Archive for the ‘Evil Genius Beer Company’ Category

Val made some chicken and wild rice soup for me. For some reason, I love soup. I’ve always loved soup, ever since I was a kid. Val does not share my love of soup, but indulges me when I want soup, except if it’s French onion. That’s one of the only soups I can only eat out since Val hates onions. I’m not sure what that has to do with this beer, but I guess I’m hungry.

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ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Chocolate Pumpkin Porter melds together rich chocolate decadence with fall spices. Notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg collide with a delicious chocolate flavor to create a whirlwind of flavor in your glass.”

Random: I also tried a new hot sauce today. It’s Chalula Chipotle. Normally I just like the original, but this has a mellower spice and more smoke.

The beer poured with no head on top of the dark brown body. Due to the darkness of the beer, there was no carbonation visible. The nose had notes of milk chocolate and roasted malts. It also had a lactic acid notes with very little spice. The taste had a lot of cheap dark chocolate and a touch of smoke. There was decent bitterness with the same weird lactic note and light cinnamon. It had a really thin body with light carbonation. The finish was quick with dark chocolate. A bottle of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. This beer was lacking in cohesive flavor. This beer was a letdown.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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This was the last beer that I had at Isaac Newton’s on opening day. I’ve only had a few beers from Evil Genius, but they’re readily available in my area. I haven’t had one of their beers in 2015 yet, but when I saw this on draft, I decided to get a glass and see how it was.

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ABV: 9.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Heavy hazelnut and chocolate aromas, give way to a smooth, decadent, and down right delicious stout. Each flavor is balanced perfectly with our hand selected specialty malts. Keep yourself warm this February with a glass of heaven.”

Random: My Phils won last night and I thought they had no shot of winning this game. 2-2 record so far, I’ll take it.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of light brown head that dissipated slowly, yet it didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with chocolate and had some molasses sweetness with lots of hazelnuts. The taste was even better than the nose. It was like if you mixed milk chocolate icing and threw in some Nutella for good measure. It didn’t have much sweetness, but a slight bitter bite from the roasted malts. The booze was really hidden on it, making this a really dangerous beer. It had a thick and chewy body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet with hazelnuts and milk chocolate. This was a really enjoyable beer that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This was a six-pack that the other half picked up awhile back. She’s been getting into beers that have some pineapple to them, which I’m definitely down with. It seems like this year, pineapple beers have been popping up like crazy. Evil Genius does put down some good beers, so I was very excited to try this one. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 5.5%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer mixes flavors or banana, pineapple, and a slight note of clove to create the perfect summer beer! A wave of pineapple hits your nose, followed by all of the body and flavor of a German style Hefeweizen. 5.5% and 12 IBU’s.”

Random: I’m watching the bar food episode of “Best Bars” and I am ridiculously hungry. They just showed a place in NYC that I will need to check out ASAP.

This beer poured with a relatively small, half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was shockingly clear straw yellow with high carbonation visible. The nose had notes of sickeningly sweet pineapple, almost like it was getting to the point of rotting. Great start, right? The taste had wheat and pineapple extract with some floral notes. The flavors were disjointed and the pineapple extract was bordering on cloyingly sweet. The body was too thick for the style with high carbonation. It had a long, sweet finish with the medicinal tasting pineapple. This was a total miss from Evil Genius and one that I wouldn’t have again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

The other half and I ended up at a local eatery before heading to my sister’s house for Father’s Day. I heard that this place had more craft beers on tap and has been having more beer events since it changed ownership. Although the beer has definitely improved, the food has not. It was absolutely awful. Val got a pulled pork sandwich that could have been the worst pulled pork I ever consumed. I got a nasty stomachache right after eating it. This brew was a leftover from their recent Evil Genius Tap Takeover. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This hoppy amber blends together notes of pine and citrus by using a combination of Simcoe and Zythos hops. This beer is balanced by robust malt flavors which are sure to please all comers.”

