Departed Soles Hops Cover A Multitude Of Grain

Here’s another Jersey beer that I popped open. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our brewery is proud to offer one of the most unique selections of craft beer not only in New Jersey, but all of the Tri-State Area. Departed Soles is one of the only brewery’s crafting beer with tradition ingredients, such as barley and wheat, as well as options with 100% Gluten Free ingredients, fermented in dedicated fermentations vessels. Below is a selection of beers that we brew in our Jersey City brewery throughout the year, many of which are served in our Tasting Room any given weekend!”

Random: This beer doesn’t exist on the Departed Soles website or Beer Advocate. The only information I found was from Untappd.

The beer poured with a thick, ecru colored head. It took awhile to go away, but left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and a dirty orange color with only moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some pine needles along with grass. There were also some tropical mango notes as well with caramel malt at the end. The tropical notes were not all that strong. The taste was a bit maltier than I expected. It had some caramel malt sweetness and then went into grass and pine. The tropical note was a bit lost in the taste. The finish was quick with malt. I can’t recall how much I paid for this one, but I believe I picked it up as a single. It was a pounder can, which is my preferred contained, but the flavors were just muddied on this one. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Departed Soles Oelewapper

We’ve made some progress on wedding planning. So far, we have a DJ and a photographer. We’re looking at more dresses this week too. We’re making progress, although I wish we were done with booking vendors.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “While many properties were considered for the brewery, often times zoning regulations, difficult landlords, or equipment woes came in the way. Ironically, the property that we now call home was one of the first we tried to get. Patience pays off, and everything happens for a reason. The best part is our microbrewery has mass appeal though, and access to mass transit! Departed Soles Brewing Company encourages you to drink, and visit us, responsibly. Please consider taking NJ Transit, the PATH Train, Light Rail, Ferry, or a Bus to the brewery… we are just a few blocks from a stop for each!”

Random: The label on this beer looks like a drugged owl.

The beer poured with a half a finger of ecru colored head. It dissipated slowly, but only left a small amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with some carbonation visible, although it was very dark. The nose had a lot of nuttiness with caramel and toffee. The taste had a significant amount of sweetness. I picked up brown sugar, caramel, toffee and grain as well. It was almost too sweet for me. The body was on the thick side with generous carbonation. The finish was lengthy with brown sugar. I don’t remember how much this beer was, but it wasn’t one that I would buy again. It needed a touch more balance.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Departed Soles Modcup Of Sole

On the way home from the city, Val and I stopped at Departed Soles in Jersey. I’ve reviewed a few of their beers before, but never went to the brewery. The brewery is on a side street and has a gelato shop attached. They had a few flavors that also had some alcohol in it. We didn’t try any, but if we go back, we’re definitely going to sample some.


ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed in conjunction with ModCup Coffee in Jersey City Heights, our first local collaboration beer utilizes a cold brew coffee in a wort reminiscent of a light, dry stout. The end result is a coffee forward craft beer with minimal bitterness and a light coffee kiln and chocolate malt backbone, along with some lactose.”

Random: We get coffee from a place that has a huge sale every black Friday and it usually lasts us all year.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head. It went away quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown color with high carbonation. The nose was filled with black coffee, espresso and milk chocolate notes. It had a touch of lactose too, but coffee was definitely the start. The taste was milk chocolate and strong black coffee with some vanilla. Lactose came through at the end of the sip. It had a thin body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and filled with black coffee. I thought this beer was outstanding. It was even better because it was sessionable. This beer is worth searching out if you like coffee.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Departed Soles Honey Hop Galaxy

Tonight’s selection is another beer from Departed Soles that I picked up at the local beer store.


ABV 3.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Departed Soles Brewing Company opened its doors in the Powerhouse Arts District in Downtown Jersey City in the summer of 2015. While the brewery produces all sorts of Craft Beer, it is proud to be New Jersey’s first Craft Brewery offering Craft Beer with 100% Gluten Free ingredients that can compete on the palate with traditional ales! Departed Soles Brewing Company was initially a brew pub concept – the hair brain scheme of two best friends, sitting in one of their parents’ house… drinking. One had a passion for craft beer and bar experience, while the other a way with people and resume full of restaurants; both with a passion for sneakers. Unlike virtually every other set of friends that has this conversation though, one of those friends had a personal motto: ‘DON’T TALK ABOUT IT, BE ABOUT IT.’ As time went on, each continued along their chosen career paths; one – Chris – a teacher, the other the Business Manager for his family’s funeral home. The Teacher would antagonize the Business Manager, Brian Kulbacki, that he’d never leave the family business and take the risk to chase his dream.”

Random: The cats like ham. We made black bean soup with ham and the cats went crazy for the ham.

This beer poured with a thick, two finger, white head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a murky brown with high carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose had a lot of lot of mango, passionfruit and other tropical fruit with orange pith. There wasn’t any malt to it. The taste was earthy with wet dirt and grass and didn’t have the tropical fruit that the nose did. It had a lot of caramel malt too. The body was thicker than I expected, especially given the ABV. It had moderate carbonation as well. The finish was quick with wet dirt and grass. The beer was $2.50 for the can, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. It needed to deliver on the nose and all of the tropical hops.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Departed Soles Ghost of Pumpkins Passed

Two Departed Soles beers in a row. We picked this one up in a mixed six-pack and since I had limited exposure with the brewery, I wanted to see how they would handle a seasonal. Let’s crack it open.


ABV: 5%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Even Gluten Free folk deserve a seasonal beer, and GOPP is the first of its kind! An amber ale base with real pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg combine to produce a delicious seasonal that tastes so much like a #DefinitelyNotGlutenFree Pumpkin Ale, it is downright scary. But it is 100% Gluten Free!”

Random: Before everyone gets all over me for drinking a really old beer, I had this beer on October 1st. Now you can really see how big my backlog is.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dirty yellow color and cloudy. As a result, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had pumpkin puree along with clove and cinnamon. It smelled like a typical pumpkin beer. The taste started with a sour lemon note and then went into pumpkin. It had the normal pumpkin spices with nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. It had a light body with a lot of carbonation. The finish was almost instant with pumpkin and spice. I paid $2.17 for the can, which came to $.18 per ounce. The beer reminded me more of pumpkin seltzer. I wouldn’t rush back to having this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Departed Soles Cantankerous Blonde

Val and I visited Departed Soles awhile ago. It’s on a side street in Jersey City and the space is really nice. They also have their samplers on mini skateboards. Apparently a lot of people have taken them, so you have to give them your license if you get one until you return the skateboard. I picked up this beer before we went there, so let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.4%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We teamed up with the Fuse Media to brew this beer originally, then the Viking Army Supporters to create a light, semi-sweet tailgating beer. The result is our honey blonde ale, which starts off with honey derived sweetness and rounds out with a bready, malt finish.”

Random: Blondes are becoming more popular in Jersey breweries. They’re always hit or miss for me.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a very small crown on top. The body was a bright orange color with very little carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up wheat and a mild clove note. I let it warm up for a few minutes and didn’t pick up much else. The taste had more depth to it. It started with wheat, clove and orange peel. There was also some honey as well. It had a thicker body than I expected for the style with lots of carbonation. It finished with wheat and orange peel. A pounder can of this was $3, which came to $.19 per ounce. I can see why they would market this as a tailgating beer. It had a good amount of flavor and was really drinkable. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0