Archive for the ‘Kane Brewing Company’ Category

Where we moved is a bit farther from Kane Brewery. Now, it takes a little over an hour to get there, so I don’t get there as much as I should. But, they distribute their beers to a few of the bars and restaurants by me, so I don’t miss out on that much.

kane

ABV: 7.4%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to nzhops.co.nz, “An excellent hop in many applications from first kettle additions through to late gift. This hop offers a unique aroma and flavour profile suitable for producing bigger styles. Excellent when employed in multiple additions from a single hop bill and sits well on the palate to balance speciality malt sweetness. An excellent variety for a wide range of styles from Saison through to Pilsners.”

Random: They said that this hop gives a “mojito” characteristic.

The beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with tropical fruit. I specifically got mango and pineapple. The taste was even more tropical than the nose. There was the same mango and pineapple, but it also had green apple Jolly ranchers. Grass and a touch of malt finished up the sip. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with tropical fruit. I loved this beer and all of the tropical fruit notes that shone through. If you see this beer when you’re out and about, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

One of my favorite music artists is Ingrid Michaelson. I’ve been following her for years and occasionally, she does a cover of R.E.M.’s “Nightswimming,” which I think is amazing. Val, on the other hand is a huge R.E.M. fan and doesn’t like the cover as much as the original. We went to Kane because we were in the area and I saw this beer on tap and had to give it a shot. It’s also a lager, which Kane doesn’t tend to brew much.

nightswimming

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: This is an unfiltered lager and the website had little to no information about it.

Random: This cold is super annoying. I had chicken soup for breakfast.

The brew poured with a one finger, thick, white head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of grain with sweet honey, almost like Tupelo honey. It also had some grassiness from the hops that made it quite interesting. The taste was clean with a lot of grain and then quickly went into spring flower petals and honey. It was followed up with grass. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a quick, grainy finish. I don’t recall what I paid for a glass of this at the brewery, but it was a draft only release. This was an easy drinker with decent flavor. If they brew this again next year, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Today is my birthday! So, what better beer to review on my birthday than one of the rarer New Jersey stouts. I love coconut and was very excited to give this a shot.

anightoendalldawnscoconut

ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Night To End All Dawns is a massive imperial stout aged over a year in bourbon barrels. The extended aging allowed seasonal temperature fluctuations in the barrels to draw bold flavors from the oak that can only develop with time. The heat of the bourbon gave way to a subtle caramel sweetness, and the bold, sharp edges of the roasted malt mellowed and married with notes of vanilla and oak.”

Random: Although I really loved this stout, I don’t think I’ll try to get it next year. I want to give others a chance to give it a try.

The beer poured with a half a finger of khaki head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a very small crown on top of an inky black body. The nose was smoky at first, with roasted malts and dark chocolate with some toasted coconut. The taste was not as strong as the nose. It had dark chocolate, but not as aggressively as the nose. There was also some coconut flavored coffee. The booze was there but not 12% worth. It was insanely well-balanced. The body was thick with light carbonation, making this a perfect sipper. It had a quicker finish than expected with coffee, coconut and chocolate. This beer was just amazing . It had great flavor and perfect balance. This was exceptional and worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

This year, Kane offered A Night To End All Dawns and the three variants for purchase initially via a ticket system where you could get a 4-pack and an 8-pack. Both Val and I tried for tickets and she didn’t get any (since it sold out in 30 seconds) and I managed an 8-pack. I’m not sure if I’m going to trade the other four or keep them to age, but this is the first one I cracked open.

anighttoendalldawnsvanilla

ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Night To End All Dawns is a massive imperial stout aged over a year in bourbon barrels. The extended aging allowed seasonal temperature fluctuations in the barrels to draw bold flavors from the oak that can only develop with time. The heat of the bourbon gave way to a subtle caramel sweetness, and the bold, sharp edges of the roasted malt mellowed and married with notes of vanilla and oak.”

Random: I can see why this won a gold medal at GABF in 2014.

