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Tonight’s selection comes to us from Free Will in Pennsylvania. I picked this beer up at a package store in Pennsylvania. Let’s get to it.

bloodandguts

ABV: 6.1%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This black ale fermented with our own sour culture, on top of second-use cherries, in the traditional style of a kriek lambic is a Free Will original. Notes of chocolate, and a mild roasty character are combined with the funk and complexity of wild yeast, and balanced by a clean sour note that follows you through the finish, where the cherry character shines through. Pair this with Korean BBQ or rich, creamy pasta dishes.”

Random: This beer is a spring release.

This beer poured with a half a finger of khaki head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a hint of a crown left on top of the dark brown body. There was no carbonation visible. The nose was tart cherries, funk and vinegar. After a few sniffs, I picked up oak as well. The taste wasn’t nearly as tart as the nose implied, although it was still the dominant flavor. It did have cherries that were prominent as well. Vinegar was strong in the beer too. Oak was at the end of the sip and became more apparent as the beer warmed. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with oak and cherries. The price on this bottle was $13.99, which came to $.87 per ounce, which was a bit expensive. I liked this beer, but the flavors didn’t transition smoothly. It was like you’d get sour, then immediately cherry, then only oak. I wouldn’t rush to have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

And we’re back into end of quarter. This tends to be one of the easier end of quarters, although I have my doubts. The company we deliver for announced two new furniture lines that are set to come out in the Fall, so I think that will increase the volume for this quarter. At least it will keep me busy. Onto the beer…

mangowheat

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A bright and flavorful American Wheat Ale with a bready malt profile and delicious, juicy mango fruit undertones.”

Random: Grilled ripe mango on the barbecue became one of my favorite things this summer.

This beer poured with a one and a half finger white head that dissipated very slowly. It left a lot of spiderweb lacing on the glass. It also left a slight crown on top of the body. The body was a clear, dark yellow color with high carbonation visible. The nose was incredibly fragrant and fruit. It had the most authentic mango scent that I’ve ever had in a beer. Wheat and light orange citrus came through as well. After how great the nose was, the taste was a huge letdown. It did have mango, but it wasn’t nearly as pungent or authentic. It tasted a bit stale. Wheat came through too, and then a bitter, grassy hop bite was present at the end. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with old mango. This was $1.42 for the single ($.12 per ounce), which is definitely affordable, but there are so many better options out there. Maybe this would be better on tap?

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

In other news, I think we got about 4-5 inches of snow here. I am beyond sick of the snow. It’s pretty and all, but we’ve just had so much of it this year. I guess I shouldn’t complain too much…I could live in Boston after all. I was hoping that this beer would remind me of summer.

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ABV: 4.9%

Style: Lambic – Fruit

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Rotating series of Lambics, using natural fruit and NO back-sweetening. Planned offerings: Kriek Lambic (Sour Cherries), Peach Lambic, Key Lime Lambic, Framboise Lambic (Raspberries), Pomegranate Lambic, Barbera Grape Lambic”

Random: It’s not a good idea to watch a cooking show when you’re hungry and your other half is asleep.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head on top of a slightly cloudy, greenish-yellow body. There was no lacing left on the glass and the head dissipated quickly. There was moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose was filled with key limes and sour notes. So far, I was really into this beer. The taste was very tart and had lots of key limes, with none of the sweetness you’d fine in key lime pie. There wasn’t anything else to the flavor. The body was on the medium side with moderate carbonation. It had a long tart finish with limes. I liked this beer, but I really enjoy tart things and I love limes. The other half couldn’t stand it. For $15.49 for a bottle, this is definitely expensive and although I thought the flavor was good and I enjoyed it, I wouldn’t buy it again due to the price.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I picked up this bottle a week ago from Cranbury Buy Rite. I hadn’t tried anything from this brewery and the only thing that I really knew about the brewery was that it had a deal up for awhile on Living Social and was in Pennsylvania. So, I grabbed this one to try out and used one of my new IPA glasses. Let’s see how I liked it.

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ABV: 6.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “American IPA, enough said. Notes of passion fruit, tangerines, sweet lime, and grapefruit. 70 ish IBU’s nice lingering bitterness.”

Random: The label on this beer felt incredibly glossy, almost like photo paper…very weird.

This brew poured with a two finger white head that dissipated rather quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a slight cloudy amber color with low carbonation present. The nose reminds me of old hops. There was a definite citrus note with pine and mustiness. There was also some tropical fruits, but not as much as advertised on the description. The taste was a bit better than the nose. It had some mango and grapefruit notes with some pine sap and light bready malt. What I didn’t get were any notes of sweet lime, which would have been interesting if present in the taste. The body was very thin, which took away from the flavor. There was generous carbonation present. The finish was really quick with some citrus. This beer didn’t do much for me. I was quite surprised that this got so well rated on beer review sites.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0