Demented Double Dementia

Tonight’s beer is one from a local brewery that I still haven’t gotten to. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Reserved for the most infernal of palates, Double Dementia is a sinful collection of classic west coast hops blended with malts the color of hellfire. Just the right amount of bitter, followed by an explosion of juicy citrus flavor blended with bright floral aromas. Drinking easier than any Imperial IPA should, this beer is evil… that’s what we love about it.”

Random: The beer store by my job has a great selection of local beers.

The beer poured with a two finger, ecru colored head. It went away slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and in between yellow and orange. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose didn’t bring much to the table. It had some grapefruit along with grass. The taste was a lot better. Initially, I picked up a lot of citrus, specifically grapefruit flesh and zest. It then went into pine and grass and quickly transitioned into a slight honey sweetness along with malt. The body was on the lighter side of the style with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick and sticky finish with pine. I paid $4 a can for this, which came to $.25 per ounce. This was a decent beer, but was on the more expensive side, as local beers tend to be. I enjoyed it though, and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Demented Scarlet Night

Tonight’s selection is a local beer that reminds me of college. I went to Rutgers, so I’m assuming the beer name is a play on the name of our mascot, the Scarlet Knight. Given our colors are red and black, I assume that the beer being a red ale is also an homage of sorts. Let’s see how it stacks up.

ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A blend of five different malts gives this brew intense red color and complexity, a medium body with light caramel sweetness and a feint roast finish.”

Random: At the brewery, this beer is $6 for a pint.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan-colored head that hung around for awhile. It left some lacing on the glass. The body itself was clear and reddish-brown in color. There was a nice amount of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with generous notes of malt and caramel. It had some brown bread as well. There was also a touch of floral hops at the end. The taste was more of the same. It started malty with brown bread and caramel, but quickly went into hoppy notes of grass and perfume-like floral hops. It had a touch of citrus as well. The body was on the thicker side with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with citrus and floral hops. A pounder can of this was $3.25, which came to $.20 per ounce. I thought that this was a decent beer, but nothing that I feel the need to search out again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Demented Astarte

Tonight’s beer is from another New Jersey brewery I haven’t visited yet. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In documented mythology the creation of strawberries is attributed to the ancient Goddess Astarte, more commonly known by her Greek name Aphrodite. Legend says that upon the death of the mortal Adonis that the Goddess wept with such passion that her tears fell to the ground as small red hearts. We started with a traditional Cream Ale, light and crisp with a great mouthfeel… Then we added fresh strawberries to give it an incredible nose, and slight tart finish. With just the right amount of fruit to make it noticeable but not overpowering, this spring/summer seasonal is a perfect offering to the celestial mother of love.”

Random: I find the first few hours before sunrise very peaceful.

The brew poured with a half a finger of thin white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was straw-yellow and completely clear. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose of the beer was grain with some floral notes. I couldn’t pick it out as specifically strawberry. It also had a slightly tart note, which was a bit off-putting. The taste started with grain and then had a mineral water note. The strawberry manifested more as flowers and there was also a tart note, which was just as weird as it was in the nose. It also didn’t have a vanilla or cream note. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and tart. A pounder can was $3.25, which came to $.20 per ounce. I had high hopes for this beer, it just didn’t deliver.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Demented Gallows Hill

One of the weirder things about getting married is being the center of attention. It’s something that I’ve never been used to, and is definitely out of my comfort zone. I’m definitely a bit reserved and still pretty introverted, but as long as Val is there with me, everything will be fine.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are a relatively new craft brewery in New Jersey. We are located in Middlesex, NJ and our production brewery consists of a custom 10 BBL brewing system with 2 10 BBL fermenters, 4 30 BBL fermenters, 1 15 BBL bright beer tank, and 1 30 BBL bright beer tank. Hunterdon distributes our beers to over 600 bars and restaurants throughout the state. We produce a number of core beers, but our focus is on producing a variety of seasonally inspired ‘insanely flavorful ales’ that are on tap mainly in our tasting room. Thanks for checking in and please check back soon.”

Random: I think the New England IPA style is going to go strong for another year and then get left behind by another new style.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated very slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly cloudy and bright orange and had some visible carbonation. The nose was bright with a lot of tropical fruit and pine along with some grapefruit as well. The taste was also quite bright. The flavor was filled with pine sap, pineapple and mango. It also had passion fruit as well. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with sticky pine sap. A pounder can was $4, which came to $.25 per ounce. I thought this was a solid beer and had really nice flavor.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Demented Wrath

One of the more exciting things about living in New Jersey is all of the new breweries that are popping up. I haven’t gotten a chance to visit this one yet, but found a bottle of this sitting on a shelf at Canal’s.

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ABV: 11%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are a relatively new craft brewery in New Jersey. We are located in Middlesex, NJ and our production brewery consists of a custom 10 BBL brewing system with 2 10 BBL fermenters, 3 30 BBL fermenters, and 1 15 BBL bright beer tank. Hunterdon distributes our beers to over 250 bars and restaurants throughout the state. We produce a number of core beers, but our focus is on producing a variety of seasonally inspired ‘insanely flavorful ales’ that are on tap mainly in our tasting room. Thanks for checking in and please check back soon.”

Random: The brewery definitely picked out a cool name for the beer.

The beer poured with a one finger, loose, tan head. It dissipated quickly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to how dark the beer was. The nose had a lot of booze on it with cocoa powder. It also had notes of fresh roasted coffee. There was some oak and bourbon, but it was in the background. The taste started with the expected milk chocolate and roasted coffee note. Burnt oak and bourbon came through next. The booze was better hidden on the taste, but still there and created some warming on the back of my throat. I wish the oak taste was a bit more prevalent. The body was thin for the style with light carbonation. It had a long and sticky finish with cocoa powder. A bomber of this was not cheap at $18.49 ($.84 per ounce). I’m glad I got to try it, but it needs to be a bit more refined first.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0