Fordham The 11th Sour

I am not a big fan of the Summer. I hate the heat, especially when it’s that really humid type of heat. I also work in a warehouse that isn’t air-conditioned. It’s super fun this time a year when you can feel how thick the air is in the warehouse itself. I tend to look for lighter beer during the Summer to try to get through the heat.

ABV: 3.8%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The first Sour batch ever brewed by FoDo Brewing. This ale is a kettle sour that uses lactobacillus, fermented on house ale yeast and then aged on concord grapes. Typical to any sour, this ale is pleasantly flavored and zings your tastebuds over and over.”

Random: It’s been a long time since I had a beer from Fordham.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly, but only left wispy lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange that was slightly hazy with lots of carbonation. The nose was relatively mild for a sour. It had some mineral water and some caramel malt. The taste started with some tartness and white grape juice. There was also some very lightly toasted malt present as well. The body was incredibly light with just enough carbonation. It had an almost instantaneous finish with light tartness. A bottle of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. It was really lacking in the flavor department.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Fordham Spiced Harvest Ale

Now, we’re starting to get into pumpkin beers that I brought back from Delaware. This beer is from Delaware and is of course, one that I can’t get up here. This happens to be one of my favorite styles and I’ve already reviewed 30 and hope to add about 10 this season. My biggest complaint is that they come out so early and then you have to wait to drink them. I’m not a big fan of drinking pumpkin beers while it’s still hot out. So, expect a bunch of pumpkin reviews coming at you. Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 6.6%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Fall Seasonal is light Amber in color with a medium body, spiced with Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove, Allspice and Pumpkin.”

Random: I’m really enjoying the Trader Joe’s pumpkin coffee we have.

This beer poured with a one finger, off white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy copper color with light carbonation. The nose had a lot of fall spices with cinnamon and nutmeg with brown sugar and pumpkin. The taste started with caramel malt and brown sugar and then abruptly goes into pumpkin and spice. The spice was cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. The body was too thin with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with spice. This beer was disjointed on the flavors and although all the flavors that I look forward to in a pumpkin beer were there, the flavors didn’t transition well. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Fordham Rams Head IPA

Another beer from Fordham. We tried to get down there to visit the brewery while we in Delaware, but the days they were open just didn’t match with our schedules. So, I picked up this beer to try when we got home. And yes, it’s another IPA, which I said that I was trying to get away from. Oh well. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Aggressively hopped, West Coast style IPA. Asserting its dominance with 75 IBUs, this beer contains pale, munich and rye malts, as well as Bravo, Chinook and Motueka hops. Representing a departure from Fordham’s characteristic sessionability beers, Rams Head challenges drinkers to ‘Defy the ordinary. Take life by the horns.'”

Random: I could still use about another 10 hours of sleep. I still feel exhausted.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that was quick to dissipated and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a crown on top of the very cloudy golden-orange color with high carbonation. The nose was really earthy with grass and pine. The taste was just as earthy. It was quite bitter with grass and pine. There was an herbal taste to it as well and no citrus whatsoever. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. It had a long, earthy and bitter finish. This beer was only alright and I wouldn’t have it again. In a craft beer world saturated by IPAs, this one just doesn’t stand out.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Fordham Route 1 Session IPA

I’m finally getting through some of the beers that I picked up in Delaware. Since I’ve been working so much, I haven’t been reviewing every day. Valentina picked this one out for me to try last week and I popped it open. I think I need to start getting away from IPAs because I’ve been having so many of them. Anyways, review time.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Route 1 is a session IPA, noted for its hop forward flavor and low alcohol content. Pale amber in color and possessing a subtle malt presence, the smoothness of this ale makes it easy to lather, rinse, and repeat as needed.”

Random: I can’t stop listening to Fleetwood Mac since we went to the concert.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a slightly cloudy amber color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a bit of pine along with grapefruit pith. There was some toasted malt in the background. The taste was intensely bitter. There was a lot of pine along with some earthy herbal notes. Lemon and grapefruit were in the background. I didn’t get any malt on the taste. The body was on the light side with powerful carbonation. The finish was long with lots of pine. This beer definitely packed a flavor punch, but didn’t have a huge ABV to go with it. I enjoyed this one, and although it wasn’t my favorite “session” IPA, I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Fordham Helles Lager

It was ridiculously cold this morning. When I left my house at 0730 this morning, it was 27 degrees. I had to scrape my car and everything. Again, I say, it’s October. I have never seen kids trick-or-treating in the snow. I even read that some town cancelled Halloween. You can’t cancel Halloween! But, anyways, I spent the day at work and then went to the gym. I got legs out of the way for the week. I also started using these knee sleeves since I have bad knees. I ended up squatting 160 for 12 without a problem. Next week, I’m thinking 180. So, after kicking my ass at the gym, I think that I definitely deserve a beer.

ABV: 5.7%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Clean & refreshing, this Bavarian style lager uses four different German grains & three hop varieties to create an intricate flavor profile & a beautiful deep golden color. Helles is brewed in the style of Munich’s everyday drinking beer. Prost!”

Random: Why are the Chargers playing like crap? This definitely does not help my fantasy team.

This brew poured with a barely there head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear yellow with a crazy amount of active carbonation visible on the brew. The nose almost reminded me of apple cider. It definitely had an apple like sweetness that followed up with some bread. The taste was definitely more bread than anything. After I got through that, it even had a hint of butter. There really wasn’t the sweetness apparent in the taste that I found in the nose. The finish lingered with a bit of butter. The beer is medium thickness with a lot of carbonation to it, which worked for the style. But, I just wasn’t thrilled with this beer. I’ve had many better of the style. But, it didn’t stop me from finishing it…

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0