Icarus Pineapple Hindenburg

Tonight’s beer is another Jersey selection. Let’s crack it open.

ABV: 5%

Style: Chile Beer

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The Hindenburg disaster occurred on May 6, 1937, in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States. The German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst. On board were 97 people (36 passengers and 61 crewmen); there were 36 fatalities (13 passengers and 22 crewmen, 1 worker on the ground). The disaster was the subject of newsreel coverage, photographs, and Herbert Morrison’s recorded radio eyewitness reports from the landing field, which were broadcast the next day. A variety of hypotheses have been put forward for both the cause of ignition and the initial fuel for the ensuing fire. The event shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and marked the abrupt end of the airship era.”

Random: I haven’t read much about the Hindenburg disaster, despite the fact that it is relatively local.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly, but left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and yellow in color and had a decent amount of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of pine along with some pineapple. I couldn’t pick up any hot peppers, which was disappointing. The taste didn’t have as much pineapple as the nose. It had a slight heat to it, but not as much as I would have liked. There was a decent amount of grass and some grapefruit as well. The body was on the medium side with just enough carbonation. It had a quick finish with grass. I thought this beer was alright, I just wish it had more pineapple and hot pepper.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Icarus Neon Fantasy

Tonight’s beer is another one from a Jersey brewery. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Don’t Just Stand for Something Great, Brew It. Our mission is to cultivate a line of craft beer that will be beloved by beer lovers in Lakewood and the greater Ocean County area. This will be achieved by creating a much needed destination for craft beer lovers to gather. Our taproom will cater to new drinkers as well as those drinkers with more sophisticated palates, providing an experience in both beer and brewing. Our customers can expect a wide variety of hand crafted beers on rotating taps always inspiring with something new as well as taking inspiration from our community.”

Random: I had a job interview in Lakewood once. I remember that the interview room smelled like old cheese. I did not accept the job.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated at a quick pace and didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow color and completely hazy with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with toasted coconut, along with some lemongrass and hops. The taste was equally pleasing. The coconut was there, but not as dominant as the nose. It had some wheat along with a touch of pine. The lemongrass was very nuanced. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with coconut. The alcohol was also hidden quite well. This beer was really good. My only complaint would be that the coconut could get a little cloying after more than one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Icarus There’s Always Money In The Bullnana Stand

This beer is one that got a decent amount of hype in the area, so let’s see how it was.

ABV: 10.3%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to Icarus’s facebook page, “Well exxxxxxcccuuuuuussssseeeee us, as we announce our newest collaboration with the blowhards from Bolero Snort Brewery: There’s Always Money in the Bullnana Stand. Inspired by our mutual favorite dysfunctional family’s Chocolate Covered Banana stand this Russian Imperial Stout was brewed with overwhelming amounts of oats, barley, cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, and wildflower honey then fermented using a blend of our house yeast and a traditional German Hefeweizen yeast to bring out subtle banana esters. The result is a big rich chocolatey stout featuring notes of banana and weighing in at 10.3% abv (this one might require two sticks!) You can call this one a GOB if you want but just don’t forget, There’s Always Money in the Bullnana Stand! There’s Always Money in the Bullnana Stand will be released in the Icarus Tasting Room this Wednesday, February 6th, so hop on your segway or climb in your stair-car and head on over when we open our doors at 4pm.”

Random: One of my favorite shows is “Arrested Development,” so I appreciate all of the references.

The beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left slight lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black, with no visible carbonation. The nose had dark chocolate and roasted malt and then went into banana notes. The taste was just as interesting as the nose. I got a lot of cocoa powder, dark chocolate and roasted malts. It quickly transitioned into banana and some sweetness from the honey. The alcohol was present and a bit abrasive. The body was on the thick side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with banana and dark chocolate. I thought this was an interesting beer, but I definitely couldn’t have more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Icarus Vlad To Be Here

Tonight’s beer is one from Lakewood, New Jersey. I once went for a job interview in Lakewood. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 14.5%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Jason has wanted to own and operate his own brewery since 2008. In order to turn his dream into a reality, Jason earned his degree in Food Science, specializing in Food Fermentation from The Ohio State University. He then took this further training in Brewlab at the University of Sunderland, training under staff from Heineken and Newcastle, and earning his Diploma in British Brewing Technology. In addition to this academic training, Jason learned from multiple breweries across Sunderland and Newcastle, learning the intricacies of multiple brewing operations and greatly expanding his practical brewing knowledge. Jason supplemented his training with a General Certification of brewing in cask ale from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. Subsequently, Jason spent 2 years managing Rinn Duin, a 25 BBL startup brewery in New Jersey. During his time at Rinn Duin Jason earned awards for multiple recipes he formulated and produced including awards from New Jersey Star Ledger, and recognition from Beer Advocate. Most recently, Jason was the Distiller and Head Brewer at Van Brunt Stillhouse in Red Hook, NY. He plans on using the knowledge gained from creating whiskies, rum, and grappa toward a large rotation of barreled beers.”

