Stegmaier Grand Hoppa

Here’s another beer from a brewery that I have very little information about. Val picked this up from Hopewell Buy Rite. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Grand Hoppa Double IPA is a hop lover’s delight. Our Master Brewer artfully balanced this masterpiece by combining the finest barley and specialty malts to form an impeccable malty backbone strong enough to support a massive amount of domestic and imported hops. Dry hopped with MOSAIC, CITRA, and GALAXY hops, this Double IPA bursts with a distinctive aroma that perfectly intermingles with the spicy and tropical fruit characteristics of SUMMER and COLUMBUS hops to create a truly ONE OF A KIND BEER!”

Random: This comes in at 110 IBUs.

This beer poured with a two finger, ecru colored head. It took forever to dissipated and left very little lacing. It left a crown on top of the cloudy, amber-colored body. There was light carbonation visible. The nose had pine and then an odd, cedar note as well. The taste went more towards citrus with lemon and grapefruit. There was also the same cedar note. There was a touch of malt that gave it slight balance. It had a decent amount of spice as well and some mango came through at the end. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was long with grapefruit pith. A single bottle of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. This beer was alright and the alcohol was well-hidden, but it was just missing something.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale

It’s almost the weekend! After a four-hour meeting today…I seriously cannot wait until the weekend. I don’t have any huge plans, but I am going to Buffalo Wild Wings on Saturday with some buddies. I think I have a slight addiction to the Asian Zing wings. I can’t wait. So, this brew is another selection from the Delaware stash. I actually bought a six-pack of this and was really impressed by it.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to, “Lion Brewery, Inc. started as the Luzerne County Brewing Company with the acquisition of land from Delaware and Hudson Company in 1905. The land was purchased for one dollar on the terms that the company would build a brewery capable of producing 100,000 barrels per year in just the first year and sell each barrel for no less than a dollar a piece. If the terms were not met, the land would return to the Delaware and Hudson Company. The Luzerne County Brewery survived the terms of sale and was able to remain strong through the Prohibition years, 1920-1933, by brewing cereal beer. Cereal beer is more commonly known as ‘near-beer,’ as it has an alcohol content of about 0.5%, which is about a tenth of most beers. Ted Smulowitz purchased the Luzerne County Brewery after Prohibition in 1933 and renamed it The Lion Brewing Company. The Smulowitz family privately owned and operated the brewery until 1993.”

Random: I really love Family Guy. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany brown with a lot of visible carbonation on it. The nose was just divine. It was exactly what a pumpkin beer should be. It had lots of pumpkin, clove, nutmeg…but it wasn’t overwhelming. Onto the taste. With pumpkin beers especially, I find that I really enjoy the nose and the taste is a bit of letdown. Well, not with this beer. The brew was really well-balanced with pumpkin and the fall spices (clove and nutmeg) that really make a pumpkin beer enjoyable. But, it didn’t overdo it. The body of the beer isn’t syrupy at all with moderate carbonation, which made this even better. The booze was low with a quick finish that had a hint of spice. The worst part about this beer is that I can’t get it here. One of the best pumpkin beers I’ve had. If you can get your hands on it, definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0