Cypress Baby Insane

One of the goals I set for this year was reading one book a week. Val got me a new Kindle that is backlit, so even though I started to get backlogged on books, I’ve been reading an average of a book every other day for the past two weeks. One of the books that I really enjoyed was Mindhunter, which is the history of the creation of the BSU at the FBI. If you’re into true crime books and don’t mind when they get a bit graphic, this is a book for you.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “New England style session IPA brewed and dry hopped with Citra.”

Random: I really enjoy session beers in the Summer when watching a baseball game.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. There was a small crown left as well. The body was cloudy and yellow in color with no carbonation visible. The nose had some green melon, pineapple and also a tartness as well. The taste had a bit more alcohol apparent than I thought it would be. There was pineapple and a lot of grass. I didn’t pick up any of the melon note. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this beer. I wish it had a bit more flavor. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Cypress Save The Drama For Your Llama

I’ve started working out again, so I haven’t been trying as many beers. Since I’m limiting what I have, I’m trying to get more beers that I will enjoy or that push the envelope. This beer was highly recommended from the beer store, as most Cypress beers seem to be. The beer store by work has a ridiculous selection of Jersey beers and I almost always find myself coming home with them. Let’s see how this was.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our New England IPA brewed with Hallertau Blanc and double dry hopped at over 5 pounds per barrel of equal parts Hallertau Blanc and Nelson Sauvin! Notes on this one are white grape, white wine, tropical fruit, and pineapple!”

Random: The llama in sunglasses is perhaps the best part of the label.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a light yellow color and cloudy. There was no visible carbonation. The nose had a decent amount of white grapes, white wine and light pineapple, almost like a pineapple candy. The taste was much of the same. There was a lot of white grapes, which was definitely different for an IPA. I picked up pineapple and light mango candy as well. The body was on the light side with light carbonation. It had a quick and tropical finish. I enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Cypress Jersey Winter

We’re finally getting into the Summer, so this beer is a memory of seasons past, with lots of blankets and sweaters. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Cypress Brewing is a 20 BBL micro brewery located in Edison, NJ. We take great pride in our brews and have spent nearly two decades honing our craft before bringing our product to market. We hope you’ll stop by our brewery for a tour of our facility and to check our beers on tap in our tasting room. Our lineup constantly changes, so check back often!”

Random: I still haven’t made it to the brewery yet. Next time I’m in Edison, I’ll have to stop.

The beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose started with coconut and quickly went into a touch of oak and wood chips. Chocolate was present as well. The taste had a sweetness to it that I wasn’t a huge fan of. Chocolate and coconut came through next. There was a slight coffee bitterness at the end of the sip. The body was on the medium side with really light carbonation. The finish was quick with some coconut and sweetness. This wasn’t my favorite porter and the sweetness would make it difficult to have more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Cypress 40 Flavors: Blood Orange

If you follow the blog at all, you know that blood orange is one of my favorite things. I love blood oranges so much, at my wedding, my signature drink was a take on a blood orange old-fashioned. It was awesome, by the way. Anyways, the beer manager at the beer store by my job highly recommended this, and I can definitely see why.

ABV: 8.0%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website “Imperial New England Milkshake IPA, brewed with Lactose and Mosaic, double dry hopped at 5 pounds per barrel of more Mosaic, and finally conditioned on Madagascar Vanilla Beans and blood orange puree.”

Random: I wish Jersey would do a beer passport or beer trail thing like other states have.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace, but didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was bright pink in color and cloudy. There was no carbonation visible. The nose was all citrus and not surprisingly, blood orange. There was some grapefruit as well. The taste was much of the same. Blood orange was the star here. It was lots of blood orange juice along with some bitterness and a touch of alcohol. The body was on the thicker side, but not overwhelming and had generous carbonation. The finish was lengthy with blood orange juice. I loved this beer. It was everything I wanted in a blood orange beer. It had lots of authentic flavor and went down easily. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Cypress De Nada

Val and I got tickets to the Stadium Series this year for hockey. It’s the day before our one year anniversary, but the Penguins are playing the Flyers at Lincoln Financial Field. I can’t wait. My entire family is going and we’ve decided to extend our Philly trip a day so we can just hang out. It should be a good game. Anyways, beer time.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our follow up to Moochas Grassias. 8.5% Imperial New England IPA brewed with Lactose and Mosaic, then double dry hopped at over 5 pounds per barrel of Motueka and Ekuanot.”

Random: We bought the cats a new, giant, cat tree. I had to put treats on it after I assembled it, but they keep climbing it. One of the cats likes going all the way to the top.

The beer poured with a one finger, slightly off-white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The nose had a lot of tropical fruit. Mango was a standout here. There was a touch of malt. The taste was filled with a lot of fresh mango and pineapple juice. There was a touch of sweet malt, but this beer was a straight juice bomb. The body was overly thick with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with mango. A pounder can was $3.50, which put this as $.22 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. It needed a bit more balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Cypress Alva Vanilla

Tonight’s beer is another Jersey beer. Since it’s getting colder, I’m getting more into porters and stouts.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America’s greatest inventor. He is credited with developing many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb, had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and teamwork to the process of invention, working with many researchers and employees. He is often credited with establishing the first industrial research laboratory. Edison was raised in the American midwest and early in his career he worked as a telegraph operator, which inspired some of his earliest inventions. In 1876, he established his first laboratory facility in Menlo Park, New Jersey, where many of his early inventions would be developed. He would later establish a botanic laboratory in Fort Myers, Florida in collaboration with businessmen Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, and a laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey that featured the world’s first film studio, the Black Maria. He was a prolific inventor, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as patents in other countries. Edison married twice and fathered six children. He died in 1931 of complications of diabetes.”

Random: Even though I lived right next to West Orange as a kid, I never went to visit the laboratory.

The beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, brownish-red color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with roasted malts and vanilla. It had a significant sweetness to it as well. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of roasted malts and quickly went into vanilla sweetness. There was also some sweet, sugary coffee as well. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with vanilla sweetness. The tallboy set me back $3.50, which came to $.22 per ounce. This beer was good, just a touch too sweet for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Cypress See, What Had Happened Was…

I picked this beer up awhile back at Cranbury Buy Rite. They have one of the best selection of Jersey beers in the area. I still haven’t made my way up to visit this brewery yet, but hopefully this will be rectified soon. Anyways, beer time.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our tribute to the 90s and the Fresh Prince! 8.5% DDH Imperial New England IPA brewed and dry hopped at over 5 pounds per barrel of Citra and Mosaic with notes of citrus, blueberry, grapefruit and lime.”

Random: This beer comes in at 55 IBUs.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left a small crown on top of the body and some lacing as well. The body was a hazy, medium yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of hops to it. I picked up grass and lots of citrus. Specifically, I picked up grapefruit segments along with some blueberry. I didn’t pick up much lime in the nose. This changed with the taste. On the taste, I picked up a significant lime and lemon note, along with grapefruit segments and grass. Blueberry came through next with a slight hint of cilantro as well. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with citrus. I enjoyed this beer. It had a lot of depth in a style of beer that is saturated. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0