Random: I’m trying to get up the energy to go get a haircut today. So far, it isn’t working. My hair is longer than its been in about five years. It’s bordering on ridiculous.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger cream colored head. It left lots of lacing on the glass and was slow to dissipate. The body was a deep cloudy red color with moderate carbonation. The nose was mild with some nuts and grassy hops. Caramel malt was present too. The taste was more intense with some wood, big time nuttiness and lots caramel malt. Then, some biting pine hops came through. It had a thick body with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with nuts and caramel malt. This beer was alright, but nothing fantastic. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I continue to have this problem when we go out, especially since I’m approaching 1,000 reviews. I’ve had most draft selections wherever Kate and I find ourselves. This was the only other beer on the tap list at The Draft House that I hadn’t quaffed yet.

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ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This American IPA is made with an abundance of hops from around the world. A burst of citrus aromas engulf the nose, while sweet malt flavors balance the hop bite. This beer can be enjoyed year-round as an everyday IPA by craft enthusiasts and newcomers, alike.”

Random: I first tried Evil Genius beers during Philly Beer Week last year. They were very popular at the bars that we went to.

This one poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy mahogany color with light visible carbonation. The nose was grapefruit hops couple with malt right behind it. The taste was all Centennial hops to me. I got stinky, grassy hops with grapefruit pith. It was very reminiscent of a West Coast IPA. The body was quite thick for the style with moderate to high carbonation. The finish was long with citrus and grassy hops. I really enjoyed this beer, despite the fact that it doesn’t get rave reviews on beer sites. It satisfied my hop craving and went really well with my goat cheese and portabello mushroom salad. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

After leaving The Institute, Katie and I headed to one of my favorite spots in the city, Reading Terminal Market. After walking around and drooling at all of the food, I expected to hit up the beer garden in the center. It was always dark, but they had decent beer on tap. I was shocked to see that it was completely redone with a great selection of brews. I let Katie pick this one out for me.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Good Old Bill Shakespeare was most certainly a genius, but we think he’s pretty evil too. We’ve all been stuck studying his plays for 400 years! Our Wit is infused with mandarin oranges to give it a hint of sweetness that balances this beer nicely. A fantastic thirst quencher.”

Random: I pretty much have to hit up Reading Terminal Market every time that I go to Philly.

This one poured with a thick one finger white head that dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with almost no carbonation visible through the body. The nose had a little bit of skunk but had to stick my nose into the glass to get anything (I honestly think there was a huge problem with the keg of this or they gave me the wrong beer, because it didn’t resemble a witbier at all, especially in the color and flavors). The taste had nothing to it. It was almost like a macro. There was a little grain to it and nothing else. I definitely didn’t get any witbier characteristics or mandarin oranges. This was really bland with a quick finish. This was just really boring. I would have this again because I don’t think this beer was exactly right.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0

After two brews at Monk’s, it was time to hit the street and find another bar. This section of Philly happened to be one that I was very familiar with. So, Katie and I walked a few blocks to Misconduct Tavern. I’ve been to Misconduct a few times before and it’s a pretty chill bar that always has something good on tap. Evil Genius is a Pennsylvania brewery that seemed to be all over beer week. So, I figured, why not try one of them?

ABV: 7.2%

Style: Belgian Style Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Love Belgian Beers? Love Hops? Then this is the beer for you. A burst of citrus aromas and flavors meld themselves with that distinct Belgian flavor.”

Random: This beer isn’t even on BeerAdvocate yet.

This poured with a half finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange color with moderate, visible carbonation. The nose had Belgian yeast with some hops, pretty much exactly what the brewery advertised. The taste was definitely more towards the Belgian side and was teeming with Belgian yeast with the hops taking a backseat. I also got some golden fruit on the taste. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with the same Belgian yeast that was apparently from the nose through the taste. This was a pretty nice brew, although I thought it needed a touch more of a hop presence on it. I would definitely have this one again. It’s worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0