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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.

modcup

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

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

honeyhopgalaxy

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

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.

ghostsofpumpkinspassed

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

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.

cantakerousblonde

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