, citrus, and grapefruit notes.”

Random: I have never been a big fan of the “Star Wars” movies. I’ve watched some of the older ones, but never really got into the prequels.

This beer poured with a four finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and mahogany in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose was earthy with pine sap and wet leaves. It had some sweet malt right after it. The taste was incredibly piney, but had a lot of citrus zest as well. The malt balanced this beer out a bit. I wish there was more tropical notes on this one, but I didn’t pick them up. A can was $3.75, which came to $.23 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot. If you see it on the shelves, bring a four-pack home.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is from Bolero Snort, which is a Jersey brewery. They’re starting to see some significant South Jersey distribution (well, Trenton to me is South Jersey), so I’m starting to be able to grab cans with regularity. I think that they pull off their theme really well and their can art is incredibly attractive. Let’s pop this open.

rotatabull

ABV: 7.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The same grist to balance a big juicy IPA with a different whirlwind of hops in each batch.”

Random: I wonder if Alex Trebek is ever going to retire and who would take over for him if he did.

This beer poured with a full finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body had a tinge of cloudiness and moderate carbonation. It was dark yellow in color. The nose was floral up front and quickly went into notes of citrus pith and grapefruit segments. The taste took a tropical turn with mango and papaya. It had some pine and moderately intense bitterness. It was quickly followed up with caramel malt. There was a touch of alcohol apparent. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. I wish it had a bit more. The finish was sticky with pine and floral hop notes. A can of this was $3.25, which came to $.20 per ounce. This was a solid IPA with some good flavors. I just wish it had a bit more carbonation and was a touch lighter.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0