This beer poured with less than a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was strong. It had a lot of fresh bourbon and vanilla bean. Smoke came through as well with roasted malts and coffee. The taste started with bourbon, smoke and roasted malts. It quickly went into vanilla bean and some heavy cream. Oak was present and a nice balance with the other flavors. Some lightly sweet milk chocolate came through too. Espresso came through next, but without all the bitterness and was a bit softer. The alcohol was well-hidden. The body was thick, yet silky with light carbonation. The finish was long with milk, vanilla and chocolate. A bomber of this was $18 ($.82 per ounce). This beer was amazingly silky and had huge amounts of depth. I can see why people search this beer out.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

When the other half and I were making cookies with friends, I popped a growler of this beer (thus the background of the picture). There was very little available counterspace, so I had to take a picture wherever I found a space. Let’s see how it was.

simplicity

ABV: 8.7%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Simplicity is a Belgian Golden Strong Ale. we brewed this beer using a very simple recipe of high quality European Pilsner malt, simple dextrose sugar and a single addition of Amarillo hops; all fermented with our house Belgian yeast strain. The result is a complex beer that marries esters reminscent of pears and citrus with a hint of spiciness from our house yeast and a slight sweetness from the Pilsner malt.”

Random: I used a growler that my parents got me in California for the first time. It’s aluminum and was very easy to pour and kept the beer really cold even though it wasn’t in the fridge.

This beer poured with less than a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of golden fruit, citrus and golden raisins. There was a twinge of clove as well. The taste was bright with lots of golden raisins, apricot, peach and then transitioned into clove and allspice. At the end of the sip, there was a honey-like sweetness from the malt. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation, but no warming from the booze. This beer was quite enjoyable and I had no problem throwing it back. If you see, definitely give it a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This was the second beer I had in South Jersey. For some reason, The Farm and the Fisherman always has Kane beers on tap. Not that I’m complaining since their stuff is always solid.

kane

ABV: 9.2%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “From our homebrew days, through to our earliest commercial batches and beyond we’ve had a certain affinity for hops. Our only 2 year round beers are an IPA and an Imperial IPA, and when a beer’s flavor is meant to be hop driven, we use them prodigiously throughout the brew process, up to many pounds of hops per barrel for some of our favorite recipes. Our Hop Lab series will allow us to continue to experiment – with new hops, new ways to use old favorites, or in different beer styles – on a commercial, albeit limited scale. This is not a ‘single hop’ series showcasing individual varietals, but rather a loosely defined outlet for our continuing experiments with our favorite ingredient.”

Random: I’ve never been a fan of this style. I don’t think it will ever be a favorite of mine.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick and creamy head. It dissipated slowly with lots of lacing left behind on the tulip glass. The body was a hazy, dark red color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was very hoppy with nuttiness as well. I didn’t pick up much else. The taste was really rich and nutty. It was also very piney with grass as well. The alcohol on this did come through at the end of the sip, and was almost too aggressive for me. The body was overly thick with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with nuts and pine and grass from the hops. This was a good beer, but was just too thick for me to call it great. There are better examples of the style out there, but I’m glad I got to try this one-time release from Kane.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Last Sunday, the other half and I headed to George Street Ale House in New Brunswick to watch the game. When I was going through their beer menu, I saw this one that I was sure I had reviewed before. I hadn’t, so I ordered one immediately.

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ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Drift Line is an oatmeal brown ale . The beer was designed using Vienna as the base malts to add a subtle toastiness you can’t get from a more traditional two-row base malt. We then added several crystal and chocolate malts to develop the flavor and color typical associate with American-style brown ales but added just enough toasted oats to create smoothness and body in the beer. Drift Line finishes with a hint of sweetness but we used just enough hops to balance all the malt. Finally we used our house ale yeast strain to create the dryness you’ve come to expect from our beers.”

Random: I saw a pair of penguin booties on a website and had an overwhelming urge to buy them for the cat.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off-white head that dissipated slowly It left a lot of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation, mostly due to the darkness in the restaurant. The nose was sweet and nutty with caramel and some oatmeal. The taste was also a bit sweet with significant nuttiness, complemented by caramel malt. The nuttiness was pronounced hazelnut. There was a certain creaminess to it with oatmeal as well. The body was thin body with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with nuts. Although this style usually ends up being a bit boring to me, this one was flavorful and pleasant. I would have this one again and I’m shocked it took me this long to have this brew from Kane.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0