Random: We went to a distillery in Philly and I really enjoyed it. I may start getting into spirits more.

This beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a deep black color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with roasted malts, coffee and black licorice. The taste was also filled with dark chocolate and roasted malts. There was some smoke as well. I didn’t pick up any of the licorice in the taste. The alcohol was present, but not overwhelming. It had a thick and chewy body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with dark chocolate. This was an outstanding beer that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Icarus Big In Sheboygan

This beer came highly recommended to me by the Beer Manager at Cranbury Buy Rite.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Scottish Gruit/Ancient Herbed Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Sheboygan is a city in and the county seat of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 49,288 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Sheboygan River, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Milwaukee and 64 mi (103 km) south of Green Bay. Before its settlement by European Americans, the Sheboygan area was home to Native Americans, including members of the Potawatomi, Chippewa, Ottawa, Winnebago, and Menominee tribes. In the Menominee language, the place is known as Sāpīwāēhekaneh, ‘at a hearing distance in the woods’. Migrants from New York, Michigan, and New England were among the first white Americans to settle this area in the 1830s, though the French had been present in the region since the 17th century and had intermarried with local people. One 19th century settler remarked: ‘Nearly all the settlers were from the New England states and New York.’ Lumbering was the first major industry, as trees were harvested and shipped to eastern markets through the Great Lakes. Although Sheboygan was officially founded in 1846, much of the town had been platted in 1836, when property investors laid out more than one thousand lots. By 1849, a wave of liberal, middle-class immigration triggered by the revolutions of 1848 had made the community known for its German population. As Major William Williams wrote on June 26, 1849: ‘Arrived at Sheboigin [sic] on the Wisconsin side, a small town, population purhaps [sic] from 700 to 1000. This is a promising place. There are a great many best class of Germans settling around it. “Tis all along this Lake so far quite an interesting country.”‘ Between 1840 and 1890, Protestant Dutch immigrants also settled in the area, as did Irish refugees fleeing the Great Famine.”

Random: I remember as a child in the 90s, watching a few movies where the characters said that they were from Sheboygan.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was am amber color with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose was very sweet. I picked up honey and lactose along with some spice. There was ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste was equally sweet. The honey and lactose came first. There was a grain note that quickly went into cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger. The body was medium thickness with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish. I enjoyed this beer a lot. It made for a nice holiday nightcap.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Icarus King Arthur’s Steed

I’ve always been into medieval history and took a great class on it in college. I’m not sure what this beer has to do with King Arthur, but let’s crack it open.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Don’t Just Stand for Something Great, Brew It. Our mission is to cultivate a line of craft beer that will be beloved by beer lovers in Lakewood and the greater Ocean County area. This will be achieved by creating a much needed destination for craft beer lovers to gather. Our taproom will cater to new drinkers as well as those drinkers with more sophisticated palates, providing an experience in both beer and brewing. Our customers can expect a wide variety of hand crafted beers on rotating taps always inspiring with something new as well as taking inspiration from our community.”

Random: Almond Joy is one of my favorite candies.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown that was almost black. There was no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with dark chocolate, roasted malts and lots of shredded coconut. The taste was more of the same. It was like the beer form of an Almond Joy bar. It had a lot of dark chocolate with shredded coconut and some sweet malt along with smoke. The body was on the medium side with moderate carbonation. It had a sticky and lengthy finish with chocolate and coconut. I enjoyed the pairing of dark chocolate and coconut a lot. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Icarus Ella Ella IPA

When I was a kid, I had regular Nintendo and there was a game called “Kid Icarus.” I remember the game being ridiculously hard and I couldn’t even get through the first level.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Don’t Just Stand for Something Great, Brew It. Our mission is to cultivate a line of craft beer that will be beloved by beer lovers in Lakewood and the greater Ocean County area. This will be achieved by creating a much needed destination for craft beer lovers to gather. Our taproom will cater to new drinkers as well as those drinkers with more sophisticated palates, providing an experience in both beer and brewing. Our customers can expect a wide variety of hand crafted beers on rotating taps always inspiring with something new as well as taking inspiration from our community.”

Random: I can’t believe this is my first review for Icarus. I’m slacking on expanding my Jersey brew horizons.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left minimal lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and bright orange with little carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of citrus with some grapefruit and watermelon rind apparent. I didn’t pick up any malt. The taste had a bit more depth with grapefruit pith and grass and some watermelon rind that gave the beer a little tartness. The body was on the medium side of the style with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with grapefruit. I thought this was a decent beer, but it didn’t floor me. I’ll be looking out for some other Icarus beers to try, though.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0