Dancing Gnome Lustra

This was unfortunately the last beer that I had from Dancing Gnome. Let’s crack it open.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The lustration was originally a sacrifice for expiation and purification offered by one of the censors in the name of the Roman people at the close of the taking of the census. The sacrifice was often in the form of an animal sacrifice, known as a suovetaurilia. These censuses were taken at five-year intervals, thus a lustrum came to refer to the five-year inter-census period. Lustrum (from luo, Ancient Greek: λούω) is a lustration or purification of the whole Roman people performed by one of the censors in the Campus Martius, after the taking of the census was over. As this purification took place only once in five years, the word lustrum was also used to designate the time between two lustra. The first lustrum was performed in 566 BC by King Servius, after he had completed his census, and afterwards it is said to have taken place regularly every five years after the census was over. In the earliest period of the republic, the business of the census and the solemnities of the lustrum were performed by the consuls. The first censors were appointed in 443 BC, and from this year down to 294 BC there had, according to Livy (X.47), only been 26 pairs of censors, and only 21 lustra, or general purifications, although if all had been regular, there would have been 30 pairs of censors and 30 lustra. Sometimes the census was not held at all, or at least not by the censors. The census might take place without the lustrum, and indeed two cases of this kind are recorded, in 459 and 214 BC. In these cases, the lustrum was not performed because of some great calamities that had befallen the republic.”

Random: I never got into Greek or Roman history. Just wasn’t my thing.

The beer poured with a small, half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated almost instantly and only left a crown on top of the body, no lacing. The body was a lemon-yellow color and very cloudy. I could not see any carbonation. The nose had a lot of tropical fruit, specifically mango and pineapple. There was a significant malt characteristic, which I did not expect. I got a lot of white bread crust. The taste was bright with pineapple and grass. It didn’t have much mango. The malt was apparent in the taste too, with white bread. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. I really enjoyed this beer and this could easily pair with anything. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Dancing Gnome Cabin Color

One of the things that was surprising to me in Pittsburgh was all of the bridges that connect the different areas of the city. Since I’m from New York, I’m used to a healthy combination of tunnels and bridges. There were literally bridges everywhere. It certainly took some getting used to.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We unapologetically brew hop pronounced styles and believe in the process of designing, refining, and perfecting our creations. With the understanding and appreciation of tradition, we take calculated liberties to forge a new path for the American Ale. We believe in eudaimonia, indulgence, and a harmonious blend of earnest work and ebullient play. We believe in the dichotomy of reverent traditions and brazen pioneers.”

Random: I love Dancing Gnome’s logo. It’s so simple, yet stands out on all of their cans and merch.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated very quickly and only left limited lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and orange, with little visible carbonation. The nose had a decent amount of pine oil and grass and then went into orange and tangerine. The taste was much of the same. The pine and grass notes were dominant. The citrus came through in the notes of orange zest and tangerine. It had a light body with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with pine and grass. This was a really clean, easy drinking IPA with lots of flavor. This beer is worth seeking out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Dancing Gnome Haha!

While Val and I were at Dancing Gnome, they were having a can release. Initially, I wasn’t going to bring much home, but I decided to buy all of the selections they had that day because they were going very quickly. This is the first one.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We unapologetically brew hop pronounced styles and believe in the process of designing, refining, and perfecting our creations. With the understanding and appreciation of tradition, we take calculated liberties to forge a new path for the American Ale. We believe in eudaimonia, indulgence, and a harmonious blend of earnest work and ebullient play. We believe in the dichotomy of reverent traditions and brazen pioneers.”

Random: I really would like if the Phillies would get some pitching together. Just saying.

The beer poured with a full finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark orange color and murky, with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with fruit. I picked up mango, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew and some apricot thrown in for good measure. There was a nice tangerine note as well. The taste had a slight sweetness with lots of fruit as well. I picked up a lot more apricot and orange and tangerine than tropical fruit. The body was medium thickness and smooth with a lot of carbonation. The alcohol was hidden well. It had a lengthy and fruit finish with apricot and orange. I thought this beer was outstanding and I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Dancing Gnome Wishbone

The first brewery that we visited while in Pittsburgh was Dancing Gnome. We got there about 5 minutes before they opened and within 20 minutes, there were no seats available. It was a medium-sized space and very clean. I asked the bartender what they recommended and they said this beer. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We unapologetically brew hop pronounced styles and believe in the process of designing, refining, and perfecting our creations. With the understanding and appreciation of tradition, we take calculated liberties to forge a new path for the American Ale. We believe in eudaimonia, indulgence, and a harmonious blend of earnest work and ebullient play. We believe in the dichotomy of reverent traditions and brazen pioneers.”

Random: I loved their merch and came home with a hat and a sweatshirt.

The beer poured with a half a finger of loose, pure white head. It dissipated rapidly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a very hazy, bright yellow. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to how cloudy it was. The nose was very hoppy. I picked up some tropical fruit as well, but it was straight out grapefruit hops up front. The taste was very light and had the same grapefruit hops. There was some grain at the end, but the hops took center stage. The body was on the light side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with fresh grapefruit segments. This beer was perfect to pair with food and my only complaint is that I can’t get it in New Jersey. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0